More UFOs

This list seems to be infinite.  Just when I think I’m getting near the bottom of my list, I find more.  Who am I kidding?  I’m only scratching the surface.  Tomorrow afternoon I will post a link box for the UFO Parade so please have your UFOs photographed or listed and be ready to link up.

This morning, very quietly, before daylight, while Vince and Speck and the chickens were still sleeping, I slipped out of bed and went into the sewing room and began dragging out all the quilts I could find that are finished except for the binding.  Most of them have the binding already made.  So . . why haven’t I finished them?  That’s a very good question!

First, because it’s just so weird . . is that evil Halloween quilt I did while living in the rental at the lake here.  This quilt is so different from anything I’ve done and I think it so totally represents the frustration I was feeling at the time . . moving away from Chad, not being able to find a house, the rental leaked when it rained, it leaked when a pipe burst and the air condition limped along while we were sweating to death in there.  We were living out of boxes because we knew we were moving again as soon as we found a place.  Whew . . that was a bad time and this quilt, even though weird, makes me smile and gives me hope because if we made it through that time, we can make it through anything.  I think I’m going to name it Buzzards’ Roost because something about it reminds me of some kind of ugly bird and there are two buzzards who live on top of a pole along our driveway.  They’re always at the top of the pole looking down . . watching us when we’re in the yard or watching us as we drive into the driveway.  I am not a buzzard expert but . . one of them is missing and I think they’re a husband and wife and I think she or he might be on a nest somewhere because one day . . well . . I won’t tell you what I saw but I believe they were starting a family!

Buzzard’s Roost

The second one is “In a Bind” which was made from leftover 2-1/2″ binding strips.

In a Bind

Third is a quilt I made for Vince several years ago.  He chose the colors from my stash and I used the Peaches & Dreams pattern.  The colors in this quilt make me smile.

Vince’s Quilt

Fourth is Holly Jolly which I think for at least the past three years I’ve said I would have finished and on our bed by Christmas.  Maybe it will happen for Christmas 2013.

Holly Jolly

Fifth is Goshen Star.  This was a test quilt for my first book.  Let’s see . . 2005 or 2006 maybe?  Who’s counting?  This will be sent to Alycia for a QOV.

Goshen Star

Sixth is Rolling Along.  This is also a free pattern on my free patterns page.  This will also be sent to Alycia for a QOV.

Rolling Along

Seventh is Sweet Treat, also a free pattern.

Sweet Treat

Eighth is Any Which Way.  If Alycia wants this, I’ll send it to her for a QOV or if she doesn’t, I’ll send it to a children’s home in Louisiana.

Any Which Way

Ninth is the Carpenter’s Star from the feather lessons.  This will also be a QOV.

Carpenter’s Star

Tenth is “Green is a Dream” because we see so little green around here.

Green is a Dream

Last but not least, numbers 11, 12 and 13.  All three are QOVs made from the same pattern.  All three are quilted and waiting to be bound.

Sit & Sew – 3 QOVs

13 quilts to be bound.  Probably more . . I just don’t know about it right now and don’t want to know about it til I get some of these done.


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    Karen Langseth says

    I think I would do a binding week…..all by machine with a decorative stitch so it would cover up any blunders…..

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      I do all my binding by machine and don’t use a decorative stitch. I just need to sit down and do it! A lot of it!

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    I’d happily trade with you – I’ll do the bindings if you long arm some of my quilts. Too bad shipping costs make it a poor deal!

    I enjoy sitting down with a needle and putting the finishing stitches on a quilt. Never mind the label. 😛

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    amy reindel says

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts. I am particularly interested in the buzzard roost quilt pattern. Could you direct me as to where I may purchase it?
    Thanks Amy in Ohio (wish the weather would turn warm)

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    I’m so glad you posted this tonight. I prepped my UFO post, but then completely forgot about it. I need to make sure it’s up-to-date and ready to go. Thanks!

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    rose barnes says

    So what’s the deal with getting the bindings on? I do the same thing! Another issue I have is I get the body of the quilt done and stop at the border . Why? I. At the point where I just need to create room, get these things done and get them in the hands of people I love and care for. I’ve thought that I needed to get them into the hands of older people before they passed; so I made that a priority. Then my sister died suddenly and I realized that she never got a quilt from me or the other projects that I started for her. Lets finishe something and get it in the hands of a loved one!

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    Kerstin says

    Now I don’t feel so bad that I have a few quilts that are finished except the binding! I wasn’t going to participate in the UFO parade but I think tonight I’ll write a post and do it. Maybe this will help me get motivated to finish something.

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    lynne quinsland says

    buzzards roost is a great name. doesnt it just look like two whitish buzzard heads with black beaks and eyes coming out of each side of the center purple bit?

    i think that first to be finished should be vince’s quilt.

    i just got a pile of 5 needing bindings done. and here i thought my pile was high lol great feeling to finally get them all done though. i do them by hand so it takes alot longer than by machine, but loved that they finally all got done. just in time for me to quilt some more quilts, and now there are two waiting for bindings and another quilt going on the machine tomorrow for quilting……i am gonna have to get those bindings on first though so i can have something to lug around with me to work on……been playing sudoku instead of binding.

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    Sharon says

    You know how when you are reading a really good book sometimes you are sad to see it end? Maybe that’s what putting binding on is like for you. Personally I love, love, love to put binding on – it’s what I usually volunteer to do for guild charity quilts. Machine on the front, hand sewn on the back. Funny how the quilt you think is “weird”, Buzzards Roost, is the one everyone loves so much – myself included – way cool quilt!

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    Karen Sutton says

    Judy, love them all but have to say ‘Buzzard’s Roost’ is absolutely the perfect name for that quilt. I see the heads when I look at it. They all made me smile. Good way to start a rainy morning.

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    Erin says

    I love binding! It gives me such excitement and hope that a project is coming to an end. If I lived closer I’d march on over to your house and find a cozy spot with miss Hattie to bind those quits! I know. Weird. But binding is so nice and rhythmic.

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    At least you were productive enough to make them all. Have you ever tried putting the binding on while they’re still on the long arm? I probably wouldn’t do it for a show quilt, but it works really slick for everyday quilts – especially just moving the machine out of the way on the corners to make the miters. Saves a lot of time and lots of my customers have me do it for them. Then I just have to sit and stitch to the back (of my own quilts, that is) while I watch TV or if I’m waiting at an appointment or something.

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    Kat Williams says

    6 of the 13 on your listed are pegged as QOVs. If you finish them and send them to Alicia, you will have cut your list in half!

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    Maureen B. says

    Judy took your class in Lafayette. Enjoyed it so much. Loved the Buzzard’s roost – great quilt. We made the Peaches and Dreams. Never finished it but one day I will. Thanks for your inspiration . Moe