85F3CE96-2B73-4819-B350-FD64F4FBC6D4 .Quiltscapes.: Snippets ~ UFO to GO!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Snippets ~ UFO to GO!

Today's "Snippet" from the Sewing Room:
A Portable Design Wall I call my UFO-to-GO! 

(UFO = Un-Finished Object... or Un-Fulfilled Opportunity?)
Use this project to lay out and store any work in progress. 
Handy to wrap up and take to class or on the go! 
Makes a great gift for quilting friends!

Featuring Laminate Fabric and Sew Together notions from Riley Blake Designs


1/2 yard Riley Blake Designs' Laminate fabric 

1/2 yard Pellon 987F fusible fleece

3 -  2" strips x width of fabric for binding

1 yard 1/2" ribbon

2 covered hair elastics

2  1" buttons

Read some great tips for sewing with laminate fabric > HERE <


CUT Laminate fabric into a 15" x 30" rectangle.
CUT Pellon fusible fleece about 15-1/2" x 30-1/2" 

Place fabric, wrong side up on ironing board.  Place fleece, fusible side down over fabric, then follow manufacturer's directions and PRESS to adhere fleece to fabric, careful not to press on the laminated side of the fabric.  Use a mylar pressing sheet or piece of parchment pan liner to prevent adhesive from sticking to your ironing board...

With the iron at "Wool/Steam" setting, press down firmly for 10–15 seconds.  Using steam really seems to do the trick.  Repeat, overlapping iron until entire area is fused.  You could also use a damp press cloth.

Trim edges. 

Machine-Bind your UFO-to-GO as you would any quilt. 
Join three 2" strips together using diagonal seams to make a binding.  Fold binding in half lengthwise and press.  With fleece side up, align raw edges of binding with project edge and stitch, using 1/4" seam allowance.  Check my TUTORIAL for more info, or here's a VIDEO tutorial of my favorite machine-binding technique. 

Miter the corners


Finish final seam.

After stitching the binding to the fleece side, turn it over, laminate side up.  On one short end of the UFO-to-GO, center and BASTE 1 yard of ribbon, folded about in half, right sides together if using a printed ribbon.  The upper ribbon is about 6" longer than the lower ribbon.  Measure about 8-1/2" from corners on the long sides and mark with a pin where your elastic hair bands will be positioned.  Make a 1" loop and baste into place as pictured.  (Sorry, I don't have a "before" picture, this shows placement with a finished binding.) 

Bring the folded edge of binding to the laminated side and machine-stitch to finish.  I edge-stitched mine, but a fancy stitch would work well also. 



Stitch 1" Buttons about 2-1/2" from the corners.  See diagram above. 

Now it's ready to go to work!  Lay out your blocks to get ready to sew together, or roll up your UFO-to-GO and store your project for a later time.  The laminate won't stick to the fabric, but the fabric  certainly sticks to the fleece!

Roll it up! 


Secure ends by bringing elastic bands over the buttons. 
Wrap the ribbons around and tie a cute bow.


Make it more compact by folding the UFO in half and trading sides with the elastics.


Catch a glimpse of how this handy little unit can be made as a DELUXE version (holds ten or more large quilt blocks!) on the recent Riley Blake Designs' Triangles video HERE.   A new video tutorial for the Deluxe UFO-to-GO will be coming soon over at Riley Blake Designs.

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Happy Sewing!



  1. You just made that look really easy, and I'm thinking it isn't THAT easy. It sure is beautiful!!

  2. Great looking and a great gift idea too!

  3. That is a fabulous idea. I know who I am going to make one for and I know she will love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. I was waiting for the tutorial on the Riley Blake wesbite so thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. 100% awesome! Thanks SO much!

  7. I really like this...and please let us know when your pillow is up ok...looking forward to seeing it

    1. by the way I really like this project....fabulous idea

  8. Can you use regular fabric instead of the laminate, or will that make the blocks stick on both sides?

    1. Good question, Mara!

      I think this project would work with fabric too, and your pieces would stick to the fleece bettern than the fabric, but may stick to the fabric too. The point of the laminate is that it won't stick at all so your layout remains the same no matter how many times you roll it out! Can't hurt to make a UFOtoGO with fabric, though - let me know how it goes for you!

  9. Hello Deonne I finally made my version of your UFO to GO! but for my WIP's, check it out.


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