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 Zoetc49 on August 13, 2015 at 2:27pm

What I want to know is do you think I should change the black to a warmer color?  

Comment by Zoetc49 on August 13, 2015 at 2:20pm

I do realize that I am supposed to be working on my UFO's, But.... two are tiny pieces that I don't feel like doing just yet, one is promised to a friend of mine- over 2-3 years ago...I did promise that her's would be next to being worked on..I guess I lied?? Then one is looking at me daily as it has been on my design board for 3-4 months and I really need to get it down as it has all of my pins in there...I guess I could just go buy more pins?? Ok, so I saw a picture of the pattern I really liked for my Mom's quilt. Honest responses, do you think the color is right? This block turned out to be over 22 1/2" X 22 1/2" so the good news is it will only be 12 blocks . 

Comment by Linda Koller on August 13, 2015 at 10:55am

Thank you everyone! Now I have to wait for my stash to get out of storage. I understand your instructions Riana. Really quite simple. I could applique vines on the border for the quilting or perhaps hand quilt the border. The applique would be a bit hard because of turning.

Comment by Carol from Pittsburgh on August 13, 2015 at 10:51am
Hi, All! Been busy with mom's house and haven't had much time to quilt or even read posts about quilts!
Zoe, I love your nephew's quilt! Such a great remembrance of your gift to him of space camp. I bet. He's excited to get it, especially since he helped make it. Will you make an embroidered label? Have you had a chance to try the machine?
Mary, your quilt is amazing! There is so much to see in it and your quilting is fabulous!
This UFO group has inspired me to work on my Loyal Union Sampler that I started way back in August, 2013. I'll be using it on my own bed when it's done. That's why it keeps being put aside. I finished all the blocks that are regular piecing along with a few of the template and foundation ones. I think I'm going to like it when it's done. Whenever that might be!
I'm in the process of clearing out my mother's house and trying to find someone to take her furniture. I didn't know it would be so hard to give it away. Salvation Army can't pick up till mid-Sept, Goodwill can't pick up till the end of Sept, Vietnam Vets don't take big furniture, Habitat for Humanity only does curbside pickup. I'm trying to get rid of living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture and have to do it within the next couple weeks. Long(er) story, but the house has to be listed for sale by Sept 7th. I found an organization called Off the Floor that may be able to take it on time. Most of it, anyway. As a last resort, I'll put it on Freecycle.
Anyway, back to UFOs... Besides my LUS, I'm down to 4 that need to be quilted and two that need to be pieced together. Not too, too bad I guess.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 13, 2015 at 9:52am
i do as riana explains. then add your batt, quilt if wanted, then bind. it then looks like an extension of the already completed quilt body. riana's explanation sounds similar to yours ginny, she just went into more detail. the reason i don't quilt up to the edge is that i worry that the quiltingon extension will differ too much from added on border. difficult to blend.
Comment by Ginny Andersen on August 13, 2015 at 9:43am

Sounds like you have a very good method, Riana. Mine was to add the border strip, with the 1/4" seam, front & back, and quilt from there.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 13, 2015 at 8:11am

lf you need further explanation, p.m. me, & l'll send photo showing how...all layers sewn with one seam. Not fiddly.

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 13, 2015 at 8:08am

Why can't the quilting go to the edge? If you lay the top border piece right sides to quilt, lay backing border piece right sides to back, you can sew 2 sides ( chose adding batting later or put next to feed dogs under back piece). Then the process can be repeated for top & bottom ( couthouse steps style), l'm sure that would work. The art quilters do this when adding a border for less dense quilting than the main piece.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 12, 2015 at 11:46pm
i agree with you ginny. in fact i have a small project going now that i will be adding a border to when i finish quilting. like you say, if quilting not right up to edge, border piece doable & no one would ever notice.
Comment by Linda Koller on August 12, 2015 at 10:49pm

Thank you Ginny! I'll have to check my stash and see what I've got for borders or if I have enough backing. Have to find it first.

Riana - great minds think alike!!


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