UFO – A Delectable Dogsled Finish

We are working toward our PHD in quilting, thanks to Quilting Gail.  She shared a challenge back at the end of 2017, and we joined in.  To earn your PHD, you have to complete 12 UFO (unfinished projects) as well as any new projects started during the year.  I’m not going to bother you with the boring details of our complete PHD project list.  Suffice it to say we still have a few to go.  Delectable Dogsled is one less on the to-be-done list.

First UFO of Two Finished

That was a fun title to type!  Two – not just one – but two UFOs were completed this month.  First of all as a small recap, we still had six of the twelve projects to complete.  Since we are rapidly approaching the last quarter of the year, doesn’t that sounds like an impossible task?!  For that reason, we set our August OMG goal to finish one item.  Because I am the reason for our quilting backup and lack of inspiration, I chose Garden Gate.  A post sharing all the details about its completion was shared on Tuesday, but here is the end result one more time.

As a result of forcing my quilting hand, inspiration for the FMQing of GG came from another blogger.  Beth at Cooking Up Quilts shared a quilting technique called floppy feathers.  I successfully used this pattern to cross this item off our UFO list!

But Wait – UFO #2?!

The lessons acquired during Garden Gate have served me well.  Solving the breaking thread challenge has given me a bit more confidence.  Consequently, I chose another UFO to work on right away.  The Delectable Dogsleds table runner has been awaiting its turn for at least a decade.


Dogsled and Swirls

You can easily see in the photo above the black batik fabric has swirls included in the design.  I thought I would use the floppy feather pattern for this project but decided that quilting swirls would be much better.  The motion for making swirls and feathers are similar.  Here is my attempt on the beige fabric.


I used a tan Aurfil thread and had NO thread breakage at all.  As you can see, I have moments of consistent sewing and other moments of not so consistent.  Certainly that will be an area I continue to work on!  A similar pattern was used in the black area.  Occasionally I got myself in a corner and had to just make up something to get out of it.  That happened more in the black area because it was MUCH more difficult to see where I had previously quilted!

It is difficult to photograph (and quilt) black fabric.  You can kind of see the swirls in the above photo.

Delectable Dogsled is Finished

Ta-da!  The Delectable Dogsled is all complete.  The batik screen-printed design in the center is certainly the star.  I believe it was designed and sold exquisitely for the quilt shop in Alaska, but that may be incorrect.  I do recall that they offered other designs as well when we visited after our initial purchase.  Somehow we restrained ourselves and didn’t buy those! 

Delectable Dogsled

We picked up this backing fabric at an estate sale.  It was the mom of one of Sue’s co-workers, and she was definitely into many different crafts.  I think she would be happy to know that it was purchased by other crafters and used right away. ~smile~

Dogsled Backing

We used a solid black binding to highlight the center.  It was amazing to me that some of the points were actually perfect and some not-so-much.  Oh well!  It is finished.

Short Recap of Remaining UFOs

With only four UFO projects to go, I feel confident we can get them finished.  Two require only quilting and can be worked on at a moment’s notice.  The Las Vegas Fall Leaves only need a border added and then can be quilted.  Finally, the baby jigsaw quilt needs the most attention.  Being back in our usual school year schedule should allow for more attention being sent that way.  We shall see if my prediction holds true over the next few weeks.


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13 Responses

  1. dezertsuz says:

    Two finishes is fabulous! I really like your dogsled table runner – I’d probably hang it on the wall, myself.

  2. Woo hoo for TWO finishes! I would put money on you getting your PhD. Just look at you and your adventures into FMQ these days, ya-freaking-HOO you! Your swirls are fantastic Roseanne; I know the floppy feathers (awesome finish there too) sure did help. Wine does too, and also, strangely enough, holding your mouth in an ‘o’ shape from time to time, another tip I picked up from who-knows-where.

  3. Nice to get 2 finishes! Between January and June this year I managed to finish 14 UFO’s (some 10 and 11 year old treasures in the pile). My goal had been to get every single UFO done before we had the property sold. We had been dealing with an offer from January until June when It fell through. Fires started and I did little quilting over the summer. We have now sold the property and we are moving Nov.1. I have 2 UFO’s left to do before we move. Then the new studio will start with all new projects!
    I should admit that the studio is packed so I can’t get fabric or anything out to start a new project even if I allowed myself to!

  4. Linda says:

    Congratulations on your progress toward your PhD. Your quilting is magnificent. I love that you used a backing fabric from an estate sale!

  5. quiltinggail says:

    Awesome quilting! And more awesome that you got 2 UFOs done done DONE!!! Happy Quilting, my friend! 🙂

  6. chrisknits says:

    You have been busy while I was away from home and then refused to get on my computer for the last 3 days. LOL! All are lovely finishes, great photos, and wonderful plans!

  7. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, Such a marvelous accomplishment! Not only completing two quilt projects but doing such a great free motion quilting on both of these quilts also! I am truly so excited for you….I am doing my Happy Dance just for you!!! When I finish the quilt I am working on, which I did try and post pictures of on your FB page, but ran into problems due to me. LOL. I will try again. The back to when I….my plan is to finish all of my UFO’s and there are plenty. I know I will not be able to stop myself from creating new also, so it may take awhile. Yet, we love to create. I am looking forward to seeing your next stupendous project! Have a super duper day!!

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    Congratulations on two finishes!! It’s so great when the thread doesn’t break or knot up and things go smoothly. The dogsled table runner is great. I’m looking forward to the Las Vegas Leaf quilt as I’m a Nevadan!

  9. Linda P says:

    Roseanne, you are doing beautiful work on your free motion quilting. The table runner is stunning – both the colors and the quilting! I have taken a few free motion classes and have been reading many articles on this because I really want to do fmq on my smaller projects. I didn’t realize how much practice it takes to make something look decent. You have given me inspiration to keep trying. Thank you.

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Look at you go girl! It looks wonderful:) Now you can try my fav design-hooks and swirl-they are really easy to nest in together. Just remember echo is your friend to get back out of spots.

  11. Roseanne the table runner is beautiful! Your quilting looks great! Congrats on the two finishes!
    Happy Friday ❤️

  12. Woohoo for a twofer! The quilting looks great. I have some decades old UFOs too. Glad I’m not alone 🙂

  13. Shannon Fleming says:

    Your quilting looks great! And to think you only have 4 more to go. Won’t take long.

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