UFO Challenge

When I last left you with my UFO Scrap Crystals I was here.

I forgot to include a picture to show you the fun I had getting there.  I had lots of help from these girls.  For those of you who don’t know I’m an in home childcare provider and these are two of my kiddos.


These are my school aged girls.  They come every day after school.  I have challenged them while I was working on this quilt.  Over nap time while the little ones were sleeping and these two were at school, I would iron these pieces.  Then I would stack them in piles of 10.  When the girls got here, I would challenge them to figure out how many units I had.  They loved it.  Really loved it!

They would run in the door and ask if I had anything to count.  They were so sad the day we finished these pieces.  It was a big day that day..we had 310.  I took them several attempts to get the counting right.  It’s hard for them to make the transition from 100 to 110.  It was so fun watching their brains work.  I encourage you to try this if you have little ones around.  I’ll be doing it much more often.  I am going to change it up when I have fewer units and only put two or five in each pile.  It’s such good practical math for them.

My star blocks were all sewn one day…I didn’t iron them as I had time to sew more and I save my ironing for nap time.  I ended up cutting and sewing some border units instead.The next day over nap time I ironed all of the pieces.

I love seeing a big stack of blocks all ready to go.  Next up they get sewn into these big units.  Like this….

I’m really happy with my progress on this.  I have fabric here for the borders but bought a couple different options so hopefully next week I’ll have the blocks completely sewn and you can help me pick sashing and border fabrics.

You can find me here next week. This UFO is really getting fun!!

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10 thoughts on “UFO Challenge

  1. Dorothy

    I love your blog, and read you daily—but I still don’t think it is wise to show the faces of underage children
    The internet has become very strange and weird, and if I were in your shoes, I would never show the faces of my “child care children”

  2. Roxann

    Still in awe of what sewing you get accomplished in a single day. Would love to see a video of you cutting one out. Wowzer, you fly through the piecing part. It’s amazing.

  3. Marie

    I am so excited that you are working on this Bonnie Hunter quilt! I have been gathering all of my blue and green scraps to make this quilt. Can I ask which method you used to make the half-square triangle units? Did you do the squares or the strips using an angle ruler? I purchased Bonnie’s Easy Angle Ruler when she was in Oelwein (thank you for having her) and thought I would give it try.

    Thank you for the time you spend on your blog. I love it! Please don’t let the opinions of others get you down. I see this all the time with blog writers and it’s a shame! Time to remind readers who’s blog this is!

  4. Donna

    That’s a great idea to have the kids count the blocks! Are these the same girls who got the pink quilts for Christmas

  5. Karla (threadbndr)

    ALMOST done with the next to the last hexi set for “Aunt Lottie’s Garden”. I’ll link up when it’s finished. I have done more on this quilt in the last month since I started linking up than I did the entire last quarter of 2017! It’s a great motivation. Thanks for hosting the link party!

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  7. Nell

    I finished a baby quilt for our pastor and his wife, due in February. :) I am ahead of schedule!
    I made some progress on my Jimmy John quilt that I cut out last Thursday. I am going to have a sewing weekend with my mom at the end of the month, so fully expect a quilt top or two out of that sewfest.
    Just need to be sure I plan my projects and have everything cut ahead of time. Scrap Crystals is in my UFO pile, maybe will move it to L&E after I get Thanks to You together.

  8. Susan

    That’s great you have such wonderful “helpers” and you are teaching them at the same time. I love the quilt! Might have to try one of those myself! I was wondering, also, if these were the girls you made the pink quilts for? What did they think of their present?

  9. ShirlR

    This is going to be such a beautiful quilt. My favorite colors, blue and green. So cute that the girls are practicing their math and a nice picture of all those wonderful stacks of blocks! I also want to say I enjoy your blog every day and thank you for taking the time to write it!

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