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The Year of the PIG – Question #4

Jill’s Year of the PIGS Question #4 is:

What is your last finish and what UFO are you working on now?

As Jill said, this is an easy question.  My last finish was my 5-patch Scrap baby quilt on January 31st.

I’m working on two different UFOs at the moment.  At the sewing machine I’m working on a brightly colored Dresden Plate on a black background.

I started this quilt sometime in 2006.  I’m using a skirt my mom made for me in the early ’90s.  One of these days I’ll need to see if I can find a picture of it before I started chopping into it.  This is what is left of the skirt.

There were at least two more tiers to the skirt.  I had to cut into another layer to get enough pieces.

I wore that skirt frequently for 10 years (clearly I’m not a clothes horse.)  I always wanted a black blouse and black slouch boots to wear with it.  But never got the blouse made or found the boots.  Instead I wore it with a purple “camp shirt” and some sort of black shoes.  For accessories I had a “silver” concho belt and a multi-colored turquoise phoenix brooch.  I finally rolled over the hem of the skirt with my desk chair one time too many and decided I shouldn’t wear it any more.

When I’m not sitting in front of my sewing machine, I’m hand quilting my Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

Last night I discovered that I only have 2 rings left on the row I’m currently working on, then two more rows for a total of 16 rings to go.  I’ve blogged a lot about this quilt over the past couple of year.  Clicking on “dwr” on the right of my screen take you to those entries.

Check out the link’s at Jill’s to the last finish others have had and what they are currently working on now.

Option 1 or Option 2?


Option #1

Option #2


There will be 15 total plates. Since I’m quilting them in sections, I’ll potentially need to make up my mind before I get all 15 appliquéd (there’s that word again) to the background.


The remaining 12 plates have been faced.  Now to turn and press them.

What’s on my Design Wall?

Or perhaps a better title is Why UFOs are Created.

Last week I ran into an issue with my Dresden Plates.  No, it’s not getting them to lay flat — although that can be a challenge — but rather I sewed the petals in the wrong order and didn’t discover it until I clipped and turned the plate.  Argh!  There was no salvaging that plate and since I used a smaller stitch, I wasn’t looking forward to ripping out the stitches on the 2nd plate sewn wrong, but not yet clipped.

So, I cut more petals – enough for 4 plates so I didn’t have to rip out the two plates I did back when I was first working on this project.  Between this and that, all I accomplished on the Dresden Plate was getting the 4 new plates sewn together and prepping the centers .  So, now there are 8 days left in the month and I’m supposed to finish the Dresden Plate because it’s UFO # 10.

So did I work on it over the weekend?  No, I finished up the Dragonflies during the week and decided I needed to know if I had enough black and white fabric for the quilt. I did, so I starting cutting the fabric, essentially starting a new quilt over the weekend.  Although technically it’s not a new quilt since I started the dragonflies last August.

I even held back on cutting the black squares, but that didn’t stop me from putting one block together.  The yellow square was easy to cut from the yellow strip I’ve been hauling around since August.  The only reason I don’t have more dragonfly blocks done, is I’ve got to trim them and that was going to take some time.

So, the Dresden Plate quilt could easily get set aside for the “new” quilt.  It’s more exciting.  It’s new.  I want it finished by early April, and there’s no way I’m going to finish the Dresden Plate by the end of February, so give up and work on the new quilt.

But, instead I’m going to buck up, put the pieces for the dragonfly quilt in a bag and set it aside to work on next month. I’ve checked my calendar and there’s nothing on the schedule after work this week, so there should be nothing to prevent me from making progress.  If As I make noticeable progress on the quilt, I’ll post pictures.  But until then, I may be incognito.

Meanwhile, check out the quilts being worked on by others by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

What’s on my Design Wall

For this week’s design wall, I have three of my completed Dresden Plates for this month’s UFO Challenge.  This does not include the two I made previously because I want to realign them on the background and change out the centers.  The color is not very accurate in the above picture, but it’s pretty close in this second picture.

Notice anything wrong?

Yep — I sewed the quarters together wrong — at least twice — and didn’t notice it until I was turning the plate.  I’m going to be cutting more blades later this week as I trimmed and clipped.    I guess I need to go through the rest of the plates to see if they are put together correctly and see how many more I need to make.

Check out other design walls by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Found in my Stash…

…a length of gold Dimples (Judy would be so proud). Although, can you call less than a yard “a length”?

Anyway, there’s enough to make the inner gold border and all of the centers for my Colorworks Dresden Plate, which is this month’s UFO Challenge.

Progress on UFO #10

February’s UFO started off looking like this.   When I started this quilt, the plan was to make this:

Those are 15″ blocks with 3″ sashing, so the quilt would finish at 75″ x 93″.  But since I can’t find these two quilted blocks, I can either pick a different quilt to work on, or approach the quilt with a fresh perspective.

Picking a different quilt wouldn’t get this one done, so I decided to try a fresh perspective.  I played in EQ with several ideas and decided on this one:

This quilt has a 2″ inner black spacer border, a 1 1/2″ inner border and then finishes with a 3 1/2″ outer border.  The quilt will measure 59″ x 89″.   I have to dig through my stash to see if I can find 5/8 yard of yellow fabric.  I may just have to make a trip to the LQS.  Believe it or not, when my husband looked at the options and I told him this one would require a fabric purchase, he still picked it.  I think he said something about 1 yard (I hadn’t done the math yet) wasn’t that big of a deal.

I haven’t just been playing in EQ, I’ve actually did pieced.  I now have 10 plates in progress.  I’ve got more cutting ahead of me.

Drop in later in the week to see how I’m progressing.

What’s on My Design Wall

Today it’s really What’s on my Scanner Bed.  I was afraid to try to put them on the design wall.  It looks like I’ll be redoing a couple of these before I put the top together.  If they were all usable I’d be a little over 1/3 of the way done.  I’m going to put these back in their envelope for a couple of weeks.  I need to work on something bigger.

I still haven’t found the two completed (as in quilted) blocks to my UFO#10.  I have no idea where they got to, but I have found the black batting, so I think I’m just going to regroup.  There’s nothing stopping me from making the plates and appliquéing them to the background.  The final decision will come when I see how many plates I can get from the fabric I have — there’s no buying new – the fabric is at least 20 years old.

Follow the links over at Patchwork Times for great inspiration.

The Year of the PIG – Question #3

Jill’s Year of the PIGS Question #3 is:

What is the main reason(s) why you put PIGS and UFOs to the side?

Where do I start? First the UFOs

  • The quilt has a deadline and I didn’t meet it, so now it’s on to the next quilt and deadline.
  • I have a stack of blocks and don’t know how I want to set them (usually from swaps).
  • I have a stack of blocks from a swap or raffle and don’t have time to deal with them ‘right now’.
  • The process is tedious and I’m tired of it.
  • I’ve run into a problem and I don’t know how I’m going to fix it.
  • Something new has caught my eye and has to be done “right now”.
  • The project is long-term (BOM, SBS, lots of handwork) and the timeline gets extended to handle my lack of progress.
  • The quilt doesn’t have a ‘destination’, so it’s gets bumped down in priority.
  • Life gets in the way.

Now the pigs.

  • I’ve decided I don’t have enough time to get the project done in the amount of time I have.
  • I don’t want to start anything new with so many other projects needing to be finished.
  • What was I thinking?
  • That will be a good retreat project.

These are just a some of the reasons projects get set aside. The good news is I was easily able to list these out and I’m actively working on overcoming them.  I haven’t joined a swap or raffle in a while (the blue & brown SBS blocks was the last swap I joined – blocks received in November 2009).  I haven’t bought a new project  in a while that I wasn’t going to start working on immediately (last PIG was The Night Before Christmas in May 2009).

I’m doing my best to not set dates for my quilts, except where absolutely necessary – the mini quilt is for the Guild silent auction in April, or the mystery quilt I’m writing for a quilt retreat, also in April.  A few dates sneak in.  I’d love to have my Double Wedding Ring finished to hang in the Guild quilt show in April.  There are two other quilts I’d love to have for show and tell at the April retreat.  But then I remind myself, there are only 9 weeks left until April, do the mini and work on the DWR – forget the other two since I haven’t even STARTED them.

Forget the PIGs, I’m focused on the UFOs — now if I can just find # 10….

February UFO Challenge

Judy has drawn the UFO Challenge number for February.  The link to the January challenge finishes can be found here.

This month’s number is 10. That means I’ll be working on my bright Colorworks Dresden Plate Quilt-As-You-Go project…

…if I can find it.

The top picture is a relatively current picture. I took it this past December. That portion of the quilt is in my UFO crate on the shelves. The bottom picture was taken a while back. I’m not sure where those two finished blocks are – or for that matter the box of black batting I purchased for the project.

This project was started in 2006.   Most of the prints are from the  Colorworks collection which came out in the early 1990’s.  I  know this, because the fabric is from a  “broomstick”  skirt that my Mom made for me as ‘model garment’ at a now defunct chain fabric store shortly after I moved to Texas.  I am here to tell you that quilting cotton does not make an easy to care for broomstick skirt.  Which is not to say the skirt wasn’t cute.  Mom used the same fabric to make a skirt for my sister and sister-in-law — although I don’t think their skirts had as many tiers.

I loved the skirt.  Wore it for nearly 10 years (I’m obviously not a clothes horse) but tended to roll over the hem when getting up from my desk at work.  Since the skirt had an elastic waistband,  it made for some potentially awkward moments.  The last time it happened,  I decided I would make a quilt from the miles of fabric in the skirt and came home and tore the skirt apart. I managed to acquire the other two skirts and found some leftover fabric in Mom’s sewing room.

Of course as a project without a known destination, this quilt got set aside to languish unfinished as I worked on something else.  Since it was started, I’ve completely gutted my sewing room, so there is no telling where the missing blocks and batting are.  For a while, the missing batting (and maybe the missing blocks?) was in a crate sitting in the living room.  Then we cleaned up the living room and the crate got moved.  Our best guess is it’s in the basement – but everything in the basement got moved around not too long ago when we had the plumber out.  So, before I can really begin working on this project, I’ve got to work on the basement.  I wonder if Judy will let me count a cleaned basement as a finished UFO?

I’ll search for the missing batting and if I don’t find it in the next two weeks, I may have to swap out UFO #10 for something else on the list.