Good Wednesday to everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by.
I received an astounding response to my UFO blog. I actually couldn’t believe it! It was posted on several quilting Facebook groups and hundreds of quilters responded with their number of UFO’s on hand. One quilter said she had a whopping 36 UFO’s waiting to be finished! No matter the task at hand, all we can do is take it one project at a time. Distill it down to digging out one UFO each month and find the time to finish it.
I know Christmas is approaching and everyone is scrambling around to get things ready and finished in time for the holidays. But a question arose in my mind this morning; when is there time to take inventory? By inventory, I mean when is there time to look back and remember what we’ve done, or what we’ve made or how far we have travelled? Sometimes satisfying and sometimes not.
Reminiscing about quilts I have made in the past makes me feel happy.
This rag quilt was made 7 years ago for my sweet little granddaughter, Harlow. My daughter loves the combination of pink and brown, so we gathered some wonderful flannels that coordinated beautifully. The embroidery designs are from Embroidables.com. (Although I used these designs seven years ago, they are still for sale on the website).
This quilt kept our girl warm while she sat in her stroller on cold wintery days.
I think the best part about rag quilts is that they can be washed and washed and washed, over and over again and they just get better after each washing.
This quilt was an early experiment and one I made tons of years ago. Super simple and embellished with embroidery. I called it Baby Boy Bliss.
Baby Boy Bliss was gifted to a friend’s son for his brand new baby.
Crazy quilts have always been so much fun to make. Early on, I purchased Judith Baker Montano’s crazy quilting book and fell in love with the way she embellished her seams and the beautiful old velvet fabrics she used. I took a class at Traditional Pastimes, (a quilt shop in Calgary that has since closed it’s doors) that just further fuelled my passion.
This child’s crazy quilt is super easy to make, but is colourful and fun. I gave it to Bev Rogan when she was collecting quilts for Calgary.
My quilt patterns are always pretty simple – I think they rely more on the fabric combinations and colours than on complicated design…they are, after all, for kids.
When our grandson Jacob was small, I made him this little crazy quilt pillow. At the time, he was “crazy” about monster trucks.
The pillow still sits on his bed here at Grandma’s house. Every time I look at it, I remember his sweet little-boy face, his amazing brown eyes and all the things his three-year old self loved to do.
Looking back is a bit of a luxury. Make time to take your own inventory today and see what you find.
Till later. Thanks a bunch
Leila Muller says
You are spot on, I rarely reflect on quilts that I have made, unless one of the grandkids remind me of something I had done earlier. I did not dare count my UFO’s as I have a suspicion of how many I probably realistically have. Did you use flannel for all 3 layers of the quilt for Harlow? Also I had never considered smaller pieces in a rag quilt, having previously only ever made them with large squares. Love Baby Boy Bliss, so bright and colourful.
Nice to hear from you Leila. I used flannel for all the layers of the rag quilt. Do you?
Leila Muller says
I have used all flannel, and I have also used cheaper cotton as the middle layer, as well as Bamboo batting (which I will never use again, as it makes fluff everywhere when you wash the rag quilt).