For a few years I have been teaching a “class” on UFOs (that’s quiltspeak for UnFinished Objects). The idea originated with the organizers of QuiltNebraska here in my home state.
To my surprise, the class has been a hit. My students love getting a jump-start on a project that had fallen by the wayside. They learn a lot in the process of reviving their project and solving its problems. They are thrilled not to be taking home another UFO.
I’m excited to be teaching the UFO class at QM’s Block Party in Williamsburg August 2–4. If you’d like to come, this is a personal invitation to join me in the UFO workshop. You’ll have a great time.
Here’s a UFO I pulled out recently. In the late ’80s, I won some exchange blocks at a guild meeting in Fremont, Nebraska. There were eight blocks and they contained typical fabrics for that period: calicoes, small-scale tone-on-tones and muslin.
Did you know they make throat plates with smaller holes for occasions such as this? They’re the best. If you don’t have one, it’s a great investment. Below is the throat plate that solved my problem. The needle goes down into the small hole nearest the small rectangle.
This is the kind of thing I’m talking about in the UFO classes. You get to think, try it, ponder, audition, eliminate, ask what if?, try something different…until you start to get it right. It’s not magical or easy or instant but it will come. You can start with something pretty bland:
Even if you can’t join me in Williamsburg next August, I hope you’ll take this as inspiration to dig out a UFO and have some fun with it. I’d love to see your process photos: email@example.com.
And if you can meet me in Williamsburg at the Block Party, even better!!!