Broken Toe

My big toe on my right foot is broken – in 2 places.  Groan.  That is my machine-driving foot.  Yes, I can use my left foot – but it’s not as good as my right foot.  However, I have managed to start the “On Ringo Lake” mystery!  When there is a will, there is a way!  Here is 10 of each of the first 3 clues done.  Many many more to do!  They just won’t all get done in a day!IMG_1219

If you want to join in the fun – there is a link to the mystery in the right side-bar.  If you want to see what others are doing – there is a linky part on Bonnie’s blog.  Click HERE.

Stash Report

Nothing bought – nothing finished!

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

UFOs completed:

January 2 July 0
Feb 0 Aug 1
Mar 0 Sept 2
April 0 Oct 5
May 2 Nov 1
June 4 Dec 0

There are 27 UFOs left to complete

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Gail

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Quilting Withdrawal

I have been away – without Internet connection and have done absolutely no sewing in the past 3 weeks!  Yes, I am going through quilting withdrawal!  At least it will be an easy fix!

A creation like this was on our beds each night!

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SEW …. How do I know I was going through quilting withdrawal?

  1. I didn’t get to talk about quilting on the cruise …I would mention that I was a quilter and I would get polite smiles and comments like “my ancient great grandmother was a quilter.”
  2.  THEN, on the LAST day,  the LAST time I was in the elevator, just before we got off the ship and one lady mentioned that she hadn’t met a quilter on board and there were THREE of us in the elevator!  GROAN – missed opportunities!
  3. My sewing machines are feeling neglected … I can tell – there is dust near the needles!  (Dust on the top is normal around here!)  And – they are calling out to me … SEW, SEW, SEW
  4. When I did have Internet connection, (for about 10 minutes in each port), I diligently downloaded the clues to the new Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I think I must have read each clue at least 4 times …
  5.  I’m still debating about the mystery … not whether or not I’m going to do it – but which colours I will use …. usually by this stage, I would have both clues in progress ….
  6. I’m really missing my quilting buddies … a LOT!  It seems like ages since we’ve sewn together
  7. I’m a bit annoyed that I have laundry and more laundry and even more laundry to do …
  8. I’m annoyed that I have to go to the gym before I can sew (my own rule!)  And aren’t rules meant to be broken? unknown-jpg

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

UFOs completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:         2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:          5
Nov:         1
Dec:          0

There are 27 UFOs left to complete

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Gail

Last Trunk Show of the Year – done!

I was invited to the Fraser Valley Quilter’s Guild to do a trunk show.  I did one in the morning and one in the evening.  A HUGE thank you to those that held up my quilts!  I’m sure they have sore arms/shoulders today!

Here’s a couple of the quilts that I showed.  The first is a Bonnie Hunter mystery from ~ 2009, that was finished in 2015.  I altered the pattern quite a bit – but the inspiration is from Bonnie.

IMG_1880The 2nd was a block of the month from A Great Notion … I showed it because I knew that at least one member of FVQG had done the same class as me.

IMG_1849 copyThis last picture is of the quilts lined up on 4 tables in front of the stage.   IMG_1909

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Labyrinth Completed

UFO: Labyrinth

I was happily working away on my Labyrinth quilt while I was at the retreat.  When the quilting was done, I, as normal, trimmed off the batting and extra backing.  The there was a HUGE loud swear word that came out of my mouth.  I had somehow gotten a corner of the quilt under what I was trimming and I cleanly sliced a wedge about 2″ x 7″ out of a corner (sorry, no picture) … GROAN … A lot of people came to my rescue and provided me with a ton of suggestions … quilting friends calmed me down and gave me viable solutions.  I hand stitched the wedge into place.  You can’t see it in the border, but it does show on the back.  One suggested I add an additional label over the wedge once I know who it will be gifted to.  I am just very thankful that it was in a corner and not in the middle of the quilt!  Here’s a picture of the finished quilt, followed by close-ups of the quilting:

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More Retreat Photos: Works in Progress

Here’s a few more pictures of works in progress at the retreat.

Design Wall

IMG_1215Benartex had a contest on Facebook and I entered a quilt that I had made years ago with their fabric.  No, I didn’t win.  I didn’t even come in the top half.  But that’s OK.  Just for entering, I received a very cute charm pack.  It’s called “A Moose for Christmas.”  It’s in the process of becoming a table runner.  This is the first design / fabric placement layout … there’s likely to be many more before I start sewing it together.  It’s fun to work with these fabrics because they are  so very cute!  And the colours suit me and my house.

Stash Report

broken wagon

I fell off my fabric diet wagon this weekend.  In fact, the wagon broke.

I went into one store and managed to leave with only buying a few notions.  But the 2nd store, Needle & I, I went into buy micro brushes.  They are intended for applying IMG_1216adhesives etc.  but they are fantastic for cleaning your machine.   They were on sale … so was some fabric and I looked at the fabric and quickly looked away.  And then I was chatting with the gals in the shop and I looked some more and then the wagon broke!   In my defence, the neutral fabric is for backing a quilt!  The colour is not true in the picture.  The top fabric is actually a beige/cream and the bottom is a pretty blue.  A VERY pretty blue.  A lovely lovely blue.  Did you know that blue is my favourite colour? unknown-jpg

Fabric Used this Week:     8.5  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  171  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    8  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:  62 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   109 yards  

UFO tally

2017     UFO’s completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:         2
June:         4
July:          0
Aug:         1
Sept:         2
Oct:          5
Nov:         1

27  UFO’s left to complete.  (3 UFO’s have  been given away)

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Retreat FUN!

The retreat was a blast!  It was fun, fun, FUN!!!  There was an overdose of belly laughter:  SEW good!!!  And the food was fantastic!  The weather was good and many enjoyed walks through the trails and fall leaves!

I did work on the 4 projects that were my priority … but no pictures – yet!

Here is a picture that was taken after we all said “one, two, three, squirrel nipples” – no wonder we were laughing!

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Machines were humming and hands were stitching.  There was everything from improv to traditional to hand appliqué, machine appliqué, and everything else in between.  Gypsy wife was started or in progress at a January retreat and the top was completed at this retreat!

Here is a slide-show of pictures that were taken by a few of us:

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There was a lot of learning taking place, not only with sewing, but an impromptu tutorial on “Air drop.”  (Pic below!)

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Off to a retreat …

Yes, I’m off to a retreat … from today until Thursday.  I LOVE quilting retreats!  Here is all my sewing stuff – do you think I have enough?   I still need to pack my clothes – but hey, at least I have my priorities in order – right?IMG_1167

Everything is packed up – so I can’t show you up-to-date pictures of what I’ll be working on.  But these projects are in line:

And there are a few other projects also tucked in.  I will be lucky if I finish an eighth of what I am taking!  Or maybe 1/16 th!!!

I did buy some fabric this week – but it’s going to be used to back quilts at the retreat.  So – it doesn’t count.  And, nothing got finished this week.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  162.5  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   54 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   108.5 yards  

 

UFO tally

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:           5 (all baby quilts – 1 gifted, 4 to be donated)

30  UFO’s left to complete.

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Gail

Mystery Quilts

 

No finishes today … but am working on 3 mystery quilts that the guild is doing.   The one on the left is the jelly roll mystery and the 2 on the right are the beginner’s mystery. .   And, since I can’t work ahead of the group – all 3 of these quilts will end up on my UFO list in January.

On Ringo Lake

This is the name of Bonnie Hunter’s fall mystery.  She has the colour selection out for her mystery that starts at the end of November.  I haven’t decided exactly what colours I’m going to use – but I know the chocolate brown will make the cut … but it will all come from stash.  If you want to participate in Bonnie’s mystery – go HERE.  There’s also a link on the side-bar of this blog.

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Oct 30 report

2 more UFO baby quilts finished

These 2 baby quilts were quilted very quickly.  That’s easy to do when they’re already sandwiched and ready to quilt.  And they are small!

I estimate that they used approximately 3.5 yards each.  Along with the baby quilt I showed on Friday – I figure that’s 10.5 yards of fabric …

The 4 Christmas placemats used about 2.5 yards … so a total of 13 yards this week.  WooHoo!

Trunk Shows

I presented 2 trunk shows at a guild last week.  It was a lot of fun to show my quilts and talk about my quilting journey.  In between the afternoon and evening meetings, I taught at their “Between” session and demonstrated binding by machine.  I will write a tutorial on machine binding, soon.

Anyhow, one of the ladies asked how I could exist without buying a lot of fabric.  I told her that not going through the door of fabric stores, not shopping online and keeping an account on this blog has helped a ton.  Also, having a frequent look at what I do have – well, that helps as well.  One thing that I haven’t included is the fabric that people give me … their scraps … Even when I try to refuse, somehow the bag comes home with me. Groan!

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     13 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  162.5  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   54 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   108.5 yards  

A Happy Dance for a net use of over 100 yards of fabric

UFO tally

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:           5 (all baby quilts – 1 gifted, 4 to be donated)

30  UFO’s left to complete.

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Friday’s Finishes

The 4 Christmas placemats that I took to demonstrate binding on are done … and no, I did not get them completed while I was teaching everyone how to do it. They got finished this morning.

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I also finished up a UFO baby quilt!  This is pattern, by Anita Grossman Solomon, is from a 2006 Quiltmaker magazine. I think I made this UFO when the magazine first came out … so it’s an 11 year old UFO!  You actually make 3 quilts at the same time.  The other 2 quilts were gifted a LONG time ago.  This one had such a plain centre, I wasn’t sure what to do.  But this giraffe outline – quilted with a contrasting colour was a perfect finish for the quilt.  If you want to make this quilt, it is now a free quilt on Craftsy.  Click HERE.

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And here is a close up of the giraffe.

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Oct 23 Report

 

Design Wall

Am preparing a few Christmas placemats for a binding demo / class later this week.  Later, the guild will be donating them to Meals on Wheels for Christmas.  Here’s a picture of one of them and it will have a flange binding on it.  These placemats will help my fabric numbers, but since I started them yesterday, they definitely are not UFOs!IMG_1139

2 quilts finished (on my last post)

I finished the quilt that needs to be gifted before I show a picture.  It was a UFO and I bought the backing and fabric for the appliqué.  (Which I included in my purchases a few weeks ago.) It used a total of 4.5 yards of fabric.

The other is a simple flannel quilt that has already been donated to the guild.  It used 4 yards of fabric.  It also was a UFO that was languishing in the baby quilts bin.

Total yards used this week: 8.5 yards.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  149.5  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   54 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   95.5 yards  

UFO tally

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:           2

33  UFO’s left to complete.

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2 Quilts finished

I finished 2 baby quilts.  Both UFO’s.

The one shown is a simple quilt made from flannel squares.  Simple quilting: just diagonal lines across the squares.  I was tempted to keep it! It’s so nice and cosy!   This one has been donated to the guild.  The other quilt will remain a secret until it is gifted.  But I do think it’s very cute!

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Quilting 2 at once

IMG_0552Yes, I’m quilting 2 quilts at once.  Each on different machines.  On my Janome 8900, is the labyrinth quilt that I posted about in March.  Really? It doesn’t seem like that long ago.  I’m still deciding what to quilt – so for bits of time, it’s just sitting there.  Then, on my Janome 6500, I’m doing outline quilting on the quilt that is using this fabric: IMG_1108

I have not been through the door of any fabric store – sew it’s been super easy to not buy any fabric this week.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  141.75  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   54 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   80.95 yards  

UFO tally

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:           0

36  UFO’s left to complete.

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Glue Basting

There are no quilt finishes today – However, I do have a quilt glue-basted.

I had a couple of inquiries as to how I baste with Elmer’s School Glue, so I thought I’d show you.   A few years ago, I saw a post that someone sprayed with diluted glue to baste their quilts.  I tried it.  Well, it didn’t work for me … the sprayer got plugged up and by the time the glue was diluted enough to go through the sprayer – it was diluted too much and wouldn’t stick.   Then, I was at the dollar store one day and saw a jug for paint and a 4″ paint brush.  I bought them and tried it out.   I dilute the glue (1 part glue / 4 parts water) and paint it on.  If it’s not diluted – it’s like a rock to sew through.  1 to 4 ratio seems to be just about perfect.  Enough glue to stick – but not too much.

Here’s my process:

  • Place flannel sheet on top of the bed  (to protect the bedding)Glue Basting 2-1
  • lay out the quilt (bottom, batting, top)
  • fold top back by half
  • lightly paint the batting
  • press with an iron
  • repeat on the other side
  • repeat on the back
  • Quilt when it’s dry.  (I usually let it set for at least 12 hours).

 

The above pictures were taken with flannel. Glue Basting 2-2 You don’t see the glue or moisture when you use flannel.  When using cotton, it shows up – big time!  You can definitely see where the moisture comes through.  This is OK.  It usually disappears by the time it’s dry.  If the glue is super heavy or not diluted enough – you’ll still see it after it’s dry.  This is OK – just take your time quilting it and it’ll wash out.  (If you don’t wash your quilts before giving or using them, then don’t use this method.)

This process makes the quilt quite stiff, which is actually very nice for quilting!  However, as the quilt is manipulated through the machine, it does loose it’s stiffness.

I have not used this method on any quilt that is larger than 50″x 50″.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. I cooked a turkey yesterday and we had a yummy feast with the kids and some of their friends.  It was a lot of fun!

 

I did buy fabric this week.  But I absolutely HAD to!  No frivolous purchase was made.  No purchase just because it said, “BUY ME”.  No purchase because it happened to jump into my arms and fall in love with me.  None of that.  It was all necessary.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! unknown-jpg

The photo on the left below shows the brown background fabric I bought to do a Jelly Roll Mystery at the guild.  (I already had the jelly roll, but NOTHING in my stash worked with it.)

The photo on the right shows some flannel backing and binding fabric for a baby quilt.  (I’ll how a picture once the quilt is completed and gifted).

 

With doing mystery quilts that will not be finished by the end of the year, I will be adding 3 more quilts to next year’s UFO list!  Groan.   However, except for buying the brown background fabric, all of the material is coming from my stash!  YEAH!!!

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     0 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  141.75  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    4.5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   54 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   80.95 yards  

UFO tally

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:          2
Oct:          0

36  UFO’s left to complete.

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Scrappy Irish is pieced together

I have been away!

First, we went to a Doobie Brothers/Eagles concert in Seattle with my sister & her husband.  That was a lot of fun!  Then my husband & I went down to the Oregon Coast for a few days.  We had wonderful weather and many long walks on the beach.  There was also a bit of whale watching, but nothing really close.

I did get the scrappy Irish chain pieced together and will hopefully get it quilted later this month.  This quilt is made with scraps from other people.  I’m not saying that you won’t find any of my own scraps in this quilt, but they are few and far between!  However, this is not a UFO … I started it in January while at a quilt retreat. It was a “Leader & Enders” project until I had all the 25 patch blocks done.  Then it was sewn together.

This quilt is adapted from Bonnie Hunter’s “Happily Scrappily Irish” that can be found in her book “Adventures with Leaders and Enders.”   I made it smaller than Bonnie’s and I’m not going to put a border on it.   If you’re interested in buying this book, it is no longer being printed, but Bonnie has them for sale on her website, Quiltville.com   It is a book worth having!

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Scrappy batting

Do you have lots of batting scraps?  I do.
IMG_1049And when I attempted to sew them together, even when I pin – the joining sides end up looking like this the picture to the right.

GROAN!!!

This does not make a nice batting for sandwiching a quilt.  And the last thing I want to do is unstitch batting!  Sew, it’s useless and only good for dusting and cleaning.  (NOT going to happen!)

Then, one day, I thought, “I wonder what will happen if I use my trusty Elmer’s School Glue to glue the edges together before I attempt to sew?”

I tried it.  It worked!

 

Here’s my process:  I only use scraps that are the same kind.   In this case, the scraps are all “Warm and Natural.”   First, I put a flannel sheet on top of the guest bed. Then I lay out my batting (first picture). I bead my glue along the edge, press it together.  Wait a few hours and it’ll be dry.  If I’m in a hurry, I would press it with my iron.  Then I zig-zag the edges together, using the widest and longest stitch that my machine will do.  Do not sew while the glue is still wet.

I am thrifty … I dilute my glue with an equal amount of water.  It works just fine!  But I make sure to mark the container so that I know if it’s been diluted or not.  I use Elmer’s Glue.  I figure, if it’s safe to eat, it’s safe to use in a quilt.  (No, I do not eat glue!)

Here’s a picture of some of the batting sewn together.  This will be the batting for the scrappy quilt I showed earlier in the week.IMG_1053

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What’s happening at the sewing machine?

Design Wall

My Scrappy leader and ender is now webbed together.  Just need to sew the rows, sandwich, quilt and bind and I will be able to call it done! In the picture, it looks like a tangled mess, but it will be easy to sew all the rows together.  This quilt has a little bit of everything, all from gifted scraps. And NO, please, please, please, do NOT gift me any more scraps!

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Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     5 yards  (Scrappy baby quilt)IMG_1044
Fabric Used year to Date:  141.75  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   49.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   85.45 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:         2

36  UFO’s left to complete.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Did you know that there’s an On-line Quilt Festival?  I just found out today.

This is the quilt that I’m entering.  It’s one made with my Grandma’s Fabric.  To read more about this and see other quilts made with her fabrics click HERE.Quilt 14

Now, to see a bounty of beautiful quilts that  are entered into the festival visit: Blogger’s Quilt Festival at   http://www.amyscreativeside.com/2017/09/18/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2017-edition/

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Gail

 

A baby quilt finish!

This is a UFO that was languishing for quite a while … the blocks are left overs from a jelly roll quilt and some creative piecing as there was not enough blocks to complete a whole quilt …  It was fun to make!  I did quilt it with wavy serpentine lines.  Pretty boring!  In hindsight – I should have just done an all-over free-motion and it would have been faster!  And my machine did not like doing the serpentine lines.  When I started, I had tension issues and I finally changed the needle.  That helped.  Then towards the end of the quilting, it started skipping stitches.  Groan.  So the machine has gone back to the machine doctor … they have a great warranty on their work.  It was only the beginning of August when I got it back, so it should be a free repair.IMG_1044

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Stash Report & Design Wall Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Design Wall

My leader & ender has become the main project.  It’s a scrappy Irish Chain with
everything, except the kitchen sink.  That’s right – I don’t have fabric with a kitchen sink on it!  I have about 6 more scrappy blocks to make and then I can web the whole thing unknown-jpgtogether!  Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s put a dent in my 2″ square box.  Hmmm, I think that what they say about scraps having sex and multiplying must be true!L 'n E-5

This UFO is next to be quilted … it should be a quick finish … I hope!  I’m thinking of doing serpentine diagonal lines in both directions … will see what happens …IMG_1037

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:     15 yards  (Irish Chain, Kansas Troubles)
Fabric Used year to Date:  136.75  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   49.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   80.45 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.  I got the Irish Chain done … a whopping 15 yards of fabric … and it was an UFO.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1
Sept:         1

37 UFO’s left to complete.  Oh dear … I do hope I get this number way down before the end of the year!

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Happy Quilting
Gail