Monday, April 19, 2010

Challenge to Finish UFO


Don't run and hide, this challenge is for me! I have decided that this UFO has to be FINISHED this WEEK. It's nearly done, just the centre of blocks and borders to quilt, binding on and a hanging sleeve. Mmmmm that sounds a lot. I'll try for a finish this week, hopeful I won't have to extend to next week.

I have been trying to workout when I started it. Probably in 2001, maybe 2002. I remember it was a class at Needlecraft in Palmerston North taught by Lorna Newsome. Way too long ago. The blocks were all finished within a week or so of class, and the top without borders not to long after. Why is it not finished and on a bed? Well I do remember packing it away when house was on the market in 2003. It didn't get unpacked again until 2006 when I started machine quilting it, and then unpicked quilting as it was awful. A month or so ago I got it out and started quilting again.

Do you have some UFO's older than this? Please say yes so I don't feel so guilty! If you want to challenge yourself to finish an old UFO, email me a picture and I'll put on Blog. Leave a comment about your UFO's, or a comment to cheer me on. Hopefully I'll have a photo of this quilt finished for you all to see soon.  :-)

14 comments:

  1. Well Leeann I have a UFO from back in the early 80's I made it out of leftover clothing scraps, just squares, not a real design as such.I have misplaced it though....so can't email you a photo.I really would like to find it, it would be neat to see those old fabrics again.
    So you are a gazillion miles ahead of me!

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  2. Woohoo I can't bet that Leeann. I didn't start quilting till 2005.. eek I've got a spare room full of fabric and 'stuff' though. Love the quilt.. it's gorgeous.

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  4. I made so many typos in the last comment I deleted it. Anyway.... Progress Report I have nearly finished the quilting in centre, thinking about how to quilt the borders now.

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  5. Monday morning and I'm nearly finished quilt, hopefully you'll have a picture soon!

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  6. You can feel better about your UFO. Mine dates from 1995. Several people in my CAME group (in CA) had started the Federation Quilt. One of our classes were making pleated fans so then and there I decided to do one. At the time I did only free motion work. Nearly all the blocks are made but I must redesign the center as I am making a rectangular quilt. There isn't any incentive for me just yet.

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  7. Hi Leeann
    thanks dfor stopping by and visiting my blog and commenting on my old UFO. Good luck with finishing this one! You are doing a fabulous job on this blog for the Whangarei Quilters.

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  8. I'm with marion, I have some very old Ufo's that I stopped liking my coor choices so never finished them...
    Hugs Dawn x x EQ7

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  9. Hi - was recently told that if you don't like a quilt that is a UFO, don't fret over it, just let is go and move on. Otherwise, I have some recent quilts, within a year, that I can't seem to finish! I really like them too!! Don't know what the problem is. Your kelieidoscope is beautiful. EQ7

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  10. I am drawn to this quilt. Isn't it odd which quilts we leave unfinished? EQ7

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  11. Oh yea, I have many UFO's. I plan on finishing someday. Your quilt is Fab and your sewing machine is cool too! EQ7

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  12. I have one from 2007, its pinned and so big, I'm tired just looking at it EQ7

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  13. wow Leanne - I've found your blog about a year too late but it is great to see that work again! Others are still turning up at Rose City Quilters' occasionally and I see books with a similar technique are about again.... Old is new again. Great to hear you are still stitching. I'm doing less now that I am teaching secondary school maths full time.
    All the Best. Lorna

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  14. Thanks Lorna hope you get to read this as no return email on anon comments. I remember when you were learning to be a teacher as you came to Dannevirke High School. I was working there as the science tech at the time. I had cut a lot of calico up for an experiment, and the science teacher was amazed by the pieces all being the same size. You and I knew I had used a rotary cutter :-) Glad you finished the teacher training I know you are a fantastic quilting tutor so was sure you would be a great 'real' teacher too.

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