Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oh boy, now I've gone and done it. I have avoided doing this for a long time, but this time it just couldn't be helped. I have taken a true, honest and accurate assessment of the UFO's that now languish in the new garage cupboards. It didn't turn out to be as painful as I feared it might. I think there is a good chance that just about everything can be finished or reasonably dispensed with without too much trauma. I have to admit that the list is not nearly as long as I feared yet it is longer than I would like .

Peaceful Garden Path - first attempt at needle turn appliqué. Abandoned due to a critical eye. Current assessment - not as bad as it once seemed, there's hope.
My Country Week - didn't keep up well in a very fast paced class. Buried but not forgotten in a box. Current assessment - maybe I should start this one again, I have a better stash of wool now which would make for a better variety in the blocks.
Liberated Quilt - class with Gwen Marston. Made liberated houses, stars, and log cabins in class - managed to assemble a little top by the end of the day with every intention of putting some appliqué in the border. Current assessment - the intention lives on.
Garden Gatherings BOM - seemed like a great idea at the time. I felt that I was ready to take on needle turn again. Instead of completing Peaceful Garden Path, I started something new. I know I don't work well with block-of-the-month patterns. I have struggled mightily to finish the two or three others and should have known better than to start this. Current Assessment - it's totally abandoned. I should turn the completed blocks I have into pillows and put all the unused fabrics into my stash.
Hexagon Stars - a project for the ages. I expect to be working on this quilt when I arrive at the 'old folk's home.'
Bob - feathered star medallion - Flying by the seat of my pants, I attempted to design my own medallion quilt as I went along. Bad judgment call in attempting a mitered border. Current assessment - maybe if it waits a while longer those miters won't look so bad.
Whole Cloth - a winter only project. A minimum of two and probably more winter's worth of work left in this one.
Snail's Trail - Quilted. Needs to be trimmed and bound. What's the hold up? This is the second quilt that I quilted on my Grace Frame. The quilting is not very good and I managed to make a hole. Current assessment - I think I can put an 'artful' appliqué to patch that hole. Will make a fine donation quilt.
Fever - Top completed, waiting to be quilted. The top is too large for the Grace Frame but I know I can quilt it on the table top machine. Just waiting for The Princess' room to be empty (before the bed comes back in) to lay it on the floor to layer and baste.
A Penny Saved - another by hand only project. My hands can only do so much. It will get done . . . all in good time.
Rail Fence - Top completed, waiting to be quilted. A possible project for a hand quilting class this summer.
Crazy Court House Steps - Top completed, waiting to be quilted. A possible project for a hand quilting class this summer.
Mourning Quilt, a doll quilt - Partially hand quilted, set aside in favor of the Secret Deadline Project.
Secret Deadline Project - current focus. Starting to see the light that it may not be done by the deadline. A valiant effort will bring some brownie points.
There it is for all the world to see. My name is Libby. I'm a quilter.

45 comments:

Finn said...

Hi Libby, at least its a happy list..not too many of them poking uyou in the ribs and jeering. I think you were very brave to take account of the UFO's. Do feel free to add a new word, "repurposed" to your UFO vocabulary...it works wonders for moral.
Love the new junk finds, can't wait to see what you do with them. Big hugs, Finn

Beth said...

Hey, don't feel bad, I have a couple of BOMs that I know now that I will *never* even start, and I have decided to just put all the fabrics into my stash for use in other stuff. And I have a few BOMs that are way behind too. So I know how you feel in the UFO department.

paula, the quilter said...

I have been wondering if I, too, should air my dirty laundry. O, BTW, I like your new banner.

Bren said...

I will be grinning at that one all day "My name is Libby. I am a quilter."
All of those projects are just wonderful. It would be very hard to pick which one to finish. The Mourning quilt needs to get done so you can go to the next one though. Can't wait to see the "secret project" all done!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

If it makes you feel better, read this blog post by my friend:
http://bearhugquiltworks.blogspot.com/

Yours are lovely each and every one. And one by one will become quilts in their own time.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Well I really like all your UFO's :O)... and well you know I love love your hexagon quilt!!!

BOM's, well I have only ordered the one from Lisa B., the Primitive Garden. I am doing the wool applique version, ok let me rephrase that, mine is the wool applique version, since I have yet to even finish block one and the last block I got was ahem 10 or 11... I pretty much have decided I should not order BOM's LOL... but I still totally plan on finishing this one! When? Well when I do LOL...

May Britt said...

This is not that many projects to finish. And all of them is so Libbyish. So keep on working on them.

Dianne said...

Oh, you brave girl, Libby! Wonder if I'll ever get up the nerve to do an inventory.

Love, love, love that Fever quilt...it needs to get finished and on a bed! Also the Mourning Quilt...so beautiful!

As I'm applique-challenged, I don't have much useful to say, but yours look lovely.

LBP said...

That doesn't sound too bad! I have a trash bag in my craft room with UFO's in it and I'm afraid to open it!

Blessings

Linda

Jodi said...

What an awesome post. LOVE seeing them all. I especially love the Hexagon Stars. It's beautiful! I also love your banner. I am adding your blog to my fav's! Can't wait to visit often.

Stina said...

Ohh..you brave woman!!! I definetly do not dare to look into my boxes and cabinets...Oh no...not this week or the next either...;D I´m impressed!

Chookyblue...... said...

lots of good projects happening here.........I have heaps on the go also........sometimes when I pull them out I wonder WHY didn't I get any further with some of the projects when I only have a small amount to get completed.....

julieQ said...

You know, you are smart to line them all up. When I make a list, at least I know what I still have to work on. Wonderful projects, by the way!

Karen said...

I loved seeing all your unfinished projects. I am especially intrigued by the feathered star medallion and the hexagon star projects. How big are the hexagon star pieces? The feathered star center is very, very nice. Forget about the plaid and the mitered corners and keep going.

Sweet P said...

I think my UFO list is longer than your UFO list!
I like your new cupboards. They look great.

Chocolate Cat said...

Thank you for showing we are all human! At least your's are quality UFO's that can be finished!! Think I have a few that I should just admit defeat and give up and toss them!

Robyn said...

I love your comment too.
'My name is Libby, I'm a quilter'.
LOL
All those UFOs prove you are a quilter...tee hee and a quilter with lots of ideas (as we should :p)
You go girl...they're all very lovely...all of them!
I have 20 something UFOs myself and am still pluggin' away.
My name is Robyn and I'm a quilter....tooooooo :o)

Have a great day!
Robyn xx

Catherine said...

I made a list of UFO's too -- but I'm not quite brave enough to list them on my blog! I'm working on one now almost to the exclusion of everything else and hope to knock at least 2 items off the list by mid-June.

Your hexagon stars is fabulous. Well, all of your quilts look wonderful!

Sherry said...

Wonderful UFO projects & not really that many. There are just so many wonderful patterns available it's hard not to constantly be starting a new one! I love all your projects especially that Fever quilt. I had to do a double take of your new banner. I made that very quilt about six years ago for my daughter! She has it hanging in her diningroom.

dot said...

All very nice quilts. I guess thats what keeps us going, unfinished projects that we know we can go back to. I really like the red/beige one.

Lizzy said...

Libby your list is not that long. Mine is longer. But who wants to only have one quilt to work on at a time. Enjoy your projects quilter Libby.

Stephanie said...

Only 14 UFOs. You're doing fine by MY standards! lol

When do we get to see what you did with the corner?

loulee1 said...

You have some beautiful WIPs there, I'm sure you'll get them all finished in their own time, one after all is going into the retirement home with you, why not two or three! LOL

anne bebbington said...

You know I can see why those mitres in the Medallion quilt might annoy you - the bendyness of the plaid? - if that's the case I'd just applique a little vine in each corner to disguise them - good as new then!

Karen said...

Oh, your post is so funny (I am Libby...). I think your UFO list is wonderful as in Not Long at All and Good Choices. Don't you feel better that you did inventory? Good to see the delectable Mourning Quilt again, too. Looks like an excellent idea to make that one BOM into pillows and stash. It would be lovely as a few pillows.

Karen said...

I think we should all do a "I am [name]. I am a quilter" post lol.

Kathie said...

Had to laugh Libby I was thinking yesterday of all the projects I have going and you know what I know they will all become quilts someday.
Just like all of these you have listed will be quilts someday!
for me now its all about the journey and enjoying what I chose to work on that day!
I love reading your blog and seeing your projects...and yes all day today I will be smiling thinking of the line...my name is Libby I am a quilter !
YES YOU ARE!!!!!

Screen Door said...

Great post!!! Several great projects. But as a quilter, don't you think we work on different things based on our lives at that point. I do vote for the mediallion quilt... I just love it...Time is on your side, the quilt projects are going anywhere...have fun.

Julie said...

Love your new banner, Libby. Your UFO list is not bad at all and each one is worth finishing or as Finn says repurposing. I'm afraid to do an assessment. Most of my UFOs are at least 15 years old and I don't even like them anymore.

Kathy Wagner said...

That was fun for me to peek into your UFO cupboard - all treasures, each and every one! Quilters with the same problem are inspired by your courage!

McIrish Annie said...

that list is definitely doable! I love the crazy courthouse steps!! I don't remember that one. I do remember BOB, LOL~ great name!

If you look around blogland there are plenty of us with lots more UFOS and aliens floating around the sewing room.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Libby, you are to be praised! That isn't that bad! My list is endless. It is a sad state of affairs in my UFO closet.

ferne said...

I loved reading this post! Your UFO's are fabulous...hope they don't stay in the closet long. Someday maybe I will have such a stash. I am a beginning quilter...can see how that could consume much time and space in my life, but I love it and I could do worse things.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I've been wanting to make those octagon stars forever, but just can't bring myself to. I love some of your unfinished projects - they have to be finished!

Shanda said...

My OH MY Oh MY!!! What georgeous work you do. I would love to learn to quilt. Actually I think I would enjoy piecing. We have a ladies quilting bee every Thursday down at the Evangelical church. I have always said when I stop working, I'm gonna join there group. Your quiltsa look like award winners to me.

yellowfarmhouse said...

You know we all have those half done projects sitting in our cupboards and closets, lurking about and waiting. Will she pick me up next or move on to something new,bright and fresh, LOL. I have 3 projects just waiting for binding, why don't I finish them, can't answer that. It's good to look things over once in awhile and decided if there keepers or stash builders and then move on. To many patterns and yummy fabrics waiting to be touched to dwell on those that don't excite us anymore. AMEN sister :)

Hugs - Karen

Carole said...

Wow, that's it?!?! lol I just love your quilitng style! I think at the last count I had over 30 UFO! That would make for a long post! lol Oh, I don't think that flimsies count as a UFO! ;o) Thanks for sharing!

Nines said...

WOW that was fun. Enjoyed walking through your UFO's. What a wonderful collection. Very eclectic- and I dig that! Love that wonkyish quilt in the background, behind one of your UFOs. Can't wait to see your eyesore turn into a beauty in your yard.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

You've got some nice looking UFO's there Libby. I love several of them. I'm afraid to take inventory around here. LOL

Darlene said...

Wow, wonderful projects! You'll have them all done in no time.

Nicole said...

Wow. Well at least your UFOs are in a league of their own as far as fabulousness goes. My gosh, that Fever quilt is a masterpiece! Your whole cloth project is amazing and I do not even know what to say about your Centennial Hexagon Stars. Talk about a life's work! And your plaid quilt with the mitres is beautiful. You do not need to fret about the mitres at all. You make me look like such an amateur Libby!

gwen said...

This UFO list was an eye candy. Thank you very much for it! To show them in your blog will certainly give you ideas to quilt them one after the other.
I find the garden treillis a wonderful idea. I hope you will show a picture soon. Take care.

Guðrún said...

You have so many beautiful quilts to be, you must finish them all, my favorites are the Fever and Rail fence quilts, they are adorable.

Marcie said...

Oh Libby! "The intention lives on"--you do make me laugh! You have some great projects going there. I didn't see a problem with mitered corners in the feathered star quilt. It is wonderful. The thought of going through my stuff to look for unfinished items makes me weak. You are my role model.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh dear, I have been imagining I am about to do the same thing and air the list but it seems a little daunting when you see it all like that...I would be likely to start some thing new as well! tracey