Sunday, March 11, 2007

Topic of the Week - UFOs

The suggested topic of the week is about UFOs. First question is What is Your Oldest UFO? No question about mine. It is the first quilt I started, back in the early 90's when I lived in Australia.

I was somewhat homesick and found a local quilt shop and signed up to make a quilt. What is really surprising about that experience is that I continued to quilt. Many of you have probably experienced something like I did when I first took a class. I really don't understand why the person owned a quilt shop or even tried to work with the public.

The class was a traditional hand piecing class - not knowing any better, I signed up and went to the shop to buy the fabric. Apparently there was only one way to select fabric - her way! After much discussion, I ended up with a "lovely" pink and green selection - Yuck! OK - It was a learning quilt, not a masterpiece so I could live with it.

I managed to complete 4 blocks - actually, they are fairly well pieced, but not attractive. I still have the rest of the fabric in a plastic box and don't know why I don't just throw them away. I have thought of making pillows out of the finished ones but they are really ugly.

Actually, I am glad that I know how to hand-piece but HATED the process a the time and HATE the unfinished project.

A couple of months later, I went to another quilt shop in Sydney and took a "quilt as you go" log cabin. My son in Sweden still has this quilt. It was red, white and blue and actually looks pretty good. They use it as a picnic quilt and he told me it is developing a few holes - I will try to patch it next time I go to visit. At least it has been loved, which is much more than I can say about the first blocks I did.

I think I will go up and try to find the blocks tomorrow and take pictures - maybe they are not as bad as I remember.


  1. Your experience if similar to mine. I did a Carpenter's wheel, machine pieced. My first entry on my blog talks about my experience. Disaster. May I suggest that you make a wallhanging with the four blocks. This way you can keep it as a souvenir of your first quilting course. Happy quilting!

  2. Show is a picture. Somebody might love it.


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