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If things went well, if all seams were equal, if all seams were straight, if there were enough hours in the day, if the seam ripper gathered dust rather than threads, if I were better at decision making, if I knew how without making mistakes, then maybe — my projects wouldn’t stall and become UFOs (Unfinished Objects).
I started this elephant quilt over a year ago and posted about it here in Tu-Na Quilts: Let’s Make Elephants. After completing all the blocks and sewing some into rows last spring, I packaged them all up and headed to my summer home.
I used Lorna’s (Sew Fresh Quilts) pattern found here to make a couple of elephants and posted about them here in Tu-Na Quilts: We Have an Elephant Parade.
Dr. Tu-Na helped deliver that cute little elephant to the proud parents here in Tu-Na Quilts: She’s Arrived. Lorna’s pattern for this baby elephant can be found here.
Meet Lily who is now lovingly snuggled between her mom and dad on this quilt that I titled “She Has Her Mommy’s Nose.” This quilt is no longer a baby quilt since the baby is now almost 1 1/2 years old. But it will still be plenty big enough for her to use on a toddler bed and drag around the house.
I then stitched the remaining blocks together into rows. It then sat all summer on the pool table (a good use for our pool table) until I put them in their own bin so they could travel south with me for the winter. I’d discovered that the rows that I had sewn on my new Bernina using a quarter inch foot were different lengths than the ones that I sewed this summer with my 25 year old Pfaff Creative 1475 using a quarter inch foot and moving the needle to the right to get a scant 1/4″ seam. I never thought to check my Bernina initially. I later discovered it produced a very very scant 1/4″ seam. Each block was off by about 1/8″ but when added up by 9 seams made each row about 1 1/8″ too long. So it sat. For a long time. A very long time. In the meantime, that baby grew and grew.
When Marian revealed the UFO theme for the Quilt Qwazy Queen blog hop, I knew just which project needed to be moved along.
I’ve made progress. I fixed all the seams in the blocks that were too long. Instead of ripping them all apart, I just sewed a proper seam line. Yes, I opted to ignore the fact that I had two rows of stitching.
Some people might have ripped out those seams. I decided the only way this project was going to get done was to not worry about ripping and just sew that extra seam making the finished blocks exactly 4.”
I could do so because I was pressing the seams towards the side and not pressing them open.
I’ve only got two seams left! This is so exciting.
One of my favorite blogs has a great article about why our UFOs languish. You can read what Stitched in Color writes about What Makes You Stall (and what to do differently).
I might actually get my OMG completed this month. This one is looking good.
The elephant quilt might actually become a finished quilt top this month. I’ve listed it as my One Monthly Goal for three months. If I don’t get this sweet little quilt finished, I’ll have to make my April OMG to quilt and bind it. But at least I can celebrate that I’ve made progress even if I took a slightly embarrassing long time to get to this point!
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
| Quilting Queen Online | Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats |
| Melva Loves Scraps | The Quilted Snail |
Friday, March 16, 2018
| FunThreads Designs | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs | Quilting with Vanda |
| Life in the Scrapatch | Thrift Shop Commando |
Monday, March 19, 2018
| Just Because Quilts | MooseStashQuilting | Pumpkin Patch BC |
| Quilting Affection Designs | Ms. P Designs USA |
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
| Words & Stitches | Sew Many Yarns | Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog |
| Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. | Adventurous Applique and Quilting |
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
| Kathy’s Kwilts and More | Seacoast Quilter |
| DesertSky Quilting | Seams To Be Sew |
What I Learned Today:
- There’s a weight being lifted from my shoulders. I wonder if it’s those elephants.
- World Wide Quilting Day is Saturday, March 17th.
- All quarter inch feet are not created equally.
- Technology is difficult understand. Understanding how to add code is impossible.
Question: What makes your projects stall?
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
UFO Busting at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Pieceful Sunday at JANDA Bend Quilts