This collection of Flea Market Fancy blocks is really where we get into Big Time Neglect. I started this quilt with true verve and excitement, having just seen Malka Dubrawsky‘s fabulous, modern sho- fly quilt. I had been saving and hanging onto my grey and orange Flea Market Fancy fabrics for just the right block, and I knew this was just the right one. Simple, bold and graphic against the Kona Coal…the combination really pleased me. Paired with Alexander Henry’s Farmdale Blossom print for a backing, I was even that much more excited.
Silly me, I have only 3 more blocks to go. But this quilt, like the others, has just sat waiting to be pieced and made into a quilt. This UFO and the others are part of my commitment to finishing what I’ve started in 2011. Whether you call them WIP’s or UFO’s or just call them “that project sitting over in the corner” join me in geting them done!
True confessions: In my quilting, I am a terrific starter. I gather fabrics and cut strips or squares like a pro. I am especially good at making half-completed quilts. I need to get an official count, but I think I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 unfinished quilts. All of my UFO’s sitting in their various states of incompletion feel like heavy baggage at the moment. And even though just yesterday I started yet another quilt, I am on a mission to change my ways and my bad habits and to finish what I’ve started. So, for me this is the year of the UFO becoming a quilt to use and love.
It seems like the New Year brings this thinking out in many of us. Other quilty bloggers have started an admirable promise not to buy any new fabric as well as finish all UFO’s. I’m not sure I can be so good. One day at a time, right? I cannot be expected not to bring home new fabric when I’m surrounded by it at work and buying fabric is actually part of my job. Am I right? Sigh…
Exhibit A – one “Thousand Pyramids” quilt sits waiting to be made into a quilt top. I’ve gotten as far as piecing the smaller triangles into larger triangles, which then need to be pieced together to make a lap-sized quilt. I think these close-up pictures show the color more accurately.
I really love the intersection of green and blue; shades like celadon, robin’s egg blue, jade. They are peaceful and calming to me. So, the idea for this quilt was born of the need for a quilt in that color neighborhood.
I am setting an intention to finish this quilt top within the next week. Over the next few posts, I’ll be
airing out my unfinished projects for all to see and judge sharing all of my quilts that need finishing. I hope that by putting it all out there that I can have more completion in my creative space. What UFO’s do you have? Bring ‘em on out…let’s finish them together!