When I surrendered to the urge to try quilting, I started reading some of the many wonderful quilting blogs. Besides all the exceptional skills, generous tutorials, note worthy stashes of designer fabrics, and to-die-for machinery, there was also one thing it seemed everyone had in common – UFOs.
My sewing area that houses my Janome sewing machine and Brother serger and embroidery machine is a compact area that needs to stay organized in order for me to be able to function.
I had to come to grips with the potential of UFOs and decided they just couldn’t be in my future. If I started a project, I was going to finish it. Good, bad, or ugly, it would be finished before I moved on.
So here are some projects I finished recently, and I’m pretty happy with them.
The tree on the left went to my sister-in-law in Seattle, and the one on the right was for my daughter and family. The red plaid used on the right was from a shirt that belonged to the great-grandfather of my grandchildren – a man we all loved and miss. I used the original buttons as decoration and button-hole placket on the bottom and embroidered his name on the back.
I also made two baby quilts that were almost identical except for the colors used in some of the embroidery squares. These were wrapped up and stored for my grandkids down the road.
I have also finished the machine sewing and quilting of twelve holiday placements – six blue for my daughter and six green for myself. I have four left to complete the hand sewing on.
So, with the temps hovering in the mid teens today, I’ll be inside finishing those four placemats because I need to move on to several pairs of fleece pajama bottoms for the grandkids. It’s winter, and it’s cold here in New England.
Here’s hoping you all have a happy and safe holiday week. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂