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I went with Lyn’s suggestion of a small red border followed by piano keys around my 45 special. I did this for many reasons one I like pieced borders, two I already had strips cut for the piano keys so I avoided having to do that necessary evil of cutting them all and finally I thought it would look good. Thank you Lyn for your wonderful idea. I love how it turned out. Now I just need to get some batting, find a back and get quilting to move this UFO closer to a finished product. I keep my batting at my neighbors. We share a bolt of the wonderful stuff. We store it at her house because unlike my bustling home with oodles of children and all that in tales she has a quiet home with her hubby and little dog, Tucker. So while I wait for her to get home from work so I can get some I pulled out this Christmas quilt. I don’t really care for it. Not scrappy enough it would probably remain under the cutting table indefinitely but I have a friend that really likes it. So to create some space for me and joy for her I got it out and pinned it good so I can start quilting it. While I was under the cutting table I also noticed this UFO. A few years back my guild did a nickle swap. This is the quilt I created from that swap. I just need to add a stop border and a pieced outer border. At quilt guild they say ‘finish means freedom’ and since it is July. The month when we Americans celebrate freedom. I think I should create a little freedom. Freedom from the clutter under the cutting table. Freedom to start new projects. Freedom to choose from many quilts to snuggle under and share with friends. Freedom from UFO sightings that say ‘you really should finish me.’


  • Sara says:

    I like all those quilts, but the christmas one is not my favorite, not scrappy enough…

    They all look great though and good for you for getting some UFO's done!

  • Unknown says:

    The red border and the piano keys was definitely the way to go. I love it! Good for you for getting out that Christmas quilt and giving it to your friend. Now that is just wonderful. I love your scrappy nickel quilt. I am with you, the scrappier the better.

  • quiltmom anna says:

    I really love the last quilt- is the last quilt a jacob's ladder pattern? Very pretty – the colors are gorgeous together.
    Good for you for getting so many quilts finished. It is always satisfying to complete a quilt.
    Warmest regards,

  • Peg - Happy In Quilting says:

    All the quilts look great Em and you are on a bit of a roll…

  • Carol says:

    Oh I love the piano key border…that's a favorite of mine, even though it's a lot of work…it's worth it!

  • hetty says:

    Those will all become beautiful, liberating quilts! I should take a hint and reach under my cutting table and finish some IFOs. Thanks for sharing!

  • Unknown says:

    Way to go Em! You will have so much freedom to move on with those finished up! Love the borders you added and the colors in the nickle swap quilt is beautiful 🙂

  • A Spoonful Of Sugar says:

    Wow – you have been busy! I especially love the first quilt with the scrappy piano key border. Enjoy your finishes so you can start some new proejcts!

  • Anonymous says:

    love your ufo -the colours are great.

    Well done for getting a few things nearly finished. I need to do that. At least I can cross "ironing" off my to do list.

  • QuiltedSimple says:

    Pretty quilts.

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