Here are a few tops that are technically done, but I feel like they need more.
This Storm at Sea quilt is an early project – I probably made this in my first year or two of quilting, and I did it the hard way, by cutting every little triangle then sewing them together. If I knew then what I know now, it would have been a lot less painful, if not any faster. You can read about it here. I am disappointed at how small it is, so even though it looks like a finished top, I want to do… something. Pieced borders, or more blocks, I’m not sure exactly what. I just know it isn’t really finished.
This is my first log cabin block quilt, and the logs are huge. Two inches wide –
it’s kind of ridiculous. The whole thing isn’t very big, maybe 3 feet square, and there’s a lot of flop because my seams weren’t all that accurate. I don’t really like it all that much.
This quilt is a real embarrassment. It was made as a gift for my aunt and uncle, both in the school system, many years ago. After I finished it, I realized one block was turned wrong, so I stuffed it away and ignored it. (Because that always works.) I told my aunt about the quilt – I even SHOWED her the quilt top, hoping that would prompt me to finish it. It didn’t. I turned the bad block and stuck it back in a tote. Part of the problem now is that it’s kind of a small lap quilt. One lap only, no foot or chest coverage. It will probably only be decorative, so I suppose I should just get it on the quilt frame and move on.
I have a half-embarrassed affection for this poor thing. It’s my very first quilt, made in a class using Alex Anderson’s book Start Quilting (a great choice for beginners). The fabrics are from JoAnn’s calico wall, collected over ten or fifteen years, ending ten or fifteen years ago. They’re painfully dated. I’m pretty proud of my piecing, but I tried quilting it on my regular sewing machine and it isn’t good. It also isn’t finished. I should quilt it, but although I feel some affection for it, it isn’t big enough to use, and it isn’t pretty enough to put on a wall.
Well, that ends today’s rummage through the UFO pile. Still more to come – next is my assortment of orphan blocks.