UFO Update

So it’s been almost a full year since I took a class from Jean Wells and learned to “Get Out of the Box.” You can read about the class in my blog post here. I really enjoyed the free-form piecing technique of this project. I recently spent a Saturday morning finishing the top. Here’s where I left off last April:

myproject UFO Update

My work in progress on the design wall

I decided to finish this quilt using neutrals to allow the colors to pop from the background. I found some lovely assorted solid gray fabrics from Marmalade Fabrics. My fabrics were very similar to this bundle currently offered at Marmalade Fabrics:

TyGrayBatch med UFO Update

Impressions Gray 1/2 Yard Batch


Piecing the assorted parts together took some planning ahead. I knew I wanted an irregular shape against the gray background, but since I wasn’t piecing it together in traditional rows, I had to plan ahead a little to know what to piece first. I did end up unsewing a few seams here and there to accommodate having to add in pieces, but overall it went together fairly easily. I started at the top and worked my way down.

inprogress2 UFO Update

Adding random chunks of gray background to the colored shapes.

inprogress3 UFO Update

And adding some more background of various values…

inprogress4 UFO Update


Here it is all pieced and I’m trying to decide how to trim it. I’ve folded under the edges to get a sense of the finished appearance. Except, what I thought was going to be the top I don’t like anymore. The upper left corner looks too squared off.

inprogress5a UFO Update

Hmm, let’s turn it – maybe it needs to be horizontal. No, I don’t like how it looks like something is slicing right through the center.

inprogress5b UFO Update

One more turn. That’s a little better, but it’s still the same issue, just now in the lower right corner. And it just seems like a big stripe of gray across the bottom. Time to unsew!

inprogress5 UFO Update

I decided it needed something else at the bottom to visually break up the space. I free-form pieced another colored section and added it along the bottom. I’m much happier with the final result.

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Trying not to overthink and overplan things was a bit of a stretch for me, but I tried hard to “go with the flow” as much as I could. It was exciting to see this quilt develop, not knowing quite what to expect was part of the fun!

Next up quilting. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me another year to get to that!

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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3 Responses to UFO Update

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  2. Claudia says:

    I think you were brave. Sometimes, it is hard to get out of the box, and away from your comfort zone. Makes me think of “Puck’s Peak” on Pogo. Stack those objects anyway you want as long as they balance. Kudos.

  3. Susan P says:

    I love it!! kind of looks like an artist painted a picture! Great fun!

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