I've been having a wonderful time lately digging into my stash of UFOs (unfinished objects) and working towards completions. Somehow it just seems right to wrap up the year with some finished quilts that otherwise might have hung around unfinished forever. I hope these quilt stories and photos inspire you to finish a project as well!
Before I started to do paper piecing I taught a variety of classes at a quilt shop in Bozeman, Montana call The Patchworks. This is the appliqué class that I taught using Eleanor Burns' book Appliqué in a Day. Awhile back I was re-arranging my fabric closet and came across this quilt. I had all the blocks finished and half of the quilt put together. We moved to Colorado and I had never got around to finishing the quilt. My "quilting" goal in life is to finish an unfinished project after I complete a major project like a book. I finishing putting the quilt together and gave it to my friend Susan Bateman to quilt it. She finished quilting it a few months ago....I just finally got around to putting on the binding. It feels so good to finish a project that I probably started about 22 years ago.
While I was living in Bozeman, I was a member of a quilt guild. Every month one of the members was selected and the other members would make them a block of their choice. When it was my turn I selected the Dresden Plate.
This is another one of the quilts that I came across when re-arranging my fabric closets. I had received the blocks but just never did get them put together in a quilt. Some of the members had signed the blocks. I had such a wonderful time putting the quilt together and remembering the ladies that had taken time to make a block for me. I know that some of the ladies have since passed away. My one regret is that I didn't put this quilt together years ago. How old does a quilt need to be before it is considered an antique?? These blocks could be about 40 years old....dang, I have been quilting a long time.....does that mean I am an antique?