If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Beth A. North on May 1, 2012 at 12:26pm

Ok, here is number 8 for April.  That is all.  The big goal is 120 of the over 130 ufo on hand and have completed thus far 41.  Whew, this has been fun.  This is a block sampler I finally finished.  I used wool batting, quilts like a dream, with King Tut Raspberry thread in top and Razzle Dazzle thread in bobbin.  I bought the Razzle Dazzle for a different quilt and could not get it to work so used it here and did fantastic.  I spoiled myself with backing and put on a floral that I have drooled over for a long time and just thought would be fun to do and then all four corners are mitered with the striped border and perfectly square I might add.  I am excited on this one.  I am sending out on the binding but claim it is done in my book.  Driving the longarm with one hand is not so bad.   I had loaded on frame before surgery so could do for April if possible.  Thank you Lord.

And, I should say I did use an Edge 2 Edge Panto called Vanilla Orchid.  Love how it looks on the overall of the quilt.  I really like this one even if just a sampler.  it just has a good feel to it and all came together with a spark.

Comment by Rebecca Tellez on April 28, 2012 at 12:38pm

Beth you are such an inspiration. I really like all your quilts you have finished.  I wish I had your energy.

I am so far behind. No way am I am going to get my UFO's finished. I am still doing quilting customer quilts and the last three have been complete custom. So my March April will probably be my May and June.

Comment by Lois J Harak on April 26, 2012 at 6:42pm

@ Deanna Davis. Skyvue Lodge is near Winslow, AR.  You take hwy 410 N from I-40 then exit on hwy 71 to get to the lodge.  I went last fall with a group from an online yahoo group of quilters called "SewManySwaps".   There were 17 ladies.  They meet in the  fall and again in the spring from Wed-Sun.  This was my was my 1st time go.  I think the group has been going about 10 years.

Comment by Beth A. North on April 26, 2012 at 2:02pm

Here is another finish for April.  I may not make it to 10, but will try for 8, but this is number 7.  Doc was surprised I asked how soon I could sew with hand.  He said in a few days so will do the one on the longarm on Saturday.  Will have to have help unloading and loading a quilt, but will try hard.  I can even use the sewing machine as long as I do not move the left hand alot.  We will see how goofy I am.I love how it looks like a puff quilt and I only used a 9oz batting which made it appear like a puff quilt.  I used Pam Clarke's design w lines template and did not have to use a ruler. 

Comment by Beth A. North on April 26, 2012 at 11:52am

@riana  i have no real answers.  space bags are good to store finished quilts, also to layer them on spare bed.  i have been stacking them behind loveseat but hubby is saying to get put up.  my projects to be done are in cabinet and tubs. 

Comment by Deanna Davis on April 26, 2012 at 10:41am

PS I have been working on my UFO's btw gardens. Finished iris and glad bed, worked strawberry bed, doing asparagus this am. My sister's back is done, waiting to go to quilter, my log cabin blocks are done, now to do rows. Still cutting out shapes for Starr's quilt (turtles, butterflies, flowers), so I dug out my civil war tribute quilt and am working on Month 3, pinwheel blocks in 12" and 18". Got one 12" done, one 18" ready to sew and now pieces are cut for the remaining blocks. Just a matter of sewing. But I leave tomorrow afternoon for OK so am suspending all indoor activity til I get some things done. My St Joseph's Coat rose is so heavy now she's gotta get clipped! Back next week ...


Comment by Deanna Davis on April 26, 2012 at 10:30am

Lois, where in AR are you going ? I am in mid-central of the state, 1/2 way betw Little Rock and Ft Smith. I gave up my spot this week to go to Paducah. The horse event I was going to 2 wks ago cancelled due to tornados and was rescheduled for this weekend. I know I know -- quilt v horse (both my obsessions). I would've SPENT a lot more @ Paducah than at the horse-y thing  LOL  I am going to put Paducah back on my list for next year, and there is something coming up @ Tulsa OK I'd like to go see .. it's closer than Paducah! I haven't been to Dallas or Houston yet -- as homesteader while man I working out of state, finding the house/livestock sitter is an absolute necessary. I have one on standby now, but when she graduates college, then it's back to finding another.


Comment by Riana Noyes on April 26, 2012 at 10:08am

Wow, Beth you must have a large storage area from what I can gather from your UFO completions. What tips can you offer me as I have limited space in sewing area (but extra room elsewhere in house)? I found big plastic bins to cause problems with wrinkling etc.

Comment by Lois J Harak on April 25, 2012 at 10:02pm

I have been enjoying everyone's posts.  I have finished up handwork on a few projects while recovering from knee replacement.  Will post pictures soon.  I have missed being able to work at the sewing machine.  I will find out in about 3 weeks when my hip replacement will be scheduled.  Still have a lot of down time to work on handwork.  I have signed up to go to a retreat in Arkansas in November.  Would like to go to Houston also, but not sure I'll be up to it this year.  Do any of you go the the Paducah, Dallas or Houston Quilt Shows?

Comment by Beth A. North on April 24, 2012 at 2:03pm

Here is another finish!  Started approximately 5 years ago.  Just love to cut fabric.  Finally put together. Did clamshells on it.  Pretty good for a first try at clam shells.  This is number 6 for the month.  Four more to go.


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