Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Thursday, January 19, 2012

UFO Challenge

Like so many other quilter's who you may have seen around the internet, I have a lot of UFO's. That's "Un-Finished Objects" to any of you who might not know. The Material Girls Quilt Guild, which I belong to, recently decided to have a UFO challenge for the year. We each made a list of ten UFO's that we would like to finish, and turned that over to the leader. Each month, starting tonight, she will pick a number. During the following month, we must finish the quilt on our list that corresponds to that number. Apparently there will be prizes. I'm just happy for a little incentive to finish these projects.

I went digging into the piles to find my UFO's. Ugh! Not fun! The dust was really flying. Some projects that I want to finish, I couldn't even find. Some project I don't even remember starting! A lot of them are group or class projects. Over the years, I have stopped participating in these, for the most part, because I realized that I rarely finished them. Now is the time.  So, here is my list.

1. A stack and whack quilt (you can see the book in my picture) started in a guild workshop, the very first time they offered this project, probably ten years ago or more. There are some borders to attach, and then it needs to be quilted.

2. A quilt with cat/koi, inspired by the center panel, which had sort of an asian feel to it.  This panel came out of a pile of fabric donated to make comfort quilts. I think this might be too delicate for that purpose, so I will have to make a substitute for that. This is mostly quilted.

3. This was inspired by the fabric on the right-hand side, which was part of a guild summer challenge many years ago. The giraffes were a piece that was designed and screen printed by my friend, Chriztine Foltz.  I don't even remember where I was going with the design on this one, and I didn't make any notes. Could be a problem.

4. Christmas blocks from a small group exchange. We each made one block for ourselves, and one for every other member of the group. I couldn't figure out why I had doubles, then I remembered that the Oldest Daughter had participated, also, and I have her blocks. These were made sometime within the last eleven years. Don't laugh. I have some UFO's (the ones I couldn't find) that are around two decades old!.

5. A very small landscape made with a another friend when she was trying out a pattern that she had bought, and was unsure of. I don't remember the designer. Since this is small, I may do another small UFO the month that this is chosen. Or maybe I'll just enjoy having an easy month.

6. This quilt was part of a guild Round Robin project. If you don't know what that is, let me tell you. I made the center block (at least I guess I must have. I really don't remember doing it.). Then the quilt is passed from person to person, each one adding a new border around the center. I really like this one, but for some reason. I never quilted it. It's not too big, and should be fun to finish. 

7. This quilt top (table runner sized) was made at a quilt retreat in Maine that I went to with my  Mother, over eleven years ago. The retreat was sponsored by Heartbeat Quilts. I used Thangles to make the triangles. No idea why I never finished it, because the colors really make me happy.

8. This Arizona (or maybe Utah?) landscape was started in a class at Ralph Jordan's, which no longer even sells fabric, and hasn't for a long time. The photo was taken by either my Mother, or youngest brother, not sure which. If Mom could figure out how to leave comments, she could let us know, but.... I don't remember the teacher's name, but the main focus was on sewing curved lines into landscapes. I've seen the technique attributed to several different teacher's around the web, so I don't know where it started. I've used the technique many times since then.

9 .This dragonfly quilt is another Round Robin project, but it turned out much larger than Number 6.  It was made within the last eleven years, but probably earlier in that time.  Not sure. It has a lot of open space, so it will need significant quilting. I'm afraid of this one.

Here is a closer look at that goofy dragonfly. The wings are a sheer fabric, under tulle. They definitely need some bling.

10. And last, but certainly not least, is my collection of bunny blocks, made in another guild block exchange. I might add blocks representing all the bunnies we have had here, but if I do, this will be a huge quilt. There are a lot of funky embellishements on these blocks. I really love them, and I'm worried that I won't be able to do them justice.

So there you have it. My collection of blocks for the guild UFO challenge. Oh, boy! I really have my work cut out for me. The really scary part? There are so many more quilts that could be on this list, but aren't! I'll let you know tomorrow which quilt will be up first. I hope it's an easy one....


Jade said...

*SQUEE* BUNNEH QUILT! I hope that gets picked first! It's too adorable not to be finished!

Michelle May said...

Love all the quilts, but I'm with Jade! I hope the bunny quilt get's picked first! It's fabulous!

bunnits said...

A bunny quilt!! I love it. The others that I really like are No. 2, the cat/koi are really cool, and No. 3, I love the African prints.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Wow what a wonderful selection of quilts. good luck with finishing them all!

I love the bunnies particularly of course...

Lisa said...

My favorites are 2, 5, 8 and of course 10! I've noticed lately that I really love trees and landscapes. My mom would go crazy for the Christmas quilt. She compulsively buys anything Christmas.

SixBunnies said...

I love all of these! Just my kind of designs! Very nice!

SixBunnies said...

Sorry, forgot: Bunnies first, dragonfly second! :)

Anonymous said...

No Like button?
I don't quilt but can totally identify with UFOs. I have them in LEGO, book arts, etc. etc. Fwded the blog to my quilting friend. Thanx.