Another UFO bites the dust!

YES!!!  Summer Solstice is done, Done DONE!!!


This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern that was started in 2016.  The outside beige border and burgundy borders were suppose to be paper pieced … but I didn’t like the look for this quilt, so I just used solid fabrics.   There was a lot of set in seams in this pattern, but for all the procrastinating that I did, they turned out just fine!

  • fabric purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland in 2015.
  • 60″ x 60″
  • Flange binding
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Aurifil thread #2370
  • Combination of Free Motion quilting and Ruler quilting on my Janome Continental M7 (Domestic machine)
  • Backing is pieced diagonally (the picture is not the true colour … the quilting pictures show the true colour!)

I kept the quilting simple … mostly swirls … and I used a straight ruler to outline the lone star and the New York Beauty points.


Design Wall


  • Island Batik: Secret sewing  sorry, no pictures …
  • Blue Carpenter’s Wheel


  • Dog/Cat #1 is under the machine … hopefully #2 will soon follow

Stash Report

SS yellow

The pattern for Summer Solstice called for 9.5 yards of fabric and I bought an extra yard of the 2 fabrics I used on the back … for a total of 11.5 yards.

  • Fabric Used this week      11.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        203 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    183  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   12/12
  • Total days in 2020: 191/ 193
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting  Summer Solstice  √   done
  2. Bind Summer Solstice  √   done
  3.  Finish piecing Tumbler quilt and add borders  √   done
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.   not done

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Dog/Cat #1
  2. Bind Dog/Cat #1
  3. Quilt Dog/Cat #2
  4. Bind Dog/Cat #2
  5. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
  6. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge MorewoodMysteryLogo
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Island Batik boxes should arrive soon!
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

UFO in 2020 

I’ll give the update on the 15th!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   


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34 thoughts on “Another UFO bites the dust!

  1. You did a great job on this one, Gail! Congratulations on knocking a gorgeous finish off your UFO list! I really like the simpler borders, because they keep the focus on the intricate piecing in the center of the quilt.

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  3. Congrats on a beautiful finish! Sometimes projects just need to age and let our skills catch up with the project. Great stash and stitching metrics. Hope you’ve had another good week of stitching time and have made serious inroads on you to do list.

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  5. Beautiful, and I love a creative backing! Were there any bias-issues (stretching) when it came to quilting? (Do you stitch all along the outside of top before quilting?). I’m just curious!

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    • Hi Cheree,
      Thank you!
      To answer your curious question 🙂 – I had no issues with bias on the back. The batik fabrics were a good quality and they typically don’t stretch, if you are gentle. I start my quilting in the centre and work my way out to the borders.


  6. On procrastination subject…I read this yesterday….”I used to crastinate, but I got so good at it that I turned pro”. Lol. I’m a pro too. Beautiful finished quilt!

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    • Thanks, Anja!
      The diagonal back is a great way to use up fabric that coordinates with the top! And I like it WAY better than vertical or horizontal strips!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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  8. That is one gorgeous quilt! Congratulations on seeing it through!! Love the pieced backing … another project all in itself. Good job.

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  9. I had to comment on this post as that is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen! I can only imagine how hard all that piecing was to get done. It is just lovely, front and back! And your quilting just sets the pattern off perfectly! Great job!

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  10. Hi Gail! Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust, and another one gone . . . Before you know it you’ll have them all finished. Really nice job on this and I really love the addition of the flange binding. I always want to give that a try!! Great job on your to-do list (and TIA for linking up tomorrow). I am interested to hear about your digitizer lessons. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne!
      The flange binding is EASY! And, you do stitch in the ditch to do the final sewing it down … nice and fast! That is after making 2 lengths of binding, sewing it together and then pressing it. It’s the ONLY time I press binding before I attach it to the quilt.
      The digitizer lessons are all on facebook and accessible at any time … so I’m free to take my time … which actually is a bit of a hinderance! You know … procrastination is alive and well! 🙂 That’s why it’s on my To Do list – hopefully, it will make me more accountable! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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