Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

UFO Quilting Logic



Over on the Quiltville’ s Open Studio in Facebook, a Quilt-A-Long is starting on Monday — either Jared Takes a Wife or Smokey Mountain Stars. I enjoy quilt-a-longs, but I don’t participate as much as I would like for a variety of reasons – most often because I have what seems like hundreds of UFOs and I don’t want to start another quilt until I get something finished.

My leader/ender project is Bricks & Stepping Stones. I’ve been working on it since mid-November sewing scrappy lights to scrappy black 2″ squares.  Only in past week have I started sewing the 2-patches into 4-patches (top right pile of 4-patches). No bricks have been cut.

The bottom right pile of brown and white 4-patches are pieces from my Candy Sunflower Seeds (The Chain Event by Dorothy Young) quilt top that is a UFO to complete this year. Candy Sunflower Seeds ended up in the UFO pile when I realized instead of using a creamy white I used a bright white to make the 4-patches and it simply won’t do. So, when I finish the quilt, I’m going to have this stack of 4-patches left over.

Now my UFO Quilting Logic.

Since there are no bricks cut for Bricks & Stepping Stones, there is nothing to keep me from repurposing those black & light 4-patches and using them in Jared Takes a Wife. By swapping quilts out I keep my quilt in progress number steady and don’t add to the count that I’m trying to reduce.

The brown & white 4-patches?  When I finish Candy Sunflower Seeds, instead of tossing them into the orphan box, I’ll make Bricks & Stepping Stones, up-sizing the bricks to match the 4-patches — but I don’t have to count this a quilt in progress until I know for certain I’m not going to have to take those 4-patches apart.

My UFO/Quilts in Progress count remains the same. I get to participate in the Quilt-A-Long and eventually, I’ll make Bricks & Stepping Stones.

Next time, I’ll explain how I’ve decided on the colors for my Jared Takes a Wife – it’s nearly as convoluted.




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