Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wonky Webs (Almost a Forever UFO)

This is a story about a UFO that almost remained a UFO forever...

Last week I decided I would follow along with Free Motion Quilting's UFO Sunday and try to finish up a spider web quilt (I call it cobweb quilt since the fabric that forms the star is called COBWEB. Well, in my post last week I said I had 48 triangles for the remaining 12 blocks I needed  finished and ready to trim. Well, I trimmed them up yesterday but I only had 44 triangles to make 11 blocks. This morning instead of remembering I only needed 4 triangles to make another block in the back of my head I remembered I needed 4 blocks and so, after digging back out my bright novelty scraps,  made 16 more triangles (4 more blocks).  I sewed the 15 blocks all together and then into rows of 5 thinking I had 5 blocks across and not 4. When I went to add to the 3 rows  of 4 across already completed long ago (the UFO part) I was ready to scream. The UFO was about ready to stay unfinished forever.

This started out as a way to use up small bright scraps but it's been an awful lot of work -marking, ironing, trimming, trimming some more.  I don't like the method I used and maybe some day will try a different one. (I have another spider web UFO using a different method in a bin somewhere around here that needs major seam ripping. I hated that method of spider webbing even more.)

So, anyway, I felt committed to keep on with it since I did commit to try to finish up some UFOs on Sundays and so made it as far as the completed top and kind of like it now. It has a lot of yellow in it and red so I will probably use the Spiderman fabric I bought at 50% off plus 15% off with an old fogie discount for the backing. I think I have two pieces of batting I can zigzag together so I don't have to buy any. So, next week you might see it ready for quilting after I decide how to quilt it. 

My scrap bins don't seem any emptier. Next time the short strings will go into a wonky log cabin. 




12 comments:

Louisa Jones said...

It's getting there. Don't give up on it!! I did a similar thing with my treasure box quilt, although I only made 2 extra blocks and managed not to sew them onto the rest in time to realise. It's very annoying, I know. Good idea to use bits of batting if it's not the most favourite quilt you've ever done!

Aubrie S said...

My goodness, some UFOs really seem to fight to be UFOs! I think you have the right idea using sale fabric and leftover batting to finish it up. Keep up the good work!

B said...

I agree don't let it fight you into submission. For quilting I suggest stippling in the grey - something easy and quick so you don't have the same battle as the piecing.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Hopefully once it is done you will enjoy it and forget all the things that went wrong!

Danielle Hudson said...

Sorry for your frustration! Hang in there! It sounds like you are so close.

Amy said...

I love it! Your so close to finishing it and what a great finish it will be!

Kate said...

Love all the brights with that gray. It's going to be gorgeous when it's all done.

Kim said...

Perseverance pays off! this is a great looking top.....can't wait to see what you do with it :0)

Happy sewing

Cathy Tomm said...

It is great looking. Keep going. I have one that a finished the top to last month but have not started the quilting. Maybe quilt in the new year for me. I love the bright scrappy look.

Beth Probasco said...

Love, Love your "cobweb" quilt. What a fun quilt.

Wonky Girl said...

I linked over to see your top cuz it was the most eye-catching to me. I love web quilts and yours is just so wonderful. Do finish it please ;-)

Karen at Fireball said...

This is very beautiful. Sometimes these pieces that give us the most trouble are the ones that are most satisfying when they're done. So that's something to look forward to--a celebratory cup of tea (or anything stronger!) as you enjoy your victory of the finished quilt.