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Thread: 2013 UFO Challenge of the Month

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    another pretty quilt, asimplelife. I am still amazed at how many you get done..... it makes me feel lazy.
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    asimplelife--that is a great quilt...simple is good!

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    Love your Cool Sparkles quilt ASL!
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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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    Thank you all... I really love this color combination and it seems like the top sparkles (hence the name!).

    My UFOs are thankfully mostly kid sized quilts. Had I come back to quilting with over a 100 king or queen sized UFOs I might have never sewn a stitch ever again! A handful of my UFOs are for the queen sized bed that will eventually be bought for our guest room... other than that I'm lap size or smaller.

    I've been starting to think about how many UFOs I'm OK having at one time... do any of you have a end goal in mind? Other than zero? LOL!! I'm very much a multiple project quilter so zero isn't my answer. I'm thinking if I had 10-15 projects (mix of UFOs and WIPs) that would be ideal. I tend to get bored working on one project and either avoid my quilting room or start random projects if I don't have choices.

    I'm going to try and keep pushing on the UFOs for charity and the ones I have a use for around the house early in 2014 (winter is my prime sewing time) but after that I'm looking forward to joining the one UFO a Month Club here!

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    Asimplelife: Interesting question. I think I will always have a hand work project, that I can do while watching TV and one in the piecing stage. Just want to avoid having fourteen bed size quilts in various stages of completion, like I did at the beginning of the year. Even though the next quilt I work on will be the half way mark (7), its kind of deceptive. I have been working on the ones that are closest to finished so there are some that only have a block or two done so it isn't to late for me to back out of completing them. Feeling very upbeat about the accomplishments this year, starting 2014 in a really good place. Happy about my finishes and feeling less burdened with my backlog.

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    Yayyyy, I finally get to post a finish. This is my DH's 40th anniversary quilt all done and only a year and 2 months late. LOL. He has been wonderfully patient and understanding about the delay. On our actual 40th anniversary, I hung all the parts I had done on my design wall and showed him. Now he has the whole thing!!!
    Each block represents a special memory that I have of our years together.
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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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    What wonderful memories for both of you.

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    wildyard--that quilt is very special...even if it is a little late!

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    Better late than never--nice job.
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    What a lovely quilt, wildyard. 40 years together is special..... and a special quilt is perfect.
    --- Jean

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    Congratulations on your 40........ uh 41st year! Looks like they were fun active years. Memory quilts mean so much to the people that lived it and their too. Great finish!

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    I really like this idea wildyard! I wonder how many fabrics I could find for my DH... something to think about as I rearrange my stash over the winter. We have our 30th coming up in June so I have some time. Congratulations to you and yours!

    Today's finish is a special one. In January I set a goal of finishing a UFO a week in 2013 and this is UFO Finish #52!!

    Arkansas Crossings is from the book "Quilts From the Heart" by Karin Renaud and this is the 4th UFO I've finished from her book so let's just say it is one of my favorites for scrappy inspiration! I have some leftover 4 patches and lots more 2" squares so I'll be starting another one. Such a fun pattern.

    I'm including a 2nd photo which shows the quilting better. As I was starting to trim it for binding I wasn't happy with how the white X's looked (they were kind of "poofy" compared to the patchwork squares) so I decided to add the diagonal lines down the center of the X's which added so much I thought. I'm getting more confident at making quilting decisions and that feels great!
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    Congratulations asimplelife! Something for me to attempt--thanks for sharing your success.
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    Asimplelife: Love that pattern and the border echos every one of your scrap colors. Something about scrappy with a white background or X's always looks so crisp to me. Congrats on the 52nd!

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    asimplelife: another fun quilt! Great job accomplishing your goal!! YAY!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Asimplelife: Love that pattern and the border echos every one of your scrap colors. Something about scrappy with a white background or X's always looks so crisp to me. Congrats on the 52nd!
    Agreed! Love it. Adding to the "gotta make me one o them" list.
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    Oh, simple.... it's such a pretty quilt. Again, you do such a nice job of putting together bright fabrics that just 'POP'. Love it.
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    Thanks everyone! This one has moved from the Project Linus pile to the keeper pile... I'm sure a special person will happen along one day for it. Being #52 and all I'd like to hang onto it for awhile and use it for inspiration.

    My next one is ready for binding but I'm having a lazy Monday so far... it's cold and windy outside and I'm tempted to snuggle up under a quilt for an afternoon nap. Had family home for the weekend which I loved but it always takes me a day to regroup.

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    Well at long last my Blue Irish is done. I like to try to learn at least one thing with every quilt I make. I have a list this time:

    1. Just because you test the pencil marker on a piece of fabric in a bowl of dish soap doesn't mean the very same pencil will come out in the wash.
    2. A high loft batting is harder to sandwich with no wrinkles.
    3. By the time you have sandwiched and taken it apart three times the glue will start to form cement like blobs.
    4. After you have traced the quilt design 25 times, trust me you do have muscle memory. (See #1 for lesson regarding the pencil used.)
    This quilt measures 96 X 96. The Irish Chain is side A and the sashed bricks is side B.
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    since my phone takes such poor quality photos thought I would try to show the quilting.
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    Emma--that was well worth the wait. It looks great!! So what pencil should I *not* use??

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    Carrie: You know about ass u me? Well, thought as long as I tested it before I used it I would be safe. Just picked up a pencil and tested. When it washed out in the test, thought I was good to go. Not really, maybe the real lesson is use tools made for the purpose.

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    Beautiful on both sides!

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    It's beautiful Emma! Sorry for all of the "learning" but I can so relate on a smaller scale. Your quilting looks fantastic so well worth the effort.

    Here is my last UFO Finish for November. I had fun taking a stack of HSTs from a Keepsake Quilting charm pack and turning it into something "new". I'd been wanting to try a chevron layout all year and I really love how it turned out. Too bad I only have enough for a Project Linus sized quilt (49" x 49") but I look forward to trying it again. My daughter wants one in her colors too.
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    Asimplelife: Such a pretty quilt. Always have like blue and green together, Would really like to try that pattern. Did you use half-square triangles or did you actually cut the large triangles?

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