Thursday, August 10, 2023

Flipped - ISU version- and the power of finishing

I know many quilters have much longer lists of UFOs (unfinished objects) than I do, but when my list gets too long, it paralyzes me.  I end up not sewing at all because I can't decide which project deserves my full attention, and I feel guilty starting anything new.

Making my visual list of UFOs for my last post helped me focus on finishing something.  Finishing something triggers happy feelings.  Happy feelings make me want to sew again.  Sewing again helps me finish things.  It's a lovely little cycle, once I get it started!

Flipped by Canuck Quilter Designs

Flipped in ISU school colors was at the top of my UFO list.  I just needed to convince myself that simple straight-line quilting with my walking foot would be enough.  Really, most of the quilting will be covered up by the place setting anyway, so there is no need to spend hours on intricate quilting.  Not that intricate quilting isn't lovely, but it isn't necessary.  Simple quilting would get this finished and intricate plans would make it languish.  Simple wins!

I stitched in the ditch between the different fabrics then added some outline quilting 1/4" away from those seams.  Sets of double line echoes the angles for a little extra quilting to keep things tidy and not too puffy.

Flipped placemat

Flipped runner

I don't know what the design principle is concerning those double lines, but to my eye they make things look more polished.

I think the binding probably took a longer than the quilting, just because there are a lot of inches all around 4 placemats and a runner.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook  you probably saw pictures of the binding in progress, with a bazillion clips, like this:

Machine binding with Clover Wonderclips

I have a machine binding tutorial here that explains why I like so many clips.

So there we go, the UFO list is one project shorter.

Next up:  Fresh Wrapped, Christmas edition.  I finished the quilting a couple of days ago.  Now I need to bind. 

I'm on a roll, and getting closer to yet another finish is getting me excited to quilt the Accidental Quilt.  I even have a quilting plan already!  And while I'm stitching away, ideas are starting to perk about how to salvage the butterfly quilt I wasn't so excited about anymore.  Shrinking the UFO stack is definitely reviving my creativity!

What's your UFO status, and does it affect your creativity?  Please share in the comments.

Happy quilting,



  1. Simple quilting is often what is needed & yours is looking lovely. Now on a roll must be a wonderful feeling & hope it continues for you & I so enjoy seeing your finishes. Take care & hugs from down under.

  2. The placemats are great and the simple quilting is perfect! I joined some UFO challenges years ago that helped me clean out mine. It took the "now what?" challenge away from me and helped a lot. Since then I've been more mindful of what I choose to start and have tried to keep the unfinished projects to a minimum. Unless we're counting tops needing quilting. Then we're just going to walk away.

  3. Oh, I am so happy you said you get paralyzed by what to do next…I am the same. I also have a hard time deciding what to make with some fabrics, which does the same. Anyway, love your placemats, they’re very eye pleasing! Tfs!


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