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Best day entry: Unfinished craft projects? We were up for the challenge

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
After 25 years in limbo, this cross stitch angel was finally completed.

By Carolyn Black

Moving is always a chore. So many decisions, so many things to do and most of all, so much sorting and choosing. 

We recently moved to Wenatchee, and discovered that we not only had lots and lots of stuff, we had lots and lots of things we thought we could use. 

In all the stuff, we found endless crafts and hobby things that we have now discovered all the pieces to, and that is wonderful.

Before we left the Wet Side, someone gave us a quilt kit. She was fighting cancer and decided NOT to spend the rest of her life quilting 1,000 one-inch hexagons into a quilt. 

The Odessa Quilt shop has a UFO challenge (Un Finished project) so we took what we had managed to get done in 2018 to register and be challenged. 

The way the challenge works is one must be at least halfway done to enter, and one must bring the finished quilt back to Odessa Quilt shop. Odessa is the only place that has this UFO challenge, but the North Central Washington Quilt Guild (here in Wenatchee) has started one, and many are thrilled.

It is amazing (due to human nature I guess) how this (almost) no prize “contest” inspires people to get projects done.

This year, we finished hand sewing all 1,000 pieces, added a border and binding, hand quilting, and managed to not only finish it on April 5 in time to meet the challenge (April 15), but enter it in the local quilt show (August). 

With that project finished and done, another old project became the focus. A 17-inch tall angel done in counted cross stitch and heavily beaded was finally completed (after 25 years), framed and will be entered next year at the quilt show. 

Both projects were old, and now grace the walls of our new home over here on the Dry Side.

Carolyn Black and her daughter moved here two-and-a-half years ago, and are still learning to enjoy all that Wenatchee offers.

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