Monday, March 26, 2007

My oldest UFO

I told several people on blogland I would dig out my oldest UFO and take some pictures. So finally here it is. And I"m almost embarrassed to admit that when I clipped it to the bushes it was just a tad dusty!

And why I"m sure you ask is this a UFO - especially since I still think it is my favorite quilt ever that I've made. I just LOVE it. Well I got all the little 4-patches quilted around and about 1/2 of the 9-patches and decided I just HATED what I was doing to the 9-patches! So it got folded up and put under my table in my sewing area. I just haven't had the heart to rip all that quilting out and start again (well I'm keeping the quilting I did around the 4-patches. I decided it needed something much simpler, more straight lines - but not in the ditch. So one of these days I"ll get to it.
But getting it out reminded me how beautiful it is and how much I LOVE the fabrics. I still to this day LOVE that background fabric I used. I wish I could still buy more of it! I also took a picture of one corner. All 4 corners are different. A flower one to represent the North (and I can't remember what it stood for). A Log Cabin for Lincoln, Clay's Choice for the South and then the Carolina Lily for the South flower.

25 comments from wonderful readers:

Wendy said...

Your UFO is gorgeous! I wish that I loved my old UFO's as much as you do. You should finish it since you still love it.

Libby said...

Isn't it funny how you can sometimes just get stalled on a quilt. It's a beauty and when the time is right . . . you'll finish *s*

Leah S said...

Wow! That's one great looking UFO. Is it going to be for yourself if you ever finish it?

atet said...

It's beautiful -- and I actually like what you were doing in the nine patches -- but if you don't like it, that is what counts. Hope you decide to finish this one especially since you do still love it.

May Britt said...

Why did you abandon this beautiful quilt?? You have to finish it. All those fabrics!!! Love it!!!

Sandra said...

Great quilt - I LOVE the sashings but don't think I'd have the stamina to do them! I wonder if you could get someone else to take out the quilting you don't like?

Kim said...

Beautiful! I'd love it too! I'm sorry you decided you didn't like what you were doing in the 9-patches; it's always a disappointment when that happens. Are they all quilted? I'd suggest you "unquilt" a couple blocks and try whatever alternate you were thinking of. You may decide what you were doing to begin with looks better and save yourself the time of taking it all out, or getting to actually quilt a few blocks the way you want them might motivate you to do the rest!

Nadine said...

Dawn, this quilt is sooooo beautiful ! What a clever, unusual sashing (and what a job !) . I understand why this is your favorite... it would be mine too !

Hugs & smiles !
NADINE

pamina said...

Your quilt is so beautiful...I hope that you will finish it someday. It would be a shame if you don't....

Carol said...

It is just beautiful!

Tonya R said...

Why put it off? You still love this quilt so keep it out and come up with a plan. Bet you could bribe one of your kids to take out the quilting you don't like.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, wow, Dawn. What a beauty! Yeppers, you should definitely finish it up!!!

Karen (Misiz C) said...

Wow! Your quilt IS striking! I love it too.

I know what you mean about being stumped with the quilting design. I've started taking pictures of my quilts, printing them out in black and white, slipping them into a page protector and "playing" with design ideas using a dry erase marker till I stumble on something I like.

I hope you find a design you like. It would be a shame for this beauty to stay hidden.

Sweet P said...

Wow! That is one beautiful quilt. Perhaps one day you will feel ready to finish the quilt.

YankeeQuilter said...

I always find deciding on a quilting design the toughest part of quilting too. Love the fabrics. Its time will come...

Siobhan

Lily said...

Dawn it's gorgeous - hope you find the heart and motivation to get it going again one day!

Lucy said...

What a beautiful oldest UFO

teodo said...

Please, do you have to finish this ufo is so precious.
ciao ciao

meggie said...

A truly gorgeous quilt!
Finish it so you can enjoy it even more.

Patti said...

Hey Dawn - get that finished, you hear? And don't bother ripping out any of the quilting. Just change what you were doing. Our foremothers did that all the time - quilted different parts of a quilt differently. Especially when it was quilted on a big frame by a whole bunch of ladies. It will make it all that much more interesting and give it a much more fascinating story to tell to future quilt historians. "I wonder why she did this . . . ?"

Anne said...

Dawn, this is such a beautiful quilt! Please finish it!!! And I love what you have done with the 9-patches. Q: when you say you have done about 1/2 tha 9-patches - have you done one half section of the quilt? - or some in different sections? If it is no 1: finish the rest of the 9-patches the same way; if no 2: you can do something else with the rest of them. But I don't thing you should rip our what you already have done! Best of luck! Take care!

gwen said...

The repro fabrics are wonderful, the setting is gorgeous and the overall appearance is stuning. It would be really a shame to put that UFO back into some corner! I do hope you will finish it soon.
Take care.

Rose Marie said...

Wow, it's stunning! With all these comments coming your way, you know that it's just begging to be finished. We need to see it done ... so that we can drool over it. :o)

Tanya said...

It really is a beautiful quilt! With all of us oohing and ahhing on the blog, think what people will say when they see it in person! Hope that will motivate you!

Bea said...

How beautiful! It´s a must to finish quilt - I think! And an amazing story behind - I love all the stories behind the quilts!