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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WHY UFOs NEVER GET FINISHED


You know how it goes…one thing leads to another; you plan this and end up doing that.  At least that seems to be how my life goes.  And I swear it is the reason I never get any UFOs finished! 

The other day I stopped in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop to pick up some thread.  Black thread.  That was all I needed to hand-sew the binding on a small wall hanging that I wanted to finish.  As soon as I stepped into the shop, I knew I was in trouble.  Chris had gone to Market and there were lots of new things to see.  I was okay though.  I was determined to remain strong.   I kept telling myself to stay focused.  “Thread ONLY,” was repeated over and over again. 

Then she did it.  Chris stepped up beside me in the fabric isle (don’t ask me how I ended up there) and said, “Take a look at these.”  I glanced down and saw three new patterns in her hand. 

 I began to drool.   The top pattern looked intriguing.  I drank in the odor of newness as I snatched it from Chris and ran my fingers over the slick plastic see-through pouch.  I breathed out a sigh.  I had to have it.  It would be magnificent.  I could see the bright fabric in the frames and mentally went through my stash of solids.  Then I remembered the black fabric in my stash and wondered if there was enough left.  Still dreaming and drooling, I grabbed the other two patterns from Chris with a mumbled, “Yeah, these look okay I guess,” and headed home.  I never did get that black thread…well I did later when I needed to finish the binding on the above quilt.   I’m not much of a piecer, but I found Short Circuit by Black Cat Creations a snap to make.  I didn’t have to match a thing. Beginning and advanced quilters alike will want to make this one.   Watch for an upcoming class on this fun and quick quilt. 

Now I need to find that black thread and finish that wall hanging!

Paisley and Lace has a tutorial for a quilt I want to make.  I’ve seen the finished quilt on other blogs and fell in love with it.  I thought I’d use 30’s fabrics and make it sometime during our upcoming winter, which is bound to be way too long.  Check it out.
Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

7 comments:

tink's mom said...

this is a great quilt. Looks stunning. you really have to stop admiring it to notice the simple block involved. Good job.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Absolutely fabulous..but oh, you made me laugh and we do need to laugh and to quilt..well, some people also need to shop ;) Great post all the way around!

Barb said...

Too funny.... about the patterns...she knows what you like....

Love the quilt!

Sue said...

You are so funny! Oh this post sounds just like me. It's why I'm desperately trying to stay clear of the quilt shops these days! LOL
But yesterday I got the newsletter from Nancy Conn of The Hen House Quilt Shop in Charlotte and I thought to myself, "I have to get down to her shop again!" I never leave her place without breaking the bank! LOL
Where does it end? It doesn't. All these goodies stuffed before our noses !!! LOL

I guess it could be worse ;) (that's my justification anyway) :D :D

Mama Pea said...

I love the quilt you finished! You are so funny with your story about the new pattern. That is so ME! I get so distracted in the quilt shop and don't get what I came in for! Can't wait to see your new project! I have to go to class now. Will finish up on reading your blog later!

Lynn said...

You are so funny Caroll!

It is a very cute pattern! I love the polka dot border!

Allie said...

You crack me up Caroll, that's my experience when I go into my lqs too....I really, really love that quilt though, I can see why you had to have it! Good for you!

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.