Friday, December 1, 2017

Hello December

The magical month of December has arrived! Are you ready for all the excitement? I can feel the Christmas Spirit growing bit by bit!

I have been working on cutting out large tumblers for my December UFO. Yes, this month is my final UFO at last, and I must say I am not sad about the end. The last few months of working on UFOs has been a bit of a drag. I am thrilled on the one hand, to be so close to finishing all twelve, but on the other hand, I sure would like to have been making new, fun and exciting stuff instead!

Can't have our cake and eat it, too, now can we?? I will be happy about checking off my UFOs and will not dwell on that other stuff I missed out on.

Back to the December UFO. It is the large tumbler quilt I started maybe 4-5 years ago. The copyright date of the tumbler template is 2012, so my UFO is no older than 5 years.

The portion you see above is all I did immediately after buying the ruler. I cut random Westminster Fiber fabrics - mostly Kaffe Fassett - and stitched. This start measures 20" wide x 31" long. Meager beginning, wouldn't you say? Alongside this start are some remaining yellow tumblers cut and ready; these are from the beginning and will get added into the new ones I am cutting now.

Cutting is in earnest, and I have quite a stack. I will be finishing this quilt in a way I have never done before. It will be determined by the size of the backing I intend to use. I have three yards of "Frilly" by Rowan Westminster (very old stash piece). As big as that back will be determines the size of the quilt. Have you ever done it so backward? I certainly never have. We'll see how it turns out - I may have way too many tumblers cut. Maybe.

I have done some calculations. (That's a scary sentence for anyone who knows my lack of math skills.) Anyway, the goal for a finish will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 54"x75". I think this will leave me with ample backing fabric to use as the binding.

Here is the resulting stack of tumblers from a wide variety of fabrics in the KF stash. I love this bright, vibrant fabric. It will be fun working on this as we head into potentially gray days of winter.

I hope your December is a magical one; and a productive one, too!

I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and her weekly Finish It Up Friday party.
Happy Quilting, Friends!


  1. Wow, it is going to be beautiful!! Love his fabrics. Congratulations on your tenacity in making your goal to finish the year. Take care and Happy Sewing from Iowa

  2. Great to see you are getting a UFO done. I am sorry but I am laughing at the finish the top size to fit the backing. I did it once, or tried. I had to add a 8" strip down the middle. My top was too big.

  3. I have used this "backwards" method for one of my commission T-shirt quilts. It was quite a design challenge, but the client wanted the quilt to be a certain size. Turned out to be DS1's favorite T-Quilt that I've ever made!! I actually enjoyed the way it stretched my creativity and problem solving ability.

  4. What brilliant fabrics and I'm sure this tumbler quilt will be wonderful. Happy Stitching!

  5. I have a tumbler quilt in the UFO tub. No idea when I will finish it. I sew long rows and join on the flat side...mine is long and skinny as of now! Keep on keep on!


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