Tag Archives: Unfinished Quilts

2012-23: Russian Star Orphan

Russian StarThese orphan blocks are hand pieced in a design called Russian Star.   Someone in our guild donated them to be used in a community outreach project.  I trimmed them to an even size, and then sashed them with a chintz fabric.  The pink background fabric is heavy weight, so the chintz was able to balance the weight of the pink fabric.

The freehand machine quilting included a spiral in the center of the star and a dense fern-like sun-spray that emanated from the star center.  Binding was attached by machine.  This quilt has been donated to Victim Services.

Indulging My Impulses: Sewing Progress

At the end of 2011, my cupboard of unquilted flimsies was blissfully empty.  I worked hard at completing all of the tops I had on hand and was pumped that I completed my goal.  In fact, I was so proud of my accomplishment, I took a photo of my empty flimsie cupboard.



Getting all those tops quilted felt great.  The little quilting angel on my shoulder kept cheering “You go, girl!”  Mind you, I still had quite a few projects in process UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and WIPs (Works in Progress) in another cupboard that still needed my attention.  Because I cleaned up so many projects in 2011, I decided for 2012 to lighten the focus on unfinished projects and allow myself to create new quilts.      I took some time to ponder the many possibilities and while pondering, kept working on the UFOs.  The trouble is, I like the feeling of cleaning up the old projects so much that I just keep working on the UFOs.

I have not started a single new project, but I do have finished tops and several sets of blocks.  For some unknown reason, I have been in a sewing and piecing mood for the last two months and have not felt much like quilting.   I am not sure why.  Perhaps I just  enjoyed the feeling of ticking another UFO off the list.  I have no pressing deadlines for finished quilts, so I decided to simply indulge my desire to sew and piece.  Quilting and binding can wait for another day.  Maybe I’ll feel more like quilting in April.

Over the years, I have learned that it is better for me to wait until I am completely finished the project before I show it publicly.  When I take an unfinished top to quilt guild for Show and Tell, invariably it will take several months longer to get it quilted.  So , knowing myself, I won’t let myself post a project until it is done-done.   Sigh!  That means I have not had any finished projects to show you.

So what can I do to show you how productive I have been?  Wait… I can give you a peek into my flimsie cupboard!  The roll-out tray that was empty on December 31st now contains 10 flimsies waiting for quilting.  Six are large quilts, three are baby or lap sized and one small table runner sits on top.  I have another quilt top on the design wall that I hope will be finished by Tuesday evening.

Hmmm…  Sounds like I might need to turn my attention to the quilting.

What can I do to get started?  Something small would not be too difficult.  Okay, I can do something small.  I will make a commitment to cut batting and prepare backings for the four small projects by Thursday evening this week.  These smaller quilts would be good warm-up projects to generate quilting momentum and enthusiasm.  And that is the first step to getting and keeping my mojo – just getting started!  I know that once I get moving on a project, I will enjoy every moment and soon I will have some finished projects to show you.

In the meantime, over the next couple of weeks, I am going post a series of tools and techniques that keep me progressing on my quilt goals.   That, too, will nudge me towards finishing my current projects.

Quest to Complete

If the saying is true, “To quilt is human, to finish, divine”, then I am definitely human.  There are many moments when I long for the divine feeling of completion of at least half of my projects.  At the start of 2011, a count of UFOs  (Unfinished Objects) leaves me in the embarrassing position of 80 projects in varying stages of completion. It is not that I neglect my projects, but rather that creative ideas come so quickly.  Luscious fabrics inspire and before I know it, I am deep into yet another project.  And I like BIG quilts. They take a lot longer than just an evening or a weekend.   Sometimes I get them done.   But more often, another creative flash pulls my attention away from the current project into the next one.   Being able to indulge one’s creative whims adds great joy to life.  But there comes a time when it is time to complete the Current Projects, Those On Deck, Works in Progress and UFOs.  Now is the time.  No excuses accepted.  I have to finish my projects before I can start into any new projects.  My goal for 2011 is to complete 52 projects – an average of one per week.  I have made progress throughout the first 8 months of the year, but not at the speed I need to meet my goal.  So time to get cracking, speed up and be accountable for my goals.  This blog will help to keep me on track.  So far, I have completed 20 projects, with 32 more to finish.  Can I do it?  If I keep myself in my sewing room and out of fabric stores, I might have a chance!  This blog will have posts that give a summary of each project as I complete it as well as posts about the tools, techniques and supports that help keep me moving toward my goal.  Don’t worry about my late start on the blog and missing the first 8 months of the year…I will do a photo summary of each project over the next month so you can see what I have completed to date.

Any suggestions, tips and encouragement to keep me moving forward would be delightfully welcomed.  I have a feeling that a massive pile of UFOs is a very common challenge for us creative types!

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