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Karen's UFO Quilt Along

Too many UFO’s? Together we’ll get through those unfinished objects! Free to join. Hosted by Karen.

Website: http://www.connectingthreads.com
Members: 489
Latest Activity: May 31

What this group is about

I don’t know about you, but I have too many things started. Join me in my quest to get finish what I’ve started. The deal is, for every 2 projects I finish, I get to reward myself by starting something new. You can make your own rules, or give the group ideas for new rules as we go. I think it’ll be fun to ask this group for advice on what project to wrap up next, show my progress with photo’s, get motivation from each other when I want to break my own agreement (trust me, I am weak willed when it comes to new projects).

1. No purchase necessary
2. Timeframe: this is an ongoing group with no defined end time.
3. If you are not a member of our Quilt with Us Community yet, click the "Signup and Join" box in the upper-right corner. Once you're a member, you will see a green plus sign and a link to "Join Karen's UFO Quilt Along" in the upper-right of the group page. Clicking on the link will allow you to join this Quilt Along.
4. Post questions, project feedback, and pictures of your progress.

TUFO - means Tuesday UFO - those of us interested try to make a small dent in whatever UFO we are working on. Tuesday is simply the day the Connecting Threads gals get together to sew and craft...you can make it any day you like, but we got a kick out of the title. Once in awhile we can't make it on Tuesday so we move it to Wednesday - yup WUFO. Report here what you are planning to work on, then the next day, let us all know how you did. Nothing is required, it's just for fun.

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Christmas Projects

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MAY you get some UFO's finished in MAY!

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Comment by Samuel Adams on February 1, 2009 at 7:23am
Sunshine, you are lucky that your LA quilter is charging less. And, yes, if you can't handle the larger quilts on your machine, then by all means send it to a LA quilter. Thankfully we all have choices. I may also, though I don't want to, send a larger quilt to a LA quilter. But I will choose a cotton batting instead this time. We all need to do what we can do and let someone else do the rest. The main thing is that we are all happy with the results. Yay. Mr. G.
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on February 1, 2009 at 5:41am
I have been doing both... quilting smaller projects myself on my little portable janome and sending bigger projects off to a LA quilter. I can't always afford to pay someone else to quilt for me, but it's a necessity for some twin size and all larger quilts... they've gotten to be too much for me to do and the gal I use now charges a little less than most in our area.
Comment by Bev Whitlock on January 31, 2009 at 7:31pm
I agree with you all about doing the machine quilting yourself. I too like to know that the project was completed by me and me alone. The more you do it the easier it becomes, except on the big bed size quilts but taken a section at a time, even they are manageable. And when the project is completed, it is exactly the way YOU want it to be. I have another UFO almost completed. Have a wallhanging just about all quilted and just need to bind it. Am also working on an applique block that is part of a picture type quilt. I bought the pattern about 4 years ago at a quilt show and work a bit on it and then put it away for a few months because it is so involved. I also am cutting out the rest of my blocks for a king size pinwheel quilt. Went to the quilt shop this morning and made the mistake of signing up for a BOM so now have that to work on as well. Don't think my pile of UFO's will ever go away since I continue to buy more fabric and start more projects while trying to finish up all the old ones. But yes, it is lots of fun and I look forward to my sewing time every day.
Comment by Samuel Adams on January 31, 2009 at 6:26pm
Oops, I made another UFO from some blocks I had left over from another project. But, I am making progress on finishing the 4 UFOs that I machine quilted, including a binding fabric for one. I have to audition other fabrics for the binding of the other 3 UFOs. Its all so much fun and makes me feel good to create these quilts. I wouldn't change this fun for anything else. Yay. Mr. G. (Doesn't sound like I am 66 years old does it? But, I am, and I am enjoying every minute of it.)
Comment by Samuel Adams on January 31, 2009 at 7:04am
Hello to everyone. I haven't the money to invest in having my quilts machine quilted on long arms, and I didn't particularly like the way the one quilt I had long arm quited turned out. Not so much the pattern, but that was not done as well as it could have been. Also, they wouldn't use a polyester soft batting but had me buy a polyester cotton batting which haad very little give when wrapped around me at night. It is a little stiff, and I don't like any stiff quilt on me. I prefer the polyester batting so I have to do the machine quilting myself. I have done some large queen-sized machine quilting before on my table. Yes, it is a hassle, but the end result is something that I really like, and most importanlty, I did it. I don't have anyone else's energy or thoughts permeate my quilts. I usually pray about what I am making and asking God to put a lot of love into it so whoever the recepient is will feel His love and mine as well. With someone else's hands on the quilt, it has their energy as well. Of course, once I got back the quilt I prayed over it and sent a lot of loving energy into it. But, it still just doesn't feel right as it is not soft and flexible like I like quilts to be. So, I just have to buck up and do my best on the machine, even though it might take me quite a while to do it. I do have a sewing table of about 70" long and about 30" wide, so there is space to quilt on the machine. Also, I have a folding table of 48" by 24" which I put at a 90 degree angle to the main sewing table to support the quilt as I quilt it on the machine. So, I am with you on whether or not you want to send it off. I just choose to do it myself as the quilt is wholly of my energy and God's energy, and everyone who gets a quilt I make tells me that they feel such a healing energy in my quilts. THAT IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME. So, I guess you can see, it is more important for how you want the quilt to be received than whether it is more work for you. I prefer the more work for me for the above reasons. Hope this might help you, Julie, Renee, Edith, Val and Candy. It is so good to share these unwritten secrets with each other. You don't find these in a magazine, that's for sure, at least not any that I take, and I take about 5 magaziknes per year, as well as buying books from the Crafter's Choice Club. Mr. G.
Comment by Edith Lean/Ont. on January 31, 2009 at 3:06am
Congrats Val, on meeting your goal, I too had lofty ambitions. But I did manage to complete a couple of smaller projects and have made big headway on two larger ones. Piecing one and hand quilting another.
Julie, Candy, I am with you two, I cannot afford to have someone else LA or Handquilt my quilts, so this slows me down. I am getting better at machine quilting, I tend lately to do a mixture of machine and handquilt. Depending on the size of the quilt.
Comment by Val Bowie on January 30, 2009 at 9:45pm
Whew....last month (when I had joined this group) I had set a goal of finishing a Disappearing Nine-Patch lap quilt by January 31st....here it is January 30th and I am done. Finished the FMQ yesterday and did the binding today. It is now washed and ready to be given away this coming September.

Now to set another goal....I have been working on another lap quilt for the last two years. It is little two inch squares that need to be made into blocks. This project has been bugging me, so I would like to say that I will have this finished by the end of February.

I will add a picture on my page as per Karen's suggestion for this group's photo album.

Good luck, gang, in getting your UFO's completed.
Comment by Candy Traxler on January 30, 2009 at 7:07pm
Julie, I don't really enjoy the quilting part of the process either, but I just don't have the money to have someone else quilt it, so sooner or later, I do end up doing the quilting myself just so I can move on to creating a new quilt top. Today I finished quilting a queen-sized bed quilt, but it took me several nights this week just to do the very basic quilting. I have not yet mastered any of the quilting designs yet, so I just stitch in the ditch or echo quilt. Tomorrow I plan to bind it and move on to a crib size quilt that I have everything done except the basting and quilting.
If I finish that this weekend, I plan to start on an Easter quilt for my mother, which I bought the fabric for today. I like to start working on the holiday quilts kind of early to make sure that they are done in time.
Candy
Comment by Renee on January 30, 2009 at 6:10pm
Julie, I've been fighting this same battle with myself. Am I going to be a real quilter and quilt these tops or not? The more I work at new techniques the better I get and I've learned that if I take the time I really can do something new that I thought I couldn't do before. I, too, struggle with the expense of paying someone to LA a quilt but on the other hand I think of all the time I spend quilting I could be creating new tops which is where I find my joy. So for now, until I find the answer, I'm going to continue doing what I enjoy most while the creative juices flow.
If I had a gift quilt that needed to be done by a certain date, no question I would enlist the help of a professional finisher. Especially in your situation with the mother-in-law : )
Renee
Comment by Cheri on January 30, 2009 at 10:20am
Definately a sticky situation. I've recently decided to do alot of quilting myself. My sewing machine is capable of doing so much more than I give it credit for. Maybe yours is also. - I'm giving mine a chance.
 

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