Back in January, I decided to make a better effort to lower my total number of UFOs, and I’ve been working on it.
However, so far, the list has actually gone higher because, as I’m cleaning and organizing, I keep finding ones that weren’t even on the list! And we won’t talk about the new ones I’ve started just since the beginning of this year, either.
But I’m here today with a couple of finishes to show you — finally!
Back in THIS post, I drew out some numbers and those were the UFOs I decided to concentrate on. I’ve been concentrating on them ever since, and sure wanted to have them done sooner than this, but when it comes to working on my own quilts, I’m sloooowwww.
Right around the end of last year, My Cowboy was sick, and I took a break from the longarm to do some things around here, and try to de-stress a little. It lasted two weeks, and I kinda liked it. But when I take a break from quilting for that long, I like for the first quilt I do after the break to be one of my own, so that I can get back into the rhythm of it and make sure everything’s running all right. (I always do this after I’ve had any serious work done on my machine, too, which is not very often, thankfully.)
This is the quilt I chose this year (by random number drawing from among all the quilts on my to-be-quilted list). Naturally, it was a huge one!
This quilt is called Baskets, Berries, and Leaves, and it was a Block-of-the-Month quilt put out years ago by Jan Patek.
Don’t mind my little helper, there.
That’s Shadow, and you can probably guess why he’s named that!
I can’t go anywhere without him.
He’s pretty sure I made this just for him!
He seems to know exactly what to do with it!
My friend, Rose Marie, and I decided that we would each make one of these quilts. I’m sure you can guess that she’s had hers done for years, while mine has languished in the to-be-quilted pile for way too long.
How long? Well, on the front of the quilt, one of the blocks has the year appliquéd on, and as you can see, it says 05. Ten years this thing has been laying around, and do you know what? I knew right where the binding was that I had already made for it. A minor miracle!
And I used up a lot of stash to make the backing for it, too.
And I still like this quilt, after all those years! I’m very happy to be able to call it finished.
And that’s not all!
I drew another number, and thankfully, this time, it was for a small quilt. This little wall quilt I made from a tutorial I did for Riley Blake last year, Rodeo Baby.
This was my test block, so I framed it up with the rest of the scraps and quilted it into this little wall quilt, which could also be used as a table topper, if I only had a table!
But wait! There’s more!
And now I can draw another number and see what project I’ll get to quilt for myself during March. I hope it’s one I’m excited about!
So tell me . . .
How are you getting along with all your UFOs so far this year? Is your number growing or shrinking?