Well I guess I’ve been on a mission to finish off my UFOs. When I started working on them I didn’t think that I was going to focus on them so much…I just wanted to motivate myself to get a couple off of my plate. But now that I’ve started, I can’t stop!
I keep procrastinating on making my last swoon block (I did actually make a ton of progress on it the other day but it got put on the back burner again) and so I pulled out a totally random UFO from 2.5 years ago I think! In fact when I posted pictures, one of my friends laughed and said she thought I had finished it over a year ago. Nope. It’s been nearly done since then…but not.
What project you ask? Why, my paintbox quilt. Talk about a blast from the past. A couple of years ago when Quilt alongs were few and far between, Elizabeth Hartman was the driving force behind most of them and this was one of hers. But I of course being me couldn’t do things the way everyone else was doing it. What’s the fun in that? 😉
So I made these blocks eventually and settled on a sashing (yellow grunge!) and sewed my blocks into rows to prevent more of THIS happening. This was the cat, not the baby. lol
And labeled and partially constructed, this quilt top sat, whispering at me from the bottom of the box it was in. I successfully ignored the quilt for another year or so… but then this past week I pulled it out and decided that it must be finished!
You might have to look a little more closely to see my rainbow, but it is there running diagonally across the quilt. One jelly roll and some yardage of the print I used created a heck of a lot of piecing!
It was a picture like this that Elizabeth posted originally of her top that inspired me to start this quilt along to begin with. So I was determined to get this shot. You can see the insane amount of small squares and strips there are. I don’t quite remember but I know that a lot of those were about an 1 1/2″ wide.
I never get tired of the stain glass look of a quilt top against the light. So pretty.
So I’m officially finished with this project as far as I’m concerned. I told my friend Kelly that I was channeling her and trying to just finish it. You see she has amazing powers of speedy quilting and would have finished this years ago! Plus it’s a rainbow and squares…all things that make me think of her. Long story short, I’m giving the top to Kelly and letting her complete and keep it. I told her if I had to quilt it then I would keep it…but she was welcome to the top. And she wanted it! So I’m thrilled to send it off to her and can’t wait to see her finish it in a day or so. 😉 It will soon be basking in sun with her in Florida!
I’m proud of myself for finishing it. Honestly I wasn’t sure I would. But my motivation held through and I have one more long term outstanding project finished.
And after all that work to get the window shot, it turns out that this is really my favorite picture of the quilt top.
Anyone else have an unfinished paintbox quilt and can feel my pain? lol This was a more involved project than I anticipated when I started. Again, Project UFO has been great and supportive and I can’t wait to share some of their finishes with you all. Everyone seems a little embarrassed by the number of UFOs that they have. But all I can say is that you are in good company…I have MANY more to go…and they just get bigger and more unfinished. lol