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butterflywing 09-21-2008 04:58 PM

Originally Posted by k_jupiter
I was in my friendly neighborhood quiltshop the other day, picking up some fabric to complete the collection for a quilt I am going to make (Homeward Bound, from McCalls Quilting a couple months ago). As I was leaving I accidently used the F-word. I said, I'm leaving to go FINISH the quilt I am working on (A very male version of Yellow Brick Road)... All of a sudden the shop got quite silent and people giggled self consciencely... I realized, some quilters might not know the definition of FINISHED. One woman hurried up and asked me not to use the F-word again. It made her feel so... uncomfortable. I accused tham all of introducing me to another pasttime that I would have multiple unfinished projects, like I needed another.

So the question is... How many projects are you juggling (or have already dropped into the black hole of your quilting closet)?

Me? I have the original queen size quilt waiting to be pinned and quilted, the practice lap quilt waiting for me to be happy with transfering quilt patterns onto it, first cuts made on a full size quilt called Dazzeler (from Southwestern Quilts, a great book), all the fabrics for Homeward Bound are washed, pressed and starched, and I am busy collecting bits and pieces for a scrap type queen sized quilt built on muslin.

So fess up, how many projects do you have going on?

tim in san jose

we are all a riot!

1. blue and white king-size "fans" blocks cut (more than 2 yrs)
2. scrappy queen-size "rob peter.." putting rows together (over 1 yr)
3. repro wallhanging "sisters choice" for my sister, in the cutting (just
4. red and brown queen-size (app.96 x 96 my favorite size)"twirlythingys"
(still cutting blocks at least 8-9 mos)
5. several "stack'n'whack" blocks (just to see what i really think)
6. part of a quilt top from the 20's i'm guessing, really ugly, that i have to
decide what to do with. (deciding for 7 years)

a. also, very neatly trimming and keeping all the cut-offs from everything in case i ever need them. ho ho
b. rewashing most of my stash that's so dusty from hanging around
c. actually organizing my patterns, tutorials and other printed matter into neat file folders. wish me luck.
d. tryng to clean up my sewing and quiltng room so i have space to sew and quilt.

AND FINALLY this year i finished two 100 x 100 quilts, "hexagons" and square "trip around the world" in the making for the last 33 years. my kids are so happy to finally get them they're considering donating them to the smithsonian as lost works of art seen in famous cave paintings. not much compared to what some of you do.

justquiltin' 09-21-2008 05:18 PM

Ohh! May I play, too?
Keep in mind I've only been quilting for a couple years, and I have two little ones -- a one year old and a two year old. So, my UFO list is rather short, but not for lack of trying... :wink:
1. Lap quilt for Memaw for this Christmas -- top done, still need to quilt and bind.
2. Lap quilt for Grandmama for this Christmas -- ditto the first.
3. Baby quilt for friend's shower -- top almost complete, shower at the end of Oct.
4. "Signature" quilt for the baby shower (see #3) -- strips cut out, nothing else done.
I almost hate to admit how many non-quilting UFO's I have not completed, even years after the initial start... :oops:

mrsj82 09-22-2008 05:07 AM

I want to play! I want to play! *Jumps up and down* teehee

I have one that I'm currently working on, sewing the rows together.
I have one with half the blocks cut out that I'm doing embroidery on before I actually assemble the quilt. Three out of five blocks are finished.
I have a quilt top for my husband to tie and bind
I just signed up to do the star block exchange
I'm waiting on a quilt kit to come from operation quiet comfort
And numerous other projects in my head that I'd love to start!

Wow, I have more UFO's than I thought...is that a good thing or a bad thing?

sewjoyce 09-22-2008 06:09 AM

I don't think I even want to think about all the sewing/quilting projects that I need to "F":roll:

Bevanger 09-22-2008 07:17 AM

i have 2 i need to put backs on, 1 to finish and 1 to start........ :oops:

butterflywing 09-22-2008 01:37 PM

Originally Posted by PatriceJ
i have discovered one advantage to having a pile of UFOs.

when an unexpected occassion comes up for which i need a special gift in a hurry, i can WIP a UFO out of the pile, polish it off, and hand it over. one less UFO; somebody gets something they will treasure; everybody thinks your some kinda genius super-quilter because you "just found out about it" and were able to deliver a quilt in a "jiffy".


patrice, the only drawback to that is that people think that they can ask you to please make a little something for the _______charity or the housewarming gift or the retirement party, et al, at the very last minute and you will always come through. sadly, it encourages people to be inconsiderate of your time. so i think it's better not to let anyone think you can work TOO fast or that becomes the expectation. then when you really can't do it, they are disappointed or insulted. been there....

Elizabeth A. 09-22-2008 05:51 PM

oh my! no using the word finished? EEE GADS! If we didn't hope and speak of the end how would anything ever get done?

I have 3 double sized quilts and one king that I'm working on -one is ready to quilt (which I do myself in my little machine) two are nearly ready to quilt and the last is awaiting borders. I also have my charity ones which are on the front burner thanks to boston i.e. Anne and her UFO challenge. I also have the block challenge, but I'm nearly done with that and there is lots of time left.

As Patrice said, there's stuff in my head but those don't count till I "start".

crazicorn 09-24-2008 06:40 PM

I have one that I started about 15 years ago...my very first attempt at quilting. It was a queen-size with 'bulls-eye' or 'does & darts' (or something like that) for the blocks. Nothing like choosing a complex block for your first attempt. I ran out of patience and didn't make another attempt until a couple of years ago. This time I did it right and started out simple.
That quilt top is very close to finished, but every time I take it out and think about finishing it, I just look at how NOTHING lines up on it and think how much work it would be and never get around to it.
Somehow, I have finished each project I have started. It is my goal to not have any other quilt top or other project sit around unfinished for 15 years ever again!

justquiltin' 09-26-2008 11:33 AM

Is there are rabbit gene in quilt fabric? I think mine are multiplying! Help me before I'm overtaken!

Elizabeth A. 09-26-2008 12:24 PM

Oh now that can't be right, and if it is will you infect my stash with it?

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