January’s UFO complete and February is out of the closet

I have January’s UFO complete and February is out of the closet!  I love checking things off of my list, especially when it results in a finished quilt top.  This year I decided to tackle my growing UFO pile and so I’m participating in the 2015 UFO Challenge at All People Quilt.

My challenge for January was to finish last year’s Classic Meets Modern BOM at Sew At Home Mummy.  I made each block in a different color resulting in a rainbow of quilt blocks!

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Each block had a classic design origin and was tweaked a bit to give it a modern twist.  Let me show you a few of my favorites.  This red block was named the Christmas Star block.  I love the fussy cut bicycle in the center.

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


These flying geese have a zippy setting.  I didn’t like the color of one of mine, so I just replaced it with a plain background rectangle.  That’s a totally brave thing for me to do!

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


And then my very favorite, the drunkard’s path block.  This type of curved piecing was a first for me.  I love the setting and the colors.  It looks like Sunshine meets King Crab!

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I chose to put sashing around each block and I sewed them together with a straight setting.  And then I decided to jazz it up just a little in the borders.  I came up with this pieced border which extends the colors outward and has a nice contrast with the grays I used.

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I had my daughter hold it up for me in front of the window so I could get a picture.  I ended up with a silhouette of Nicole and a stained glass quilt!

Classic Meets Modern Quilt Sampler by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Today I’m handing it over to my trusty longarm quilter, Jody, to quilt it for me.  Then it will be back in my court to add the final binding.

The magic number for February is 7.  That means that the seventh UFO on my list is the one I’ll be working on this month.  APQ Challenge Feb copy


That is my Snowflower Quilt which I bought as a kit many years ago.  I began piecing it about 6 years ago and then it sat for a few years.  Then I finished the top and it sat again for a year or two.  It’s been basted and partially quilted for over a year now.  I think it’s percolated long enough!

Snowflower Quilt UFO

This quilt is made with Christmas fabrics.  I’ve used wood batting and I’ve stitched in the ditch.  My daughter’s cat thinks it’s just fine the way it is.

Snowflower Quilt UFO

I used a blue water soluble pen to draw a poinsettia in each snowball block.  This was also done a few years ago and some of the block’s markings have faded.  Now I know that the blue pen marks don’t last forever (which is a good thing usually).  Hopefully they will still disappear when I get them wet.

Snowflower Quilt UFO

I’m off to a good start with the UFO busting.  I might keep this up for a few more months before I fall off the wagon.  That’s usually what happens.  It’s like dieting and exercising.  I’m good for a while and then I get lazy.  Cookies start to bake themselves in the oven, and too many other projects start calling my name!

I’ll be back later this week to talk about quilt magazines with you.  I’ll tell you my favorites if you tell me yours!


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  1. OK, OK, My January UFO went off to Jodie for quilting today. Only a couple of days off target. But probably the only UFO that will get that far this year.
    On to February – a long ago Happy Hour quilt kit.

  2. I love the rainbow colors you chose. What a great idea! My UFOs aren’t all quilts, but all have to do with my sewing space. I did make good progress in January, and am glad for the reminder to continue in February!

  3. I love your “stained glass” quilt and your snowflake UFO. What size is the snowflake quilt and what size are the blocks. Love it!

  4. I just love your first quilt finish- the Classic Meets Modern quilt! And love your borders!! This is going to be a stunner!! I think every thing you chose makes it so sharp!!

  5. I have to tell you how much I needed this UFO busting! Since reading your first post, I’ve finished the top of quilt, pieced a wallhanging and am now moving along to the next project! Thank you so much for your encouragement. Diane W.

  6. Love, love, love this. I love the quilt. Looks like some really fun blocks and you picked great colors. I also love that you’re getting some unfinished projects done. I am working on my list as well. It feels great getting some older projects done. Keep it going Julie. You can do this… :-))

  7. Congratulations on a UFO marked off the list! What a great feeling. You have inspired me. I am printing the list and am going to start …. Then I realized I had pulled out blocks, scraps, and fabric from a project that were leftovers from 19 years ago. I made a baby quilt with them in Jan. and am now quilting it! What an encouragement. ! I started this and didn’t even realize it. On to Feburary!
    Thanks Julie! I love your blog

  8. The plain block in the flying geese block gives it a bit more random feel. I like it. The drunkards path is beautiful. You did a lovely job on your curves. I’ve never done them…..
    Quiltmania is a favourite magazine : )

  9. You’re on a roll Julie! Love your modern touch on this quilt. I hate to say how many UFO I have, but I keep adding to the pile. Is that normal for quilters LOL! I need to stop taking on these challenges! Have a good one!

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