Monday, October 28, 2013

UFOs: Unfinished Objects

I don’t often leave a quilt undone. I’m not bragging, I just like to be able to see a project from start to finish and typically it’s a gift for an event so there’s a timeline to adhere to. I have two projects that have been living as UFOs (or Un-Finished Objects). One is a  baby quilt that I started for a little girl who was born four months after mine, and the other is a quilt I started one summer home from college (there’s actually a completion date of 2001 stitched on it. EEK!). And while I understand it, I am horrified that these projects have gone so long without completion.

Recently, I got very excited about a quilt designer and was digging through my fabric to start working on a new project when I came across the unfinished baby quilt. I’ve dug past it a number of times in the throes of creativity, but this time was different. I stopped and I looked at it - with three of the four borders on it was so close to being done that it was almost sad. So I stopped my new quilt digging and pulled out the unfinished quilt with it’s accompanying fabric and sewed the final border on it. I added a second border after some thought, and found some polyester batting, tacked the layers together and started quilting it. It is still in the works as I’m teaching myself how to trace-quilt in the process, but my goal is to have it complete and shipped to the little girl by her 18 month birthday.

The 2001 quilt is an interesting story (I’m not going to say it’s an odyssey). My parents discovered it this past April when they were cleaning out their house to move covered in a plastic Gottchalk’s  bag in the back of one of their closets. Since then it’s relocated to my craft closet, layered and quilted, and the binding just needs to be stitched on. I have looked at it so many times perched on top of the plastic bins that hold my fabric that it’s become part of the scenery. I’ve ignored it for the simple reason that I don’t like it. What’s the sense in finishing a quilt that I don’t like? Really, to just clear space in the closet if nothing else. This past weekend we went on a family trip with my in-laws and I promised myself to make major progress on sewing the binding on or not start a new project until I had.

I’m happy to report that the 2001 is nearing completion I’d say about an eighth of the binding is left to stitch. I have decided that once it’s done I’m going to gift it to a good friend. The baby quilt is another story. While I’m making progress I’ve found that trace quilting is not as easy as I thought it would be. I will post pictures once the quilts have gone to their intended recipients.  

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