Re-working a patchwork UFO

Encouraged by the recent finish of a long-term UFO quilt I reached back into the UFO Cupboard of Shame and brought out a large bag containing thirty-five 12″ blocks, left over fabrics, backing fabric and a large piece of cotton wadding. I was all ready for the challenge of finishing this project until I put three of seven rows of blocks up onto the design wall and took a moment to look over the magazine pattern.

With borders this quilt would measure a hefty 98″ by 68″. Way beyond the size I feel comfortable quilting. Would it really be worth investing time and effort stitching the top together when I knew I’d either get frustrated quilting it or, more likely, return it to the Cupboard un-quilted?

I posed the following question via Instagram and Facebook: ‘Is it OK to ditch a UFO?’ The responses were so helpful and encouraging. Ranging from ‘permission’ to scrap the project and move on, along with suggestions of how to use the blocks to make smaller projects.

With those suggestions running around my mind I began to feel much more positive about the UFO. I unpicked strips of three blocks from three of the rows and stitched them together to make a 36″ square.

I had a think, toyed with introducing other fabrics, finally deciding to add a border around the blocks to bring the flimsy up to a reasonable size. Looking through the bag of left-over fabrics I found a few partial strips of the feature fabrics and at least 1½m of the white on white background fabric. I decided to cut twelve squares of feature fabric and continue the patchwork pattern into the borders.

I’m pleased with how this looks 🙂 The squares running into the borders create a large on-point square running through the patchwork which helps keep the eye travelling around the quilt (in my humble opinion!). The flimsy measures 46½” square so a handy size for a baby quilt, a chair throw or even a wall hanging. Just the remaining twenty-six UFO blocks to deal with…

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers. Susan is designing a camping themed quilt for her son.

Allison

2 thoughts on “Re-working a patchwork UFO

    • Thanks Susan. I’m glad I heeded advice and persevered! I have made four separate flimsies from this one UFO! I don’t think that really counts as reducing the UFO pile but it does make it more manageable! 😀

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