I have been trying to tackle old UFO's to finish and here is one that I started in 2001. "Going to the Beach"
I got most of the blocks fused and partly satin stitched, then for some reason went on to something else. Why do we do that to ourselves? I got it out again, found my basket of rayon threads and matching bobbins and went to town stitching the rest of the blocks. Geez--only 3 hours later and they were done. I was so excited that I put them together with the rest of my red fabric and somehow ended up 20" short! Dang. I didn't have more and as would luck would have it, I had just had an Open Sew day at my Studio that day and as I emptied the trash, I found one of my students THREW these away! She claims to have no stash OR scraps at home and now I know why! Why there is perfectly good fabric there and enough to do something with it! I dug it out of the trash, frogged stitched the pieces apart and what do you know? The color is so close it's uncanny and when I pieced them together, I had an extra 1/4" !!! Yes, I said that right--I had enough with 1/4" to spare!! Now, look close, can you see the difference? Yep, life is good again. A few close ups of the blocks in the wallhanging. I am going to put this in my SC house in the laundry room, of all places. :) It really matches the border in there and I'm running out of room to hang quilts. I'm still working on the final border. I had more of that cool water fabric, but not enough to do a whole border, but I have an idea. I'll show you when it's done.