Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Box #1

Okay..after I had a meltdown the other day over the lack of empty boxes in my sewing cave, I decided I would start working my way through them. How to decide what to work on, though? While I obviously like all the projects or I wouldn't have started them and/or kitted them up, they apparently didn't hold my attention very long. So, I decided the only fair way was to grab a box..any box..and finish whatever was in it. And I mean FINISH it..to the end..not to a flimsy...quilt it, bind it and be DONE with it. So, I grabbed box #1 (this was kind of fun because I really had NO idea what was in it!!), opened it and found it filled with the shirts I had pulled for the 7 Shirt Quilt. The link for the tutorial is here. Saturday night I got to it and got all the shirts cut up. I got the back all pieced together:
I also have the center of the top and the first border done:
It is supposed to have piano key borders around it next. I really like the way it looks without it, though. It is small...only about 41 x 53 with only the one border on it. It is going to be donated to House of Mercy and since I just donated a small one for a girl, maybe I should leave it like this to donate for a young boy. Or maybe I should stop trying to talk myself out of the other border and just finish it up properly. That is the whole point of this exercise..no shortcuts..no "almost dones"!! Sigh..okay..off to see if I can get the last border together and on and then maybe I can even get it sandwiched tonight. Oh..the thought of getting one done that was just languishing is intoxicating!! Almost as intoxicating as having an empty box when I am done!!!!


  1. Good for you! The top is great and I can't wait to see what is in box #2!

  2. Well isn't this fun - I bet that you will unearth some real treasures! Keep the momentum going - the end is in sight!

    This one is lovely - I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt this boy's quilt.

    You definitely need to reward yourself for each box you empty.

    PS, It looks really good as it is - but as your First Idea is invariably the best, and you'd planned to do the piano keys border, I guess you should get to it!

  3. Very nice quilt top. You go girl, soon you will have all of those boxes empty!!

    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.

  4. this post made me smile, I think a lot of us are struggling on ways to motivate finishes. My thought is to join a UFO challenge or wait for a really good snow in/sew in. lol

  5. Congratulations! I love it.

    I used to think I didn't have UFOs. I didn't realize I had to count all those things I had picked fabric for and hadn't started. Sometimes they never get done because I "need" that fabric more for something else.

    I am going to try going on a "fabric diet" this year. I am doing my BOM at the LQS but otherwise I am going to give it a shot.

    I did ask for some smaller plastic boxes to put projects in. Maybe that will make it easier for me to see them and complete them. LOL