Tuesday, November 01, 2011

My Oldest UFO

EvalinaMaria of This and That blog has posted an invite to do an Oldest UFO SAL.  She has challenged her readers to dig out their oldest UFO to stitch on and post their progress on the last day of the month.  Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

So I dug through my boxes of projects (6 very big boxes...sigh) to see if I could tell which was my oldest UFO.  Now in my defense, not every project in the boxes has been started, so they aren't all UFOs.  A lot of them aren't started at all, so technically they are stash.  Hmmm...I wonder if that makes it better or worse?  Anyways, I found an old a vintage Aunt Martha mushroom pattern that I started a very, very long time ago.  When I picked it up, I had a flashback to sitting in my mom's living room with her and my aunt, talking about stitching the mushrooms to go in my mom's kitchen, and picking out colors.  I was about 15 or 16, because this was before I started working at the Pizza Hut.  That makes this UFO 33 or 34 years old. OMG  Now I feel really old.

Here it is, complete, with yellowed masking tape around the edge and rust spots because I left the needle in the fabric.

I was going to make a set for my mom.  Here are the other two pieces that were folded up with the one I started all those eons ago.

And look at the price on the threads at the bottom.  10 cents!  And the brand is American Thread Co.

Yeah, I'm definitely feeling a little vintage myself right now.

So how old is YOUR oldest UFO?


mdgtjulie said...

Well, I don't really have a UFO. I had one, but it's become a WIP again as I work on it at least once a week. It's for my mom, and I'm hoping to have it done in time for Christmas. It's called Portrait of Christ, designed by Sandy Orton for Praying Hands. It was a UFO until June or July, and then I picked it up and started working on it.

Rita E in AZ said...

I love your mushrooms!
I, too, found very yellow tape around my oldest UFO.
I hope you can get the rust out of your fabric. I am looking forward to watching some old UFOs get finished.

EvalinaMaria said...

Wow, what a lovely story attached to your projects. Thank you for joining and happy stitching!

On the rusty spots CLR works very well.

Katrien said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this one!

SoCal Debbie said...

Hi Lisa, I'm a new follower of your blog. You certainly DO have the oldest UFO (beat me by a few years). Now let's see if we can finish them up and get on to the next one!