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What's your oldest UFO?

I was looking for a crystal appetizer dish in the basement as I was getting the party for DH's retirement party.  I haven't used any of the fancy dishes for a while because we do not entertain a lot, until today. So I went through all the boxes and noticed a box marked "Sewing Stuff, 1976"  I opened it and inside I found this:

It's a crewel embroidery project I purchased from Leewards in 1976, never got it done because I never had the time, what with kids' sports, music, working overtime, etc. 

DH said now I have something to do when the cold weather sets in. Yes, that will happen if I lock myself in the sewing room and 'hibernate' by sewing all winter.

Surprisingly, the crewel yarn is still in their original color, and except for the masking tape that came off the edges of the fabric, it looks like it just came out of the box. Except that I had never taken the hoop off.

So who has a UFO older than this?

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Comment by Barbara Graham on October 10, 2012 at 4:29pm

Oh, dear, the UFO project with our quilt group has cleared out my oldest quilt project--twenty years. I'll bet I have some  cross stitch UFO's from the 70's. When I learned to quilt, I found I just couldn't make myself do cross stitch any more--but it's too good to throw away.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 10, 2012 at 10:53am

Mary Agnes, by all means finish the quilt for the great-niece. 

I'm sure if I look hard enough, I can find some more sewing/craft projects dating from 40 years ago. I don't think I even got rid of the half-done projects except those that have been damaged beyond salvation. 

Comment by Amanda Best on October 9, 2012 at 11:18pm

Oh, dear Mary Agnes, don't be embarrased sometimes this just happens! Maybe she would like to finish it for her grandbaby?

Comment by MaryAgnes/NYC on October 9, 2012 at 2:09pm

Okay.  I'll confess.  I've never told anyone this before, but here goes.  When my niece was born I started a quilt for her (not knowing nothing about quilting back then) and it's not finished yet.  My niece is going to be a grandmother in a month's time.  She was born in 1969.  I'm so embarrassed.  

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 8, 2012 at 6:33pm

Thanks Linda, I will try to do that. The ink is permanent, that's why it didn't fade. I surprised myself really when I opened that box and found the project exactly the way I left it.  It probably would have stayed hidden if I weren't looking for something else.

Comment by Sheila M/FL on October 8, 2012 at 5:50pm

I'm impressed that you actually dated your boxes!!!  That's gotta count for something.  I've moved 1/2 across the world, back and another 4 times within the last 21 years so I'm willing to say that I've got to have at least one UFO of some sort that is at least 22 years old.  One day we will get settled and I will get all the boxes opened and all my treasures rediscovered, and I hope that it looks as good as yours does.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 8, 2012 at 2:44pm

Great question! Not in this house...have only a couple of recently purchased tops that will be machine quilted this winter. Have always finished what I started...too expensive not too! I remember LEE WARDS they had good kits and I learned to embroidery with them.

Comment by LKC on October 8, 2012 at 1:31pm

 What we all should learn from this is that Hoop projects need to stay in the hoop the least amount of time. Release hoop everyday. I even noticed if I keep machine embroidery project in frame over an hour, it can cause creases. For the crewel project I would steam it or try Dryer sheet- will also help to make it fresh it again.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 8, 2012 at 10:24am

I also did a major purge last year - I got rid of most of the fancy dress fabrics, which I regret now, because DGD is constantly asking me to make her fairy and princess clothes.  In addition to the crewel embroidery, I still have 2 quilts that need to be finished with hand quilting.  I have been looking at them and I'm having a hard decision whether to continue the hand quilting or just forge ahead with machine quilting. I don't think I could quilt as closely as I did 20 years ago.

And 10 years ago, I made the applique templates for Sunbonnet Sue, which I was going to give to a great niece.  She's now 12 years old and her mom told me that they don't need any more 'blankets' because they have a lot. 

Aside from that, I really don't have a lot of UFO's, everything I have the past year are WIP's since I try to work on all of them at the same time, most are now waiting to be quilted; I even have the bindings already cut and pressed.

Comment by Beth in NEPA on October 8, 2012 at 6:41am

I don't have any UFOs that old ANYMORE.....  I had a big "purge" when we moved 14 years ago and gave away all that I hadn't finished.  Bravery?????   I now only have UFOs from 14 years up to the present.  LOL

I remember Lee Wards.  I used to order from them and I remember the thrill when I visited my Sister in Chicago and we drove up to the original shop.  (In Wisconsin.)  Later I found one in the Boston area.  But I imagine they are long gone now.

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