The Oldest UFO

I pulled my oldest UFO.  If you’ve ever English Paper Pieced in your life you likely have a project hidden away too.

LONG..LONG ago I started an English paper piecing project.  When I first started I worked on it LOTS.  Now, hardly ever.  I started it after seeing this quilt on a blog.  It’s from the blog Plain and Simple and you can read about it here.  Libby’s blog was one of the first ones I ever started reading.  She does wonderful projects.  Many include hand piecing.

A couple evenings a week Hubby and I have been taking in the Netflix series Longmire.  As much as I don’t like television I’ve actually started enjoying this show.  Of course I can’t just sit still so I pulled my English Paper Piecing.


I even made some progress.


It’s not a lot but it’s a start.  If you’ve hand stitched like this you know ever piece is precious.

I am stuck here though.  I am out of pieces to stitch.  It’s time to cut more and that is happening soon as I need something to work on while we sit and watch Longmire.

I think it’s time to take an inventory too.  I have not idea how many pieces I have done and no idea how many I need.

Watch for another update soon.  I have the fever to work on this and I’m going with it.  I know the project will likely get set aside again but I want to get as far as I can on it before it does go back into storage.

9 thoughts on “The Oldest UFO”

  1. Oh my, Jo, have you
    seen the wonderful Hexagon quilt-a-long from the Hexagon book? They are fabulous and I really want to do it, but…it is a lot to commit to!

  2. I know what you mean by ‘getting as much done on it before it goes back into storage’. I have a Grandmother’s Flower Garden that I’ve been working on since I inherited it from my Grandmother. I’m committed to getting it done ‘someday’, though!

  3. I have a Lucy Boston POTC almost done and a hexie that is 1/2 inch on a side like what you are doing. I work on them off and on and when I cut strips I cut an extra one for my shape. I did buy a solid muslin in natural for the last row on the stars. I set it aside and forgot and cut it up. So had to start over. It is relaxing. Enjoy the process. Chris

  4. Your hexies look great. I love doing hexies and even more so since I discovered Faeries and Fibres blog. She is a master hexie maker. I have learned so much from her, especially forming hexie donuts to stitch your hexies together. Using this method really cuts down on stitching the hexies together even with the basic hexie rosette. It totally avoids starts and stops and makes the overall process much more pleasant. She also shows many fabric layouts and fabric making in her hexies. Love your blog and reading about your family.


  5. I have one of those going on and took it with me when I traveled, so not traveling as much now and not enough to take it with me, so I am stuck, wanting to but not wanting to start again.

  6. Gorgeous quilt! I keep making flowers for a GFG, but the “mothership,” as Bonnie Hunter calls it, is too big to take along with me. I like to have handwork when I travel, but I get motion sick when I try to concentrate in the car.

  7. Like you, I don’t watch much tv, but when I do, I must have something to stitch. That quilt is incredible. That’s definitely a long term project, but it’ll be worth the wait!

  8. Betty (from Canada)

    Are you going to put an update on your blog about the number of blocks you have gotten for your birthday quilt? Also are you going to make the blocks into a quilt? Hope to see updates soon.

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