I am taking this UFO Busting very seriously. I have some VERY OLD PROJECTS that I just can not part with... and really do not want to finish.
Sometimes we don't want to finish a project because
- it's too large (yes)
- not our style anymore (yes)
- not the type of quilting we like to do any more (yes yes yes)
So what do you do when you love the romance of the project, but not the project?
In my case the romance of my Dear Jane quilt is STRONG!
I started this journey by giving my Mother-in-law and myself a 2 day weekend class with the author, Brenda Papadakis in Gettysburg.. Gettysburg!!
Little did I know that I my romance would flurish
I AM an official card carrying Dear Jane member.
I have a CHART on my website ...which was published in the EQ add on for Dear Jane AND in a Japanese magazine.
I took my book apart, punched holes in all the pages, and filled it with sheets to carry my blocks. I have plans for this.. BIG plans!
I swapped blocks near and wide.
This one is from a very good friend.. thank you Debbie!!
I went to more than ONE camp...
and even have a few of the fancy triangles.
In the back of my book is a magazine with a wonderful Dear Jane Article.
To you see that quilt in the top left? Who knew 14 years later I'd interview the ladies who made that quilt! American Patchwork & quilting's October 2011 issue has a great article about quilt teachers Diane Rode Schneck and Judy Doenias. They have this TINY little obsession with the Jane Stickle quilt. I have meet them AND interviewed them on Sept 13, 2011 for my radio show, they are SUCH FUN!
CLICK HERE .. scroll down on the page to the player, then scroll through until you get to Sept 13 and listen in you will LOVE this interview!
So what do I do with so many memories wrapped into blocks I really don't care to finish?
I don't work in these colors anymore, and do not want to continue with the quilt for many reasons. But I want to use the blocks.
I have a plan. A plan to make a quilt in these colors with an Alphabet. As I've ALWAYS wanted an Alphabet quilt! SEE my WORD post HERE to understand why.
Later this month I'll show you what I'm going to do, and you can follow along with someone thing of yours. But first I have to finish up a project on my design wall..
Buy your own copy of Dear Jane and start the journey (remember the book only had line drawings, no size directions... that is why many like to buy the EQ version)
Or the EQ Version... let me know if you do!
And so you don't think I TOTALLY forgot... as maybe I forgot a LITTLE bit...
The Winner of my Hexie Prize package, who answered the question "Which UFO do you MOST want to finish".... is Sandy A in St. Louis who said
"You are right, that is SQUEAL worthy! (Hey, I think I might have even heard you all the way here. :))
I am working on the one UFO that I want to finish the most-MY quilt! It is a BOM that I started in 2005, got frustrated with the August block, sat it aside (ok, hid it!) until 2009 when I got the whole top together. Started hand quilting in 2010 and have just 4 more blocks and the border to quilt. Hope to get it done before spring because I hand quilt using a hoop and it is too hot to do in the summer!"