June 01, 2011

May UFO, a different kind of a finish...

The UFO Challenge for May was #9, which for me was Capriccio--a pattern from Pie in the Sky.  Although I worked awfully hard on it, it isn't a finished top yet.

I've only managed to piece the blocks.  In part because I'm making it larger than the original pattern which has 30 blocks--I'm shooting for making it 8x8.  I've finished 67 blocks, so twice the original number that I'd planned on making with some extras to help with arranging.

When I first starting writing this post, I was feeling really glum, since I hadn't "finished" my UFO despite working on it all the time.  But when I looked at my original UFO Challenge posting to find out what UFO #8 for June was, I reread my UFO #9 goals for Capriccio:

"9. Capriccio - Most of the pieces are cut, and some piecing has been done. Realistically I'd like to sew the next step (the triangle blocks together into the squares). In my dreams, I'd like to make the blocks themselves--maybe even sew it all together, but let's not get carried away!"

I guess I gotten "carried away" with my hopes for the month. Based on my original plan, I actually met my goal, and so I'm counting it a finish, even though it's not the one I'd hoped for!  And, I've begun laying out the blocks on my "design wall".  This isn't a glamour photo, but it shows the progress (and the help I've had from a golden retriever that likes to walk across it.)

The UFO chosen for June is #8, three unfinished pillow covers.  Here's the original photo AND (so I can remember!), my original goal:

"8. Patchwork pillows - These need to be pieced, quilted and stitched together. They were started several years ago for my daughter's apartment, and though I may keep them now, the pillow forms are taking up valuable space and need to make themselves useful!"

Now I just need to find the pieces and their bulky pillow forms--who knows where they ended up when I cleaned the sewing room--December was a long time ago!

Scorecard for 2011:
6 UFO's Completed*, 5 Flower Garden blocks completed, and NO new projects started (two months in a row!!! that's definitely a first!)

*Six UFO's because I finished #2 ahead of schedule--I'm looking forward to a month off someday!

Happy Stitching!


JCnNC said...

You will finish - they are blocks with many little pieces and take longer, but beautiful so far. Judy C in NC

Quilter Kathy said...

I'd be delighted if I went 2 months without starting a new project too :)
Great job on these blocks!

LynCC said...

Wow. Love the Capriccio project! You're getting a lot done!

Beatrice said...

Wow! two months without starting a new project, impossible for me :(
Beautiful score so far !

BetsyE said...

Love the Capriccio - it's going so well! I really enjoy the Pie in the Sky patterns - so much fun. I miss my pooches "help" - he was so good at that! :-)

Melinda said...

Donna, your blocks are fabulous and will become a spectacular quilt whenever you get it finished. Great job accomplishing so much AND not starting a new project.

LynCC said...

Hi! Your latest post doesn't have a comment link, so I came down here because I just have to say: "I love your teal quilt!!" Is that the Lady in the Lake block? yours is super fantastic! Way to go on getting so many UFOs moved along!