UFO Central

I started working on another UFO last week, in pursuit of my goal to retire 12 UFOs this year. It’s a top I pieced from Denyse Schmidt’s first line of fabrics called Flea Market Fancy for FreeSpirit. It can hardly even be called a quilt design: it’s just squares set with sashes and corner posts. Here is the recipe:

You need big squares cut 9.5″ x 9.5″

You need small squares cut 3.5″ x 3.5″

You need rectangles cut 3.5″ x 9.5″

Join them as shown below.

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I created a “fake” border by making all the perimeter patches dark. I like this effect a lot and will do it again sometime.

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I only auditioned one border fabric, because it was so funky and unpredictable that I just had to use it.  It’s a FreeSpirit from about five years ago, designed for a line by Terrie Hancock Mangat called Fiesta. The print is called Pie Party. Isn’t that fun?

border1 UFO CentralThe people in the border are just wonderful!

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So are the dogs!

I didn’t want to lose the craziness of the scene, so I cut the borders 11″ wide. I like this! Even though I had several yards of the fabric (off a clearance table), I had to piece the top and bottom border strips; I also needed to add corner posts.

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In some ways I think this is hideous. But I also love it because it is so weird. Have you made a hideous/funky quilt? We’d love to see it.

Now to think up some off-the-wall quilting designs and calm down the edges with a simple binding fabric. I’ll keep you posted.

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: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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2 Responses to UFO Central

  1. V says:

    I have my stashbuster on my blog right now. nothing feels better than lightening the load of scraps! Funky fabrics on the border! nice job!

  2. Vivian says:

    My hideous/funky quilt would be the Stashbuster quilt I made as part of Judy Laquidara’s “Stashbuster” challenge.

    This was Judy’s finished design: (http://www.patchworktimes.com/2009/03/04/stash-project-revealed/)

    and this was my result:(http://bronxquilter.blogspot.com/search/label/Stashbuster)

    I definitely took some (ok, a lot!) of design leeway but I look forward to using this one for some much needed quilting practice and it helped open my eyes to using more of my existing stash in projects. For that I think it’s great!

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