I have been machine quilting on the Split-9 Patch quilt. The quilting was started late last year, but it had to be put aside to make a quilt for a Christmas gift. I am practicing feathers in the light portions and let me just say that I need more practice. The feather look pretty good – from 5 feet away.
While I am quilting, I have been thinking about UFOs. Recently there have been quite a few blog posts regarding UFOs with a lot of good ideas for getting control of unfinished projects.
A year ago I decided on these rules.
1) A quilt top is not a UFO. However, a quilt sandwich is.
2) Any quilt project started has to be completed – either as a top or a finished bound quilt.
3) UFOs make good leader/ender projects.
4) Try to alternate a new project with an older one.
My goal is to slowly finish my UFOs without adding any new ones. So following these rules and since I had just completed a new project, UFO Easy Street is on the design wall.
I think this quilt became a UFO because of the size and the length of time it took to sew one block. So I decided to make this quilt twin-sized so the layout will be 3 x 4 instead of 4 x 4. There will be leftover units, but that is okay.
I have been sewing sub-units together and then putting the block together as a 9 patch. My progress seems much faster doing it this way.
When this top is all together, I plan on quilting three tops – Easy Street, Card Tricks Revolt and Bermuda Sunrise. That should keep me busy for a while.