UFO Work Zone


I’m a month ahead of my projected schedule.  Woohoo. So that leaves time to get cracking on my 2017 Saturday Sampler Quilts. I did not get them finished in 2017.   I was so focused on my Boy & Girl applique quilt that the setting of these quilts together got pushed aside which ultimately relegated them to UFO status since here I am a year later just getting to them.  Ugghh.

Yes, I said quiltS.  Silly me signed up for both colorways presented.  I loved both of them for different reasons. The red, white and blue, I have in mind as a gift for someone.  Those color combinations are not my favorites and I just don’t have them in my stash when I need to work with those colors.   I was presented an opportunity and I jumped at it. I chose the small version it’s going to be 72” square. A perfect quilt to display over the back of a recliner and when it gets chilly, over the legs it goes and its snuggle time while snoozing or watching a favorite program.    

Thanksgiving Day I was able to spend most of the day in my sewing room working away on the first round of settings for those 12 blocks. I am pleased to say, I got the first round completed. I did over do it a bit and my back was just a bit tired. Got to be more careful. Don’t want to throw my back out again.   Hopefully this weekend I will get a good start on the final setting. And poof, it’s done. Then on to the second one.

The second one is 96” square and is batiks.  This one is set to grace my bed. I typically gift my quilts so it’s unusual for me to keep one for myself.  I’m pretty excited about that. I will give myself several weekends to get this one done. More sewing since it’s larger.  Note to self, buy more machine thread today while at store. And the final project to complete for 2018 is getting the borders on Long Time Gone.  To be honest I have been procrastinating on these projects. So it’s push time.

A month to get it all done.  Now that might require some time management.  If I am successful at this goal, I will have marked off a total of  4 projects on my UFO/Bucket List that has 20 projects on it. A fine start.  Lists are awesome. They help me measure my progress and keep me focused and give me a sense of  accomplishment when I get bogged down on a particularly intensive project, like a big applique quilt.

I’m not sure if I mentioned, I passed on signing up for the 2019 Saturday Sampler.  I will miss the monthly meetings and seeing everyone and all the Show and Tell. I have decided that this year I will focus on working on 2 major projects and squeeze in 2 UFO’s if possible.    I am not going to sign up for any BOM’s. I have collected a few these past couple of years and I need to start tackling them or I will be way behind again. I have to say besides Sue Garman I am particularly attracted to Jen Kingwell’s designs. Her BOM’s are the ones I have been collecting and really need to get busy working on them.  They are addicting. The compromise I hit this year is she is the featured artist for Quiltmania Magazines mystery quilt so instead of signing up for the BOM at Homestead Hearth, I subscribed to the magazine to get the pattern. I should have plenty of scraps to make this quilt. My grandmother would be proud of me. Making scrap quilts.  Not something I ever thought I would do. I was into “PRETTY” quilts. But here I am in love with them. Who knew they can be just as fun and challenging as “PRETTY” quilts! My Grandmother, of course.

Heading to Springfield today.  I have some errands to run. I also am hooking up with Vicky, my awesome longarm quilter, to deliver 2 quilt tops.  Then it’s back home to get my chores done so I can spend the rest of the day in my sewing room. Here we go again, Time Management.  If it wasn’t for the nasty chores, wish I could ignore them, I could get more sewing done. But, laundry, clean bathrooms, clean floors when you have a dog who tracks in muddy feet after a day of rain, needs attention.  There it is again, Life outside my sewing room.

Back home and chores done, in the sewing room:   

Get ready sew…. 36 7″ squares to be made into HST

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Big Ooops.  Right side to wrong side.  Dang, had to pull out my BFF, Ms. Ripper.


There they are 36 Squares cut and trimmed into 72 HST now to lay them out with the blocks already completed and sew, sew , sew.


It’s Sunday a.m. and the weather here in Missouri is supposed to be yucky today so hopefully after church, I will be able to get most of this one pieced together.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Katherine 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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