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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!

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Comment by Leah Newitt on September 18, 2009 at 6:46pm
this is not about the quilt, although, it looks like you really had to stretch you imagination, I have a question about a kit you had in the Connecting threads catalog called "Holiday Harvest table runner kit". It is no longer available, but I wondered if it was possible just to get the pattern. I would be glad to pay you for it.
thank you!
Comment by Nicola/De on August 14, 2009 at 1:15pm
Fantastic job Kristin!! The quilt turned out just beautiful!!
Comment by Vicky Harbeck on May 14, 2009 at 4:24pm
Hi Kristin,
This may not be the forum to ask my question, but I am wondering if I can get the pattern
for the Baby Bear Quilt. I know there are kits at Connecting Threads, but I am wanting to do
some thing more for a girl. Can you help me?
thank you!
Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) on May 11, 2009 at 5:25pm
That is just too cool, Kristin. That was a great idea, taking apart the dresden plates. I bet everyone at work is sad that they didn't want to take them. It sounds like you have it all, work from home, get to play with fabric all day. I still could be your evil assistant, and thread your bobbins, get your coffee, and other mindless things like that. Just let me know if you want to take me up on my offer. But, even though I loved Washington, I don't know if I want to move again! Just let me spin your bobbins and mail them to you.
Happy quilting!
Comment by Cornwoman on April 18, 2009 at 11:14pm
What a great job of thinking outside the box! I love what you did with the pieces.
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on April 18, 2009 at 3:31pm
Too cool for words. Awesome quilt!!
Comment by Claudia G on April 17, 2009 at 6:13pm
How cute! Kristin that was a clever way to use those dresden pieces, you took something out of the free box, and stepped out of the box to make it your own...just like the singers on Americam Idol. I vote for you, the new Quilt Idol.
Comment by Diana Lacy on April 17, 2009 at 3:58pm
I love what you did with Karen's discarded UFO. It would have taken you forever to complete if you made the quilt as it was meant to be. I wonder if Karen got rid if the project as John Flynn says why keep it if you know that you will never finnish it because you no longer love it. ( article in quilters newsletter Clear the decks)
Comment by Connecting Threads on April 17, 2009 at 3:14pm
I'm not sorry! I'm so glad it went to a good home and became something important instead of a sad ziploc bag full of crumpled unloved fabrics. Of course, if Kristin felt the need to give it to me for Christmas............
Comment by Ronda on April 17, 2009 at 2:56pm
Too cool for school! Are you sorry Karen that you gave the UFO away now?????

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