I am so happy that this project has moved from the UFO list to the Finished list! More than five years ago, fellow guild member Sharon organized a 3″ “Nine Patch” block exchange. As I recall, each month we made and swapped about 30 blocks. At the end of a year, we had hundreds of “Nine Patches.” I used some in the border of my “Crabapples” quilt and some in a table runner. The remainder I sewed together as the centers of 12″ “Sawtooth Stars.”
I used various gold prints from stash for star points and purchased the navy print from JoAnn’s. About a year ago, I assembled the interior of the quilt . . . and there it sat . . . in its tidy project box. It needed a gold border and a wide outer border of the same navy print. Why did I procrastinate?
The impetus for my finish is Bonnie Hunter’s upcoming annual mystery quilt. For the last few years, I have been too busy between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to participate in the mystery quilt along. Since her mystery quilt designs are stunning, I really want to participate this year. However, I feel guilty about starting a new project when I have so many unfinished quilts. So I made a deal with myself. If I can finish four of my UFOs prior to Thanksgiving, I will join the mystery quilt along.
Would you like to participate in Bonnie’s mystery? You can find the details and fabric description on her blog, quiltville.blogspot.com. Here is the link to the October 31, 2019 post in which she introduces the “Frolic” mystery.
More info on the “Nine Patch Sawtooth Star” quilt pictured above: The quilt measures 65″ x 85,” a nice size for a tall grandson. I used an old gold polyester thread which glimmers nicely in the navy areas and blends well in the patchwork sections of the quilt. The pantograph is “Happy Times” designed by Hermione Agee and distributed by Urban Elementz.
I am pretty confident I will make my goal of finishing the UFOs on my short list by Thanksgiving. So confident, in fact, that I already pulled fabric from stash to make the mystery quilt.
The drawing for the Dec/Jan issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is tomorrow. At last count, only 16 people have commented. Wouldn’t you also like to be in the running? Link to this post and leave a comment!