Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April UFO

I am so happy that my April UFO is my Nine-Patch Strippy - NPS, for short. I had high hopes of finishing it in 2015, but a problem arose, stopping me in my tracks, and rather than solve the problem, I plucked the whole thing into a tub and stacked it under my table. My normal MO for facing challenges.

I am ready, finally, to face that challenge, and get this quilt to a finished flimsy stage. Can you hear the resolve in my tone?

Here's a brief bit of background on how this quilt came about. First, I regularly hand-piece 9-patch blocks out of 2.5" squares when meeting with the Frankfort Girls. Here's a brief summation from 2013, but there might be earlier ones. So, I have a habit of keeping a stack of 9-patch blocks ready for whenever I might need them.

When I had a really big stack, I decided that I'd like to use some of them in a strippy setting. Using the 9-patches was my May 2015 UFO goal; I have made some progress, but geesh, I sure don't handle setbacks very well, do I? I did get some construction accomplished back then, as this post explains, but in the intervening months - er, year-plus - it's been sitting dormant. The picture of NPS in that last post (above) is exactly the state I've found as I've pulled the tub out from under the table.

My tub - simply labeled with cardstock; folded (stuffed?) and waiting. This is how it looked when I pulled it out earlier this month.

One end of the current flimsy is shown above. I am dissatisfied with two things - first, trimming this off straight will result in a crooked edge; second, if you make an imaginary line across the center of the pieced blocks, they are uneven. Ideally, these would line up perfectly. I think I am going to have to "unsew" a portion of this. Now look at the other end.

Similar situation - I could see trimming off the ends even with the points of the pieced blocks; the troubling part is that these don't line up straight either. Aghh!

This final picture shows what remains in the tub. At the top of the picture are 3 more long strips of the red and white floral for the vertical strips. Just to the right of those 3 strips is one strip of 9-patches ready to be attached. Below those are the very few remaining pieces of red floral, blue floral and a couple of 9-patch blocks. (I do have plenty more of these, just not in this tub.)

I have donned my problem-solving cap; before the month is out, I am determined to have the challenges presented by this UFO tamed and sewn into a lovely quilt top. Stay tuned!

I am linking to a new (to me) site for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts blog. I figure this project should definitely qualify!

Happy Quilting, Friends!


  1. Fun quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  2. This is going to be a beautiful quilt when she is finished. Yes, long strips can be challenging. My advice? Pin, pin, pin. You are going to feel so empowered when you complete this challenge.

  3. This a one beautiful quilt...well worth finishing!

  4. I am amazed that you hand pieced these blocks! I just don't have the patience to do that. This is going to be a beauty when done.

  5. So pretty! Love floral quilts that look old.


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