UFO Progress


Well Texas Tumbleweeds got finished.  If you missed that, find it here.  So it’s time for a new UFO.  Earlier I had pulled Fair and Square but after I got the string triangles done, I left it again.  UGH!  So I had a little time so I started back up again.

If you remember, I said that I wasn’t going to follow the pattern and make the string blocks into separate blocks.  Instead I was going to add the string triangles onto the blocks.  Then they were a little big so needed to be trimmed down.


If I’m completely honest, I think one of the reasons why I left this sit again was because I was dreading the trimming of these blocks.  I got up a little courage and decided that worse case scenario was that I would have to redo a block…no biggie.  I figured out that I want the blocks at 14 1/2″…and that what I did with the three blocks I had sewn.  I laid them out on the floor hoping they might inspire me to get some more block done….what do you think?Fair-and-Square-11

I’m loving it.  Mine are done in jewel tone prints…not shirts like the original pattern.

My kiddos have been doing a good job at napping all at the same time.  So good that over the course of two days I got the rest of the blocks pinned and ready to be sewn.  I’m pretty excited at the prospect.


Most of all I’m glad that I got over my fear of trimming those blocks!!

You’ll find me back here next week. I’m hoping I have a few more of the Fair and Square blocks sewn. Little by little I’ll get it done!!


  1. Chris Wells says:

    I am at the same spot you are with these blocks. I have the elements all sewn. they are set aside because I am frustrated with the trimming. With it getting cooler weather hope to get back at it soon. Chris

  2. Karen says:

    love those blocks and the colors you are using

  3. Robby H. says:

    Trimming big blocks always causes me to hesitate, too. These are looking great.

  4. Nell says:

    I have not trimmed the center of Garden Party, so I can put the borders on. 1. I am scared of cutting off those triangles, making it a bias edge. 2. I don’t have border fabric picked yet. However, I am trying to finish 12 Bonnie’s before the new book in a bet with my mom, so I had better just get it DONE!

  5. Jo says:

    WOW…You go Nell.

  6. Linda says:

    Love your blocks. The charcoal(or is it black) with a strip makes a good border for the centre of the block. I hate trimming! Almost as much as I dislike sandwiching a quilt ready for quilting.

  7. Catholic Bibliophagist says:

    I was wondering why you decided to do the triangles separately rather than the way shown in the pattern? Did it just seem easier? Sometimes I do certain steps in a pattern my own way too. So I was just curious about what you felt the advantage was.

    P.S, I love the jewel tone prints.

  8. Ronda says:

    That is going to be an awesome quilt!

  9. Sue says:

    Blocks look fantastic.

  10. Elaine says:

    Jo, I think this is going to be a very nice quilt. Love the colors and pattern.

  11. Jo says:

    I hate on point settings…this way I could avoid on point.

  12. Catholic Bibliophagist says:

    Avoiding on point! I hadn’t thought of that. Great idea!

  13. Jeanne says:

    I love the blocks you are making! Jewel tones are my favorite. Anyway I could get the pattern for this UFO quilt? Thank you!

  14. Jo says:

    You sure can get the pattern. It’s in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II.


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