Saturday, March 26, 2011

Whittling down the UFO list

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My Hawaiian quilt pillow is finished!  It only took me 15 years and a couple of months :) 
It came as a kit, with the applique piece already cut out.  I wasn’t very familiar with sewing at the time so it was slow going when I first attempted it.  Knowing what I know now I realize that the poor quality fabric and the very poor instructions that came with the kit probably didn’t help my progress.  I don’t know that I could have gotten the hand quilting done following those directions if I had gotten to that step 15 years ago, so I’m glad I set it aside till more recently.
Here’s how the UFO list stands now:
1.  Leaf quilt – needs basting and hand quilting
2. Swap quilt – needs basting and machine quilting (currently stumped on what I want to quilt on it)
3. Whimsy pinwheel/windmills – needs borders, basting, quilting (hand or machine?)
4. Designing a Canadiana quilt (maybe this doesn’t count as a UFO since there’s no fabric actually cut yet?)
It feels great to have the list whittled down like this.  It’s about as long as I like it. It gives me one of every activity I like to have available: piecing (Whimsy’s pieced border), machine quilting and hand quilting.  I think  the swap quilt will be my next big focus.  Any thoughts about what to quilt on it?  There is an extra 3 inch border and prairie points all around (all in the same fabric as the setting triangles) since this picture was taken.
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7 comments:

  1. The pillow is beautiful, as is your quilting!

    Sandy

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  2. That pillow turned out nice;) Glad you kept it after all those years;) I am almost envious at the size of your UFO list;)
    The swap quilt is pretty;) As for how to quilt it...no idea...I always get stumped on that part;)
    Happy Quilting!!

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  3. What a challenge the pillow must have been! I don't think I could do it at all, but you did a great job! Be proud of it! Your APQ quilt is beautiful! The dark setting triangles are perfect for it; they truly do "set it off"! I wouldn't have a clue how to quilt it though; that's why I have three waiting to be quilted! ---"Love"

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  4. Love the pillow. Hawaiian quilts are really interesting. The APQ quilt is stunning. Can't help with the quilting as I only do stitch-in-the-ditch, but it really turned out pretty.

    Liri

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  5. Your pillow turned out great and knowing what you had poor directions and icky fabric makes it all that much more impressive. My swap quilt is at the same stage: thinking!

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  6. Oh, that's lovely. But now I am worrying that I might have some projects that take 15 years.... better go check my UFO list. :) Theri

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  7. 15 years hey? I don't feel so bad about my long list of UFOs. Your swap blocks look fabulous and it reminds me that I owe folks a label for their quilts. Better not leave that as a UFO for 15 years! Ann :-)

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