I did it!! The tally this morning, December 31, 2012, stands at 213 5/8 yards!! Hooray, hooray, hooray!! I know some of you did your own "use it" challenge this year -- how did you do? Let's face it, anytime you use some of the stash, it is good whether is was 12 yards or 200 yards!
Lots of stuff was cut, most of the pieced units for the large trianglar sections around the center were ready to set together, and there was plenty of fabric. But just looking at the border of turquoise triangles around the center motif brought back memories of struggling and I was not interested in finished this quilt! It's hard to throw away stuff that you've cut and pieced. During the past 5 years, I've repurposed dozens of unfinished teaching samples and shop models into some pretty charming quilts -- sometimes smaller than they were intended and sometimes larger. So that is what I decided to do with this pile of pieces.
There seemed to be enough pieced units to make a crib size quilt. I cleared off the work wall and put up all the partial units as though I was going to piece them into the big corner sections. The challenge to any project without a plan is getting started without knowing where you are going. For me, the best approach is always to put the stuff up on the work wall and then wait for an idea.
It was a great warm-up exercise for revving up my enthusiasm for tackling really old UFQ's!! I've identified 13 that seemed to be some of the oldest and some of the least done! Several are tops ready to be quilted. Several are stacks of blocks ready to set together. One is about 25 years old. Another hasn't even been started. And in the back of my mind, I'm hoping the renewed focus will inspire me to tackle more than the 13 I've set aside.