Category Archives: Unfinished Quilt Projects

Periwinkle Gem UFO

The Periwinkle Gem is my third UFO I’ve finished this year. I hope you’re not tired of my UFO posts yet, because there may be a few more coming. I will be starting a couple QALs this week, so you may see a little different progress from my sewing room this week!

The history of this quilt begins with a weekend stay in Wisconsin and a stop at a quilt shop in Bayfield. At that shop, I bought a charm pack of Fossil Fern fabrics. It was a huge charm pack, more than the usual 42 squares. It sat in my stash until I saw the Mini Periwinkle tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I thought the pattern would work well with the fabrics, so I made a small quilt. Here’s a photo of the top that I took this past year.

Periwinkle Gem - quilt top before finishing - 2018

The top sat on my shelf for quite awhile. Since I hadn’t made it for any specific purpose, I was in no rush to finish it.

This quilt top was finished before I had my new sewing machine, so I brought it to Connie for quilting. She did a fabulous job, quilting fun spheres in the secondary pattern of the quilt. Now that I have a machine that can handle machine quilting better, I hope to learn to do the smaller quilts on my own.

Periwinkle Gem - quilting detail - 2018

The quilt measures about 33″ x 38″, just right for a wall hanging or a small baby quilt. I’m not sure which it will be yet. I just enjoy looking at the bright, gemstone colors during these cloudy winter days!

Periwinkle Gem - made using Fossil Fern fabrics (Benartex) and Mini Periwinkle pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company - 2018

For the backing, I went with the cream fabric, keeping it simple and clean.

Periwinkle Gem - photo of quilt back - 2018

I couldn’t decide on one color for the binding, so I used strips cut from fat quarters of the same fabric. I really like the way the binding turned out.

Periwinkle Gem - binding was made from FQ strips - 2018

Okay, my question for today: How do you prepare physically when you are going to quilt a quilt top? Are there stretches you do beforehand? Do you take breaks while quilting; if so, how often?

I’m linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Monday, friends!



First Finishes

First finishes for the new year, a good way to get the year started. I have to admit, though, I picked an easy UFO to finish.

First Finish, a Squirrel!

I really was going to start the year by only tackling my pile of UFOs. Really, I was! But then I saw Curated Quilts request for Minimal Mini Quilts, and thought I would play with that a bit. The colors are given, but any type of fabric can be used. The quilts must be 10″ x 10″ or 16″ x 16″.

Thanks to some quilty friends who sent me some nice bundles of solid fabrics during the IG “Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted” event, I had the colors I needed, so I decided to play a bit.

Here’s my little mini. I likely won’t be submitting it, since it’s not all that great, and it’s just a bit shy of 10″ (I think). It was fun making it, though. The quilting was done with 50 wt Aurifil Dove (#2600). The matchstick quilting took a little time, but I’m happy with the finished look.

First Finishes - Minimal Mini Quilt - 2018

I found it funny that the little quilt perfectly matches my bedspread. That wasn’t planned, and it doesn’t work too well for a backdrop. However, the bedroom happens to have the brightest, best lighting when snapping pictures late at night.

Note: In case you are wondering why in the world a quilter has a bedspread? It’s a transition piece while I wait for the future renovation of our bedroom. Then it will have a quilt!

UFO Finish of 2018

BigJ and I took a road trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario, a few years ago. While there, we stopped at a cute little quilt shop called Circle of Friends. I picked up a bundle of buttery yellow fabrics that I just couldn’t resist.

Having no idea what I was going to do with the fabric, it languished on the shelf. Then one day, I put this quilt together. The top sat and waited to be quilted. I finally ended up taking it to Connie to work her magic.

First Finishes - Gray/Yellow Large Baby Quilt - 2018

First Finishes - Quilting Detail - 2018

The quilt is 42″ x 51″. Using no pattern, I just sketched it out and put it together. It took me so long to finish it that I used up the remainder of the gray fabric, which I discovered when I decided to bind it today. Thankfully I had just enough of one of the yellow fabric to eke out a narrow binding. I do usually set aside binding fabric when making a quilt, so I’m not sure why I didn’t do that this time.

I bought the backing at a different time than I bought the bundle. The buttery yellow in the bundle is a difficult color to match, and I picked up the backing without any scraps from the top with me. It works okay, but the yellows aren’t too close. I was glad I didn’t have to use the backing fabric for the binding.

First Finishes - Backing Fabric and Binding - 2018

I have no idea where this quilt will go. True to its history, it will just have to sit for a bit until I decide.

Linking up today with Midweek Makers by Susan at Quilt Fabrication, Let’s Bee Social by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Wednesday Wait Loss by Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter.

Happy stitching, friends!


Quilty Confessions

Quilty Confessions time. Okay, I know I said I was taking the week off from posting. However, I have been doing a bit of cleaning and reorganizing in my quilt room and I’m ready to make a confession. Or two. Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland has encouraged us to finish UFOs in 2018. I didn’t get my post done in time to link up, but I’m going to make a confession anyway.

I have more in common with a squirrel than just a love of nuts. I once put out four pieces of bread on our deck rail. To my amusement, I watched as one of our resident squirrels came and picked up each piece of bread, each time going to a different place in the high branches of multiple trees. He wedged the bread into the intersections where branch meets the trunk. Later in the day, all of the bread disappeared from each of the trees, one at a time.

I can squirrel away projects with the best of them, wedging them in the most amusing places. I intentionally went looking for UFOs, thinking I only had a few. I found them on shelves, in drawers, in bins. I’m pretty sure there are still some hiding that I haven’t unearthed yet. See? That squirrel has nothing on me.

2017 UFOs

So let’s take a look at my cache of UFOs. Rather than describe them with name, etc., I’m just listing the numbers.

  • Large Quilts – 6
  • Mid-Size Quilts – 5
  • Small/Mini Quilts – 12
  • Table Runners – 6
  • Pillows – 4
  • Mugmat – 1

Total UFOs = 44

Some of these have languished so long, they are probably vintage by now. I will admit that part of the reason they were not finished was because of the machine I was using. It was best suited for piecing. The walking foot I used with it was not great, and free motion with it was pretty frustrating. Now that I have a new machine, with an AcuFeed foot (that I love) and a greater ability for me to learn free motion, I can get quite a few of these done quickly (heh – positive thinking, y’know!).

There are a few that I no longer love, so I need to decide what to do with them. I may use them for free motion practice. Learning free motion was a goal of mine for this past year and I found all sorts of ways to ignore that goal. Again, my new machine leaves me with fewer excuses, so we’ll see.

2017 Finishes

I have to admit, I was feeling pretty deflated after I had pulled all of the UFOs out. I had also been reading many of the posts by others listing their accomplishments for 2017 and really felt like I had finished, well, nothing. So I decided to actually tally what I did get done this past year. It was a good thing I did. I completely surprised myself. If you haven’t done a review of your past year, I’d encourage you to do it.

Here’s my tally of 2017. I finished 54 projects in 2017. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Large Quilts – 6
  • Baby Quilts – 4
  • Mini Quilts – 12
  • Pillows – 5
  • Zipper Pouches – 3
  • Totebags – 2
  • MugMats – 10
  • Woolies – 3
  • Little Girls’ Dresses – 5
  • Other Projects – 4

Of those, 22 were given as gifts or specifically made for someone. One was a commission. One was a challenge quilt for our quilt group for The 70273 Project.

I participated in 5 Quilt Alongs, and three of those quilts were finished this year.

I also participated in two blog events, 12 Days of Christmas in July and the New Quilt Bloggers’ Blog Hop. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope to do them again this year.

I may have squirreled away projects, but it’s been a good quilty year for me. The best reward, however, is getting to know all of you better through my blog and your comments. You have become friends, and have enriched my life. For that I am so grateful!

I might have to start a regular post called The Squirrel Diaries, dedicated to getting those UFOs done!

Here’s to a productive 2018, my friends!