UFO Progress…or lack of it.

My UFO mojo is petering out….Either that or life has taken hostage of all of my time.  Now that Karl is home I’ve been making a nicer supper….last night I ended up with Karl and Kalissa’s family here for supper.  Kalissa hadn’t seen him yet and wanted to.  Having supper together made that easy.  Every night there is something that takes me away from sewing time.  I love all of that more than sewing so, sewing has taken a bit of a back seat.

All I accomplished in the UFO department was to sew three blocks together.  Before all of you have already made this quilt scream STOP…it’s okay.  I know that original pattern does not construct the blocks this way.

FairandSquare

The original pattern is in the book Scraps and Shirttails II.  There Bonnie Hunter sews two different blocks to make the quilt…the center part of this block and the string pieced stuff is the other block.  Then she sets all of it on point.  Well I hate setting things on point.  HATE IT.  You can see a peek of the quilt in this picture.  See?
B-Fair-and-Square

Long ago Mary at Country Threads made this quilt.  She constructed her block like I did in the first picture.  That way, I don’t have to set it on point.  I am going to have some nasty bias edges to deal with but I’m okay with that.    I can see that I am going to have to trim these blocks down a bit but I’m okay with that too.  ANYTHING to not sew on point settings is my theory.  Sure, I’ll do it, I just don’t like to.

So I got a measly three blocks sewn together.  I’m hoping for that much next week.  I still have a busy week ahead.

Find me back here next week on Wednesday. I’m not giving up on my UFOs…just slowing down!

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14 thoughts on “UFO Progress…or lack of it.

  1. Linda

    The block is so cool done your way…That Karl is not in that horrible situation in Houston is such a blessing…My family is gone( my father was almost 50 when I was born) and I can only tell you what you already know—now counts and enjoy this time with Karl…

  2. PattiLynn9

    Thx for letting us know Karl made it home safely. Was wondering, that’s a long drive! Guess it will be a long time before school can open in Houston. Enjoy your boy while he’s there!

    I love the blocks you’re making now. One of my favorites!

  3. Tina in NJ

    If everything went the same way week in and week out, life would be boring! Things are just adjusting to the coming change of the seasons. (Doesn’t that sound philosophical!) Glad Karl is safe.

  4. Karen

    I hope Karl will be able to get back to his school life soon and that they will not have to cancel his classes for weeks on end and hope he will have a place to live there as well – Houston is going to be a mess for awhile for sure – enjoy him while you have him back.

  5. Ellie

    Don’t beat yourself up about not getting more UFOs done! They will be there waiting for you and you are doing the important things now! Glad Karl made it home safely. Enjoy.

  6. Kim LeMere

    I like your idea of putting the two blocks together and skipping the “on point” idea. Glad you are having more time with Karl and isn’t it nice to have the family dinners together even if it only for a short time. What a mess Houston is going to be for so many families.

  7. Laura

    Slow and steady. It will get done eventually. Better to spend time with your family, I think, the sewing will wait for you.

  8. Cindy

    I’m with you when it comes to putting blocks on point. I don’t like it and avoid it at all cost. Thanks for showing us a different way to put these blocks together. I will have to look at on point quilts in a different way to see if I can change it up. Glad that Karl is home safe. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nell

    I have half of Garden Party together (on the diagonal) and started 3 rows for the other half. I am using Thanks to You star points as my L&E and making great progress. I really don’t WANT to do anything else but sew, however, I am also trying to soak up as much time with my senior boy as possible. Hope to get a quilt through the long arm over the weekend. . .

  10. Mary Etherington`

    I loved constructing this quilt and I’m with you, Jo – I hate sewing those diagonal rows together!!!

  11. mpv61

    I don’t mind sewing diagonal rows together, but there are other things I avoid, like any triangle except a half-square triangle, hand-sewing, and anything that doesn’t lend itself to chain-piecing. We should all arrange things to work for us when possible!

    Enjoy the family time!

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