Friday, April 16, 2010

A Millennium UFO I need to get done

Karen over at is opening a Online Quilt Museum. She has a call out for one patch quilts. I have a one patch quilt I started a few - ok, more like 11 to 12 years back. I dug it out to see how much I did get done. It is a millennium quilt with 2000 different fabrics and contains authentic fabric from every decade. I use to work part time for an autctioneer so I would pick up vintage fabric all the time for a song. Here are two sections - one has 12 rows and the other has 8. I have no idea why I stopped working on this.

No this is not a pile of scraps. Here are 17 more rows sewn together that need added on to the quilt. I did trim the height of the rows about an inch so the finish height is 3".

I think I am going to go back and add 5 pieces to each row so that each row has 50 pieces. I have no idea why I pick a row of 45. When you divide 45 into 2000 it comes out to 44.44 rows. Well, that won't work!

Ok, here's the math. I have 1665 different pieces in rows. I still need 335 pieces of fabric from the 20th century. I went thru my stash and my Mom's during the 20th century and have used all of them once in this quilt. I still have a few pieces of fabric I need to cut, but I don't have 335 pieces. I needs some help here. If you have any scraps that are 4" x 4" and from the 20th century, that you want to donate to my cause let me know. Just e-mail me. I would appreciate the help to get this project done. The finish size of this quilt will be approximately 90" x 120" if I do not add a border.


Vicki W said...

Oh man, I had 2 huge bins of 6" charm squares that I gave away 3 month ago! I'll look around and see what else I have.

SewCalGal said...

I'd be happy to help, but I'm away from my stash for a few weeks. Not sure how fast you are trying to move on this quilt. Let me know and if you are still interested, I'd be happy to send you some scraps when I get back home.


kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

I would love to help and am sure I have some from the 20th century - if you email me your snail mail address, I will get some out to you. Oh yes, and what size should they be?

Leeanne said...

Hey I'd love to help.I live New Zealand and I thought would New Zealand patchwork fabric work.I'm talking Kiwi(our native bird..we are called 'Kiwi's") sheep etc?
Let me know.

Brenda said...

Well, I have lots of fabrics from the 1980s and 90s, so I'll cut as many as can fit into a letter envelope and send them your way asap. email me your address to

Mishkat said...

Hi Patty! I have a lot of fabric from the from the 50's, 60's, and early 1970's since I collect 36" wide fabric from that era. I'd be happy to send you some if you like. My e-mail is

Some of my fabric is already cut into 4" squares but they might not be absolutely exactly 4" since I have used different mats and rulers - let me know if this is OK too! If not, I can recut.

The quilt looks beautiful, by the way - what a wonderful project.

All the best,

Janet said...

I'll send you an envelope of 4 inch blocks if you give me your address. I'm making a "postage stamp" quilt - it is square in a square block which measures 1 1/2 inches. It is tons of work too and I imagine might take me several years. I need 550 blocks (i'm putting sashing in between them) and I have about 350 now. WHen I go in my local quilt shop they let me go through the garbage bags from classes and I get scraps. I need really small pieces which people often throw away. It's not really a charm because I'll cut four triangles and a certain square from one fabric if there is enough of it, and there are a few fabrics which I am sure I've used more than once. Nobody will know though - I'm pretty certain.

nrnoodle said...

send me your address privately and I will send you some squares.

Pamela said...

I have a good selection of prints from the 80's and 90's and would be glad to help you out - send me an e-mail with your address!