Judy L's UFO Challenge

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Purple Cow

I quilted this today....finally. I just told myself I won’t inow if something will work if I don’t try. I certainly won’t I prove if I don’t try. So at 9:30 this morning I stood at the machine and got started. I’m a member of a PHD club. Projects Half Done. I knew that this quilt was the selected item for probably two minths. It was also my September OMG which Obviously was not done.

So maybe the inventive of winning a $25 gift certificate from my LQS was what I needed to get me moving. The meeting was at 2 p.m. today and I was pulling this off the machine at 1:40. Luckily the declared goal was quilted and not finished!

I loaded this one with the top face down and had decided I was going to quilt it from the back. I had this crazy idea I wouls stitch around all those spots with all those stops and starts. Maybe that’s why I let it sit. Then I decided to try and stitch around the white sort of like the black spot idea but the white was all connected. Hmmm....a stipple. I don’t care for stipple. But it is done. It is cute. The recipient won’t care.

Now to load another one and continue the momentum. Oh, my next PHD is in December. I have to make 80 DWR melons. Arcs are all done and the melons have half the arcs atrached. I can do it!



Saturday, October 07, 2017


Last quarter was not very successful. I only finished my Matchstick Marimba. So here is my entire list of UFOs. Plus I was asked to make another Matchstick Marimba but longer.

Leanne at She Can Quilt hosts a Finish Along each quarter. You link to her blog, or one of the other hostesses, with a post about your proposed finishes.

1 Strip Stacks - purple borders
2 Strip Stacks - red border
3 Double Four Patch
4 tumbler
5 4 patch on point - black green pink
6 Avignon Picnic
7 Matchstick Marimba
8 Strip Stacks - green and pink
9 Renees navy top
10 Nancies Floral and White Blocks
11 Pieced together contest
12 Pink Poppy BQ
13 Bloomers
14 Garden Party - Bonnie Mystery
15 Wanderlust
16 Pfefferneusse
17 Baby BQ
18 Lazy Sunday
19 Strip Stacks - green and pink
20 Original Orca Bay
21 Rainbow Orca Bay
22 Stepping Stones
23 30's Dog prints
24 Happy Block Jean Quilt - Jason
25 Row by Row Quilt
26 Antique top to quilt
27 Garage Sale top to be quilted
28 Dizzy
29 Grand Illusion
30 Freeze Frame
31 Double Wedding Ring
32 Nancies 30's Red
33 Nancies 30's Green
34 Christmas Packages
35 Razzle Dazzle
36 Stepping Up - yellow lavendar
37 Awareness - red black
38 Hopscotch - yellow green
39 Red and White bow tie
40 Red and White Burgoyne Surrounded
41 Turquoise blocks
42 Crossroads
43 Renees yellow top
44 - ? Find and quilt all the charity quilts I have lingering here

Here’s to a more successful quarter.


Friday, October 06, 2017

October OMG

I almost didn’t join this month. It won’t hurt to join and not do. But I can’t join later.
I was commissioned to remake a quilt I finished earlier this year but longer. Here is where I am today.

My goal is to make the top to flimsy stage. Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

UFO Volley Fired

So a volley was fired from Baton Rouge. Glen from Quilts and Dogs let me know through this blog post that she has more quilts quilted and more backs lined up for her queue of quilt tops. While we were watching Americas Got Talent "together" we discussed how many were quilted exactly and how many were bound. 2.5 quilted, none bound. It's not done til it's done! This news did not spur me on to jump up and start quilting.

Also, as a result of our earlier UFO discussion, Patty the quilt lady got involved here. She has managed to take apart a UFO and get it quilted again. She too lacks that finishing step of a binding. Her log cabin, seen here, is lovely.

I didn't share this with Glen but I have managed to accumulate three more flimsies this year that were made by others. If I don't quilt them this year onto the UFO list they will go.

Argh! I'm heading in the wrong direction! I have all the power yet I don't take action. Sigh...

At least someone is using my quilting setup...

That is my grandcat Artemis...

She's taunting me...



Saturday, September 16, 2017

I Misremembered

Back in March of 2007 I bought the fabric and pattern to make this quilt.

I got a great deal on this fabric and thought it was especially great because I had enough fabric to make two!

Fast forward to 2010 when I actually made the top. I was surprised that I would not have quite enough to make that second quilt. I was in no hurry to make the second one so figured I'd pick up what I needed as I came across it.

Over time I would look for a piece of turquoise fabric to fill in what I needed. Eventually I found something that would work and put it with the rest of the fabric.

I pulled out the book to refresh my memory because when I showed the above quilt I got a commission to make the quilt again just another row longer. I took out all the fabric to prep it for cutting. It was at this point I realized it wasn't the turquoise color I needed it was the purples and I needed three of them. I misremembered!

I sort of set it aside and didn't think too much about it. As I came across purples that I thought would work I set them aside. I decided to cut the white I needed for this quilt. I also pressed the other fabrics as well and it dawned on me the pinks weren't even in the stack. I misremembered that I took that pink out and did who knows what with it.

Regardless, I realized I was going to need three more pinks just like the purples. Look at the ends of the quilt. You will notice that there is an "extra" row of these two colors. This extra came from my second set of fabric when I made the first.

I cut and sewed and cut what I did have. I will be stash diving for the rest. I plan to get this done in the next few weeks so I can stop misremembering!



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Glen Started It!

No really she did with this post. She had been texting me the previous night and mentioned she was at her guild meeting. She relayed the story she shared in her post via text.

When I read her post it had me thursting for details. I wanted to know exactly how many UFOs she had and how many of them were completed tops. She lured me into divulging my sordid details.

I tossed some number out then felt the desire to know the specifics. I went to my handy dandy spreadsheet and counted. I have 42 UFOs with 4 of them in the piecing stage.

Why do I have so many unquilted when I have this Avante sitting here. I'm still trying to get over my "what if I'm not good enough" syndrome. I've even tried to convince myself to work on them in 15 minute increments a day. It hasn't worked yet. I will say that I made progress by getting backings made and battings ready for several.

So today what do I see? Glen's true confession here. And she has almost as many UFOs as me. And she also has an Avante. Why isn't she whipping them out? She also made progress by trying to pull backings together. She must have the same disease as me. I'll have to consult with her.

After reading her post I decided I am going to quilt that quilt on my frame today! I need to get even with her. I was all set to start working and I couldn't turn my overhead light on. Got that resolved then decided I was hungry so made lunch. When I finished eating I decided a nap is in order. Hopefully the urge will be there when I awake.

I'll leave you with a picture of my quilt ladder laden with unquilted tops. I really have some pretty things here and need to get them finished up.

I hope you and yours are safe from the path of Irma.

Quilty hugs!


Friday, September 08, 2017

Attention All Quilters

I've been a member of the yahoo group "stashbusters" whose mission is to encourage us to use our stash. This was posted just a day ago and i wanted to share with you. Betty is a longtime member. Of the group. I am including the contact info for Betty as some of you might be able to help...imagine if ALL your stash were lost, your UFOs, your quilts


Gosh, how do I ask..

The storage unit with about 40 full sized disaster quilts, 80+ Nursing home quilts, 60+ Linus Quilts, Christmas Stockings, a new roll of batting, about 40 Preemie quilts, and untold yards of fabric, cutting boards, shelving,, and so on were lost due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

One of my best friends (Nita Beard - chairman of WHQG Comfort Quilts) is just devastated. They had over 4 feet of water in the storage unit where we store this stuff... The Storage place said it is a total loss as it has been under water for over a week, and is too toxic to even come and look at, and is still underwater (at least 2 feet) as long as the Addicks reservoir is still releasing water.

Of course all Nita's Bee members have donated a bunch of fabric. but, this was a storage unit 10 x 20 foot FULL of fabric.

Last week, I asked for jelly rolls for Tri-County Quilt guild. They had OVERWHELMING success. Standing room only, making jelly roll quilts.

This is for West Houston Quilters Guild. Our meeting location (Bear Creek and in the the middle of the Addicks Reservoir) is under several feet of water. Closed until further notice. The storage unit is in the midst of this.

The Comfort Quilters will begin again. We are starting from scratch. Nita had about 40 kits in her car,, and that is what we have to start with.

We have some Hobbs UPC codes to try to get some batting again.

****We could use:
--Hobbs UPC codes - ANY Hobbs product.
--Yardage to get us started again.
--Quilt tops
--Finished quilts

Just devastated at what we lost, to help others.... Very discouraged. Nita with her positive attitude says that all will be well, and that God will take care.

***Any donations can be sent to me or I can give you Nita's address.

Betty Baker
Attn: WHQG Disaster
17412 Bobcat Trail
Cypress TX 77429

We will start over... gosh, still grieving over what was lost. Our Thursday Bee is starting with a sew-in in a next week to piece tops. A couple of Bee members with longarms and I have volunteered to quilt anything that comes in.

This is a different group from Tri-County. I am a member of both.

Cypress TX
www.TShirtQuiltsTX. com