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Another UFO down

checkmarkone more UFO done. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Lists work! ¬†If it’s on the list, it gets done. ¬†I know I’m a geek but it works for me.

This was a BOM that I purchased around 2001/2002. ¬†It’s a Marti Mitchell design. ¬†This photo is terrible. ¬†It is mostly yellow and green with a little blue and dark magenta thrown in for balance. ¬†The kit did not include the binding. ¬† ¬†I will be taking a swatch of the outside border with me to the quilt shop to see if I can find something to match it and look for considerations for backings. ¬† There was no room for error in this BOM. ¬† You got exactly the amount of fabric that you needed, no more, no less. ¬† Personally, I need that fudge factor. ¬†I am an early morning sewing room person and sometimes my coffee has not finished filling my veins with go juice when (silly me) attempts cutting. ¬† So, I admit, I do from time to time make colossal cutting mistakes. ¬† After I had completed the first month I noticed right away there was NO extra fabric. ¬†Sometimes that jinxes me. ¬†But I made it through this one only by being very careful with my cutting. ¬† Now the search is on for backing fabric and binding fabric. ¬†Then off to Vicky ¬†it goes for quilting. ¬† Can’t decide who is going to be getting this one. ¬†005

I have now chosen the next UFO to tackle. ¬† It is called Cat Nap and it is a pattern that was published in Quiltmaker Magazine May/June ’02 issue. ¬†It’s a baby quilt and hopefully won’t take too long to finish. ¬†This one I will quilt myself.


Now that my September list is all caught up I am ready to start on one of the borders for my A Boy and A Girl Quilt.  I think I will work on the right hand side. I have given myself 2 weeks to get it prepped.  Woohooo.  No pressure.

I have been staying on top of Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone and have completed all 7 months of that BOM. ¬†Anxiously awaiting # 8.

I have prepped months 1 & 2 of Sue Garman’s Bed of Roses. ¬†I work on the hand applique on my lunch time so maybe this one will be completed in a year. ¬† It is nicely portable. ¬†Just one block already prepped and matching thread doesn’t take up much room in the tote.

I have discovered 60 weight cotton embroidery thread. ¬†It is as nice as silk thread to work with and slides through the fabric like butter. ¬†And to top it off it blends in beautifully and becomes invisible. ¬†Now it doesn’t get any better than that.

I have just received Month 3 but it is not on the calendar to prep until October. ¬† Besides, I am still doing the handwork on Month 1. ¬†Wouldn’t dream of getting ahead of myself.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy Malone




UFO Journey includes Making New Friends…

I have been diligently working on my Lists. ¬†UFO being one and just my Monthly “To Do” list. ¬†It’s April and I just finished January’s To Do List. ¬†It’s progress. ¬†I had quite a bit on January’s list, in my defense. ¬†But it is now check marked and I have moved on to February. ¬†To my surprise I have already completed a couple a things on that list and it’s not as lengthy as January’s. ¬†I might just get caught up. ¬†Wait, no I won’t. ¬†I have started several new BOM’s to add to my Monthly To Do Lists. ¬†But you know it’s okay. ¬†I’m having the time of my life. ¬†I am learning new techniques and making new friends. ¬†We can all welcome new friends. ¬†Each new person in my life just adds more perspective to me. ¬†Enjoying my life!

Here is what is currently under my needle.

Block # 7 of A Boy and A Girl – prepped and ready to hand applique.


Working on prepping Block # 8 of a Boy & a Girl –


I did get 5 circles completed this a.m. before heading to work. I have about 12 more to make.


Now my new BOM’s. ¬†I signed up for Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. ¬†She is an awesome designer from Australia. ¬†Check her out. ¬†i have completed Month 1 and have just received Month 2. ¬†I haven’t started it yet. ¬†Month one is half square triangles and 60 degree angle blocks. ¬†Here are my blocks


My half square blocks are consistently square. ¬†I am very impressed. ¬†I tried this new Block Loc ¬†ruler for my half square blocks. ¬†I’m sold on the technique. ¬†If you have not tried it watch a you tube video on it or have you local quilt shop demonstrate it. ¬† ¬†My grid above is 7 x5 – ¬†2.5 ” squares. ¬†Notice that it is actually a rectangle. Usually mine are wavy. Yes, I will be using this ruler again. ¬†They also have a flying geese one and are developing a pineapple block ruler. ¬†Now, that I want to see. ¬†I can only paper piece pineapple blocks. ¬†Learning new tricks.


My Kaffe Fassett scraps.  Having FUN!

Happy Stitches

Sissy Malone



2017 Fresh Beginnings A New Year A New List of UFO’s

Fresh Beginnings doesn’t that sound inspiring.

January 1st, 2017 – 365 days of planning, sewing & finishing those pesky UFO’s. ¬†I have a sewing room full of tubs of projects I thought at one time I had to make. ¬†Many have fabrics, patterns included. ¬†Some are just the idea of the quilt, like a photograph or page torn out of a magazine. ¬†From time to time they tug at me to open them up and consider working on them. ¬†I am feeling that tug today. ¬†Yet, I have my current project on my sewing table to be finished.

Kudos to me. ¬†I cleaned my sewing room! ¬†I believe having brushed against those UFO tubs has given me the curiosity to peek into them and say, “hello, I haven’t forgtotten you”.¬† I am truly trying to stay focused on the list I would like to accomplish this year. ¬†But sometimes it’s a challenge.

Yesterday, I had planned on cutting and sewing together 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt.  Surprise, surprise,  I had not completed block # 12.  Seven Sisters, a block of English Paper Piecing.  Slap to the forehead.  I had put off making this block while I worked on A Boy and A Girl blocks.  Not to get discouraged, I dug right in and started making the block.  I am hoping to finish the block today.

Maybe today I can actually start sewing the quilt top together. ¬†It is a half log cabin setting. ¬†I have made a quilt like this before. ¬†The instructions for this one are a bit different than the technique I had used before. ¬†I toyed with the idea of drafting my own pattern, but have decided I will be adventurous and follow this designers instructions. ¬†Then I will have something to compare and know going forward which technique I prefer. ¬†You never know if you will like something or not until you try it. ¬†At least that’s what I’ve always been told.


Just 3 more sisters to go and I can finish this block.

I have a birthday coming up and I am trying to decide what to give myself as a present. ¬†I need a new mat for my sewing table. ¬†The one in the photo above is 36 years old and is starting to show it’s wear and tear. ¬† But then I just saw this quilt book by Jen Kingwell, Long Time Gone, and all I could think of is what a wonderful way to use up my scraps. ¬†I think the mat may wait a bit longer.

Happy Stitches and Happy New Year Everyone



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