Take time for self-reflection… OR There’s a reason they’re called UFO’s

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This post was triggered by a fellow quilter perhaps a month ago when she said she had pulled out an older quilt top and was astonished at the color green she had used.  I commented back on Diane’s blog that she was not alone.  I, too, fell prey to a pretty, albeit strange green once upon a time.  I knew I still had the project somewhere in the basement.   But which blue Rubbermaid tub was it in?

Tonight, I located it.  And yes, this project has many flaws. 

It began with my desire to create a masterpiece back in the early 1980’s.  I wanted an elegant, period-looking piece reminiscent of the 1800’s.  A beautifully appliquéd piece with lots of room for teeny tiny hand quilting stitches that were my strongest talent at the time.  I decided the repeated blocks (9 in all) would be best stitched together (flaw Number 1) on the same piece of muslin, not sewed individually and then pieced together.  The muslin I used was not the best quality.  That’s flaw Number 2.


I wanted a red, green and white quilt, yet something went terribly wrong.

Flaw Number 3:  I opted for polished cotton in pink and burgundy.   POLISHED cotton. UGH.

Flaw Number 4: It’s not green.  It’s a deeper greenish turquoise.  It’s pretty, but it’s the wrong color.  Totally wrong. Actually, I think it’s the same “green” as Diane used. 

Flaw Number 5: I should have finished appliquéing the blocks and THEN planned and sewed the border.  I think I had a huge attack of ADHD back then.

I will say, in looking carefully at my appliqué stitches, it was beautifully sewn. Click on the picture to enlarge it and see for yourself.  The bias-cut fabric was also beautifully crafted.  It’s perfectly even, nicely pressed and stitched down.  Really!  The little “green” leaves are not too shabby, either!    OK, this is really wrinkled, but it’s been crammed into that Rubbermaid tub for almost/over 30 years!   That might be older than YOU!  I’m no spring chicken, you know!

Yes indeed, there’s a reason we have so many UFO’s tucked away in silence.  It’s a good thing they don’t speak up and make themselves heard more often.  crazy

I DO think it’s good to look carefully at my work.  I know it helps me become a better quilter.  But sometimes I question my sanity. What was I thinking?

3 thoughts on “Take time for self-reflection… OR There’s a reason they’re called UFO’s

  1. First of all, I ADORE that lady's picture, at the end of your post!


    Second, I would, irregardless of the shade of green used, finish OFF that UFO! If nothing else, it's good for a chuckle, on your part… about how much you've grown or learned, right?

    HECK… if you don't want it, I'll take the quilt top! *VBG*

    Nothing's too ugly, to not get completed, IMHO. I'm just finishing the binding on one of my very first “fancy” quilts. I shuddered thinking about pulling it out, even.

    But once it got longarm quilted and I've started it's binding… you know what? It's a pretty looking quilt, if I do say so, myself! LOL

    Good luck with your quilt top! Remember, if you don't want to finish it, someone else might want it! Even myself! *grin*



  2. Hi! I sent you an email, but I'm also going to post it here, just in case you don't get my email. Here's the message:

    Hi, I was wondering if you were the Caron L. Mosey that wrote an article for the “Quilt Almanac” Vol. 6 No. 1 in 1986?

    If so, I just happened to buy a box of quilting magazines at a thrift store the other day and I came across the article, it was titled: “From Quilting Bee to Computer”. Anyway, I was reading it and the last paragraph gave me a good chuckle, and I quote:

    “Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the quilters in America could sit together at one large quilting bee? Since that is an impossible dream, let's remember to communicate with each other in the methods we have available to us. The lines of communication are changing as fast as the styles of our art. Who knows….by the year 2000, all quilters may be linked together by computers!

    LOL! You, my dear, were certainly a visonary! I was so tickled by this, I posted it on my quilting forum that I frequent. I wondered if the person that wrote this was still around to see how truly linked we are now! Just so happened someone reconized your name and linked your blog to me.

    So, I am dying to ask, did you truly think it would be like it actually is now?

    I'm a newbie to quilting, I've only been quilting a few years, and just recently really got into it, and I love the old quilting magazines. They are new to me, LOL. I love your blog, and your writing style, and would love to see more of your work!


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