The other day, I was tearing my studio apart, looking for a particular project. In the process, I found a box of long-forgotten UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in a box under my sewing machine table! I had totally forgotten about most of these projects. Sadly- I never found the thing I was originally looking for! (But I’m sure you could have guessed that…) But, I thought I’d share with you what I did find!
First, I found this wool applique. I think I had purchased it as a kit. I got all of the stitching done, and then just neglected to actually finish it into a project… Pillow? Wall Hanging? What do you think?
Here is the evidence of how old this UFO is- I stitched the date 2003 on it. My stitches are terrible… at least it’s nice to know that I’ve improved over the last dozen years! Probably most of the UFOs I am showing today are from 2002-2003.
I like the little “X” stitches in the centers of the flowers. The stripes on the flag are double rows of running stitches, and the stars are French knots.
Here is something I had TOTALLY forgotten about! I made 4 of these oak leaf blocks:
AND actually sewed them together into a quilt! You can see, I really kind of “cheated” by making most of the quilt with large borders! I can guess what happened- at the time, I was quilting all of my quilts myself on my little machine, and the thought of quilting this behemoth was just overwhelming, so it ended up in the “someday” box. I don’t really like the colors anymore… but since it’s done, I think I’ll have my long-arm quilter do something quick and cheap, just to get it done, and then Alfie (my Chihuahua) will have a nice quilt to snuggle with in the family room!
I found a lot of “orphan” blocks in the box. Here is one that I designed and hand appliqued:
Although it never made it into a project, I did use this design to create a punchneedle pattern, which I did in fact make into a pillow (pattern is available here):
Here is a cute double star block- I have no idea what I made this for, but I actually still like the fabrics in it.
And another block with a star. I can’t remember what this was for either! I think I was probably just messing around with some block designs in an Americana palette:
And here is an attempt at curved piecing- not very good! Notice that there are hardly any seam allowances on the edges of the block. This must be why I now avoid curved piecing, and add curved pieces with applique instead! (Like, for example, this quilt and this quilt!!)
OK that’s what I found in my UFO box- what about you? How many UFOs do you have? What is your oldest UFO? Or what is the UFO that you would most like to finish?? Let us know in the comments!!