Judy L's UFO Challenge

Sunday, December 31, 2017

4Q FAL and 2017 in Review

I set my quarterly goals here. It is my laundry list of my UFOs and WIPs. I did accomplish a few of them.

There was my Purple Cow baby BQ. Then Ricci’s quilt. Both finished in the 4th quarter.
For the rest of the year I finished:

- 2 big bags.
- churndash table topper
- Hugs and Kisses
- 2 sided bandana shirt
- wool pincushion
- Matchstick Marimba
- Happy Blocks table topper
- 3 pillowcases

13 little finishes. I’ll take it!

Now that was complete finishes. How about some flimsy (unquilted top) action?

8 projects moved along. Major progress on a double wedding ring. New start on Bright Hope blocks. There’s another new start so watch this space 😁

Here’s to a productive 2017 and hopes for an even more productive 2018.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Purple Cow Finished

I started this quilt back in 2009. I love cow print and had this lavender in my stash so decided to make a purple cow. I didn’t have my Avante back then and hadn’t really given the quilting design a thought.

I had cow print I planned to use for the back. After some thought I decided to outline the cow spots from the back. When I practiced moving the machine over the quilt I quickly decided all those starts and stops weren’t going to work for me. I landed on a design that pretty much is a meander. I think it turned out well.

it’s 47” square and the BQ pattern by Maple Island quilts. I accidentally cut the binding strips at 2”. Was a bit of a squeeze but it worked.

I set my 4Q quarterly goals here. This was #17.



Friday, December 29, 2017

OMG Finish

It’s swimming in the tub right now but I declare it done!

My goal was to quilt and bind this quilt. After several missteps through the year I finally got it together and finished it last night.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for December finishes. I set my 4Q quarterly goals here. This was #44.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

OMG Progress

This has been loaded for a bit. Quilted it today with embroidery thread of all things! Also did ruler work.

Now to trim and bind. I’m pleased with how it came out.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Hopes Block

Earlier this year the stashbuster yahoogroup was talking about Bright Hope blocks. I thought they were cute and a little more interesting than Happy blocks. I have the rest of the year off so decided to go to my favorite LQS and sew. I took a mystery quilt to work on that is being offered through this same store but decided to start something new. More about the mystery later.

My friend Renee was having a little destash sale several months ago. I bought three jelly rolls from her. Two of them are plaid fabrics in multiple colors. When I got them I decided to make Bright Hope blocks. I did a little math and decided to cut 2 2.5” squares from each strip then cut the remainder into 2.5” x 4.5” segments. This will yield about 38 6.5” blocks from each roll.

I used this pattern to make the blocks. It uses a partial seam on the first segment. I sewed the partial seam and realized I had accidentally used an 1/8” seam. I corrected that and sewed again. I went to sew the next segment on and it was too short. I measured the length of my segment and it was the right size. I measured the width of my segments and found it was at least 1/16” too large. I had to go back and trim all the pieces I had cut.

Luckily I had only cut half the strips into 4.5” segments.
Once I got that worked out I sewed the first two segments to the square. I trimmed the remaining strips and subcut them. I’m ready for my next sewing session.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Double Wedding Ring

Six years ago I bought a partially made Double Wedding Ring quilt from a Project Linus garage sale. There was a bunch of melons made and then even more arcs ready to put into melons.
The pattern they followed was John Flynn’s and the book and templates were included. If you are not familiar with his method he strip pieces the arcs and then there is additional sewing and trimming to achieve the curve. It includes several sizes.
The background they used was a purple that I would use, just not in this project. In fact I would call it hideous in this project.
A year later my parents were visiting me at my house. We had just spent a week together at my brothers house then they came to mine. I had had a house fire one year previous and they wanted to see the remodel. I came down with a stomache bug and didn’t want to infect them so I hid in my bedroom. I asked my mother to pick apart the melons and remove the purple. She happily did so to avoid boredom. I call this the last quilt “we” worked on together.
Fast forward to earlier this year. My stashbuster pals can correct me here. There was a discussion on the list about curved projects. Anything curved. Over the course of the year I searched through my stash and found a white on white that looks like lace.
I started cutting out the melon shapes and the centers of the blocks. I decided on a size that will be a bed topper so about 60x80. I needed 71 of the melons.
In the most recent months I’ve been piecing the melons back together. Do you know me? Have you read my previous stories? I got down to 65 melons and ran out of the fabric I was using for the connecting squares. Dated fabric!
I am part of a club at my LQS called PhD club. Projects half done. Back in September we made a list of 6 projects we wanted to finish. Yep you guessed it. My goal for yesterdays meeting was to finish my melons. Argh!
I lucked out and met with my sewing group at the church Friday night. Several of them looked at what I was trying to match. I sent a pic, crossed my fingers and went shopping the next day. I got a text asking if some fabrics one of the ladies had would work. I went and visited and will let you decide how well they worked. I did meet my goal on Sunday.

What do you think?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Progress on OMG

When I found myself struggling with the quilt I repaired last year I realized I was not following the right approach. The repair job was fine but the reassembly got way off track.
First mistake. I tried fixing the back when what it needed was replacing. Second mistake. I tried fixing the “batting” which also needed replacing. I have now replaced both. It was all loaded on my frame tonight.
For the past few weeks I have been looking for the right thread. I had one in my stash that I wasn’t sure about but decided to go with it. It’s a lightweight embroidery thread. I talked to my Handiquilter dealer and she encouraged me to go for it.
Now for the quilting design. I had thought about stitching along the seam lines and then quilt wavy lines in between. My issue is the lines of the quilt are not straight so will that just highlight the fact? My other idea is to just quilt wavy lines across the top without regard to the seams.

If you click on the picture you can see the gentle slope on the top of the ruler. You can also see one of the strips where the width varies...tucks and all. I left the tucks. His grandma made them. It’s part of the quilts character.
If you have any suggestions just leave me a comment please.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

December OMG

Repeating Novembers goal.

I plan to quilt and bind Ricci’s quilt this month. I am currently working to get it loaded on my frame. It’s a tad wavy but I’ll get it! Semi have a quilting plan but the placement of the first stitches will tell for sure.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.