stuff and things

12 September 2012

Zapping Those Pesky UFOs

One of my favorite websites, The Free-Motion Quilting Project, has started a new program. Leah Day, the genius behind the site, has decided to host a UFO Sundays program, where people log in with the UFO (Unfinished Fiber Object) they have sitting around and want to finish up in order to move on. You can ask for help with ideas for finishing, or just sort of record your "promise" to get the UFO out of the closet or from under the pile, and onto your worktable or sewing machine bed. Leah keeps a very open project, saying "This isn't limited to just quilting either!  You can link up any unfinished project from knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, beadwork, or any other hobby or craft you have." So, guys who might be doing projects other than fiber arts, say, that old woodworking project languishing in the shed: Come aboard!
Morning After the Storm wants completion!
I'm pledging to finish my version of a Storm at Sea quilt, an ancient pattern that gets its name from the way that the diamonds and squares, even though straight lined, seem to evoke circles. Squint.
This one I'm calling Morning After the Storm, for the lovely sunrise background of peaches, yellows and pinks.

I created stencils of imaginary sea creatures and then used a faux trapunto, or stuffed, technique devised by Hari Walner.

Clam shell from the Depths of the Sea
Close-up of Sand Dollar

Mysterious Sea Flower
All I have left to do is the dark diamonds and light diamond surrounds, seen best on the top photo. Then I will wash the quilt, which will "erase" the white threads you eagle-eyed readers might have spotted. That's water-soluble thread, part of the Hari Walner easy-trapunto method.

Was I having such a hard time with the project and just quit out of frustration? Not really. But another, more urgent project seemed to rear its head between the time I set this down and now. Maybe I'll blog more about that one!

My very contemporary home. I'm lucky here, because if it were Craftsman or Victorian, it would be stuffed to the rafters with antiques and all sorts of stuff. The quilt on the wall: Salmon Flash, by Nelda Warkentin.
Giving it some thought, actually, perhaps deep inside I am a bit apprehensive that this quilt is too "traditional" looking for my very contemporary home. Dumb, huh? I love this quilt and will find a great place to hang it. Just, maybe not here over the couch. :)

Wish me luck in sticking to my pledge, and best of luck in finishing some of your "back burner" projects, in what ever media they may be! When you have a moment, leave a comment telling about some of your favorite UFO stories! I know you have at least one ...
Tina in San Diego