Monday, February 15, 2016

DWM: A UFO with a New Purpose

First, I'd like to thank everyone who left comments with condolences, thoughts, and prayers. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are much appreciated. The trip to Arizona and the memorial service all went very well.

Now I'm looking forward to getting back into the sewing room. Before I left, I chose a particular UFO to work on for February. Here are the parent blocks on the wall. They don't look like much, but a little slicing and dicing will fix that. I have enough of the paisley for the backing, and the stripe for binding.
Parent Blocks for Baby Quilt

The colors are mostly soft pastels, but they look extra faded and washed out in the photo above; here's a close up that shows the colors better.
Close-up Showing Fabrics

2016 is my year for tackling UFOs. These parent blocks were started at the very first STLMQG sew-in several years ago. I chose this project for my next UFO to finish with a purpose in mind. My hairstylist is expecting a baby girl in May, and she's decorating the nursery in coral. She showed me a swatch of fabric someone is using to make curtains for her, and it's labeled Kona Salmon. So I pulled out my Kona color card and remembered this UFO - perfect match!!!

The blocks above will get sliced, diced, mixed and mingled, and sewn back together so that the frames still surround each of the nine blocks. It's a pattern I came up with back in about 2003-04 and I called it the Framed Nine Patch. Here's an earlier Framed Nine Patch so you can see how the parts are reconfigured. This one was a baby gift for a coworker in 2005. (sorry for the lousy photo - it's a scan of a print)
Framed Nine Patch from 2005

So this month and next I'll get this UFO finished and it will make a sweet baby quilt for a little girl whose mom likes coral.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times


  1. How wonderful you can use a UFO to finish and gift! It will be cute when it's done.

  2. It's so nice that the colors match your friends nursery perfectly. Great pattern, too!

  3. Making a sweet baby quilt sounds like a great way to get back into some sewing. I hope it is relaxing and fun to put together this month.

  4. Having a purpose really helps with UFOs. This will be darling.

  5. Love the soft colors in your UFO. Good luck moving it along.