New Orleans House Project

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Call of the UFO

The UFOs stashed away in drawers, bins, baskets and closets have all been clamoring for attention lately.  This is not a bad thing.  Although I'd love to be starting any number of new projects, the UFOs won't leave me alone until at least a few of them are finished - or at least moved to the finished flimsy stage.

I finally finished the second (larger) Feed Sack Bag I had started a couple of years ago.  I made the smaller bag first and wasn't sure I wanted to make the second one, even though I already had all the pieces cut out.  Everything languished for over a year.  Finally, I decided to go ahead and make the second bag, and stash it away as a potential gift.

The pattern is Joanna Figueroa's Feed Sack Bag (go take a look at her pictures - much better than mine!).  It's a fun pattern:  well-written, easy to follow and a nice result.  The largest bag is perfect for jelly roll strips.  My only complaint is the outside pocket is not very useful and there are no inside pockets.  I could probably have added inside pockets, but I just wanted to finish up, not experiment with the pattern!

Another quilt that got some love this week was this ridiculously long-term medallion project.  Back in the early/mid 1990s, I amassed a large collection of cow-themed fabrics to make a quilt for a beloved kindergarten teacher.  Her classroom was decorated with all kinds of cow-themed items, so I thought a cow quilt would be perfect.  Before I could get started, she let me know she really didn't want a cow-themed quilt, so I had to revise my plans!

The center fabric panel was the inspiration for this quilt.  My original plan was to play with creating my own medallion quilt and to try to use as much cow-themed fabric as possible.  I made and discarded multiple borders before finally deciding I had to add some non-cow fabric to make the whole thing work out!

My favorite border is made of Ohio Star blocks with fussy-cut centers.  I think this is where my love of fussy-cutting was inspired!  The black and white fabric was an early text print; the text says "moo".

When I pulled the medallion out earlier this week, I wasn't sure if it needed more pieced borders or if it was essentially finished.  I looked at a lot of medallion quilts online and in quilt books and decided I really did not want to add more blocks.  I happened to have a chunk of very pale yellow fabric that would make a nice light-colored border and another chunk of scenic cow fabric that would make a good outer border.  Boom!  Finished top!

BTW, the fabric for the outer cow border has been hanging around for a long time, too!

Last week, I mentioned I wanted to work on finishing my Grandmother's Choice BOW quilt.  I haven't forgotten - just need to make a trip to the LQS before I can begin.  I looked through all the appropriate fabrics in my stash and didn't have any pieces big enough to make all the sashing needed for the quilt.  I hate when shopping in the stash doesn't work!  This was block 47 of the BOW - Heroine's Crown.


  1. Your feedsack bags look pretty and functional. Good to hear the instructions are well written. I have trouble following written instructions.
    I love cows! Congrats on a finished quilt top! Seems like a lot of us are working on well cured projects.
    Your applique is beautiful. Happy stitching!

  2. You and I have been on the same page lately - applique to finishing up UFO’s, specifically Farm-themed quilts. It cracks me up how both of us have UFOs calling/nagging us. One of those prints (the white background cooking-themed words) in your lovely bags looks very similar to one I’m using in an apron for myself that I’ll make as a 3rd quarter project. No surprise there, either,

  3. Your cow quilt is really lovely...I have that fabric somewhere in the depths of my stash, too...hugs, Julierose

  4. The bags are both beautiful ! Congratulations Angie ! I have a friend who loves doing bags but me, I don't know how to make them ...
    Love a lot the fabric with cows ! So fun !!
    Congrats again for your appliqué block ! Great work !

  5. I love those feedsack bags and the cow quilt is amazing. You did a lovely job on the fussy cut border...a real WOW!

  6. Congratulations on your UFO work. Love the bags and the Cow Medallion. Keep going, it's great to conquer some old projects that have been hidden away.

  7. I really like your blog. I don't know how you get so much done.

  8. Nice job knocking out a UFO. Those bags look great! Thanks for the pattern link. Congrats! on finishing up the cow quilt top, too.