Judy L's UFO Challenge

Monday, April 26, 2010

Happines Is...

Finding just enough pieces of fabric in my scrap bin to make the binding for my Saratoga Lights.

Monday, April 05, 2010


I am leaning toward a coping strip aka innner border.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Strip Stacks

Remember that bag of something I showed? That was a pieced backing that was made for a love quilt that the LAer rejected because it wasn't flat. She donated another and gave that one back to me. I have had it for at least 2 years now. In that time my scrap stash has grown and I have accumulated FQs with no real purpose in mind and no idea how I plan to use them.

I found this pattern at the Dallas show a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to use up scraps and FQs. I stripped down that backing and threw in some 30's FQs for additional variety and present to you a finished top. It finishes rather small at 31 x48. I will be adding borders to make it bigger. So far I have enough for 3 quilts of this size and there is enough for the borders as well. I consider my journey a sucess!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...not necessarily in that order

The bad. My friend noticed a turned block....then I noticed a second.....third...and fourth......

The ugly. Ripped those blocks out of the top....

The good. The top is done...again.....well just needs a bit of pressing.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


How do you think we are coming along?

Friday, April 02, 2010

Saratoga Lights is Topped

I finished the top. Thanks for another great pattern Judy Laquidara! I tried and tried to take a picture outside but the wind was not cooperating. That seems to happen a lot when I want to take pictures of my quilts.

Here is a close up. Everyone seems to think I used solids. This will be DS' birthday present this year.

Special Project

Do you remember us?? She added friends!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Quilters ADD and Stash Possibilities

Last weekend I was preparing to embark upon my venture into using my scraps and other cast offs to make a quilt. I readily go to the yardage in my stash to make something, usually resorting to a trip to the LQS because I don’t have that perfect match. I want to learn to make it work.

I went to my cutting board and cleared off a spot. I realized I needed to press the fabric and went to clear off the ironing board. In the process of doing that I spotted a pile of FQs and remembered that I had bought a box to put those in. I went and fetched that box and started loading the FQs into it. I decided to go through the stash cabinets to get more FQs.

While I was digging through there I found a piece of fabric I had been looking for. This also reminded me that there were two other pieces of fabric that I had been missing for close to 1.5 years. Back into the stash cabinets pulling FQs, finding asian prints that I wanted to put with the rest of my asian prints. I found one of the missing pieces of fabric. This spurred me to lift each pile on each shelf and go through it because I knew the other piece HAD to be in there somewhere even though I had been through this exercise before. I found it! I am so happy.

I look around and see that I have all these little stacks of things that I want to use soonish or pieces that I want to group with other pieces and so on and so forth. Because I have touched almost all my fabric again I remember what is in there and remember intended projects or remember a special piece of fabric I wanted to use one day once I found the perfect pattern. Now they are all fresh in my mind. My urge to go fabric shopping is suppressed because I have fresh projects at least in my mind. I have lots of STASH possibilities.

You can probably guess that I did not cut scraps nor cast offs. So this weekend I am preparing to embark upon my venture into using my scraps and other cast offs to make a quilt………