Quilters call projects that they started and haven't finished UFOs. I usually try to keep ahead of them and not have many waiting but this one hung in my sewing room a year and a half because I really didn't want to finish it. I took a class in October 2010 and the bottom picture is kind of how it looked when I finished the class. I wasn't very happy with the outcome but had spent a lot of money for the class. I love irises and so still wanted to find some use for it. I finally learned how to do 'free motion quilting' in the class I took with Jessica earlier this month. I decided to give this piece a try. Maybe you won't be able to tell the difference between the two but it looks a lot better in person.
Since the last two 'art quilts' that I have made have been small, I decided I needed to learn this skill for smaller pieces. It is OK and I liked doing the two smaller pieces of my 'art quilts' but I am NEVER going to do a large one because I don't have the big machine. I am glad that I have learned the technique though and will use it when needed. I will try to practice it now and then too since like everything else, practice makes perfect.
SO, one more UFO finished. I found two other projects in my sewing room this past week so I may tackle them too. I have a table runner that my friend gave me to piece together several years ago and it is all ready for the free motion quilting. I think I will get it done first and then work on the other 'art quilt' with applique that is leftover from another class.
Winter is a good time to find UFOs in your life. So if you have any, take them out and give them a new look. They may be better than you thought.