2020 UFO Challenge

Old 02-10-2020, 05:01 PM
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Prayers for your family, Zozee.

Well, all my finishes lately have been someone else's quilt! I took a bunch of UFOs home from quilting group and put the bindings on them. Not mine, so they don't count here, I guess.

Still having trouble uploading pics. My old computer doesn't seem to want to upload pics from my new phone. Gotta get that straightened out!
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:16 PM
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WMUteach I have several of my grandmothers quilts that were all hand sewed from flour sacks. Love them too much to use them. Also there is an elderly lady up here, North Ga mountains, that had sews all her quilts and sells them at a local store. They are beautifully detailed and take her a year to make one!!
I understand how it could take a year.I hope she gets a good price for them. It took me just over 6 months and I only had to make 1/3 of the blocks. I don't think I will take on another large quilt like this again, but I do plan on some other smaller hand quilting projects. I learned to use a needle as a 5-year-old by making my new baby brother bibs with embroidered animals on them. So, in some sense hand work comes naturally to me because that is what I learned first, but the hand quilting techniques were new and different from embroidery.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:46 PM
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Zozee...blessings to your family and safe journey for your husband today.

Krisb...thank you for jumping in for February!

I finally called my new LA'r and inquired about my UFO quilts that she has had. she shared that a custom quilt job came in for a quilter who is expecting to not be long on this earth...this was her last quilt. Very touching so obviously I understood... The quilt is beautiful and I offered to sew on binding for her if quilter is unable. It made me ponder and decided to treat each quilt I make as if it is my last. She obviously took great care because it was stunning. Anywhoo...long of the short of it, I hope to have one UFO finish this month. My 2nd to last UFO (besides a BOM) is prepped and ready for LA'r.
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Old 02-12-2020, 01:03 PM
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Good afternoon everyone, congratulations to all the finishes that happen since my last sign-in. Teen how sweet of you to make that kind offer. I have been mentioning retrieving a UFO and leaving one with my long-armer but it didn't happen that way. My long-armer gave me two that I gave her, but I forgot to take her the one that was waiting. She even bound the one that was the UFO. The other one that she gave me was a lap-throw from the 'Crown Royal' bags that she finished for me. I plan to gift it to my Lawyer son-in-law that's married to my Doctor daughter. I love bragging on them because they met through his late sister, who was a nurse with my daughter hospital. It's a interesting story that can only be shared at another time.

So, I have no UFO that I can finish and I am back to working on the new project, well maybe I can keep it going so it won't become a UFO. I know how I want to finish it but, prepping to move will get in the middle of it, I know.

Happy sewing day everyone

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Old 02-12-2020, 05:18 PM
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Retired Enjoy all the time you can get with the grandson, you know they grow up way too fast.
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Zozee: I didnít take your encouragement that way. I also hope everyone is safe.

Well, my UFO is still languishing but I did watch a 5th grade great niece play basketball this morning and picked up my machine from the LQS for its annual cleaning. Then I came home and my son asked if I wanted to visit grandson Jack. Of course, I said yes! I could only hold him for a few minutes because he is slightly jaundiced so he needed to be on the light mat (bilirubin light thing). I read him 2 books while my son was burping him. Precious. He will be a week old tomorrow.
Bugaroo That is gorgeous, you did an awesome job on the quilt.

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I just finished my Farm Girl 2 quilt over-sized queen. I did it all on the sewing machine! Don't think I will ever do that again. This is my first full sized quilt. I learned a lot along the way!!!!
WMUTeach Great finish and a wonderful story.

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OK folks on the UFO journey, here is my big reveal! My sister-in-law, who passed away 20 years ago, left 100 hand pieced blocks named Pontiac Star. I found them in a box with the magazine pattern/directions, her plan for layout and the plastic templates she made and used. I challenged myself to learn to hand piece and finished the additional 32 blocks needed to complete the quilt as she had planned early this fall.

She was a master quilter and hand quilted most of her work with the tiniest stitches imaginable. So to honor her intention, I next my next challenge was to learn to hand quilt and complete the quilt as she would have. My stitches are not as tiny as hers would have been but they are within the acceptable range and yes, I got much better as I progressed. I finished adding the label on Friday night and gifted it to her youngest son and his bride yesterday. He was about 15 when she passed away and did not have "grown up" quilt from her. Now he and his new wife have a quilt from both his mother and from me, his Auntie Linda.
Retired - nice donation top, sorry about the added stash, I know you will use it up.

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Another UFO finish! The fabric and finished blocks were in a donation. The blocks were already sewn into 3 rows with the vertical sashing. I needed to cut one more horizontal sashing and then sew the rows together. The only fabric I added was the bright blue stop border. The outside border was from the backing fabric that was included. I will add quite a bit of fabric to my stash from the leftovers but I will keep them together to use eventually as part of a different project.

This is only a top and will be given to my church group to finish.

I donít know how to rotate the picture. Oh, well.
Zozee will keep your family in my prayers, make sure you and your husband take some time for yourself to recharge so you can support your husbands family.

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Since last count (02/03/20) I believe we have finishes declared by

retiredteacher -1

Total 8.

If Iíve left anyone out, please speak up.
Iíve had a lot on my mind since Thursday. My husbandís eldest brother is in critical condition following an aortic dissection, in addition to stage 4 cancer. Family have been called. My hubby is driving to Ohio with another brother tomorrow.

Can someone please take over the count from here? Between this family emergency and grandbaby coming and son turning 18 on Valentineís Day, I am not going to be able to stay on top of this task .
Krisb thank you for stepping up and helping.

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Zozee, I can pick up the count for the balance of February. We will all have you in our prayers.
Pearl, congrats on the finish.

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It may have taken 5 years but the binding is on. One down, eight to go.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:45 AM
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Great finish! Love Lori Holt patterns💓. Have UFO of her pattern Bee Happy only needs binding. Maybe get to this year.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:54 AM
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Thank you, krisb, for taking over counting for me. Thanks, everyone, for your prayers. My brother-in-law has been in a step-down unit following a few days in CICU. He had a much better day yesterday so my hubby made plans to come home today. Then last night there was a serious setback (BIL had blood in his urine) so they ran more tests. My hubby and his other 3 brothers have decided to come home anyway and are en route through snow in Ohio.

They are all beyond exhausted and emotionally spent. I am preparing the house now for a relaxing homecoming so he can just plop and drop, get a back rub in his own bed, and tell me all about it. Which should take 32 seconds. He is a man of few words who keeps too much in. (i balance us out with too many words. LOL)

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Old 02-13-2020, 09:17 AM
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Zozee....lovely way to support your husband. He'll be so glad to be home, I'm sure. Safe travel vibes sent his way and continued prayers.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:00 AM
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Zozee, hope your husband had time to relax last night and have a great time with the birthday today!

Happy Valentines day everyone!

DH and I are staying in tonight I have a nice bottle of wine and making steak and scallops for dinner.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:57 PM
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If the blocks are tooooooo big, may I softly suggest switching them to throw pillows--Works for me every time. I have Lots of pillows to finish. Or maybe dolly quilts for Toy 4 Tots with a dolly and a few cloths for a child that will receive nothing else.

Also may I ask as I'm still fairly new to these boards do the UFO's need to be just quilts or can they be other projects of left over fabric from o]quilts that is sitting in a box crying because I haven't made it to that pile yet???
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