Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Tidy Up Tuesday - {A Very 2020} UFO Club Finish

Welcome to the final edition of Tidy Up Tuesday for 2020!!    I've been busy.  What else is new?  As the end of the year drew near, I had the overwhelming urge to complete the DARK Neutral UFO that has been on my list for the better part of two years.

It started innocently enough...

My Blooming 9-Patch quilt top needed corners attached - before I misplaced them again:

I didn't complete the quilt in time for the final LINK PARTY of the year, but there are still a couple more days in December.


Goal met!!!  It's quilted and bound.  :o))

As with any quilt, there's a story to got along with the making, but I'm too tired to tell it tonight.

I'll give you the shortened version of the tale...

Well, as short as you get, here at The Joyful Quilter!  LOL!!

Three days ago...

I decided to cut the borders and binding:

Two days ago...

The borders were applied...

I'd like to draw your attention to the near-perfect match on the back seam:

It's time to get this thing layered:

Line up for the thread selection:

... And the backing, batting and the top were loaded on the frame:

It was too late to determine the best choice, but these are the top contenders:

Yesterday the quilting commenced...

By the time I got to the halfway point many hours later, I had already used EIGHT bobbins.  I was beyond frustrated...

It didn't get any better today..

With just this corner remaining, I ran out of bobbin:

Wound a new one and shredded the thread....

 All before finishing even half of the final stitches:

Whew!!  NINETEEN bobbins later... It's quilted:

Eventually the quilting was done and I moved on to the trimming...

And a photo shoot before the binding went on...

This was just AFTER burying the FORTY thread tales left after the quilting was done.  Remind me not to load a 90" quilt sideways along the rails next time, please!  It's a recipe for LOTS of empty bobbins:

Before tonight's Zoom-y Evening Quilt Bee, I prepared the binding:

Once the meeting was over, I applied the binding...

Or most of it!!  In order to finish, I had to dig out the fabric, cut another strip, attach that to the existing binding, and sew it on...

Before I could begin sewing the binding down on the front of the quilt:

And just because that couldn't POSSIBLY be the end of the aggravation...

I ran out of bobbin with about 45" of binding to be sewn down:


Including the label and four bound corners:

Some people like to see the back of a quilt.  Here's a (washed out) snippet:

And one very happy (and tired) quilter:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go update my 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Year in Review post to reflect this latest finish.  My two-year-old UFO has been completed!

Whooping It Up with Sarah


Sharing with Kelly
Needle and Thread Thursday

Until next time...
Mission accomplished!!


  1. Oh my, it REALLY is a 2020 quilt. But it's beautiful and worth the frustration - now! I am impressed with the matching on the back. ~Jeanne

  2. That was truly a 2020 quilt finish! If 2020 has taught us anything it's how to persevere thru hard times. You more than passed that test (and then some) with this quilt! Way to go, Joy!

  3. Congratulations on this latest quilt finish, Joy! It's gorgeous and has such lovely, warm color. I hope it was worth all the ups and downs - I know, those finishes usually are!

  4. Congratulations! It's a gorgeous quilted way to finish this dreadful year. Kudos! ;^)

  5. Yay! Good for you! Congrats on finishing that lovely, gorgeous, awesome quilt! I think I’ve got a thing for brown this winter..... Anyway, it’s a beautiful finish for the year. xo

  6. What a beauty--great finish for the year's end!

  7. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

  8. Your blooming 9 patch finished up so beautifully!!! Great job persevering, Joy!

  9. It's beautiful! It's so frustrating when the bobbins run out. I've never understand why, with all the modern conveniences sewing machines have now, they've never invented a way to use a spool of thread for the back of quilts! Just insert it somehow, thread the spool and sew! No bobbins, wouldn't that be wonderful? Happy stitching!

  10. I feel your pain. And I'm always so excited when I finish a quilt with just a bit of bobbin left! Your finished quilt is beautiful -- despite browns not being a favored color. Great finish for the year!


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