Most of my UFO's are quilts that I've also fallen out of favor with... they've been sitting around, progress stalled on them for years. I feel it's time they've moved on however, hence the focus on them here.
The idea with this page is two fold. One, keep track of what needs to be done - it can't be worked on, let alone completed, if you don't know what you have. (There are lots of boxes in the 'ol sewing room, it's a bit of Out of Sight, Out of Mind down there.) Two, challenge myself to completing one UFO every three months. If I get four quilts a year done, I'd be thrilled.
No particular order to which will get worked on next...
- ARABESQUE (2012)
For all intents and purposes I'm counting this as a 2012 start. I actually started it in the last few days of 2011. I know I won't have time to work on it in the near future but I've been really wanting to make it in the worst way so I hope I can devote some attention to it soon.
- THE KING OF NEW AMSTERDAM IS DEAD (2011)
I've finished the top and this is where most of my quilts go to die. I need to pin baste it and quilt it. Its saving grace is that it's small and might actually get worked on soon.
- PATIO QUILT (2011)
The quilt top is done but I still have to baste and quilt it.
- MOM'S TOTE BAG (2011)
I wanted to gift the table runner in the left over coordinating fabrics by making a tote bag out of the scraps (see finished projects for ideas of the tote) and quilt the front. I've got some of the pieces cut out and ready to go but am still a ways off from finishing this.
- CRIB QUILT / QUILT CLASS V.1 (2011)
I put this top together pretty quickly in order to have a demo of the quilt we were going to make for a quilting class I was teaching at my local church. When we get to the quilting part I'll show how to baste, quilt and bind using this as an example.
- CRIB QUILT / QUILT CLASS V.2 (2011)
As the class goes along I've been cutting and assembling with the participants. So this version hasn't gotten very far because as a group we haven't gotten very far yet.
- STRING PICNIC QUILT (2011)
Originally discovered the pattern when quilters united to make blocks to send to the flood victims in Australia. I made and sent some then made some more but never sent them. I'd love to use up my scrap stash to make a picnic blanket.
- MUG RUG (2011)
Originally made this for a friend but then changed my mind and made her something else. Need to finish the quilting and add the binding.
- LOVE BUBBLES (2011)
I waited too long to buy any of the Heather Ross's Mendocino fabric and by the time I was ready to commit it was impossible to find any or if I could find it, it was $40 a yard... a bit rich for my blood. However I have friends with greater foresight who purchased some then took pity on me and gave me their scraps. I gratefully took them and found the perfect pattern to work with the small bits: Love bubbles! Now I just need to assemble it.
- PLAN C (2010)
I have all the individual blocks sewn up and just need to sew them together. Then of course it's off to quilting and binding. Someday!
- KIKI'S KALEIDOSCOPE (2010)
I'm in the middle of quilting this but it's difficult to shove this large quilt though my little sewing machine. I really need to at least chip away at it.
- HEXAGON QUILT (2010)
The never ending hand project. I don't have nearly as much time for this as I used to, so sadly, it's languishing a bit.
- APRONS (2010)
I've got two aprons in works. One holiday one that I'd started for my self but my sister really wants, so I'll finish it up and give it to her.
And another that's in the process of being pieced together, quilt like, for myself as an everyday apron. While I most likely won't add batting, I do think I'll line and quilt it.
Here is the little stack of fabric I'm making it with. Most of it I pulled from my Single Girl quilt stash.
- GODDAUGHTER'S QUILT (2010)
Started this last year with my BFF, we finished the top together and she took it home with her... and hadn't touched it since. I went to visit her in the fall and "stole" it back. I'll finish it hopefully soon and mail it back... or try to finish it by Feb. when my BFF is planning on coming back for another visit.
- NO NAME QUILT (2010)
I'm terrible at naming quilts, hence the name for this one! lol This was made by the Birthday Block Quilt Group on LJ. I need to figure out the final layout and sew the blocks together and add a border, plus quilting ect. It'll make a nice lap quilt.
- SINGLE GIRL QUILT (2009)
This is actually a quilt I'm dying to get back to. I almost wish this was closer to the top of the list but it has a much longer way to go then the other quilts. I've only completed four of the large rings. It's fun though and I'm loving it. It'll be really satisfying to come back to.
- THOUSAND PYRAMID CHARM QUILT (2009)
I've always wanted to make a thousand pyramid quilt. Of course I couldn't make it easy, oh no. I had to go and make it a charm quilt too. I sorta stalled out when I became overwhelmed both by the cutting of all my fabrics and the cutting of 5" squares in trade with the people who'd sent me fabric. I still owe a bunch of people fabric. I really need to sit down and cut more out to ship out. I told my self no more swapping till I'd sent every one fabric who I owe fabric to, so that's first priority. Then I need to focus just on this quilt and no other so I can keep track of exactly what fabrics I've cut and which one's I haven't.
- DEPRESSION QUILT (2008)
Not that this quilt is depressing! The name of the block that makes up the quilt is called "Depression". It was from the depression era and is scrappy and wonderful. I love the way this top came together. It was made by the Birthday Block group on LJ in 2008. It's a complete top. I just need to make a backing that will fit and quilt and bind it.
- JAVA JANE (2008)
My version of the Dear Jane. OH, I have a long way to go. I just need to work on a block a month if I ever want to finish this thing. I just don't like paper piecing so I'm dreading working on it but I do have about 25 blocks done so I should think about working on it some more. I can't imagine working solely on this quilt though. It seems like you just do a little in between working on other things. My problem is the in between part, heh. It's a shame because each of these little blocks really are fun and satisfying to make.
Edited later to add, I don't think I'm actually going to attempt the whole traditional Dear Jane quilt. I really wanted to but the more I think about it the less appealing it sounds. I guess the most off putting thing is the paper piecing which is just a technique I don't care for. So instead I've designed a very modern version in my head using the blocks I've already completed. Now just to assemble!
- BIRTHDAY BLOCK BUTTERFLY QUILT (2007)
Each of the individual pieced blocks were made by the ladies in the Birthday Block Quilt Group on LJ. I added the solid purple blocks and the sashing to make the top. Originally I'd made it for my daughter when she was a baby. (It matched the colors of her nursery). Now however I'm not sure what to do with it. She's nearly five and wants things that are PINK. Alas I might donate it to Linus. It would at least get it off my to do list and would go to some little girl who'd love it and who would need it. If not then I'll finish the top and maybe send it to my nieces back east. I'm kinda up in the air on this one.
- WINDING WAYS QUILT (2007)
I love this quilt too but it's a lot of work, all those curved seams. It takes me about 1/2 hour for each little block. I'm slooooooooow. Heh. It's hard to keep on keepin' on when the results are so long in coming. BUT it's too beautiful to give up on.
I liked the quilting that was done on this version by "circlelord".... can't remember where I found the image but I've had it for a long while.
- BOM QUILT (2007)
There was an active on-line group but it fizzled out kinda half way though the year so I have a number of Block of the Month blocks done. I did a few more on my own and I do have a layout all planned but I haven't done much more then that. It should be nice when it's finished and rather large, fitting on our king sized bed. I just need to get back around to it. Sampler quilts aren't my all time favorite but they're a good way to build skills so somehow I keep doing them.
- 30's REPO QUILT (2005)
I love the old 30's reproduction fabrics. I started this quilt for my daughter too (actually when I was pregnant)! I just really wanted to make it in the worst way but I didn't take enough time to think about what I was doing and chose a pattern that I ended up hating. I got it half assembled (see top picture for what the pattern looked like) and then decided there was no way I'd finish it because I just couldn't stand it. I thought about how I could rework it (I was very limited in what I could do because the pieces we already cut) and finally ripped all the blocks apart... I still think it'll come out really cute but there's been twice the work with this quilt since I have to first undo it all before I can even start assembling it for a second time! Ug.
Believe it or not I have actually made some progress with this... still a long way to go though.
- TWISTED SISTER (2004)
Ah, the Twisted Sister quilt. I do so like this one. However it's reached the point where most of my quilts go to die. 3/4ths of the way through. I need to sew on the borders (already cut out - no excuse there) and quilt the dang thing! The sad thing is I did the whole top in a month and then didn't touch it again.
- DENALI POSTAGE STAMP QUILT (2003)
This is what I wrote last time I reviewed my UFO's, "This is my *CRAZY* quilt, and by crazy I mean googlee-eyed bonkers. This is composed of 1/2" finished squares. The total quilts measures over 100" wide. It is color matching intensive to get it right. The last house we lived in (over three years ago) had a design wall that I was using to lay things out on but I don't have that in this house. I can't do this quilt without it. So anyway I've been collecting and cutting out little tiny squares for ages. Top picture is what it should look like when it's finished. Bottom picture is all the little squares in their baggies and the code to the position that they'll fit into (on the grid) of the image. Like I said. Nuts. ;^)" I still have the same problem, lack of a large enough space to lay it all out though I suppose I could keep working on cutting out all those little teeny tiny pieces of fabric.
- PINWHEEL QUILT (2001)
This is what I'd written last time I'd taken a look at all my UFO's, "I had just finished (yes I actually DO finish stuff! lol) a queen size quilt w/ matching lap quilt for my Mom and Dad, and really wanted to start a quilt for myself. This was it. But sadly I ran out of time and moved to Portland and started working a real job again. This got put on the back shelf and I'm not sure why I never picked it up again. I like it and want to get back into it one of these days. It's a very simple color scheme and pattern but at the time I wanted a simple quilt to help balance out a complicated life." I did actually go back and work on this quilt a little bit and was horrified at how bad my seams were! lol... I actually had to put it back down because it was bugging me too much. I should finish it but, meh. The fire's gone out of it for me.
- STARRY LOG CABIN (2000)
This is the oldest completed top I have sitting around. Up until 2000 any quilting I'd done was from an unstudied, naive, self-taught perspective. This was the first quilt I made where I actually knew what I was doing. I made the top in three days and now it's just sat around for over a decade waiting to be finished. I think it's a full or maybe a queen size quilt. Honestly I don't remember! I'd really, really like to finish this one though.