Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Christmas Lap Quilt…..only 15+ years in the making!!!!

Yesterday, I had an entire day in my studio and my goal was to finish a UFO that I started about 15 or so years ago.  I posted about this on 12/29 of LAST year, and here is a recap from that post…..

It started out as a full size Christmas quilt for my bed.  It was in the days where I hadn’t done a lot of machine quilting and had never tried quilting anything as large as this one, so I decided to hand quilt it…..GULP!!   I used a “quilt-as-you-go”  technique where you put sets of blocks together, baste and quilt them and then put all of the sets together to form the final quilt.

I had made the first two strips, each consisting of three blocks.  Life then got in the way,  and I lost interest in the project.  It was relegated to the top shelf of my bedroom closet….in my mind, it didn’t even qualify for placement in my studio.  I had even thought several times about throwing it away.

In 2009, I made a list of my UFO’s and suddenly remembered this one so I added it to the list.  This was how it looked at that time……


As I looked at it, I decided to turn it into a lap quilt of three rows of 2 blocks each.   I have thought about this project over the last few days and kept trying to come up with a grand plan for doing this, but finally decided to just START the project and let it take me where it would. 

It has taken several “finagles” to make the design work, but I am pleased with the overall results.  There is still some quilting to be done on it (by machine) and a bit of hand quilting to be taken out, but that can happen later when I am looking for a quick project to fill a few hours.

OK…fast forward for almost a year and you will see that my “few hours” never materialized.  I REALLY wanted to get some use out of it in the few days before Christmas, so I pulled it out and finished the quilting.    I even put the binding on by machine….that is how badly I wanted to get it finished today!!!!


As I said in the previous post, technically it is not a great quilt, but I LOVED being able to snuggle under while watching “Muppet Christmas Carol”.

AND….I can mark it off that I completed ONE ufo in 2010!!!!

3 thoughts on “Christmas Lap Quilt…..only 15+ years in the making!!!!

  1. Here it is, a decade later, and I’m just congratulating you now! (In 2010 I wasn’t even into blogs.) But I have to say, it turned out nicely. Good girl for finishing it.
    I still haven’t finished my very first quilt, which was a baby quilt I started for my son Matt just after he was born. He recently celebrated his 39th birthday. (I did eventually make him a broken dishes quilt, which he wore out many years ago; and I’ve started a log cabin for him, which might be done by Christmas. . . )

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