How do you define a UFO?
First, I want to tell you about my new book coming out very, very soon! It's called Stories in Stitches, Quilts from the Cass County Quilt Documentation Project. In 2010, I was part of a documentation project in my home town in Missouri. Our mission was to document all the quilts we could gather that were made before 1960 in Cass County, Missouri. Since then, we have documented about 130 quilts from this area - some dating back to the 1850s.
We compiled the best of the quilts into a book - "best" being either a really nice quilt or a great story that goes along with the quilt. If you like quilt history or just like the inspiration that an old quilt can bring, you'll like this book. I'll keep you posted on when it's available.
So what's this have to do with UFOs? In the book, we made 6 new projects based on the old quilts. Our goal was not to recreated the quilts as is, but rather to update them by using contemporary fabrics and techniques. The block above was supposed to be made into a quilt for the book. But as you can see, it's just a solitary block. Poor, lonely thing! I knew it would be an ambitious project when I started it, but I've never shied away from difficult!
|I bought all the fabric, prepared ALL the applique shapes and was ready to go!|
But in the end, as usually happens in these kinds of situations, I'm very happy with the replacement project. Although it's not an applique masterpiece like I originally wanted, it is a nice, fun quilt. I'll show that to you as soon!
So what is a UFO? Is it a project you'll get back to and finish "someday" (wink, wink) or is it something you'll never finish because of an unforeseen bump in the road? Hard to say some days, but today, it's one that will never get finished.