Friday FOllieS-UFO January Challenge

I tried to get Freyja to a flimsy state, but failed, even though I was doing only 1/3rd of the blocks. Here is where I am at currently:

  • 8 blocks
  • Sashing
  • Side triangle block pieces
  • Corner blocks


I could have brought it south, but I had 1 day of travel followed by dog sitting, then yesterday I was at the hospital, today at MIL’s house, and in between I’ve been quilting toppers, tomorrow I have a morning hair cut and, later, a birthday event to go to, then I leave for Florida on Sunday, and fly home on Tuesday. Whew! 2600 miles in 12 days, trip to Ohio last weekend included. I did the same # of miles in Oct-Nov over 1 week! So, I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of time for Freyja.

Here’s the scene as I have been piecing:

Having everything laid out helped keep my sanity!! And I could figure out what I still needed. I was short 2 HSTs and 2 four-patch pieces. When she gave totals I divided the number by 3 and rounded to an even #. The only thing that came out over was the light blue and raspberry HSTs, and light blue was the color I ran out of! It would have saved me stress by not making so many. I’m not sure why the math didn’t work, but her instructions for that clue were more confusing than they needed to be. The wedding table topper light blue saved me, almost a perfect match!

Isn’t it fun when your stiletto matches your blocks?!!
The leftovers may yield some borders, may not.

Here’s the possible layouts I can do

About 40″x60″ w/o borders
About 40″x40″ w/o borders

I plan to look for a border print to play up the colors and forego her HST borders. I want stable borders! I plan to add enough borders to get to about 50″x70″ size. Good enough for a throw. Fingers crossed I can find what I want. And then once I get home Tuesday I can get the rest of it together before January’s end.

MIL Update: She went home last night and Hubster stayed with her. I have the con today and then Hubster is back tonight. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers!

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Finished or Not
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Thorsday Three

Three table toppers ready for quilting. Three table toppers of different patterns. Three steps closer to being done with 20+ table toppers. But now the question: How to QUILT three table toppers?

I guess the easiest and least brain drain method would be stitch-in-the-ditch. But I hate SITD!! Second easiest would be cross-hatch, but does that become each design? Probably not. I would love to spiral out on the first one, Cabin Skein, but that might be difficult to start in that very geometrical center. I think I might echo squares on point from the Log Cabin center. The Square in a Square will be cross-hatched for sure.

I know an edge-to-edge or all over design would be best, I just don’t want to not play up the features of each mini. So bare with me as I struggle to determine how these are going to go. Hopefully I can get most of them done before Saturday night, leaving Sunday for a quick trip to Florida.

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MIL update: Surgery went well! They had to glue the replacement in place due to her severe osteoporosis, so drink your milk ladies and stop smoking!!


Tuesday To-Do

Last Week’s List

  1. Freyja Clue 9-started on construction
  2. Make 2nd WT
  3. Guild BOM 
  4. Sew binding on a quilt for a friend X
  5. Cast on the next baby sweater
  6. Impromptu visit to BioGirl
  7. Extra: made 3rd WT

Blocks done!

This Week’s List

  1. Freya final construction
  2. Quilt the 3 WTs that are done.
  3. Pray MIL through hip replacement
  4. Drive parents to Florida
  5. Babysit Sister’s dogs

I am undecided about how many blocks I am putting in Freyja. I have enough for an 8 block configuration but might just do 5. I need to run the numbers because I don’t have enough HSTs for the borders. Not sure I want to make those stretchy, pesky, pieced borders! Maybe I will look for a print for the border.

Wish there was more contrast with my Aqua and light Blue, but that’s what you get with mysteries. This is the last one I will do as a mystery. I will collect clues and wait for the reveal. Particularly because I hate her pieced borders, and would not have made all those HSTs had I known their use. But as I have said, her mystery, her rules. I just don’t want to play by them anymore.

Last week’s thought: “…maybe this week I will stay out of the craft/quilt/Tuesday Morning/stores…”


I love this charm pack I got at Nelsonville Quilt Company, I drop in when I go see BioGirl. And once I got home I was able to get my Christmas present from BioGirl. A lovely handmade shawl pin she ordered for me!!! Love it! Not shown is the pair of clearance pajamas I had to buy since I forgot to pack mine! LOL

So this week is going to be slammed! We are headed back to the hometown to be with my MIL for her surgery. I am taking my home sewing machine! When we are free from MIL’s care I will be quilting table toppers. I want them done by end of January. I am running out of time and availability! I will be gone a week between her surgery, my driving the parents to Florida, and then flying home 2 days later. Too may things still on that January list!

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