I got quite a bit of time in the sewing room this week. It was completely unexpected. I had Saturday plans and they fell through so I made a date with my sewing room instead. It was wonderful!!
The first on my list was to get the border on this quilt…
This quilt was in a holding pattern. Several people had poo-pooed my choice of the paisley fabric for the border so I started second-guessing myself. It’s totally okay. I asked for suggestions. Finally, I didn’t listen and put it on anyway.
I am SO GLAD I did. I really like it. Typically when I make quilts the colors are really bold that I gravitate to. I’ve been wanting to make more mellow quilts and I think the paisley border mellowed this one out. I really like it…it’s not my typical choice but I ended up really liking it.
I have a backing figured out for this and hope to get it on the longarm soon.
From there I was kind of in a funk mood. I’m so frustrated with the vast amount of UFO projects I have. I haven’t redone a count but I know it’s too many for me. I’ve been plugging away at them but I want to do more than just plug away. So what’s the best remedy for that…FINISH UFOs. The first thing I did was put this quilt on the longarm. I had to make a backing first and it involved some piecing as I was trying to use up every little piece.
I did get that done and did the binding. I didn’t get the pictures taken though.
From there I pulled up my UFO list. Was there something on the list I could just quickly check off to make myself feel better? Yes…this project. It was to be a baby quilt. I could quickly finish that up. It was small. It was started. That would give me some momentum. But could I find it? NO. UGH. I had thought about sending it to the Cresco Ladies. Did I send it to them…did I send it to Jazz? Hmm. Where in the world could it be?
Instead, I found EVERY OTHER UFO I have which didn’t help my mood of wanting to finish UFO projects. UGH.
One of the UFOs I came across was this… It’s my Biscuits and Gravy fabric. In this mess was a quilt top that was started. I just loved the colors of this fabric line and still do. Some time ago a blog reader saw that I was working on this and sent me extra ABC panels. I ended up sorting it all out. I decided to get realistic and saved out two panels for me. Then I took the rest and will donate them to Pat and her group. They make preschool quilts for kids and ABC quilts would be perfect for them. I packaged what I was keeping all up but did pull out the quilt top.
The quilt top was just the center only. I added some borders and made a backing so it’s ready to go to the long arm. That made me feel MUCH better. That was the quick fix I needed.
In my digging, I found this. It has never even made it to my UFO list. I started making this MANY years ago. I’m pretty sure we still lived at the farmhouse. I got it this far and quit. I decided that I would pass this on to Jazz. I’m guessing she might add a border and put it together to donate to the children’s unit at the hospital in Houston. It would be perfectly bright and cheery for that.
This was my first dive into crumb quilting before I made the first grandkid quilt. I’m guessing this is 12 years old. It’s time to move it on out!!
I have my Tribute to Judie quilt and it’s my goal this week to get that top finished. I also want to pull something that requires a bunch of piecing. I’ve gotten several requests to film a “Sew with Jo” episode. I really don’t have a project right now that is “in the right spot” to do that. I really need something that is more of block building project. I’ll look at the UFO list and see if something falls into that category. I know the UFO for October was #11
My #11 is Floribunda and my #23 is my English Paper Piecing project. Admittedly, I’m not in the mood for either one. UGH.
I have it in mind to pull this…
It’s the Smores quilt. Hmm. I have to learn to use the tool and how to make the blocks. This was a UFO from a blog reader so it’s all new to me. Hopefully, I can find some time to experiment. We’ll see.
I should probably just concentrate on finishing my Tribute to Judie quilt. Oh Jo, just concentrate!! HA! Please tell me I’m not the only planning two, three, or even four projects ahead!!