UFO Challenge Update

From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

I didn’t get as much sewing done this week as I would have liked.  That happens though.  Some weeks I sew like crazy.  The next weeks, not as much.  I’m coming into my “sewing season” though.  I used to call in “farm wife widow” season but doesn’t “sewing season” sound so much better?  I sure think it does.

I put my head down and tried to concentrate, at least this week, on one project.  My project, Fair and Square.

The first two weeks after my foot surgery I was off of work and managed to get some four patches sewn for this quilt…then, the project sat.  This week…I’m back at it hoping to make some progress.

I know this doesn’t look like much because it’s all in a jumbled bucket but I am further along.  All of the four patches are sewn together so I can start sewing them onto the squares.


I worked ahead and started piecing the borders too.  See?In the bucket on the left are the pieces sewn into strips.  Next up ironing and then cutting them into segments.  I’ll be so happy to have these to sew.  It’s mindless sewing…my favorite.

I am so impressed with myself.  I dug around, as much as I’m able with my foot, and found fabric for the squares and black for the outline of the blocks and inner border.  I’m happy with the selection.  Next up, I need to start cutting.


As always, I’ll save that for nap time work.  Most people at their jobs get lunch breaks along with 15 minute breaks.  With childcare, I don’t get any complete breaks where I have no responsibility but if I time things right and everyone sleeps at the same time, I typically get a half hour.  I so appreciate that.  In fact, it’s one of the things that gets me through the day.  It’s amazing how much time those little sessions add up too.

When I first started doing childcare I used to write a blog post.  Only problem, I had babies that sleep in the computer room…so now, I stay in the kitchen so the rest of the house stays quiet for the kiddos…and what can I do in the kitchen, cut or iron.

I’m expecting my book will be arriving soon. I’ve debated about what I’m going to do…sew something from the new book or continue on with my UFO projects. I think it just might be UFOs for now. I’m liking the progress I’m making.

9 thoughts on “UFO Challenge Update”

  1. I am working on the last two mysteries at the same time. Even though I have all Bonnie’s books (waiting on the new one since I also ordered the ruler) these are the first quilts of hers I’ve made. With Grand Illusions I am putting the blocks together and then sewing the rows, using the border pieces as leaders and enders. I am almost done with all the components of Alletiere. Hopefully I’ll have the tops completed before the next mystery starts!

  2. I have to admit to only have one Bonnie book and I have never started one of her quilts – I like them, but I just have not made one. Your list of Bonnie quilts is amazing – get going girl :)

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  4. I thought I had just finished all of my Bonnie tops, but then I remembered I have the Cathedral Stars left too. I might have to drag it out and do double duty with it and another quilt top. Thanks for having the linkup, it has gotten a couple of tops to the ready to be quilted stage.

  5. My Tumalo trails quilt has been in time out for a few weeks waiting to get the sashing on it. But I’ve been sewing up Split 9 Patch blocks and de-boning shirts getting ready to sew the Moth in the Window blocks from her new book. Waiting for the book to arrive, but I’m getting the ruler so it’ll be a bit before that comes. Love all your progress on projects! When it comes time to putting your components together for all your quilts they are going to go together very fast! Great job!

  6. I have my Boxy Stars all made but I need to put the blocks together and get it done and today I hope to finish Bricks in the Barnyard blocks. I have also ordered her book and ruler and I want to finish these UFO before it arrives. You are making great progress Jo, how is the foot?

  7. I am late with this comment, because yes, life happens . ..I got Boxy Stars loaded on the quilt machine and a bunch of 4 patches for Celtic Solstice sewn. I am hoping to quilt and binding attached tonight. I get to sponsor a middle school band trip on Saturday, hoping to bind on the bus! Retreat in a week! YAHOOOOOOO! Now, which UFO to pack???

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