I made some big changes in my life last year, so when 2009 rolled around, I set some major goals for myself. One of them is to complete at least 12 UFOs (that’s quilter lingo for UnFinished Objects). It will barely make a dent, but it will be a start. You have to eat the elephant one bite at a time. 

I finished a little 12″ x 15″ wall quilt this week. It will be gifted to my cousin’s daughter in Nebraska for graduation. It’s called “Happy.”happy1 Progress!

“Happy” is 12″ x 15″


I painted the fabric with Jacquard paints, then stamped over the paint, did some simple thread painting and beaded a bit. I referred back to Quiltmaker’s May/June ’08 issue for simple beading instructions. I also love C&T’s All-in-One Beading Buddy, which by the way is greatly on sale.

It feels great to move some projects into the finished pile. I am loving it!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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2 Responses to Progress!

  1. Peg Spradlin says:

    One of these days I’m going to just let go, abandon the traditional quilt style for once and try something artsy (which is what I consider fabric painting). I have a lot to live up to, with my sister being Trese Eisinger.

  2. What a great goal. 12 quilts moved from the UFO pile to finished pile. There is no way I could match that, so I’m going to start with one little elephant and attempt to get one project done this summer.

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