Judy L's UFO Challenge

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Monday Progress

This was my inspiration.  I knew I didn’t want to do the squares between the pinwheels but more pinwheels.



I lay out the parts knowing I couldn’t assemble the blocks in a traditional way since there’s a bit of interlocking.  I was very pleased with my vision but could not help but think that was a lot of background. I sat down and continued sewing HSTs together and glanced at the design wall.  


A lightbulb came on and I jumped up and started rearranging.  I planned to put all the blue and green pinwheels in the center and the black and teal all around the outside.  I started texting pictures to a few friends and my friend I was sewing with commented the lime green pinwheels were a little smooshed together and not very distinct.


A little more shuffling and I placed a black and teal pinwheel in the center.  It definitely delineated the pinwheels better in person and photographically.  I’ll have to sew a few more of the black pinwheels. 


Once I figured this out I did some more cutting so that I had all the pieces I needed for the center of the quilt cut.  If I sew at home I can be ready for borders Saturday.  Wow!  That thought is motivating.




Monday, January 17, 2022

Sew Day!

I have the day off today.  Martin Luther King day here today.  So I’m off to the church to sew with one of the girls.  I was just there Saturday and actually sewed at home yesterday for the first time this year.

Making great progress.  I have to make 144 HSTs.  I’m short 24 so that will be the first order of the day.  I’ll also cut the additional background I need and get the assembly under weigh.



I purchased the colored fabric from a friend that sells choice fabrics.  Apparently the print line was so popular it sold out.  Luckily she bought a box of assorted FQs before it was all gone!  I think I’ll need a few more for the borders.

Happy day to all!




Friday, January 14, 2022

Umbrella Ladies

I finished the top and am ready to hand the top off to the client.  She will have it quilted and I will add the binding.  I plan to use Susie’s Magic binding using the peach floral and the blue for the flange.




I finished it on January first.  One of the ladies that was sewing with me tested positive for COVID.  We have not gathered together since but will resume tomorrow.  

I have not sewn a stitch since that day.  I have been planning for my next project though.  I’ll be cutting it out tomorrow.  Have to choose the background.  I’m leaning toward the white with the gray triangles.





I’ll cut out triangles from the colors and lay them on each background to audition.  They both have great movement.  Stand by for that decision!

I’m linking up with Alycia at Finished or not Friday.  My step on the ladies is finished.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021

I took my last vacation day yesterday.  I made more progress on the Butterflies and Umbrella Ladies.  I have the medallion center almost complete and will be building out the rest tomorrow, I hope.  


I have to sew the seam at the top then I’ll be adding about a 5” wide strip on each side of the medallion.  At the top and bottom I’ll add an additional segment that will bring the piece to about 80” in length.  

I originally thought about adding just the floral peach at the top and bottom with no piecing.  Then I thought that was too blah so thought about adding a slice of the solid behind the butterflies in the middle of the floral.  Better but still….yawn.  I continued to play with ideas on the design wall in my mind.  I moved on to a strip of the floral between the solid…noooope.

Yesterday when visiting with my friends while sewing I arrived at the idea of the blue bordered by the peach floral bordered by the solid.  This is what I currently plan to insert in between the sea of peach floral.  I’ll be taking some measurements on the bed to see where to place the strip.

Almost done!!

Happy New Year to all.  I hope to be sewing away the day tomorrow to set the precedent for the year.


Sunday, December 26, 2021

Design As You Go or Cobbling

With the main elements of my quilt complete I started designing the elements.  I decided on a window frame look and then placed the umbrella girls and small hankies.  I lay out a few strips to see where to go next.




Today I assembled more of the units.  I decided to frame the hankies to bring their size to match the umbrella ladies.  


I then joined all the side centers.  Before I left I auditioned the size of strip the will join the sides to the center.  My friend suggested a narrow border similar to what was used in the frame.  I felt it needed to be much larger and we agreed a 2” finished width would do the job.


I imagine giving the pieces a floating feel and I think the wider strip will achieve that.  There will be about a 5” slab border of the floral print.  I’d like to add 15” or so to the top and bottom.  I don’t want it to look like I just slapped it on after giving up!  No plans for heavy piecing.  We will see.  Stay tuned! 


Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas

May you enjoy the day with those close to you.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

December OMG Complete!

My goal this month was to finish adding embroidery details to my butterfly hankies.  I did that and am beginning final assembly.

It’s been awhile since I did embroidery and had to watch a video to remember how to do the stem stitch.  It came back pretty quickly.



I outlined the bodies of the butterflies to give more definition.




I moved on to begin assembly.  I started the frame and hope to have that portion complete this week.  It will be fiddle to assemble but not difficult.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.