Quilting is my passion. The ability to be creative with colorful fabric just makes me smile. Of course, equally joyful is the love of my grandchildren. What could be better?
Food for thought.
Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Trouble with UFOs....
If they become too old, you can forget what you were doing. At least that is what I have been finding for the last two that I have been working on.
These blocks are from a pattern called Painted Daisy. I don't have the pattern, but someone at a retreat was making this quilt in batiks and it was so beautiful, but the one that really struck me the most was the one black and white one she had done. So...on my way home from the retreat, I stopped at a quilt shop and bought a variety of blacks (in the number that I thought I would need), the yellow for the centers and the chartreuse for the stem and leaf. Then I drew up a rough sketch of the pattern as I remembered it. This was a year and a half ago. I think I remember even drawing out the layout that I wanted.
Well, I pulled the blocks out a couple days ago. All my backgrounds were sewn together, all the flower and leaf petals were made and the edges starched over, and all the flower centers were made, but do you think I can remember how I was going to lay it out? I thought I remembered, but then I am short three blocks....so was I thinking of something else? I don't know.
This is the layout that the gal at the retreat was using. I know I was going to do something a little different, but I am still short some blocks. I have these four totally sewn down. There are nine others that are prepped and ready to sew. I am going to have to go through my stash to see what other blacks I have to make the extra three blocks that are needed.
I pulled this UFO with the intention of only working on it for a day or two but it is going so quickly, that I might just keep at it until it is finished. I am hoping to do that before #6 Cherry Tree BOM comes out because I really want to stay on top of that one.
I did mention that the last UFO I was working on also had some problems. This was the toile one that was going to be made bigger and then I just decided to get it done at the size it was. I spoke of this one a week or so ago (a blog post or two ago). When I opened that box, there were a bunch of blocks already made and I thought that I was all set to make my border, but most of those blocks didn't even go with this quilt. Don't know why they were made the way they were made, but they will just be some orphan pieces. So, I had to make the extra blocks that were needed and now that top is done and hopefully going to the quilter this coming weekend.
So, the lesson here is not to let a UFO sit too long or it may take a totally different direction than what you originally intended.
I am known as Mimi by my four grandsons. They are 13, 11, 8 and 4 years old. They are what life is all about. I recently retired from my office job. Now I am just loving being a grandma who loves to quilt and is once again dabbling in knitting, I am a longarmer and an APQS retailer. I can see retirement being very busy!