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mareliba 02-29-2020 06:38 AM

UFO- Hear I Come!
 
Thanks for doing this. Just the kick in the rear I need!

petthefabric 02-29-2020 11:42 AM

Got 1 UFO finished except for a label (which I can't find-need to get more from comfort quilts). Does this count for Feb?

Conchalea 02-29-2020 02:08 PM

Pet, it counts if you want it to. Each person has a definition of a UFO & when you think it's completed.

Belfrybat 02-29-2020 04:27 PM

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Well.... slipping in at the last moment. I have two finishes not shown here as they've already been given out, and the three in these pics. For a total of five! Four of the five are strip quilts from my behind the door stash. Although most were started and finished this year, I count them as UFOs because the strips have been around for ages. The star quilt is my new favourite pattern. I cut the strips before January so am counting it as a UFO. And I have two more sets of strips that I hope to get done in the next month.

sewbizgirl 02-29-2020 05:09 PM

I have a completed baby quilt top but I'm going to wait til it's quilted and bound before I count it (in March).

Teen 02-29-2020 07:26 PM

Great finishes, Belfrybat....I really like the colors of your star quilt. Very calm colors.

Looking forward to seeing baby quilt,Sewbiz. I need to make a couple to just have on hand. Comes in handy...

WMUTeach 03-01-2020 03:46 AM

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I know it is March 1 and I forgot to post my second February finish. Had friends over for dinner and board games last night and crashed into bed when the left. Oops!. This is my example of a free pattern from Wedding Dress Blue.https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.c...ed-hugs-quilt/ Honestly not my favorite because it finishes small for the amount of work put into it. But it is another way to use of small cuts of fabric. I may add a sleeve and turning it into a wall hanging. Who knows.:o But, it is done! One to the next project.

rryder 03-01-2020 04:42 AM

Wow, that's a lot of finishes Belfry- and great way to use those strips!

Nice job, WMUTeach.

I didn’t get my quilt finished, so it will be a March finish. Just needs a little more quilting and then some embellishing (I think)...
and, I’ve got another UFO ready to go, just needs some borders, quilting and binding. I allowed myself to start a new project since I have finished several UFOs this year. I am alternating working on it with UFO stuff, so hopefully it will not turn into another UFO :sew:

Rob

grann of 6 03-01-2020 05:07 AM

Such cute quilts everyone is posting. I am going to use that hundred hugs idea, maybe make the squares a little bigger to end up with a larger quilt. And I am glad to see so many adopting my idea of alternating UFOs with stashbusters. I have 2 more quilts to quilt for a friend and then I can get back to my own stuff. I've started a couple stashbusters, so next is a UFO from one of the artbins.

Teen 03-01-2020 08:41 AM

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March Finish! I finished this top in January 2019.....then I moved and couldn't spend time to finish it. I made this top while my sister was battling cancer (and won the battle) so it has sentimental value in that it was therapeutic and, ultimately, covered in tears. I'll be mailing this to her next week since it is only right that she have it on her one year anniversary of being cancer-free. It's bright and colorful....exactly as I would describe my precious sister. Pattern is Happy Birds by Jen Kingwell.

HiDesertQuilter 03-01-2020 08:59 AM

: Your quilt is so beautiful and the story behind it made me cry, the reason being, in 2013 I had cancer and my sister made me a quilt! She was taking care of our sick, elderly Mom at the time on top of it all. I finally got off my cancer meds the end of May 2020 and am feeling so much better. Your sister will love it and if she is anything like me, it will receive more tears, tears of joy. Much love to you and your sister, may you have many more wonderful years of joy together.

grann of 6 03-01-2020 09:11 AM

Teen, that quilt is gorgeous. I know how much she will appreciate it. I am 5 years cancer free, I had to make my own quilt to celebrate the end of radiation, and all the rest of it.

sewbizgirl 03-01-2020 10:15 AM

Lovely finishes, Belfrybat, WMUT and Teen! And congrats and heartfelt thankfulness for all who have battled cancer and won! God is good!

Teen 03-01-2020 10:52 AM

Thank you, everyone!

Amen, Sewbiz!

HighDesert & Grann! Congrats to both of you. Your courage is humbling..

Teen 03-01-2020 11:03 AM


Originally Posted by WMUTeach (Post 8365406)
I know it is March 1 and I forgot to post my second February finish. Had friends over for dinner and board games last night and crashed into bed when the left. Oops!. This is my example of a free pattern from Wedding Dress Blue.https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.c...ed-hugs-quilt/ Honestly not my favorite because it finishes small for the amount of work put into it. But it is another way to use of small cuts of fabric. I may add a sleeve and turning it into a wall hanging. Who knows.:o But, it is done! One to the next project.

So pretty and it does look like a lot of work. Great use of small scraps! Congrats on finish...

Krisb 03-01-2020 12:20 PM

OKsewglad finished 2 quilts, one of which was 20 yrs old. That one reminds me of the BH Frolic quilt. And a Project Linus quilt, too!
Conchalea finished 2 pillowcases, upcycling orphan blocks. Good for you and good for us all.
NZquilter finished an adorable nursery wall hanging (Yay!) and is busy making little dresses. I still remember the matching dresses Mom made for me and my sister, and sometimes her.
Rff1010 finished her first ever FMQ project. A big Congrats.
Petthefabric finished a UFO is waiting for the label. We are waiting for the picture.
Belfrybat showed us what she did with the strips hanging on the back of the door and also showed us all up by finishing 5–yes, that is 5–UFO’s.
WMUTeach finished her UFO in February but was having too much fun to post a picture until March.

That is huge jump of 13 more to bring us up to 33! And we already have a jump start on March, so that looks good, too!

A big hand for all of us from all of us 👏

Me, I am still trying out the weave in the corners of my wall hanging 1 and hexies on the background of my OBW panel quilt. But I will get there.


Teen 03-01-2020 01:22 PM

Fabulous February Completions! Right on, Krisb! Thanks for tracking. I will PM you for March until Zozee returns to us. Hoping all is OK with her and her family.

cherrybsixty 03-01-2020 01:59 PM

Happy Sunday everyone, just got on board today to lurk around, yes I haven't been here for a while. I really am trying to get into packing. But, I love Teen's March finish such a gorgeous finish. I lost my baby sister to cancer in 1999, and she gave it a hard fight. But, while fighting she finished a pre stamped hand embroidery pre-quilted bed cover. It also was gorgeous and then I lost it, (that's another story). Glad to see that Teen can share that love with her sister.

Lovely February finishes everyone and let's continue to work at those UFO's. I'm still working on my new project the hunter star. My plan is to leave the top and the bottom here in Kansas with my cousin LA'er. Lots of time I fudge and say that I am packing when I am really piecing. At last I get to admit to the truth.

Happy sewing day everyone and enjoy your Lenten season

cherryb

Belfrybat 03-01-2020 03:14 PM

Teen - lovely quilt and thanks for sharing the story. So glad you sister is cancer free.
I looked through my half-finished, planned, stripped, and projected UFOs. I know I didn't have these many a few months ago! Where do they come from? I'll finish a couple more of the strip quilts (am getting tired of making them) and probably two others this month. It helps for me to have a UFO goal.


WMUTeach 03-01-2020 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by grann of 6 (Post 8365434)
Such cute quilts everyone is posting. I am going to use that hundred hugs idea, maybe make the squares a little bigger to end up with a larger quilt. And I am glad to see so many adopting my idea of alternating UFOs with stashbusters. I have 2 more quilts to quilt for a friend and then I can get back to my own stuff. I've started a couple stashbusters, so next is a UFO from one of the artbins.

Good idea granof6. The 100 hugs would work up very easily with 3 inch squares for a more generous baby quilt or use 5 inch squares for an adult quilt.


petthefabric 03-01-2020 06:10 PM

How are UFO's like rabbits? The breed and multiply.

retiredteacher09 03-01-2020 07:03 PM

Congratulations to everyone with wonderful recent finishes!


NZquilter 03-02-2020 06:41 PM

So do we have a goal number for March?

WMUTeach 03-02-2020 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by NZquilter (Post 8365938)
So do we have a goal number for March?

Mark me down for two in March! I have one top that has been finished since last summer and just looking at me. Off to the long arm quilter tomorrow at 9:00 am. Then back to me for binding and done. While it is away getting all spiffy, I will work on my other projects and then dive into the UFO basket.

oksewglad 03-03-2020 06:33 AM

Ah such Happy Birds in and among the March finishes...well done everyone.
I ,too, like the 100 Hugs pattern..and yes making the squares bigger is a great way to use up those squares from quilt leftovers.
Meanwhile I found a backing for the second flimsy from my sister...now to piece some leftover batting. Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go....

grann of 6 03-03-2020 06:59 AM

Well, it looks like my 2 finishes didn't get counted, but that's okay. I am working on a kit that I bought last summer. I had gotten all the pieces cut back in November when we had a day without electricity for line maintenance. And it has been pretty much sitting since. I did get the 300 HSTs made and squared up, so that is where I am now. It is now time to start assembly of the blocks. It just doesn't seem as much fun now that I look at the blocks and all their pieces. There are 25 different fabrics in the kit, so layout is complex if I want it done right.

WMUTeach 03-03-2020 04:30 PM

Did we hear or should I say see the final count for February? I have forgotten who to PM but recall our original record keeper is caring for other responsibilities that are much more important than counting our finishes.

sewbizgirl 03-03-2020 04:44 PM

I have two finishes... my big batik quilt and a smaller Eric Carle themed quilt for a child. However, I can't get my doggone phone and computer to work together to upload the pictures I took! I will keep trying and will post the photos when they decide to start behaving.

oksewglad 03-03-2020 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by WMUTeach (Post 8366143)
Did we hear or should I say see the final count for February? I have forgotten who to PM but recall our original record keeper is caring for other responsibilities that are much more important than counting our finishes.

Krisb is our gal while zozee is helping family.

Teen 03-03-2020 05:49 PM


Originally Posted by WMUTeach (Post 8366143)
Did we hear or should I say see the final count for February? I have forgotten who to PM but recall our original record keeper is caring for other responsibilities that are much more important than counting our finishes.

krisb posted several posts back that we had 33 for February. I think that's amazing! Some late counts may increase that...not sure. And, I'd still PM'd Krisb until we hear differently if she's willing to continue until Zozee is able to resume.

My goal for March is 2 UFO's...one of which is done (Happy Birds) and the other at LA'r (Daisy quilt).

Quossum 03-04-2020 03:53 AM

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I'm back! February was a wash thanks to the issues I had with my machine. Took it to the shop, brought it home, it still wasn't working, took it back to the shop...ended up getting a new bobbin case dedicated to free motion quilting, along with a new free motion quilting foot, and whoa--once those were in play, the rest of this quilt flew by to become my first finish for March!

The Quilt: This piece started as a Thangles "buck-a-block" deal through a quilt store I visited frequently at the time. You know the deal: Pay one dollar for the kit for one block, but you have to come into the store each month. While you're there, you're sure to spend more than the obligatory buck! It was so long ago that I have no idea what store it was, just that I was determined to not lose out and so I faithfully retrieved my block each month, even when I stopped putting them together.

Why it became a UFO: I'm not really sure. I think it was just a victim of my quilting whims or perhaps seeing another shiny object to play with, or maybe the fact that some of the blocks as designed got a little more complicated, so I set them aside as "too hard."

Why I finished: After two finishes in January where I chose quilts to complete that were close to done already, I decided that next I would choose the one that had the least amount done on it. That was this one, with about six (rather wonkily) completed blocks and six sad baggies of strips. Pulling them out, it was immediately evident that my skills have grown since whenever it was that I did the first few blocks! I modified the designs of the "too hard" blocks to easier versions and quickly got the remaining blocks together. Then--oh joy!--a trip to the quilt store was necessary to get fabric for the setting blocks and strips. Their more tedious construction took me into February.

For the back, I dug through my "lasagna" pile of 4 1/2" strips, pulling anything brown, red, gold. Spray basted it and went to town. Insert machine woes here, leading to lots of errors in the quilting--clumsy stitching, places where I had to frog, thread changes, starts and stops, wrinkles quilted over. To my eyes, they glared. So, once I finally got the machine fixed and got this thing quilted, I decided to go ahead and wash it. As I suspected they would, the "errors" more or less have disappeared, or at least gone into the realm of "you'd have to look hard to find them."

The Quilt's fate: Undetermined as yet. I'll have to think over my "friends who need a quilt" list and see if there's anyone who would like this style and color palette. My husband kind of has been hinting that it would look good on our bed, so maybe it won't find another home after all!

Next up: Another quilt that has far to go, so I might not have another finish for March. But hey, Spring Break is coming, so maybe...

QuiltMom2 03-04-2020 04:27 AM

Brave you to piece the backing too! Congratulations on a real UFO fine finish.

oksewglad 03-04-2020 06:30 AM

Look...two, two quilts in one...well done Quossom!

sewbizgirl 03-04-2020 07:30 AM

Lovely sampler quilt, Quossom! Nice sashing setting too....

zozee 03-04-2020 02:07 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your understanding. I want to pop in to give an update on the situation here.

First, many thanks for those who prayed for my brother-in-law. Om Feb 7 he suffered a major aortic dissection, and nearly died three times over the following three weeks. He decided he wanted surgery if it could be done, so they put in a stent that runs from the top of the aorta to his stomach. He survived, although I will tell you, neither my husband nor I thought he would. The dissection (tear) had actually extended to the top of his leg. But they did not put that stent in for that entire length. He is still battling stage 4 cancer but has a strong will to live. He is thankful to God for giving him more time. He is about to turn 73.

Second, we are still waiting for our grandbaby to be born! He was due Feb 28. My daughter-in-law is of the shared opinion with her midwife that the longer he stays in, the stronger he will be. They have a very good hospital to deliver in (where my first was born) and are bery ready to be parents (as ready as you can be before that little one is actually in your home for the first time and you think, “oh, my goodness! He is so tiny and helpless and totally our responsibility and we haven’t a clue what we’re doing’” . LOL. Such an exciting time. Our son will take 3 weeks vacation at once and then work from home for three. I am so happy he is in a position to do so, and that he wants to be present to bond with his son and sleep in, and take care of his wife. He has wanted to be a dad since he was 16. For real! He is 28 and just bursting with anticipation!

Sooooo, we wait for the call, the text, whatever notification that they are off to the hospital .

I want to be free to help out and also have travel-related decisions based on this stupid COVID scare..

That said, I need more time off as the UFO group counter. If krisb can do it longer, great. If not, I hope someone else offers to pick up and do March.

Whoever does it , please put the posts with each new count in bold type so they’re easy to spot. Thanks!


Teen 03-04-2020 02:56 PM

Quossom....fantastic finish! I really like the corner stones and sashing design. A nice change from a basic 9-patch corner stone. very pretty. In my house, if hubbie shows an interest in any of my creations, I keep them. It's the least I can do for the support he gives my craft....so, I totally can see why you would keep this.

Zozee....so good to hear from you. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!!

Krisb 03-04-2020 03:41 PM

Zozee, I will be happy to continue as long as you need me todo so.

Let’s set a goal of 35 for March. Something to shoot for, anyway

Would folks like to have a running list, so that at the end of the month we could see what everyone has done? That won’t be all that difficult to do—but please continue to PM me when you declare your UFO officially done!

Onward!

retiredteacher09 03-04-2020 05:07 PM

Quossum: Wow! Beautiful! Congratulations on the finish.

Zozee: Thanks for the update.

Krisb: Thanks for continuing to keep track of our finishes.

oksewglad 03-04-2020 06:48 PM

Thanks for the update, zo,, One of the best aspects of being a grandparent is watching your kids be parents. I say my boys are great dads because they had a great dad! And our daughter has such a generous heart with her challenging daughter..she gets the generosity from her dad, too!

Thanks for keeping up the tally, Kris...It helps inspire us all. I do like the running list. Happy quilting everyone.

sewbizgirl 03-04-2020 06:52 PM

Zozee, good to hear from you! Pray your BIL recovers well and does indeed have a lot more time. I also pray that little grandbabe comes along at just the right time, and that all goes well. So sweet how "all in" your son is, with being a father!

Thank you Krisb for continuing on as our coordinator...


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