06 February, 2007

While I Was Looking...

... for fabric to border this top I found a few things in my stash closet!

I felt like the title character in the chidren's book: "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. If you are unfamiliar with the tale it's a delightful story about a simple act that leads from one thing to another, it's a practical lesson on cause and effect. That's the way it was for me yesterday, everything combined to try and get me, and keep me, off track. But, I resisited temptation. I'm posting the results of my dive into the depths of the stash and the resulting UFO discoveries! Ami Simms mentioned S.A.B.L.E.* in her latest newsletter: I have it, and it's a BAD case!*Supplies Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy. In my case it's not just supplies, but too many tops, too!

Pictured above: "It's A String Thing" top w/ double borders, measuring: 67.5" X 81". Nothing purchased, strips and supplies 'at the ready' to construct at least two more this size! Oh, NO!

Found: Valentine's Wallhanging
seven years old, top only
measures 20" X 20"

Found: Mini Calendar Sampler
ten years old, hand embroidered primitive blocks
top only, accompanied by backing (and binding!)
measures: 22.5" X 26"
It is, in actuality, square and true; photo "cropper" needs more experience.
Details: cheater cloth log cabin cornerstones, measuring 1.5". Embroidered blocks measure 3.5"

I know I have some adorable little primitive stoneware-type button embellishments for this cutie. To tell you the truth I am afraid to go looking for them, I might just find more than I bargained for. Some quiltmakers tell the stories of their lives through their quilts, I seem to be telling mine through my UFO's.

Shelina, if the QPA hauls me off today on charges of felonious and flagrant disregard for the UFO Reduction Act could you bake some quilting thread, a needle and a thimble in a cake for me? I doubt they'd allow me to have my machine and I've got a few projects to finish up!

Life is Good!
(and getting busier by the day!)


quiltkeemosabe said...

I still say one should never count their years, pounds or calories, or their unfinished projects. My other motto is that all UFO's will get finished when it is time for them to be finished. And last but not least, there are worse things you could accumulate!!! I refuse to feel guilty!
The string quilt looks great! Keep them coming!

The Calico Cat said...

Funny post & lovely UFO's!

Angie said...

Those are wonderful 'WISPS', girl! Shouldn't take you long to turn those into 'finished'...then go stash-diving again---I bet there are more treasures in there to be found!! LOL

Nancy Near Philadelphia said...

Giggle. Perhaps we'll be cell mates!

Shelina said...

You had me laughing so hard at this post. You have some beautiful quilt tops. I got Ami's newsletter too. I copied her definition of Stash. I think it is quite fitting for our group.
What a great idea. I could open up a business selling special "quilters cakes". At least until I get hauled in myself, that is.

Teodo said...

In my opinion..It's better when you have an idea to turn it immediatly into an UFO. Then you will finish them during the years. ciao, ciao.

His Office, My Studio said...

You are so funny! Maybe we should all go to each others house and take from each others stash and UFOs.

meggie said...

Love this post! also love your string quilt. I must try one of those- goodness knows, I have enough of the makings!
Love to see your work.

bingo~bonnie said...

I just recently attended the play "If you give a mouse a Cookie" with my 2.5 year old. :) and you are right quilters and that mouse sure have a lot in common - one thing leads to another! ;c)

Love your String Thing! I have made 2 string quilts before but never that String X pattern. One day! ~Bonnie

Sue Seibert said...

I love the quilt and the wall hanging, but especially the "primitive" one! I wanna' see it with the buttons!

Unknown said...

thank-you for making me laugh! You made a lovely string quilt as well. Have you found something else yet you didn´t know of anymore?

Beemoosie said...

Oh, that is funny! They are all beauties though! I love your work!