Today’s MSN conversation between LindaJ and I started off innocent enough–as all our conversations seem to do. No one could be labelled the instigator, and no one was leading someone else astray. BTW, that is our story and we are sticking to it! :) Back to the conversation….Linda was telling me about her guild meeting today–some show and tell, but most of it relating to the program. I asked what today’s program was about and Linda replied, Stack’N Whack. Apparently, Linda’s guild is going to be doing a class on making Stack’N Whack fans at their next sew in later in February. Then Linda mentioned that she won’t be doing the class. She said she already has a hexagon Stack’N Whack project that is an old UFO.
Earlier in the afternoon, I was chatting with my mother over Skype. I noticed that she had the hexagon Stack’N Whack table topper that I made her years ago on her table. Seeing that table topper got me thinking about my old hexagon Stack’N Whack UFO. Ironic that Linda was now talking about a hexagon Stack’N Whack UFO! (Sometimes we think so much alike it is almost scary! LOL)
Then of course the challenge started to unfold–Linda challenged me to finish my hexagon Stack’N Whack UFO next month too. Our conversation went something like this:
Linda: Do you know where your project is?
Me: Oh yes. Safe and sound in a box.
Linda: I have a pretty good idea where mire is too although it has moved over the years.
Me: What size is your project going to be?
Linda: Oh my—who remembers?
Linda: Like the book.
Me: OK, that does it – we both need to move these projects on.
Linda: Yes we do.
Me: I didn’t remember I had one, you aren’t sure about the details about yours.
Linda: Seriously we do.
And so it always starts–from a small spark in a conversation. Before we know it, we have plans for the next project. We keep each other motivated and on track to completion. We are also responsible for creating a few new UFO’s along the way. But given that UFO’s are a part of this creative process, this should not be a surprise. We both have way more ideas about what quilts we want to make than we have time to finish them.
We both agreed that we would document something about our UFO hexi’s so here is the detail about mine.
This first picture is a photo of the hexagon Stack’N Whack table topper that I made for my Mother and gifted to her years ago. (circa 2003) I had enough fabric at the time to make myself a matching table topper, but I only finished the one topper for my mother.
On November 2, 2002, I took a class from Betty F. (a member of the same quilt guild as me). Betty brought along some great class samples and I remember falling in love with the hexagon shaped blocks made into a hexagon table topper. I stored that idea away for later.
This was the project that I started in that class and later finished and gifted (along with the rest of my family members) to a cousin’s daughter’s wedding in early 2003.
After finishing the lap size hexagon Stack’N Whack project, I pondered the possibility of kaleidoscope designs in almost every fabric I saw. After Christmas in 2002, the Christmas fabrics went on sale and I picked up this yardage. The colours were not what I thought traditional Christmas colours were and I knew if you cut the fabric up, you would not be able to recognize most of the Christmas elements of the fabric. Once this fabric is cut into pieces it reminds me more of the Mexican inspired pottery I have seen in the southern U.S. states, rather than Christmas.
My UFO box contained these 9 completed blocks and a stack of triangles cut for another 8 blocks. I also had some purple fabric in there. I must have considered a purple background for these blocks at one point, although, a black background won out in the project I completed for my mother.
So, it would appear that this hexagon Stack’N Whack table topper will be the next project in the queue. Since this particular project only needs 7 blocks, I am not sure what will happen with the leftover blocks. I also have quite a bit of that yardage left. So, I may have more than one project left here to make. We will have to see where this ends up taking me.