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Tu-Na Quilts: Embracing That Embarrassing UFO

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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).

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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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What I Learned Today:

  1. There’s a weight being lifted from my shoulders. I wonder if it’s those elephants.
  2. World Wide Quilting Day is Saturday, March 17th. 
  3. All quarter inch feet are not created equally.
  4. 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

Linking to:

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




Tu-Na Quilts: February Goal

I didn’t do too well last month so let’s try again this month. January’s One Monthly Goal was to finish and mail the elephant quilt.

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I laid the elephant quilt on the guest bed and figured out what needed to be done to make the rows the same size. (They were sewn on two different machines and are not equal in length.) But that’s as far as it got as we were getting overnight company. So I gathered up the rows and they’ve been hanging over the ironing board ever since.

And then I got distracted making some pine trees for my Bee Inspired Bee Mate

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You can find the free pattern here.

and this super cute mixer which I wrote about here. Now you can read my post on the Bee Inspired Blog here and why I needed to sew one and who gets it.

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You can find the free pattern here.

I also spent a couple of all day sewing sessions working on a mystery quilt hosted by my Arizona quilting group.

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I picked up this tip to keep organized with the steps by putting the pieces into labeled zip lock bags..


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I completed these pieces for day one of the mystery quilt. I must admit that I spent a lot of time checking out the fabric choices of the other class members as well as just chatting.


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Here’s a wonderful batik quilt. Even Tu-Na Helper likes this one.

I did lots of volunteering in my AZ community in January: making popcorn for Monday Movie Days, clearing and resetting tables for the Sloppy Joe Lunch, being in charge of ticket sales for the shuffleboard club, and chairing the membership committee for the quilting group. That brings me to this month wondering what happened to the rest of January.

I’ve got several projects needing to be finished this month that I could list here but I want to keep this elephant quilt as my One Monthly Goal. After all it really needs to get done!

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So February’s goal is to finish this cute elephant quilt top, quilt it on the longarm, bind it, and put it in the mail.


What I Learned Today:

  1. I suffer from MPD (Multiple Project Disorder).
  2. I am also afflicted with DSD (Distracted Sewing Disease).
  3. I have a problem with time management.
  4. There’s so much to do all the time here at “winter camp for seniors.”
  5. I need to use my time wisely as it will continue to pass quickly no matter what I do or how much or how little I get done.

Question: What do you do help with time management?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

WIPs at Silly Mama Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tu-Na Quilts: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Closet

Yes, lets’ talk about that elephant quilt lurking in my closet. I’m making it for my best friend’s granddaughter who already celebrated her first birthday in November. So it’s officially not a baby quilt anymore. And I’m officially very late with it.

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This project became shelved when I began having eye issues. It needs a bit of seam adjustment to make the rows match.

Everyone (well, at least the blogs that I follow) talks about their one monthly goals and up to now I figured I didn’t need to set myself one goal a month. But after last year, I do need an incentive or something to help me move some projects along. So I figured I’d join the party.

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The rules are to write a post about the one item you want to move along or finish this month and link to the party at Elm Street Quilts. Then at the end of the month, write a post about your progress and link to the finish party. I figure it may be just the incentive I need to move along a few projects. Oh, and there are prizes to win, too.

I started this quilt last spring. You can read about the exciting birth of that baby elephant here as Dr. Tu-Na was present in the delivery (sewing) room. I posted about this quilt’s progress here in Let’s Make Elephants, and here  in We Have an Elephant Parade, and here in Progress on She Has Her Mommy’s Nose.


I’ll post about my progress on this Elephant at the end of the month or sooner if I actually get it done. Yes, completely done: pieced, sandwiched, quilted, bound, and in the mail.

What I Learned Today:

  1. There are 25 days left in January. I better not wait until the last week to work on this project.
  2. It gets cold in North Dakota in the winter. We braved the cold temps and spent the holidays with our family in North Dakota. The coldest it got was -28°F with at least two days of never getting above 0°.
  3. My plants in the sunroom don’t like the cold. The dieffenbachia froze.
  4. It’s time to bring on the heat and head back to Arizona.
  5. I’m thinking an Arizona Family Christmas next year just might be perfect.

Question: What project do you have that’s been hiding in the closet? Oh, I have others that will hopefully make their appearances this year but this is the one that really needs to get done so someone cute and little can snuggle with it.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen,  Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Moving It Forward at Em’s Scrapbag

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River