Friday, December 31, 2010

One More UFO Checked Off!

A few weeks ago I finished my oldest UFO and checked it off the list, and I'm pretty happy about that.  Braggy, even.  (Yup, it's a word.  I just looked it up!)  In 2001 I participated in a Block Swap with a group of online friends.  I sent a fat-eighth of background fabric to each person on the list and asked them to make any size block they wanted.  I told them I looked forward to the challenge of putting together a top with different sized blocks using interesting sashings and settings.  Innovative group that they were, I received nineteen 12" blocks and three 6" blocks.  Hmmm.  Not much opportunity for creativity in laying out those blocks.  It all got stuffed into the back of a cabinet.


I got it out last month and took another look at it.  I bordered each block with a small strip of black and made the border from the leftover background fabric.
   






















And, talk about a pieced backing! I used up a whole lot of leftover muslin scraps (almost 50, actually) to make this backing, and I incorporated the blocks I couldn't fit onto the front.



























I decided to have some fun quilting this one, so I experimented a little and did something different in each block.  












































































I like this quilt a lot.  I have another Christmas quilt to display during the holidays, AND I got another UFO marked off my list.  Can't complain about that!




   




13 comments:

  1. Great going Sandy and it turned out so nice. I applaud you for the quilting it yourself, too. Love the label. Makes for great memories.

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  2. WOW!! you did a fantastic job on it! I bet you feel really good about finishing it up!!

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  3. Sandy awesome job! I'm participating in Judy L's UFO challenge and the number that was picked is my 2001 Squishie quilt.

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  4. Thanks, Kathy! DId you see your block? Make sure you show me your quilt when it's finished!

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  5. How pretty! I have been working on ufo's last year and will continue this year. Feels good to get them done!

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  6. Sandy, You did a great job with this quilt! Isn't it fun to experiment with different quilting in each block? I get my best practice with sampler quilts too. Love how you incorporated the left over blocks on the back too. I have a few quilts like this too.
    My UFO list is not any shorter this year, but I am going to finish more than in 2011. See you soon. Dar

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  7. Hi Sandy,
    How cool to see my blocks on the back of your quilt. It sure has been a long time since they were made.
    Take care, Gail In Ontario

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  8. Well, hello there, Gail. It really has been a while. I love the blocks you made. Don't they look great!?

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  9. Doodlebug Gail told me about your blog and my 5 seconds of fame. LOL
    Your quilt looks great. Seeing all the "old" names brings back memories of many swaps.

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  10. Beautiful quilt and love the custome quilting.

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  11. Congratulations on a great finish! Love how each block is uniquely quilted! And the backing with the extra blocks and label is amazing!

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  12. Beautiful quilt Sandy! Love how you labeled who made each block! Also I tagged you with an award! Check out my blog for the rules! It is really simple!!

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  13. I love how you incorporated the extra blocks into the backing. Great job!

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