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January UFO

by Michelle Sargent

It is now time to show you my January UFO.

I finished this quilt in January, I just didn’t have it labeled yet.

This is my first large FMQing project.

Mystery Quilt

Mystery Quilt

I’m pretty psyched at how well it finished. I can definitely tell where I started and how I got better as time went by, but it is for my granddaughter and I don’t think she will mind.

Mystery Quilt

Old Quilt Top

I love the quilt pattern on the top, but I really love the quilt back also. It was very easy to do and really is fun! It is a great stash busting project and makes the quilt reversible!

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

If you are putting off FMQing, don’t! You have to just jump in and do it. You have to do it on something that matters because otherwise you won’t try your hardest. The stitching is not perfect (so put away the magnifier.)

Of course, I always have help with my quilting projects. I couldn’t help myself from sharing a couple of photos. (See photos below.)

Cat on quilt

Hey, what’s going on here?

cats causing trouble

What happened?

I can’t even remember when I started making this quilt. (It was at least 15 years ago.) I do remember it was an all day class with my quilting friends and we had a blast, but I’m not a fan of mystery quilts. I like to play with the pattern as I go along and that is kind of contrary to the mystery idea. 🙂 This little baby got folded in a drawer for a long time until I decided to get it finished up.

This quilt was machine pieced by me and machine quilted by me on my Bernina with Aurifil, Mako 50 thread no. 2024.

Can you believe it?

I set the bolts down on the cutting table of my local quilt shop. My eyes met the woman who cuts the fabric (a good friend of mine) and we both just laughed.

Can you believe I’m buying solids?

Yep, I did it.


Are these the seeds of a modern quilt movement in me?



There was a day a long time ago when solids weren’t cool. I don’t exactly know why, I started with solids. My first quilt was a log cabin quilt done entirely in white and pastel solids. (That one is folded up nicely in my cupboard, I’m keeping it good.)


Have you noticed all these “modern” quilts? I remember the first time I heard the term “Vintage Modern.” I said okay, how does that work? I now know what it means. In truth this very country girl really likes the look of the modern quilts. I’m thrilled because it is attracting so many younger women into the art of quilting.


It’s true, I don’t like all modern quilts, but I’ll let you in on a secret. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

I don’t like every quilt I see.

There I said it. I can appreciate a quilt for the love and care that went into it, but I just like some more than others. I’m sure if you are honest, you will admit the same.

But, I have always loved quilts where the colors pop and they flow. I think that is what I like about the modern quilt movement. Also they seem to be less worried about points and everything lining up. (Always a plus if you are like me.)

So, stand by…..

You just may see a modern quilt here sometime in the future. At least it will be my interpretation of modern. I love to try new things!

So how do you feel about this modern quilt movement? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below.