Today was the first full day back in my studio for about a week. I decided to finish my 30+ year old UFO. It has been hanging on the wall, unfinished, for a few months. Then I listed it on my UFO list for my guild, and when the number was pulled, I had to finish it. When I started it, Honey (my Bernina) was brand new. I was doing a little bit of quilting, but fabrics were not what they are today. What prompted me to use the fabrics I did when I really wanted an elegant piece amazes me today. It was what I had back then. The bead work center was from a 1920's dress that was falling apart. The lace was also from vintage clothing that was beyond repair. The beaded flower was from a neck wrap that was made of a whole mink pelt from the 20's or 30's. Unfortunately, the applique work was done on all the old fabric, and I didn't want to redo the entire piece, so I decided to go with what I had to honor that young woman I was who created this piece long ago. I chose fabrics for the last three borders that picked up colors in the bead work and the lace. I am pretty happy with the new look.
My design wall is filled with several projects in various stages of design. I have several orphan blocks that I want to do something with, my challenge block for 15 minutes play, another intuition style quilt, and Coming Home. There are also several other projects stacked in baskets on my work table. Tomorrow morning, I will start again. I do love to create quilts.