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Thread: How old is your oldest UFO?

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    Senior Member gypsyquilter's Avatar
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    Looking through my closet I realize I have a couple of UFO's that haven't been touched since the late 90's. I'd love to say I'll finish it some day - but will I? The oldest UFO i completed was 12 years old. right after I finished it the lovely new pup chewed a little hole it in, thankfully it had primitive applique on it so it was an easy fix.

    how old is your oldest UFO?

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    20 years, lone star, hand pieced in a class.

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    Mine are youngsters ... 4 years & counting. Top of my list to finish 2011!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyquilter
    how old is your oldest UFO?
    Dead and buried. I had one about five years old. The blocks were completed. I gave it to someone just starting to quilt. Good practice sewing the block together. Haven't checked on it's progress.................

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    22 years old, my mom started it when I was pregnant with my daughter. I will be finishing it and giving it to my mom on her birthday this year.

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    One year old and I hate that I have let it go this long but I plan to finish it in Jan of next year.

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    1992!!!!!!!!!! I did the Jinny Beyer series fabrics that were 1492-1992. Got it all together, in a class- I think 6 month or something. Still not quilted!!!
    Had a lot of trouble with my oldest son who hated it for political reasons SIGH!!!!!!!!! He was at that stage........
    I put it away until he got older and forgot to get it back out lol
    Thanks for the reminder!!! :D:D

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    I have two from 1977 when I took my first quilting class at Night School. I have recently unearthed them and now have enough Churn Dash blocks and Dresdan Plates to make two or maybe three full sized quilts. They need to be finished for my guild's PIG project which ends in June. I plan to finish them and give one to each of my sisters as they have all the old fabrics from our family home which was sold last year when our parents died. They will make excellent family memory quilts and get them out of those shoe boxes!

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    An embroidered wall-hanging --- it's been sitting around for over 35 yrs.....you'd think I'd finish it or get rid of it!!!!

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    Too embarrassed to admit but it's over 15 yrs :oops: Maybe that will be another resolution?

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    Older than dirt. :thumbdown:

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    about 15 years.

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    I thought of my oldest quilt UFO -- 1998 a tripple Irish chain that uses swaps from the Y2K swaps and the white squares are the signature blocks that came with each swap. It is a king size

    -- and after reading some posts, I remembered an embriodered tablecloth -- probably from the 70s -- But I don't really think of that as UFO - just a fill in between projects I want to really do. It may never get finished LOL

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    about 40...well sort of...i have a quilt top, the top is together. the blocks were ones that my grandma gave me to work on when i was pretty young, hand embroidered...i made about 7 or 8 of them...then grandma moved away and life went on...fast forward 30 years, grandma passed away...months later a small box arrives at my house...found this box of embroidery blocks in the attic...you are the only 'sewer' in the family...do you want them? if not...toss them...opened the box...there they were...those blocks from oh so long ago...including the ones that were not done...fast forward a few more years and my granddaugter is driving me crazy...i want to sew something...so i gave her the blocks that were not done...she finished them over the next couple years...gave them to me and i finally early this year put them all together...and there it sits...folded up (with backing and a batt) under the quilting table...for oh about 6 months now...one of these days i will load it up and finish it! past that one most of my ufo's are less than 5 years old...and only 1 that old. i did pretty good finishing a few this year

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    About 11 years. Probably will never be done. Well, I guess I could put the already completed blocks together and donate it to our guild.

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    My DH has a quilt that was given to him this past summer. It was started by his grandmother back in 1897. It has a date on it. I think it is the crazy quilt design and has the chicken tracks sewed into it. It was stored in an old trunk for years and years. There are a few holes in it but I think we have some material that will match to cover them. Being a crazy quilt it will be easy to repair. There was a letter with it saying she made it when she was 17 years old and was in a "finishing school for young girls". I am hopeing to start working on it after the holidays. When finished I will post pictures.

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    My oldest UFO is also my grandmothers UFO. When I first became interested in quilting my grandma had my mom help her find her UFO from who knows when. That was around 30 years ago. Have no idea when she started it since I never saw her even sew (she lived with us). I guess all that said I'd have to say 30+???

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    BOM quilt from 10 years ago that I never finished...loved it then and now I'm wondering what I was thinking??? Funny how how are tastes change!

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    One of my first projects when I started seriously quilting from 2000; going on 11 years

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    We should have a UFO swap:)

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    I have one I rescued from my mother's house, that we all worked on as teenagers in the late 1960's. It is now on my finish it soon shelf.

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    A little over 1 year. I joined a guild in August, 2009. First project was started a couple of months later. It still needs a border.

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    I have one 15 year old UFO, queen size Delectable Mountain, that is quilted and ready to go except for the binding. I decided it needed prairie points! The colors of my bedroom changed and it's just too nice to give away, so it hangs over the banister near stairs, folded so you can't see the edge. Looks great....someday I'll finish it. On the bright side it's being kept in near new condition.

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    Might be the full size/ queen size Dresden Plate top I made while I lived in FL.
    Pieces of fabric from everyone that was in my first quilt class. Lets see I moved to GA in 88 so it was a year or two before that. It has the quilting design marked on it in pencil. I know those are never going to come out. This one will be machine quilted.
    When I get around to it.

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    I have WIP (work in progress) that is 5-6 years ago and some UFOs are probably close to 4-5 yrs old.

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