UFO Progress

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 have been really busy lately…sewing has fallen aside a bit.  I’ve been working on other things instead…and been going to auctions, catching up on paperwork and the like.  I’ve stepped up a bit and even been trying to walk Ruby a little bit more.  Most of last week I got my 10,000 steps in.  Sadly though, my foot started acting up again.

Anyway…there’s not a lot to report of what I’ve gotten done in the UFO department.  Between all of the above mentioned things and me still sewing in a scattered fashion, not concentrating on one project, there’s not a lot to report except for this…


Yep, I’m working on Texas Braid now.  You can find it in Bonnie Hunter’s Book Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

Last time you saw it I was this far…


..not started.

I also have a BIG batch of red squares sewn to neutral pieces.  They need to ironed, but it’s progress.

This is going pretty well.  I’m actually liking the process of sewing this.  It’s unusual as there are not blocks but rows instead.  I keep thinking once I get to the end of the rows adding pieces isn’t going to be as fun as the strip will get heavier and heavier making it more awkward to manipulate.

I do have a back pieced for Rick Rack Nines.  I had hoped to have that on the frame but alas…maybe this week.

Stop back next week.  I’m hoping with an extra day over the weekend to work on things I might get over the hump and actually get something finished!

Kelli had a finish…check out her Fair and Square quilt here.

9 thoughts on “UFO Progress”

  1. Sharon Hughson

    This is a comment on your garden post. You have to respray after rain. Just sayin from NJ. We know this first hand. LOL Your garden looked great.

  2. Not much sewing going on here either. Summer brings longer work hours and over the weekend the weather was absolutely gorgeous so it was perfect for yard work and doing some cleaning in the garage.
    I also use the spray for my flower garden to deter the bunnies and deer. I buy it in the concentrated form and mix up what I need. I find it to be more economical.

  3. Anne Deedrick

    Jo – My hips tend to get sore if I try to take one longer walk. So I found if I spread the time out into two shorter walks I have less problems. Maybe that would work for you, although I know your time is limited with the daycare kids. I’m still plugging away at Tumalo Trails. I never find enough time to sew in the Summer, too busy with work and weekend company. Have a great day

  4. Grand Illusion blocks are going together, I THINK I can get it into a top before midnight tomorrow night, but not sure. I will try to get a pic up on Instagram. Every little bit of progress counts. I keep cutting scraps for Texas Braid, but I do not think I am anywhere close to the 1,086 lights or the 1, 086 colors, so I just keep at it in my scrap management.

  5. Hi Jo, I’m new to the Bonnie Hunter books and this week end she is teaching two classes in TN which I feel lucky to be a part of. I cant wait to make Bricks in the Barnyard and Boxy Stars with her. I just love all of your UFO projects from her books, keep showing us your progress!

  6. I made some progress. I started sewing my rows together for nargansett (sp?) blues. But found out I need a lot more 4 patches. So they will be my leader/ender project as I start my daughter’s wedding quilt. I also made a few pineapple blocks which is a long term (years) project.

  7. Just a tip on BH’s Texas Braid. I took a workshop with Bonnie on this quilt and mine is nearing the end. It has gotten pretty B-O-R-I-N-G along the way – I guess since it is just one long strip you are adding to, versus making blocks. Bonnie’s suggestion (and worked great for me as I added to the strips) is when the strip begins to get a bit long to handle, start folding it up from the bottom and putting a safety pin to hold it together. Just keep folding it as you work leaving some strips exposed so you can see what colors you had used nearby – I kept a piece of scrap paper pinned there as well, moving as I went, with the total number of strips I had added so I could keep up with that. Mine will be a queen size and I measured the bed and hope I figured what I will need. I worked on 3 or 4 strips at a time, one chasing the other through the machine like leaders and enders. With one left under the needle, I would cut apart what had gone through and press those strips on the other 2 or 3 and then put those back through. I also only worked on “like” strips at once, for instance with the neutral all on the same side so that wouldn’t get messed up. Hope you can use some of this info–but you may have taken a class with her on this. That’s what I enjoy about her classes—even tho the quilts are not difficult, she gives tips and techniques to help make it easier and I always gain something I can use later for another project as well.

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