Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hope for UFOs, More Chinese Coins

I've been quilting for over 40 years, so you can imagine that there are many unfinished projects in my sewing room closet.  I've never been one of those people who works on one thing at a time.  I like to have lots of projects going at different stages.  I can always find something to work on.  If I want to machine sew, something is waiting construction.  If I want to quilt, I have a stack of tops.  If I want to hand sew, there is always something that needs finish work.  Many of my unfinished projects, though, outlive their relevance.  I'm no longer interested.  But with the Guatemala Quilt Project, these unfinished never-to-be-masterpieces have new purpose.  Several of them have become the centerpiece for a new bed quilt.  I've been using those handy precut Chinese Coins strips to border these older projects and get them to a useful size.
This applique cottage was from a Rhoda Cohen class I took in Anchorage in the 1990's.  I typically don't do applique and was not inspired to finish the piece.

The center portion of this quilt was an unfinished challenge done in one of the early quilting groups I was in in Anchorage.  I'm glad I didn't finish it!  I like it much better as part of this larger bed quilt.  This one isn't going to Guatemala.  It's headed for my son's bed!
These two baby quilts take the prize for the Projects Unfinished for the Longest Period of Time.  I ran into the two center blocks just a few weeks ago.  They are leftover blocks from the very first quilt I ever made, back in the 1960's when I was a teenager in California!  I can't believe I've been carrying these around for 40+ years!  They've traveled from California to Alaska to New Mexico, back to Alaska, and to Washington.  They're destined for their final home in Guatemala.

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