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Thread: One of the hazards of a UFO

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    One of the hazards of a UFO

    When I make a quilt my least favorite part is the cutting, so I try to cut out all of it at one time. Well, about 5 years ago I did just that. The top is complete, I hand quilted the star (it's my first attempt at a lone star quilt). I was not pleased with the way the center came together so I folded it and put it way. Well, since then we retired and moved from Missouri to North Carolina. After I unpacked my quilting supplies and put them away I decided it was time to finish the darn thing. Ok, so all I need to do is FMQ the borders and put on the binding, yay! I know I made the binding, I even remember (I think) seeing it when I unpacked my stash. Do you think I can find it now? Nooooooo. So now I have to find a coordinating fabric and CUT the binding and make another one. And you know as soon as I do that the original will magically appear.
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    Oh how I feel your pain. I have learned to keep all fabrics AND the UFO together until it is finally finished. Of course all bets are off if one of those fabrics happens to be JUST PERFECT for your current project! Walk away and have a cup of coffee. Who knows, that binding might just jump out at you when you come back into your sewing room. (Or you could look upon this as a 'necessary opportunity' to add to your stash.)
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    Spend some time looking for it right before bedtime. Sometimes your brain will continue to work on a problem while you sleep. It might work, or you might find it while you are looking. I have solved a lot of problems by using that technique. I just wake up with a good solution.

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    Keep looking before you buy fabric for another! I did this with a quilt back. I knew in the back of my head I had fabric for it, but wasn't quite sure if/where it was. Bought more, took it to LAQ, and within a week I found the original back.

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    I usually forget what the pattern was or where it is, then I have to go searching.
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    Catholics have a word with St Anthony...He's sposed to help find the lost. Works for me.
    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

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    I feel your pain. When I decided to join the UFO challenge, I wanted to count how many UFOs I have. In my counting, I found two UFOs that are cut out and have no patterns/directions with them! They do have a picture at least, so I'm hoping I can figure out what to do.

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    That is a lesson I learned the hard way also - now all my projects are kept together - even including specialty rulers. Saves the pain later.

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    I feel your feel your pain.

    I was digging through my UFO's a few years back and almost had a heart attack. On one of my projects I still had lots of the main fabric to use (to finish it) .... but it was not with the main UFO ... oh no how will I finish it?!? I was lucky, I has set it aside in a place I would have never found it.... SO whenever something is 'set aside til later' it is ALL put into one bag! Now I know I can pull out any of my UFO's and all that I need is one place. whew
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    I know the problem and that's why I hate it when I have UFO's.
    I always need to search for fabrics or patterns, or I don't remember how to do the techniques
    Or, when I don't work from a pattern I need to do all the measurements again because I've forgotten all about....
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    Once I start a quilt, I finish it. That's my rule and so far so good.
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    I use shoeboxes for UFOs, and keep the pattern, the project, and any supplies all in the same shoe box. Got my shoe boxes for free from a local shoe store that was more than happy to give them away.

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    This morning I pulled out some old BOM blocks and I found a sashing kit and back buried in the cabinet. No notes, no nothing. Unfortunately, from the fabric, I cannot tell which set of blocks it was meant for. In fact, I cannot even remember buying the sashing and backing! IMHO, it doesn't go with anything! Well, guess I'll find a use for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    That is a lesson I learned the hard way also - now all my projects are kept together - even including specialty rulers. Saves the pain later.
    I have even put the spool of thread in with it. I have a thing about putting two different threads in the same project.
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    I have a UFO that I haven't even started the cutting on, but I have all the fabric and the pattern. However, I do remember (after 8 yrs), that I had decided to make it differently and had purchased the fabric accordingly! And, of course, I can't remember how I was going to do it differently, LOL!

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    I have more than one project in progress, but no UFOs. Seems to me that any seperated bits just add to the stash for other projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    Catholics have a word with St Anthony...He's sposed to help find the lost. Works for me.
    Without his help I would be weaving baskets by this time!

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    I don't consider a project a UFO until it is cut out. I put it in a container or zip bag with directions (I used to put the books with the project . Now I copy that pattern from the book) , thread etc together. If it is my own idea I make good notes so I know what I had in mind. Then when ready to cut I'm all set. Sometimes it takes a while to have all the fabrics because I try to get them on sale (I keep a list). Right now I'm trying to use up scraps so I will have more space.

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    Funny how some threads just ring a bell. I started my April UFO. Its all pieced except sewing the rows together, putting a "floating" border and an outside border. Well when all the rows were on the design wall I just had what appeared to be a few left over pieces in the bottom of the box. Much hand wringing, oh no how will I ever match the lavender in the background. Decided to put the left over scraps in my scrap pile, sure enough, what appeared to be scraps was the missing border. I sent a thank you to the past me that was feeling organized that day. Keep looking I am sure you will find it.

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    ALL my UFO's are stored--somewhere! That is the story of my life now. I have been searching for one almost finished quilt top I started back in 1885 and not a soul remembers which shed or attic it is in. I have the border and backing cloth with me, but no blocks to be found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    Catholics have a word with St Anthony...He's sposed to help find the lost. Works for me.
    Sometimes I even go so far as to yell at St. Jude for help (saint of impossible situations). Dh and I also have said a million times, while we are ploting some adventure, "Oh, that noise! God is laughing at our making plans again!"

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    I have been in your situation many, many times. Now I try (not always successfully) to put fabrics, pattern, or magazine together in a jumbo zip-lock bag, so when I get back to a project, everything should be there. That went out the window when we moved from a house to an apt., but I'm slowly getting things organized, so I'm definitely doing my best to keep projects together in those bags. Of course, once you find or buy another piece of fabric, the original binding will show up. Murphy's Law.

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    You are correct - as soon as you buy a new one, the old one will appear. Happens to me a lot.

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    When I made my First Communion (many moons ago) on the inside cover of the prayer book was a poem I've never forgotten. I use it a lot for lost things now. "If by chance this book should stray, into other hands some day, dear St. Anthony I pray, bring it back without delay.

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    I bought a few yards of background fabric for a quilt a few months ago. When I wanted to use it, it was nowhere to be found. St. Anthony was no help either! I had to buy more. And I still have not seen that stuff. At least it is a neutral that can be used anywhere when I do find it.
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