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Thread: 2013 UFO Therapy Thread - Sister Thread to 2013 UFO Challenge of the Month

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    OK. I'm in. One question. If I have bought the layer cake, pulled the coordinating fabric from my stash, chosen the pattern from a book and bundled the whole thing. Does this count as a UFO? I haven't actually started any cutting it yet.
    There is no strict definition of a UFO. You decide and define it as you please. In my world, you described R and D...research and development, not a UFO.
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    Nice looking projects everyone!!!! Keep 'em coming.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    There is no strict definition of a UFO. You decide and define it as you please. In my world, you described R and D...research and development, not a UFO.
    Love your answer. I totally agree.

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    Ahhhh. The sweet feeling of FINISHING!!!!

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    Pretty projects everyone!

    I'm working on these 4 Warm Wishes tops for Project Linus. I posted a picture of the bottom one in the UFO Challenge thread as it is finished, I'm sewing down the binding on the 2nd one from the top tonight and will be quilting the other 2. I pieced all of these in 2008 when I was on a Warm Wishes binge. I still have some kits that I cut up at the same time - love this pattern!
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    Here is the quilt I am working to finish this month. The blocks are sewn into rows now (just laid out in this picture). I do QAYG so will do that next week. I have my borders and backing cut. I will cut backing and start pinning this weekend.

    Oh and I don't think I "introduced" myself on this thread...but I am Carrie from IA and my goal is to finish at least one UFO each month this year. I have one new quilt I need to make for a gift and some retreat gifts to sew by early March, but otherwise am going to try to finish those quilts I have started or have already bought fabric for.
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    Hi Carrie! Your quilt is beautiful - I love those dramatic colors! And some really intricate blocks too... I like the one with all the teeny HSTs on the lower right.

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    I started 2013 by creating a UFO I took off on a paper piecing project, only to discover a long way into it that one of the sections didn't scale correctly when I printed it out. I measured the first page I printed, and thought all the pages would scale the same way. So I have all these sections ready to assemble into nine 12.5 inch blocks, but have to remake "section D" of each block. Hmm. What did I learn from this?? Yeah: measure each print out and then assemble a whole block before making all the sections for 9 blocks.

    Trying to figure out how I could use what I have, I rearranged the pieces from a baby quilt layout to a table runner, which makes me closer to a finished product. I think I still have enough fabric for that configuration. I am so discouraged by all the incorrect section D's I can't use, though. I put everything into a box and haven't worked on it for a couple of weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by missgigglewings View Post
    Its been raining here in Texas too...and I love it! Seems like I'm in a quietly quilting mode.... as long as it is raining...I am quilting!
    I wish we could keep it raining by quilting! It was a nice rain event while it lasted. I hope we don't wait too long for the next one!

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    Therapy time...

    Hi, I'm Fraew and today I am suffering from the "UFO spin". What's that? It's just like cleaning up in the kitchen. You pick up stuff that needs to go in the living room, go to the living room and the plant needs water, so you get water for the plant and see the letter that needs to be mailed. But, stamps are upstairs so go upstairs to get a stamp, see the towel that someone left on the floor in the bathroom. Pick up the towel, run it down to the laundry as you pass the mess that still needs to be cleaned up in the kitchen!

    Or is that just me???

    That's what I have been doing the last few days with my UFOs!!! Work on The Bonnie Hunter Mystery - Easy Street (which is just like the song that never ends), grab some swap blocks to "quickly" set, bind a quilt, select fabric for Boom blocks and on and on and on!

    Well I say enough is enough! Today, I will work on binding (don't have machine access right now) and tonight I will work on the song that never ends (Easy Street). That's it and that's that!

    Now everyone...pick up 1 UFO. Just 1 and do something with it. Post your questions, problems and solutions. Let's help each other get to that 1 finish for January. 12 days to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    Therapy time...

    Hi, I'm Fraew and today I am suffering from the "UFO spin". What's that? It's just like cleaning up in the kitchen. You pick up stuff that needs to go in the living room, go to the living room and the plant needs water, so you get water for the plant and see the letter that needs to be mailed. But, stamps are upstairs so go upstairs to get a stamp, see the towel that someone left on the floor in the bathroom. Pick up the towel, run it down to the laundry as you pass the mess that still needs to be cleaned up in the kitchen!

    Or is that just me???

    That's what I have been doing the last few days with my UFOs!!! Work on The Bonnie Hunter Mystery - Easy Street (which is just like the song that never ends), grab some swap blocks to "quickly" set, bind a quilt, select fabric for Boom blocks and on and on and on!

    Well I say enough is enough! Today, I will work on binding (don't have machine access right now) and tonight I will work on the song that never ends (Easy Street). That's it and that's that!

    Now everyone...pick up 1 UFO. Just 1 and do something with it. Post your questions, problems and solutions. Let's help each other get to that 1 finish for January. 12 days to go!
    I thought I was the only one who did that. I wonder why it takes so long anymore to straighten up my house. I can't stay in one place long enough to accomplish anything. Old age is wonderful!

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    Ok maybe this site will help with your homes and even quilting. www.flylady.net One of her sayings is "you can do anything for 15 minutes"...if you want to work on lots of quilt projects at a time, set a timer and make sure you stick with one for just 15 minutes or 30 or whatever. (I know it takes 15 minutes just to get "ready" sometimes, but if you have a plan for each project it might work in your quilting too!)

    You would be surprised what you can get done in 15 minutes cleaning a room in your house. Have a laundry basket sitting there for the things that go in other rooms...don't take them there right away, then when your time is done you can spend time putting away things in the basket.

    A lot of people ask me how I can get so much done in a day and I would say it was because I implemented a lot of the "Flylady's" ideas into my day...I don't follow it as closely now as I did when I first heard about the site...mainly because I have my house under control now. Try it for 30 days and see what you think.
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    Thanks carriem. See, we can do it together.
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    LOL Fraew! Your first paragraph is so me... are you a spy in Northern MN? The only time I get anything done efficiently around the house is under extreme duress and then I get so stressed over it that I can't even enjoy the results.

    I am doing a better job managing my UFOs than my household at the moment by choice. But I might change my mind later... with the next distraction!

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    January 2013 UFO compeleted

    Here is my January 2013 UFO quilt that was started at least 10 years ago. I finally quilted and bound it at the beginning of the year. I had scraps from a buisness that I had making "Squenchy" cool ties. The sewing company that was making them for us was cutting them wrong (unknown to us until we visited the factory) and wasting the last part costing us as you know lots of dollars in wasted fabric. I saw it and made them save them! of course we showed them how not to have so much waste! anyway I ended up with lots of strips that were just less than 4" wide. I have used them now in many, many quilts. This one was made with some of the strips cut down to 1 1/2". I only had to buy the black. I also tried the 10 minute block for the center of the stars. I didn't sew the curve down before quilting, only glue based and not very well, and what a mistake. I almost broke my LA. I had to readjust the hopping foot because it caught on it, almost ripped the fabric! Glad I finally finished it. Yay. my next post will be the UFO's I want to complete this year. Sorry the pictures are so bad. I tried to auto correct and then manually but they didn't get any better.
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    here are the 2013 UFO's I want to finish! The first one I still want to make bigger by adding scrappy hearts to the top and bottom so it is not ready to quilt. 2nd- I bought the backing and pieced it together and it is ready for quilting, so this one will be my next finished quilt. 3rd - the controlled color string, will need to decide if I want to add borders and what to back it with. It will sit for awhile, I will wait until it talks to me. lol. 4th - red and blue log cabin - this one is the oldest, at least 10 years and was made with scraps like from my early post ("Squenchy" scraps). Again, still waiting for it to talk to me and tell me what backing it wants! Thanks for starting this post as it has got me going on finishing these!
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    What is the name of this one? Where can I find the pattern for it? I have seen it before and it looks complicated and beautiful.
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    @love to sew: love your finish and works in progress. You are certainly getting me inspired!!!!

    @PurplePassion: If you are referring to the 16 patches and Xs beauty (I have it on my "gotta make" list), I've seen it called Arkansas Crossroads and Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a tutorial called "4 Patch Quilt + Xs and Os". I'm sure there are a bazillion other names.
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    lovetosew--very pretty tops! Looking forward to seeing them finished this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    @love to sew: love your finish and works in progress. You are certainly getting me inspired!!!!

    @PurplePassion: If you are referring to the 16 patches and Xs beauty (I have it on my "gotta make" list), I've seen it called Arkansas Crossroads and Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a tutorial called "4 Patch Quilt + X’s and O’s". I'm sure there are a bazillion other names.
    I'm glad you know the names for this. And it is NOT complicated. Many of the 4 patches are made by the leader and end method by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. LOVE her website and free patterns and because I have so many scraps to use up it is my go to site!

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    Does starting new projects count? I finished 2 tops on the weekend, but neither can really count as a UFO since they have not sat unloved. The first is a BOM, and I'm right on schedule. And the second I just started last week. Not that I don't have enough UFOs to keep me busy, but there's always something new to play with. I did identify my next UFO to quilt - but then ignored it in favour of more interesting projects

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Does starting new projects count? I finished 2 tops on the weekend, but neither can really count as a UFO since they have not sat unloved. The first is a BOM, and I'm right on schedule. And the second I just started last week. Not that I don't have enough UFOs to keep me busy, but there's always something new to play with. I did identify my next UFO to quilt - but then ignored it in favour of more interesting projects
    That really doesn't sound like a UFO to me but we probably all have our own ideas of what a UFO is. If what you described is included as a UFO I'm in even more doodoo than I thought! I probably have 100 projects I've bought the fabric for, etc and haven't even started on.
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    Hi my name is Pat and I am as guilty as everyone else on here. I have so many I am afraid to count them. My goal for the year is to finish 2 UFO's for each new project I start. Some only need a little to finish. Here is my first UFO finish of the year. It has been a 4 or 5 year project. It has been sitting for a year just needing the binding hand sewn. It is now finished and on my bed. I have a convergence quilt that needed some applique on it. I have the applique pinned on and it needs something more so it is hanging on the wall so I can stare at it from time to time so I can figure out what it needs. Is there a 10 or 12 step program for quilters?
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    Krista--even if they weren't UFOs, great job on finishing two quilts...if you hadn't finished them this past weekend and they sat to work on another UFO then they *would have* become UFOs. Either way they are done now so that is good!

    Meanmom--thanks for sharing your quilt top. I like the blocks in the border...I have a couple books on making pieced borders but have yet to take the time to make one! I usually just want the border on so I can be done.

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    Great finish meanmom! I can relate to the poor UFO that languishes for hand stitched binding (3 years). And when you finally do it, it goes super fast!

    I have 3 lined up for binding. I am trying to bind one, piece one every month. My bind one is done for this month so I am pushing on the piece one to get 'er done.
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    looks like a jelly roll quilt, but it's not. Just scraps. Started this one years ago and lost interest. you can see the creases from sitting on the shelf. Just needed binding. Well, it's finished now. I'll probably donate it to a child.


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