Let me start by saying that I didn’t want to do a “rework” project for UFOvember. When Bobbi Gentili from Geeky Bobbin sent the sign up sheet, I was on vacation and by the time I got home, the only slots left were for “rework” or “rehome”. I knew I didn’t want to give any of my UFOs away, so I signed up for “rework”.
I knew exactly which project I would work on. These 25 quilt blocks were first made between 1992 and 1995. The original plan was for a king-sized Bear’s Paw quilt for our bed with cream sashing and cornerstones. I finished all of the blocks, started sewing some sets of two together with sashing before I got busy, packed all of the blocks and the fabric in a large paper bag and set it aside in our basement. (Note, that was before 1995 and I still do not sleep under a quilt I have made!)
Unfortunately, around 1999, we had a 100-year flood in our town and sewage backed up into our basement. Yes, the same basement where I stored a paper bag full of cream, navy, blue and green fabrics with my blocks.
It took a few days to find the bag and we promptly threw all of the fabric in the washing machine on the hottest water to disinfect it. At the time, we were washing every piece of clothing and fabric we found, so it was quickly washed, dried and put into a plastic bin. When I got around to looking at it, the navy had bled onto the cream on almost all of the squares. Here are a few examples:
I really loved some of the fabrics in this quilt and I wanted to find a way to redeem and reuse these blocks. So I sorted them, pressed the blocks and the fabric, and put it in a bin until I decided what to do with it. Over the years, I raided the bin and used the navy border fabric for other projects. When I needed a patch for a quilt made with fabric that matched one of the blocks, I snipped it out of a block because the washed and worn block was a closer match to the quilt than the new fabric.
When I pulled out the box, I had 25 blocks (including the one with a square missing and these fabrics:
So, I decided to make a quilted jacket. My style is pretty tailored, so I took this jacket pattern, which I already had at home.
I cut out some oversized backing pieces from plain muslin, then fitted quilt squares to them. I used some of the existing sashing strips to extend key parts of the pattern. I also discovered that when quilt squares have been washed, they create these lovely nests on the back.
I had a nest this size for every couple of squares.
I decided to quilt a chevron on the back center panel, cross hatching on the front and back side panels and the sleeves, and angled lines on the front center panels.
I even got my serger out – I don’t think I have used it for at least 5 years!
I finished it with facings cut from the border prints. On the straight hems at the bottom and for the sleeves, I did a wider border print.
For the facing around the neck, I cut a narrower strip to accommodate the curve of the neckline.
I like the overall look, but it is still stained. (Check out Bruce the cat in these photos, when I am turned to the back, so is he!)
I decided to overdye the whole coat.
I wasn’t sure I could get this done in time because as of Monday noon, the dye hadn’t been delivered. But it came in the afternoon, so after dinner I boiled up some water and had a dye party.
At one point, I was very worried that it would come out dark blue, but I got the effect I wanted. Here are some pictures of the finished coat.
I carefully used Aurifil 100% cotton threads so they would dye the same as the cotton fabrics. You can see above that the serger thread was not all cotton and stayed cream-colored.
I like the subtle color and you can’t see the stains anymore. I may add buttons, but I am declaring this a FINISHED project!
Check out all of the other great UFO blogs this month to see other ideas for cataloging, resuming, reworking and rehoming your UFOs:
|Sunday 11/1||Bobbi Gentili||The Geeky Bobbin|
|Monday 11/2||Becca Fenstermaker||Pretty Piney Quilts|
|Tuesday 11/3||Joanne Kerton||Canuck Quilter Designs|
|Wednesday 11/4||Sue Griffiths||Duck Creek Mountain Quilting|
|Thursday 11/5||Ashli Montgomery||Storytelling Tees|
|Friday 11/6||Anne Boundy||Said With Love|
|Saturday 11/7||Sarah Ruiz||Sarah Ruiz Quilts|
|Sunday 11/8||Teresa Weaver||Your Sewing Friend|
|Monday 11/9||Karen Brown||Just Get it Done Quilts|
|Tuesday 11/10||Bobbi Bridgeman||Snowy Days Quilting|
|Wednesday 11/11||Raylee Bielenberg||Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting|
|Thursday 11/12||Althea Gyde||Blue Heron Quilting|
|Friday 11/13||Kenzy Hogan||Sewing Corals|
|Saturday 11/14||Leann Parsons||Devoted Quilter|
|Sunday 11/15||Jessica Caldwell||Desert Bloom Quilting|
|Monday 11/16||Laureen Smith||Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts|
|Tuesday 11/17||Karen Kehl||Better Done Quilts|
|Wednesday 11/18||Stacey H||Two Terriers Studio|
|Thursday 11/19||Cinzia White||Cinziawhitedesigns|
|Friday 11/20||Laura Piland||Slice of Pi Quilts|
|Saturday 11/21||Rachel M||The Barefoot Crafter|
|Sunday 11/22||Kathryn LeBlanc||Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio|
|Monday 11/23||Judit Hajdu||Quiltfox Design|
|Tuesday 11/24||Lyra McCabe||Quilting McCabe|
|Wednesday 11/25||Jill Therriault||Stitching in Heels|
|Thursday 11/26||Cristina De Miranda||Ships & Violins|
|Friday 11/27||Katie Starcher||Katie Mae Quilts|
|Saturday 11/28||Valerie Prideaux||Cozy Funky Cool|
|Sunday 11/29||Kim Mastomartino||Line Design|
|Monday 11/30||Natalia Knowlton||NerdyQuilter|