Friday, April 21, 2017

Another UFO Bites the Dust

I'm rolling along this month knocking out another of those dusty UFOs that have been mellowing over the years.  This one goes back a long, L-O--N--G time ago.  Way back in 2000 I was making blocks for our BOM drawings.  I won 7 blocks of these Tilted Stars in a half log cabin setting.  At that time I was not involved with QOV, so these 7 blocks sat in a box with many other unfinished things for a few years. Finally I decided to make more blocks so I would have enough to make a decent sized quilt.

Fast forward maybe 10 years, when I ran across them again and then finished piecing the middle section, but had no idea what I wanted for a border.  So they lay another few years hidden under stacks of UFOs and other things.  As I became more involved with QoV,  it crossed my mind this would make a good quilt to donate to a veteran, so I finished the top, added half log cabin borders to mimic the block setting and pieced a backing.   Now like a good wine or cheese, mellowing improves the final product, right?  Well I left this to mellow on a hanger near my quilting machine for a few more years (you see I was trying to decide how I was going to custom quilt it).  Then out of the blue, our first quilting day of this year was cancelled because of weather, but we all wanted to get together and quilt.  So I invited a bunch of ladies over and pulled this off the hanger to put in a quilting frame and now it is totally finished with hand quilting instead of me having to decide how to custom quilt it. I love it when things work out so well, even if it took 16 years.  I sure hope there are not too many more quilts "mellowing" this long in the closet or on the shelves.

Tilted Patriotic Stars - 67" x 78"

Backing to Tilted Stars
On the knitting front, a little more progress was made on my socks.  A few more rows and it will be heel flap time.

And, I pulled out this diagonal cowl again and did a few rows to be sure I don't forget how to do the pattern.

You know as we get older, they say our short term memories are not as sharp.  This may be a reason not to have more than one project on a needle at a time.  My next goal for knitting.  I do not want to have as many UFOs in yarn as I do in quilting things.,

Linking up with Patchwork Times, Whoop, Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish It Up Friday,


  1. That quilt was started a full year before I learned how to quilt. I think my oldest UFO is from 2005. Congrats on finally finishing it.

  2. That QOV looks fantastic. Doesn't it feel great to get another UFO finished and one to go to such a great cause.

  3. Congrats on the finish! It always feels so good to get one of those old ones out of the UFO pile.

  4. Nice quilt! Someone is going to love it!
    If it makes you feel any better, the only reason I have no UFOs that old is that I didn't start quilting in earnest until 2007. I have plenty of cross stitch UFOs from the 1990s!

  5. Pretty quilt! I bet you're glad it's done. I love the socks, of course. Quilting and sock knitting are delicious, no?

  6. Congrats on your QOV finish! It looks really nice. Some veteran will surely appreciate it, and it's good to have it out of your UFO closet.

  7. Congratulations on that long-time UFO finish. Isn't it great to cross those off the list? It turned out great, and I love the back.

  8. No matter how long it sat, it looks great finished! Good luck with your knitting!

  9. What an AWESOME use of those winning blocks!!