UFO Challenge


I thought I was doing good.  Last week I was starting in on making the center nine patches for Talkin’ Turkey.  Remember?


Well I stole some time on Sunday to get these center done.  No one noticed, now did I that I was up to my old problems…not looking carefully enough at the directions.  I thought I was suppose to be making traditional nine patches but I was wrong.  I need to be making cross blocks.  UGH.


I had made LOTS of the strips that went red-neutral-red.  I didn’t need them.  I needed red-red-red!  UGH.

Back to the sewing the machine.  Happily my scrap bucket had enough more strips so I didn’t need to cut fabric.  I ended up getting up early Monday morning and this is what I accomplished.


Yahoo.  I the 36 CROSS patches done.

Coming up this week I’ll start in on some block assembly.  I can’t wait.

See you right back here next Wednesday.


  1. Karen says:

    I have been so lucky so far with the scrappy quilt I am making and have only had to take one short seam out since I started -

  2. Susie Q says:

    Well Jo, my life is one day after the other and not needing to know what day of the week it is I have gotten so your post which is read early in the morning tells me it is Wednesday! On with the week!

  3. Kim LeMere says:

    Not to much sewing happened last week but then I had two guild meetings and we had our sit and sew projects which were fun and technique based. Hopefully today there will be some progress.

  4. Vicki says:

    You are not the only one who has done that save the strips for other 9 patches….

  5. Mary Jo B. says:

    Jo – I didn’t make the wrong blocks, but when making the En Provence quilt, I made 80 of one block when I only needed to make 64. Yikes – now I guess I’ll just have more to choose from when I do the layout. Maybe I’ll make a pillow with the extra blocKS.
    Anyway – that’s on hold while I make a log cabin quilt for someone who is retiring. It’s a beautiful day here in Wisconsin – even if the high is only going to be 34.

  6. Diane Oakes says:

    Yes, it seems that I have been making lots of mistakes lately. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one.

  7. Kathy D says:

    At least you had the fabric available to make the correct pieces. You know that old saying “measure twice, cut once”. Somehow I think that applies here. Been there done that! ;)

  8. Nell says:

    Little Monkey binding 1/4 of the way tacked down. It will be done before I sleep tonight. Then I need to set my next deadline. Niece’s grad quilt I think is up next. All pieces for blocks sewn, assembly is up!

  9. Linda in NE says:

    I’m also guilty of not paying enough attention to the diagrams on Bonnie’s patterns. They just seem so easy that I push along full speed ahead. And then after a bunch of blocks or block halves are sewn I’ll lay a few out to see how it looks and….boom!…I find out I’m going to be ripping and re-sewing for a while because I turned something wrong in making the earlier segments or put the blocks together turned wrong. Entirely too easy to do.

  10. Carolyn says:

    I have loved and wanted that quilt for years! I have the top done and need to get the borders done! I’m going to a guild “sew in” in a few weeks. I have 3 UFO’s including that that need assembly. All Talking Turkey needs is the strip pieced borders so Hopefully it will get finished! Watching your progress!
    A few years back you made a quilt that I was also making It was called “Odds& Ends”. It’s a Shoofly in a star pattern. I am binding mine this week…. Talk about slow!

  11. Tami Chaullk says:

    Just got around to reading your post. I had been working on a table runner for my MIL’s 85th birthday. It was the 1st time to try spray basting. So glad it went well. I am glad you mentioned about making the 9 patches different than normal. I am still looking for that book. I haven’t seen it since our move he 2 years ago.


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