Today I am packing up and heading to a week away with other quilters. It is so exciting seeing old friends and getting caught up on their lives again. I have packed UFOs that don’t require a lot of brain power on my part, as I want to enjoy the other quilters and not think about a complicated pattern.
Two UFOs coming with me are fall themed. Maybe I will get them finished to enjoy during Thanksgiving. One is a maple leaf block with a black background behind the leaves. It came with me last fall on this retreat, and moved further toward the finish line. This year I am sure I will get all of the blocks made and assembled into a quilt top.
The second project is smaller and combines some embroidered blocks and some fall colors in nine patches. It is a pattern that was in a magazine many years ago and someone from the St. Louis MO guild gave it to me, with a piece of fabric for the outer borders. It has been a UFO of mine for at least 25 years! This last week I started on it, and am looking forward to finishing this UFO too. Here’s a picture of the 16 embroidered blocks, in progress:
The written instructions are to use three strands of embroidery floss, and I usually use two. I am using three, and following directions like a good girl. It does give the embroidery a different look than I am used to.
Since the magazine page copy I have is undated, I wondered when it was published. On a whim, I looked up the name of the quilt designer on the internet. I found her and we had a nice conversation on the internet. When I asked if it was her pattern, she said “Possibly, It must be pretty old”. I told her I’d had the pattern for a very long time, and that I was old too. haha. She said “Wow, I had forgotten that one! Yep that was me.” I told her I would send her a picture of my project when it is complete. The internet is a marvelous thing sometimes.
I will give you an update next week after the retreat is over, and show you how far I got with these two projects. What have you started, or finished, or moved along toward finishing? I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures and reading your blogs. Thank you for joining in the Design Wall Monday Linky Party. You are appreciated.