This year I opted not to join any UFO challenges. I did barely okay, maybe 50%, on the challenge through Judy of Patchwork Times in 2017, but the near misses bothered me. I always seem to get stuck at the same place in a quilt project, which is generally making the quilt sandwich and quilting. Not having a longarm quilting machine, nor being rich enough to send out all my quilts, it is a more time consuming effort. I know I am not alone in getting stuck here!
|Prayer Flag Squirrel Runner|
Counting up all the WIPs, UFOs, and PIBs in the sewing room gave me a list of 25 projects I have in various stages from collecting fabrics to partly pieced, or on a hanger awaiting batting and quilting, like the Squirrel runner above. Last year one of my monthly UFO projects was simply cutting all the pieces for the projects languishing in boxes for years with pattern and fabrics. I'd like to get those all sewn up into quilts, at last.
Medallion Star Rescue, as I call it, only needs the quilting finished and the binding attached. Yet it has sat on the sidelines for many months awaiting another turn under the sewing machine needle. I'm going to donate this quilt when complete. I'm thinking the near finishes like this should be first on the list.
My new Viking Sapphire 930 sewing machine, with a 10" harp, should help a lot with being able to quilt these projects. My other Viking Lily had a 7" harp space and believe me, it was a workout shoving and pushing/pulling on big quilt sandwiches. I need to order a plexiglass surround for the new model for my sewing desk.
|Moda Love Top|
I am considering using Google Sheets to help me keep track of progress, though I never learned to use a spreadsheet program properly before. Anyone else use this program for quilt or craft projects?
Naturally, since I have so much to do, I joined Barb's Churn Dash block swap (now closed), so I'll need to put that near top of the list!