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Thread: What is the oldest UFO you've ever finished?

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    Senior Member CarrieC's Avatar
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    What is the oldest UFO you've ever finished?

    I'm curious. I just finished piecing (and is in line to be FMQ'd this winter) a quilt top that is over 12 years old. 12 years it lay in my UFO box because I hated it. This fall I decided to challenge myself to finish it. I put two flannel borders on it and have a nice warm flannel back ready. I actually like it now! So I figured I can't be the only one with a UFO that is OLD!!!
    Carrie, Queen of the Seam Rippers!

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    My very first quilt is still in my closet - but not finished. It is at least 40 years old. I picked a very complicated pattern and nothing went together too good - well, I think that I thought it looked good - but not now. A few years ago a friend was selling her longarm machine and called me on a Sunday and said that she had some extra batting and if I had any quilts that needed quilting to bring them right away. So, I gathered up a few tops and took them. She just did a very simple panto on them and we got them all done. But, this quilt still is unfinished and needs a binding on it. I have not shown it to anybody but my oldest DD.
    Nikki in MO

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    I have a blue and purple pinwheel quilt I started at least 14 years ago. It is patiently waiting for me to get up the ambition.
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    Twenty five years....When my son was two (he is 27 and a half now) I made a denim and flannel quilt top that was intended to be finished then...first, I couldn't find a good contrast or match for the backing, then I didn't have any money, then I went through a divorce, etc...It just kept moving with me. Then as I started doing more quilting, it didn't seem good enough. Corners are not square, it has stains on it from him sleeping with it and getting a bloody nose, so I used that as an excuse for not finishing it. I finally decided that it was made with love, not perfection and actually finished it four weeks ago and have it packaged and ready to ship off to him in Atlanta. I hope he likes it.
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    I have one about 8 years old. Need to find it and get it finished!!
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    Senior Member Cosy's Avatar
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    I need to quilt one that my mother and grandmother made, includes pieces of a dress I made in the summer of 1963 . But it also includes pieces of things they sewed in 1950.
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    Super Member Doreen's Avatar
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    When I retired about 6 years ago I finished 12 quilts. I still have some that are at least 10 years old that I lost interest in and never finished.

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    About 28 years - started one before my oldest son was born( he is now 30) - then life got in the way, we used it for him , then his brother, got packed away found it a couple of years ago and realized that it really needed the quilting finished. it was a little bit worse for wear BUT now it is done
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    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
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    I only started quilting about 7 years ago, except for one earlier attempt, a traditional English paper pieced kit made with Liberty fabrics, which sat unfinished for many years. One of the papers I used has a date on it - 1987. I've now finished it, but still have to make it into a cushion. So that's at least 24 years old!

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    Well, I'd have to say it was my Mom's embroidered quilt with all the state flowers. She finished the top, quilted it, and stopped at the binding. It is so old that Alaska and Hawaii were not states yet, so this was a UFO from roughly 1956 (older than me). I finished it about 5 years ago for her, so I guess it was a UFO roughly 50 years or so. Despite getting it done, she won't use it because "it's too nice". It will be going up on a wall in the next two years - I want her to enjoy it.

    My personal oldest UFO that has been finished was a Tall Ships wallhanging. This was an early quilt for me and I believe my first attempt at freehand. The top went smoothly, the quilting did not. I tossed it into a bin in disgust. Finally got all the bad stitching out and completed it last year. I'd estimate roughly 16 years as a UFO.
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    My actual oldest UFO is a 1000 pyramids charm quilt that I started collecting squares for back in 1992. The top is done, finished last year, and it is ready to be quilted (2nd in line). Still haven't decided how to quilt it, but it's in 3 sections to make quilting easier. It has about 1,200 different fabrics. Name:  trianglesprogress.jpg
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