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 Linda Koller on January 7, 2020 at 3:30pm

Beautiful Riana!

Prayers for quick healing, Gail! Is the grocery story going to pay the medical bills? When something like that happens they are afraid of lawsuits. Sometimes they just offer to pay the bills.

Those quilt blocks are addictive, aren't they, Elizabeth?

Comment by Gail Brown on January 7, 2020 at 2:04pm

Well, I'm slightly out of commission for a while.  On Sunday we stopped in the grocery store for a few items.  In the check out line I loaded items on counter and turned to pull my cart through, stepped on a small piece of plastic that was on the floor that I didn't see and hit the floor.  I have a good sized lump on my head, a badly bruised knee and a small break in my left wrist.  The good news is I am right handed.  That same wrist was badly shattered 11 years ago and has a lot of assorted hardware in it.  It could have been much worse if I had dislodged any of it there would have been surgery involved.  Just a brace for a while, Thank God!

Riana some years ago I took a class with Pat Speth the Nickel Quilt lady and she introduced us to ways of using that shelving liner.  She used it on the back of rulers in small pieces.  She had a roll of it at the class that was blue, she called it "Blue Dude".  My friend and I for years after referred to it that way and nobody knew what we were talking about.  Your Love Letters quilt is beautiful, another reversible one that has two fronts and no back.  I love your attempt at thread painting.  

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 7, 2020 at 1:35pm

Riana, that is neat ! I have never heard of that before.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 7, 2020 at 9:24am

Riana, that turned out very nicely!  Now you have another technique you have mastered!  I spent another 3 1/2 hours working on my PhD yesterday evening.  I wasn't planning to work exclusively on the Tulip Twist but I can't seem to move on.

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2020 at 8:38am

In an effort to learn some new techniques, l tried thread painting, using fmq on my domestic machine. The central leaves and scallops were fused , then all the rest is done with a heavier navy thread. I used just the block and thin batting only for this. When done thread painting, l sewed the block into the top, sandwiched as normal, and quilted it. The back is pieced as well, so it's reversable.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 6, 2020 at 11:26am

I got the second one Zoe pictured for Christmas. I'm not having any problems with it moving around. I love the table! Not only is it easier on my neck, but I can see better too. Thank you, Santa!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 6, 2020 at 9:48am

Zoe, l've seen those advertised.l can see it relieving neck/ back stress. But it might be difficult to see project surface when doing fmq, especially moving backwards. Try using the rubbery grippy sheets for shelving both between machine & platform and platform and table ( thus 2 sheets)... l'll bet your machine would stay put!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 6, 2020 at 9:43am

Linda, you're right...l made a larger one last year, different setting. I still have more unmatching blocks in the bag left,lol! The gal who donated them to the ufo box said she loved piecing them,( enough for a very large quilt), but then got sick of looking at them .She knew they'd get put to good use by donating. Bit's & parts from the " ufo box" are favorite starting points for my impromptu quilts too. Other " scrappers" in our group raid it periodically while others donate test blocks , excess units, or misfits.

Comment by Zoetc49 on January 6, 2020 at 2:11am


 I am posting these two because I have neck issues. I bought the top one for my cousin, she loves it, said that her machine does not move and the fabric on the platform does not hold threads. I have seen this one in person since I am just lucky to be close to the company that makes them here. This one allows you to raise it from screws in the back, it will hold a larger sewing machine, but they make even larger ones... and then they have the large table it you really want to spend money ( $2000+). I go to the Christmas sales in hopes to win one, no luck yet.   I only buy when there are sales.

This other one I bought for me. It It cost less, you raise it up by some feet that fit into slots, it moves a little bit, but you get used to it. I am happy with it and it was less that the top one. But, I would recommend the one that fits your budget.'able Sewing Machine Platform

Comment by Linda Koller on January 5, 2020 at 11:06pm

Isn't this the second quilt you've made using luv letter blocks? I really like it!


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