A UFO is callin’ my name

I’ve been working on multiple quilts, trying to get ready for my busy teaching schedule coming up. Back in December, I talked about working on quilts that have been on the back-burner for a while.

Since January 1st, I’ve started and/or completed 9 quilts. (Photos in next blog post)

I had  just finished a baby quilt top for you-know-who and ran downstairs to my studio to get the backing fabric. It’s in there somewhere, I just couldn’t find it… I ended up standing face to face with my stack of UFO boxes.

I decided several years ago to keep the UFO’s in their own box with all of the fabric, the book or pattern, threads, anything related to the project — so when the time came to work on it, I had everything bundled together. It’s a good plan, as it turns out. This one box, this one Log Cabin quilt that I began before I started the Quilting Stash podcast (in 2005), jumped off the shelf and into my arms. Why — I have no idea, and I couldn’t even remember how far along it had gotten before I stored it away.

Here’s a closeup of the block.The fabrics will look familiar to you — I think they’re pretty much all Modas. Three Sisters collection, I think.

 I have to say, I love this quilt. I can’t wait to finish it!

I’m in the process of creating a new sewing room in the house, since all the kiddoes and Piper, the Wonder Dog are gone. I have this glorious little room, that was the Boy Wonder’s room, that has the best sunshine of any room in the house. I’ve picked out paint, installed shelving in the closet and am in the process of re-doing the room. I’ve set up a temporary “camp” in the living room and hung a Clover Design Sheet on the quilt that hangs on the wall there to use as my design wall while I work like crazy.

If you’re not using a design wall when you make a quilt, you are doing a disservice to yourself. You won’t be able to get the whole picture of the quilt you’re working on. To illustrate that, here is a picture of the quilt before the final section was pinned together for sewing.

Can you see the little white line, which is the space between the sections? When I stood back to look at the quilt, I got an idea. What if I made that wider and added sashing? (which I would repeat for the section on the right side).

It’s an interesting idea, but the fabric is too light, and it would mis-align the log cabin blocks by one strip. Better planning at the beginning would need to happen — hmmm, an idea for the future – but not this quilt.

So, here it is — as far as I had blocks constructed:

This is as far as I can go, but I have lots left:

…enough to probably make another quilt, the same size or larger.

I need to make this quilt fit the top of a King size bed, so I will add another 2-block section on the right — making the log cabin design symmetrical. While I was standing back, viewing it on the design wall again, the idea came to me —

rather than add two more rows of blocks to make the quilt longer, I will add an applique border to the top of the quilt! I thought about adding one of the applique borders from my book;

hmmm, maybe it’s time for a new border for this quilt… yes, it is.

…As soon as I finish this applique project — one of these:

This is my original border for a memory quilt for my Gran. I’m making the sample out of Kona Solids on a black background. You know what black backgrounds do to the colors on top, right? ; )

I’ll actually be teaching this in April at the BERNINA Creative Center in Aurora, IL on April 16-17th. This is the first time I have ever offered this design as a class at any location.

If you’re interested, you can find more information here about the class at BERNINA.

After the class, I will go to the quilt show in Paducah — the quilting capitol of the Universe — for the very first time! If you’d like to meet-up let me know. I’d love to meet you.

From Paducah, I’m going to Louisiana to help my #1 Daughter with her first baby, a little boy. It means that I’ll now be teaching in Louisiana like I do when I go to North Carolina — where, I’ll be teaching again this Summer.

I’ll update my teaching schedule so you can know where to find me. Here’s the short list:


Orange Grove Quilter’s Guild, Westminster, CA

BERNINA Creative Center, Aurora, IL


Celebrate Quilts! Quilt Camp, Flagstaff, AZ (4 days)


Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill, NC — The Quilter’s Palette quilt for 6 weeks and a Machine Doodling class

Aardvark & C. Quilt Shop, Morris Plains, NJ — Machine Applique and Color and Fabric Theory

Other locations and classes TBA soon in North Carolina and South Carolina for July and August

Hope to see you soon!!

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3 thoughts on “A UFO is callin’ my name”

  1. Hi Annie, I noticed you are going to be at Aardvark & C. Quilt Shop, which is only 1 hour away from me here in NY. I sent them an email and they responded that they have added me to the list and will notify me when they have arranged pricing. I look forward to meeting you. I remember contacting them once before, I think it was last year you were suppose to teach there. I’m not sure if the workshop was cancelled or maybe the dates did not work for me. Anyway…….I do hope to meet you this time:)


  2. Debby — It will be so great to finally meet you!!

    I love teaching at Aardvark & C. and was disappointed that the last trip didn’t work out. thanks for reminding me that I need to get that information to Sally ; )

  3. I had not heard about Piper the wonder dog. Did something happen or did he go to live with one of the kids? Hope your doing well, sounds like your busy. I’m about to become an empty nester in the fall. I anticipate big sewing!!!

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