Saturday, January 6, 2018

UFO Busting #1


Well it all has to start somewhere and start we shall!  Welcome to the first addition of the UFO Busting party.  A place where we can link up to talk about our UFO problems, denials, progress, successes and distractions.  If we all work together, I think we can work through our stacks big and small and see some finished quilts.

I've done a bit more work on my UFO spread sheet and categorized them by big, medium and small.  To my surprise, each size makes up about 1/3 of the list.  So I equally slack on everything, big or small, go me!

So, what are my plans?  I'd love to finish Quilting Jetgirl's Wayward Transparency before the end of the month.  Yvonne will open the finished quilt (top or quilted) on January 12th and keep it open until the 31st.  I want to be part of the party! 


My quilting plan has been a bit labor intensive and I'm half way there.  I've been trying to juggle in some curves to this very linear quilt.  It hasn't been on my UFO list for very long (and I intend to keep it that way), but I have skipped over it several times for other distractions projects.

I have two other quilts I would like to tackle this month, or at least start.

I call this one, "David's Not Turning Twenty" or "Ron's Quilt."  It started out life cut out to be a Turning Twenty.  After arranging the pieces on the floor and not liking what he picked out.  Mr. Stemple started shuffling pieces around like a mad man and happily announced he had found what he wanted.  Now he just needed his mid arm quilter to quilt it.  That was, late summer?  Would I have it finished by November, when his co-worker retired?  No problem.  He should have known better, right?  He lives with me.  


Here we are early January and it is still basted and folded in the back room.  He would like me to do wood grain in the borders around the top and bottom four patch squares and swirls in the four patches.  I'm stuck on what to do in the middle section.  Any suggestions?  Let's not let this one fester any more than it has to.

Next up is the Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  Tish, why is this on your UFO list?  The final piecing instructions just came out.  Well, I pattern tested it earlier in 2017 for Cheryl, so mine has been setting around waiting for inspiration to strike.  Nothing.


Now that my quilting juices are flowing again, I think I have an idea of where this one is headed.  I can hear it calling my name, I just have to make it understand, not quite yet...not quite yet.

I have a few other projects bouncing around in my head, but I need to stay focused on these three.  Will I have a finish by next week?  Or will I crash and burn and hide under that stack of quilt tops in the back room.  Stay tuned to find out.

Now it's your turn?  What have you been up too?  Have you finally stared down your list of projects that need tackled?  Are you stuck and don't know how to finish something?  Do you have a UFO finish to celebrate.  Or are you crying because you got distracted again?  Link up, share with us and feel free to grab my button below.  We are all in this big boat together.

UFO Busting






13 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I have loved seeing your quilting progress on the Wayward Transparency quilt you've been sharing on Instagram. Halfway there? I think you could even be ready for the linkup when it opens! As for the quilting motif in the middle of the quilt... Hmmm, with woodgrain and swirls already... my husband's favorite motif are pebbles, and changing up sizes can be fun with them.

Nancy J said...

Your are well on the way with quilts sorted into the sizes and progress. The Wayward looks wonderful, I need to join the 4 blocks, deciding which way to go??? and wait, hopefully, till the Gamill is rewired and actually going, then I can quilt it.This will have to be a lot later in the year after I have some serious trial and error practises.

Stitchin At Home said...

All sorted and ready that is a biggie already. Watch out for those distractions! Magnolia Mystery has a lot of wonderful negative space that would look good with some wild quilting.

Louise said...

My first thought for the middle of Not Turning Twenty was feathers. Cliche? Maybe, but that's what popped into my head. Or with all those squares, maybe an orange peel or a dense diagonal cross hatch.

When you first posted your UFO link up last week, I thought I didn't really have a lot of UFOs so I wasn't too motivated to blog about them. Since then, I keep pondering the ones I have. Your UFO party must be like an earworm, wiggling around in my brain! So my confession is this:
I store my UFOs on hangers behind a door that latches open. And the latch is straining these days. So there are more there than I allowed myself to remember...

piecefulwendy said...

I'm really looking forward to your finished Wayward Transparency, so I can see the whole thing with your amazing quilting! I have no suggestion for Dave's quilt, so I'll leave that up to the others. Your Magnolia colors are so pretty. I have my top done but haven't posted a picture yet. I'm linking up, and I just finished my third UFO tonight. Yippee!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

It is too darn easy to get distracted....there's too much fun stuff out there in blog world. I have a list, but I haven't done anything on it. ha ha ha ha Good luck with your goals.

Cheryl said...

I can't wait to see your Wayward, I have mine flimsy almost finished and no clue how to quilt it.

KaHolly said...

STaying focused....its so hard! I love your 'stuff', especially your layout for Magnolia Mystery! Wow!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

You have some great projects to work on Tish! I had to laugh about your husband thinking you would get the quilt done......it has to age a little bit!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Nothing new to report except that we are now in the land of sunshine and warmth and I'm preparing to begin to work on my UFOs.

QuiltGranma said...

I've had a little 4-patch on point on the back burner for a while, pushed aside for other things. The problem? I am mathematically challenged, and having problems getting the setting triangles figured out. Finally got that done, and the top pieced, layered and basted last week! AH! I will hand quilt it. It is the fourth 4-patch in a series, I'm calling 4x4. Showing different settings, light background, dark background, hopefully to be useful in a class later.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I'll have to get my post written , and if I'm sharp it can share with my fal post !
Now tish - in our defence - is the wayward transparency still not our main wip ? I too am determined to be part of this finish up party by jan 31

Lynette said...

Tish, your curves look so good! I just learned how to work with a curved ruler on my longarm yesterday, so my eye is all for them right now. I've been working on a years-old UFO in my mornings, getting the brilliant-rainbow diamond-and-NewYorkBeauty rounds put together finally. SO MUCH Work!!! Almost there. . . P.S. You made me laugh around my pizza with your "So I equally slack on everything, big or small, go me!" :D love it!

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