Monday, August 24, 2015

Three UFO finishes...

Now that we have signed a lease on this house for another year there's some re-organising to be done.
I am fully committed to bringing visual peace and order into each of the rooms, but at the moment there's so much Elefantz 'work stuff' spilling over into each room that it's hard for me to see my home as a sanctuary, and I am a person who needs a sanctuary.

Over the weekend I began sorting through everything and writing lists - strategic plans really -  to downsize my supplies during the next month. I also decided to complete some long overdue UFOs, a few each week, which will mean one empty box of guilt removed from the sewing room.

Here's what was completed on Friday night and Saturday.

The 'spots and dots' block I pieced inside a churn dash is now a very sweet pillow which will be posted to one of my toddler granddaughters next week. The back was made from vintage Tilda, in an envelope style with no buttons as this little girl is still at the 'chewing' stage, and the raw side edges are hidden safely inside a French seam.







Second finish was the quilt top I made last year which I'd planned to hang on my office door. At last, the bright and tropical genuine 1960's print has come alive with machine quilting and binding. It beautifully brightens my office entrance!






 The third UFO finish over the weekend was using Blossom's "Freebird" block she designed and stitched back in 2010 to make a small table runner.
Blossom stitched this block twice. The first was used in a charity quilt a group of friends and I designed and stitched for the Fresh Hope organisation in 2010. This copy has been safely stored at my place as a gift from Blossom until I could think of how best to display it.

These are the two blocks that Blossom and I made for the "Springtime" quilt...

...and this is the sweet table runner which now frames her precious redwork design. I used some old French General fabric as that's what the donated Springtime quilt was made from.





It's a wonderful feeling to make use of what has already been partially made, and especially when you're delighted with how they finished. 

Maybe you have a box of UFOs that may need airing??
I imagine you'll be re-inspired to finish them if you brew a cuppa and gently pull each one out for a look-see today. You never know...

hugs



25 comments:

Deb R said...

Such great ideas to re use UFOs. Congrats on signing for another year, must be hard to move so often.

Julie Crouch said...

Beautiful work. You are so talented. Love your ideas for your UFO's.

Melody said...

All three finishes are really lovely.

Águeda said...

Mis UFOS no caben en una sola caja. Los voy terminando muy despacio. Espero que me queden tan bonitos como los tuyos. Feliz día. Besos.

Christine M said...

Beautiful finishes, Jenny. I love your cushion. xx

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful Jenny! All three! Blossom will be very happy with her runner!

MissesStitches said...

Nice work on the UFO's, Jenny!

Createology said...

To organize and de-clutter is a great way to have a much calmer sanctuary...so I have read and heard. Some day I may actually follow thru and find out for myself. Until then I am content to stitch new projects and I find lots of calm in doing this. Creative Bliss...

Leeanne said...

beautiful finishes. UFO's......me?? I might have one or two :-)

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh those gorgeous, gorgeous finishes my dear - I especially love Blossom's. I love how our lives seem to run in sync - I've been downsizing, sorting, and writing lists as well. As always, you inspire and delight me!

shez said...

Hi Jenny such lovely finishes,love the blocks that you and Blossom designed,they are so cute.
I have been doing the same in my home too Jenny,it is amazing how much we collect over the years,i love having a clearout it clears your mind as well and you feel a lot more in control. Good luck with your UFO's i have a couple that i must attend to,i hiope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Roberta said...

meravigliosi...rimango sempre incantata guardando i tuoi lavori creativi

KimM said...

Lovely, lovely. Your talents are endless
xxx

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Some gorgeous makes Jenny. I love that feeling when you get several wips finished :-)

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Some gorgeous makes Jenny. I love that feeling when you get several wips finished :-)

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Some gorgeous makes Jenny. I love that feeling when you get several wips finished :-)

Lin said...

Lovely finishes there Jenny and a great feeling to have them done I am sure. I have decided that 2016 will be my year of the UFO with lots of projects to clear away - meanwhile I shall happily create for the next 4 months!! xx

Brenda said...

Great achievement! Each of your projects are beautiful! I think you did a great job with each project and great accomplishment with UFO's. Have a wonderful creative day!

Brenda said...

Great achievement! Each of your projects are beautiful! I think you did a great job with each project and great accomplishment with UFO's. Have a wonderful creative day!

desertskyquilts said...

Sadly, I have none of that type of UFO. I love yours, though, all three of them! Blossom is a good designer, too. ;) What lovely new things adorn your home. Were you in a red mood after you made all those?

Kathy said...

Love the combination of the pillow fabric and the phrase on the embroidery! Too cute!

Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing your three wonderful finishes. I have been focusing on finishing and it is such a great feeling to see the finished project after spending time working on it. You inspire me!

Winifred said...

Jenny I thought I was the only one who started things & didn't get around to finishing them!

They are lovely especially the cushion. It will be well loved & used I'm sure.

I found a few unfinished things last week when my granddaughter wanted to have a "making" day. Pulled out some bit & hope to get some finished, this year not next!

Ondrea said...

Beautiful finishes there and I particularly love that cushion. I have a drawer with things to be finished. I am slowly getting through them. Each time I start something new I work on finishing something as well.

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