As some of you know, Karen, our fearless and fabulous VP here at Connecting Threads, hosts our online UFO group. Over the past few months Karen has been tackling all her much beloved unfinished projects and putting the rest of us at CT to shame. However, she also has had a few UFO's that she doesn't love quite so much. A few of them ended up in our free box at work. Since I mostly work from home, I'm usually not privy to all the goodies that end up in there, which means that by the time I dig through the free box, most of the good stuff has been taken. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I get other goodies from work, and I have PLENTY to keep me busy at home already.
Well I showed up at the office the other day for a meeting, and Karen and Judy both jokingly INSISTED that I take this small paper bag filled with fabric out of the free box which Karen had so kindly placed inside. As you can see from the photo, it was filled with a bunch of Dresden Plate shaped pre-cut pieces, some of which Karen had already sewn together. Everybody loved the fabric, but nobody wanted to go through the hassle of piecing and appliqué-ing the rest of it, which is why it still remained in the free box with no takers.
I took it as a challenge! I decided to see what else I could do with all those darling 1930’s prints without putting too much effort into the whole project. So after giving it some thought, I simply ripped out Karen's previous work (sorry Karen!) and then sewed the pre-cut shapes into strips, trimmed off the rounded edges, added some sashing (also in the free box), and voila! A new quilt was born in just a matter of days! I must say, I’m thrilled with the results, and the gals at work were perhaps a tiny bit impressed as well. I guess it just goes to show that one woman’s “junk” can become another woman’s treasure!