Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UFO Action

After photographing that stack of UFOs in the closet, and feeling a general lack of direction about what to work on next, I decided to itemize those UFOs to actually get a handle on them. The list wasn't quite as long as I had imagined, though 13 unfinished items is still plenty for my preference. So, I took action.

It doesn't take nearly as long to sew clothes as it does to make quilts, so several already cut-out garments were the first to be tackled. This finish is another size 2 pillowcase dress that I'll donate to Dress A Girl Around the World. The main fabric is a sale piece from Hobby Lobby - I'm always cognizant of choosing a dark print so it's less see-through - and the other three prints are from my stash. Hopefully the mermaids on the pockets will make a little girl smile.

I got out the serger to make these shorts from a Simplicity pattern. There's a back zipper; no pockets. But they fit!

And as long as the serger was set up, I put together this Monique dress by Serendipity Studio. I don't like admitting that I bought the pattern (at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Lakeland, Florida) and cut out the dress about three years ago. I really like the fabrics together - the main floral print is an Amy Butler fabric - though when I was choosing them, and the decorative ribbon to sew to the waistband, I remember feeling apprehensive about the combination. As I was sewing, I wondered if the size I'd cut out would still fit.  What a relief that it all came together!
 

Two quilt tops are awaiting quilting, so I put together a backing for a 58" X 68" quilt that I'll probably donate to Project Linus. In the past, I've used this US map with state-capitols (purchased from Wal-Mart back in my Iowa years) to back kids' quilts, imagining a child learning from it. This is the last panel US panel I have. A good stash-busting backing.

That 58" X 68" quilt top has been pieced for at least three years - made with scrappy loaves that my Iowa Stitchin' Mission friends will remember. It's now sandwiched, pin-basted, and ready for quilting. Soon. 

I've again returned to coloring this Alison Glass fabric. This will be one tier of a two-tiered skirt for me.

This BAM-BOM quilt top will be finished yet this week. It's a block-of-the-month from the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. The atypical block layout was decided when I took Lee Heinrich's "Alternate Grid" workshop.

So, I've ticked off three of the 13 UFOs and made good progress on a few more. If that isn't self-motivated UFO action, I don't know what is. Linda
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11 comments:

  1. Action!!! such an old fashion word.... but you have made great use of it on your UFOs!!! Love the dress.... thanks for sharing

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  2. wow! More than enough to keep you busy! ;-) Darling dress btw!

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  3. Wow, you are definitely on a positive roll. I love that dress! It is adorable and one of a kind. Also love the fabric you are coloring for a skirt. I think coloring with those markers is so relaxing. Good for you, Linda!

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  4. Very impressive. I don't have a clue as to how many UFO's I have stashed away. In fact I don't know where all of my UFO's are stashed. Hmmmmmmmmm

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  5. I am so impressed with your dedication! Keep going, you will have that closet cleaned out in no time!

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  6. You are doing well - congratulations!!

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  7. Woohoo! And you come roaring out of the gate!
    Love that dress and your other clothing items--you really are a star!

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  8. You made a list....and checked some things off? I AM impressed Linda! Only a couple more and you will be half way through it! Your new dress looks lovely, and very cool!

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  9. Thanks for the idea of using the map panel. I have one of those that needs to get used. Iowa is in the midst of a heat advisory for the next two days, so will get more sewing done. I have a lot of UFO's to finish.

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  10. Your dress is so pretty and shows off your beautiful tan to perfection. I think your shorts and that pillowcase dress is darling, You have made good progress on your UFO list.

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  11. Good morning, Linda! You are amazing...and motivating!

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