Caution… UFO work ahead…

Yes, still plugging along on my UFO list.  I am currently tackling two at one time.  It seems that I feel the  need to break up my hand applique with some quality time at the sewing machine.  I believe it’s a need for some instant gratification.  Don’t we all like that.  At least it sounds good.

What I pulled off the infamous “Tub Shelf” is a BOM, Celebration of Stars by Marti Mitchell.  It’s a floral pastel feathered star quilt.  I’m not quite sure how old it is but somewhere around 2001.  I had managed to get thru month 3 before it was put in a tub.  Now here is the interesting part.  It was a kit at one of the local quilt shops, and at some point they had only one kit left and subsequently put it on sale.  Well, this girl likes a sale and rationalized, I already have the templates and I want to set up 2 beds in the basement for company so lets go for it.  Well I went for it.  Now I have double UFO’s of the same thing.  I think I like to punish myself.


And look…. it also has applique.

But the main UFO to be completed this year is the Basket quilt designed by Patricia Cox.  Meanwhile, working on the blocks, I’m playing around with background settings.  Right now auditioning black as the setting.  So far it’s my favorite.


The next block is the morning glory block.  I’ve selected the fabrics for the flowers but haven’t finalized the design for the pieced basket.Still trying to figure that part out.  My goal is to finish Month Four on the Star quilt then back to the baskets.  Mixing it up just bit. But of course not project can be completed without the expert advise and assistance of my associate:  Meet Tink.  She likes to supervise.


With all my tubs and unfinished UFO’s,  I still am tempted to sign up for another BOM.  I have been itching to try my hand at Friends of Baltimore by Sue Garman.  I am such a fan of hers.  But also, a blog I follow “Simple Bird”  Kerry is going to offer a combined pattern of Sue Garman’s designs as a follow along tutorial BOM.  Really tempted to sign up.  I  think I should consider joining  a 12 step program for BOM’s.   Aside from my personal issues,  Kerry offers an inspiring how-to blog on applique. When I hit a snag or have low motivation I visit Kerry’s blog for refueling and inspiration.  She gives me the jump start I need to get going again.

Today in the Ozarks my house is shrouded in fog.  I feel like I am in a chapter of the book The Hound of Baskerville.   It’s pretty creepy outside. So good day for staying in and sewing.  I have taken 3 vacation days.  Enjoying my time off in my sewing room combined with having lunch with friends, and a follow up Dr’s. appointment.  Life is good.!

Hope everyone’s day is blessed.

Sissy Malone




About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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