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The Year of the PIGS – Question # 2 January 19, 2011

Posted by Pam in KC in PIGS, UFOs.
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Jill’s Year of the PIGS Question #2 is:

Give some stats on your PIGS!

What is your oldest and how old is it?

Light Up The Holidays – a kit for a table topper that I purchased in October 2007.  I think this is one of those “What was I thinking?” purchases.  One of these days I’ll get it put together.  It is not high on my priority list.

Do you have a list of your PIGS and is it current?

Yes.  I have a spreadsheet which lists all of my UFOs/WIPs, PIGs, Quilt Tops, Purchases, and Fabric Usage.  There are 11 PIGS on it.

  1. Light Up the Holidays
  2. Cotton Theory Table Runner
  3. Maypole Charm Purse and wallet
  4. Tulips baby quilt
  5. Wildflower Serande Gallery of  Stars
  6. Cranberry Wishes Bag
  7. Janelle Turning Twenty (or Crazy 8s)
  8. KTS 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  9. The Night Before Christmas
  10. Magnolia Table Topper
  11. Laurel Burch Christmas Wall Hanging

How many PIGS and UFOs do you have?

11 “true” PIGS – projects I haven’t started.

36 UFO/WIP – 9 of them are inherited, found at estate sales, or otherwise not started by me.  Click HERE for the full listing.  Pictures and more information about my three oldest UFOs can be found in this post.

39 Quilt Tops – only one of these was found at an estate sale.  Click HERE for a listing with links to pictures of the tops.  My oldest pieced quilt top waiting to be quilted was completed in September 2006.  It is my Christmas Crazy 8.  I have the backing and binding fabric, so it’s just a case of getting in gear and getting it quilted.


Stash Report January 9, 2011

Posted by Pam in KC in Challenges, Stash Busting Report, UFOs.
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Three hours at the LQS and I still have used more fabric this year than I’ve purchased.

Saturday was the 2010 UFQ Trunk Show at Heritage Fine Fabrics.  I signed up to get 5 quilts either ready to quilt or quilted and bound – I finished 4 of the 5.  Over the year as we finished each project, we received a FQ as a reward.  At the trunk show, we receive one ticket for each finish for the drawing.  I won a $15 gift certificate.  So, there’s more fabric in my future.

My only purchase was some Lite Steam a Seam 2 for the Crossword Puzzle quilt – which doesn’t count in the stash numbers.  I also signed up for the 2011 UFQ (UnFinished Quilts) Challenge.


  • 2008 Charm Challenge/Shangra-La
  • Mom’s 4-patch Stacked Posies
  • QIAD Christmas Row Quilt

Quilted and Bound

  • Miniature LeMoyne Stars
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Blue Carolina Baby Quilt

Sorry for the distraction – back to the stash numbers:

Fabric Added this Week:  0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 0 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 4.63 yards

Net Stash for 2010: -4.63 yards

Check out other results by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

2010 Final Countdown Task One December 29, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Challenges, UFOs.
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Prairie Moon Quilts is doing 2010 Final Count down challenge. Nothing elaborate, just simple tasks to get us up and in gear.  Here’s task # 1.

Find your oldest UFO and do something about it

I guess it depends on your definition of UFO.  I think generally, quilters think of UFOs as projects which are tossed aside, never to be worked on again unless someone prods  you to.  So, with that definition I guess the “honor” goes to my Christmas BOM which I started August 21, 2003.  For some reason, I’ve kept detailed notes. I can tell you when I made each block that I’ve got completed.

Why is is still languishing?  That’s easy.  I finished all the pieced blocks and all that remain are the applique blocks.  Ok, that and I thought I wanted to make it bigger, so I needed more blocks. I used my perfect “reindeer fabric” on another quilt — it was a perfect brown — and I stole my friend’s stash of the same fabric to finish something else.  And finally, there’s always another project calling my name.

So, what am I going to do about this UFO?  Put it back on the shelf and go with a different definition of UFO.  I’m going to use the simplest definition of UFO — UnFinished Object — meaning the quilt that is the oldest that is not finished– I just happen to be working on it so some might say it’s WIP – Work-In-Progress.  That honor goes to my  Double Wedding Ring  which I started in September 1989.

At the moment it’s stuffed in the basket and tucked behind the table — had to get it out of the way when I cleaned up for Christmas.  I’m sure everyone is tired of reading about this quilt. I missed all of my latest sets of deadlines – Nov 29th our 25th anniversary; Dec 22nd the last day to turn in a  UFQ project at the LQS and Dec 31st the last day to turn in  UFO on my on-line challenge (hey- no way I can quilt 20-21 rings and bind it by midnight Friday).  So, since all my “deadlines” have been missed, I’m simply going to work on this quilt with the intention of finishing it sometime in 2011.  Maybe I can get it done in time to hang in the Guild quilt show in April – wait -that’s another deadline.

Seriously though, my 3rd oldest UFO — one that is stuffed in a corner and not being worked on – is a BOM from April 2005.

This one got set aside for all of the usual reasons. – found something else to start, not excited by the setting, etc.  This one I have a plan for in 2011.  It’s quilt #12 on my UFO Challenge for Judy.  It’s on both lists — needs to be pieced and needs to be quilted since I’m doing it quilt-as-you-go — so there’s no getting around it when she calls # 12.

Well, I hope this listing of my 3 oldest UFOs – regardless of definition meets the challenge issued.




Judy’s UFO Challenge 2011 December 16, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in UFO Challenge 2011, UFOs.
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I’m not doing so well with Finn’s New Year’s Eve UFO Challenge. I had great hopes to finish 3 pretty good size projects, but as usual when I make plans like that life gets in the way.  I don’t see myself finishing anything else this year – not that I’m not still plugging away on various projects.  They are just going slower than I anticipated.

That’s not to say I’ve given completely up on my UFOs.  One day (in a time far, far, away) they will become finished quilts to be used.   To help me whittle down my extremely long list (see the Tops To Be Quilted and Quilts In Progress tabs above), I’m going to play along with Judy and her UFO Challenge next year.  Instead of listing quilts I’ve “got” to finish, I’ve picked quilts that I’ve passed over in the past to work on something “more important” or “more fun” (i.e. a new quilt).    My list of quilts and the rules which I’ve tweaked (Judy said we could :-)) are on the UFO Challenge 2011 tab.

If you have UFOs which need to be completed come join us over at Patchwork Times.  Sign ups begin Friday.

Chain of Stars is Finished November 27, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Chain of Stars, finish, UFOs.
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This is my Red, White & Blue Chain of Stars.  Started in 2007, this was the first mystery quilt pattern I wrote.  I did this scrappy version and a version in Pink & Black using just three fabrics.  The photo is not great, but if tomorrow is as pretty as today was, I’ll take it outside to see if I can get a better picture.

It is quilted with basic straight line quilting on the diagonal, through the blue chains and diagonal sides of the star points.  This extends to the red border. Stitch in the ditch between the red and beige border and then curved stitching in the red border reminiscent  of bunting.  At least that’s what I was trying to do.  I used my favorite khaki thread for the quilting.

The quilt measures approximately 62 x 79 and there are two matching pillow cases.

Although this is not one of the three UFOs I plan on finishing for Finn’s New Year’s Eve UFO Challenge, it was a UFO.

New Year’s Eve UFO Challenge October 25, 2010

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Finn is having a New Year’s Eve UFO Challenge. No prizes, just the satisfaction in seeing how many projects collectively the participants can get done by the end of the year.  I’ve listed three as my challenge number.  Admittedly, two of these quilts are on other UFO lists, but I’m all for all the support I can get to see that I get these quilts done.

#1 – The Double Wedding Ring

This is from a couple of weeks ago.  I think I have one more ring to quilt and I’ll be half way through the quilting. (I’ve just about given up on having this quilt finished by November 29th, so the next date would be December 18th).

#2 – Cream & Green Quilt

This is the other quilt on one of my other UFO challenge lists.  The blocks are from a swap I participated in the Fall of 2006.  I’m quilting each block and sashing then setting them together.  There are 20 blocks and this one is due December 31st.

#3 – Compass Lone Star

This is another quilt-as-you-go project.  I need to get the background quilted and then start adding the pieced borders.  The plan is to have a border of LeMoyne Stars and who knows what else — I’ll have to pull my pattern and see. This quilt is not on any UFO list –this year.  Both it and the Cream & Green were on a list 2 years ago and as you can see I didn’t get them done.

Come join the challenge.  The button on my side bar will take you to Finn’s blog for more information.

What’s on My Design Wall May 2, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in applique, designwall, UFOs.
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I’ve been putzing around in my sewing room all weekend and finally got enough stuff put up, I was able to re-hang the design wall. Not only have I been cleaning, but I’ve been quilting and finally came up with the setting for my Dancing Flowers wall hanging. The picture above is from EQ. I imported pictures of my blocks and then set them into the quilt design.

So far all I have done is the inner sashing.

I settled on this layout since I’m making it to go with my Black and Bright Swap block quilt. Here’s an EQ rendering of the quilt. Perhaps by the end of the year this quilt will make it into the top 5 UFOs to finish.

To see if others are working on their UFOs or something new, check out the links at Patchwork Times.

Dancing Flowers January 25, 2010

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Here’s the rest of what I have done on Dancing Flowers. There are two more flower blocks. One will have a pair of yellow flowers and the other a pair of blue flowers.

Start of a New Quilt November 6, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in Autumn Splendor, UFOs.
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This evening after finishing the hand quilting, I thought I needed some mindless piecing. The 4-patches in the DWR in theory are simple enough, but trust me, it’s not so simple. Ladder to the Stars just needs borders, but I’m going to miter the corners, which means I need to think. There’s nothing on my extensive list of quilts in progress which I would consider mindless enough for this evening – not that I looked until I sat down to write this post. The call of new fabric was too much.

I went to my crate of PIGs and pulled out Autumn Splendor. Twelve FQs plus border fabric tied nicely with a gold ribbon. I’m using the FQ friendly pattern Crazy Eights by Bits ‘n Pieces. I think this is 3rd quilt/top I’ve made, but the others have been with just the 8 FQs.

Instead of mindless piecing, I cut the new quilt out. Surprisingly, given that I was looking for something mindless, I didn’t make any cutting errors. I can also report the scraps are all appropriately cut up and in their boxes.

I’ll be ready now for when I do need to sit down at the sewing machine for some mindless piecing.

Stayed on the Straight and Narrow October 16, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in Ladder to the Stars, UFOs.
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Well, after an evening of fingers itching to start something new, I stayed on the straight and narrow and finished up the sashings for Ladder to the Stars. They are all finished, and I’ve got the setting triangles cut. Now to sew them together.