This Week’s PIGS Progress (aka UFOs) | McCall’s Quilting Blog

I spent part of my sewing time this week working on one of my PIGS. PIGS are Projects in Grocery Sacks. Some people call them UFOs but I find the name PIGS amusing so that’s what I call them.  I have more than a few a whole lot of them. It’s an ongoing process to try to keep them from taking over my sewing space.

The last time I counted my PIGS was several months ago and there were 27. But since then, I’ve sewn several projects for step-outs and several color options, which resulted in even more PIGS. And, I brought home one really special, unfinished project of Mom’s. (I’ll tell you more about it later.) I imagine I have 35 or more PIGS now.

Changing Lanes – the original design

But let me tell you about the PIG I was working on this week. The original quilt pattern for Changing Lanes by Stephanie Sheridan is in the McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017 issue. This issue is available in digital format or hard copy at and coming soon to newsstands and your local quilt shop. Or, you can purchase just the Changing Lanes quilt pattern.



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My Queen-size Quilt Top


As part of the pattern for this quick and easy quilt, I did a lesson on cutting and sewing the sashing strips to the correct length so the quilt top stays square. By the time I had all the step-outs for that lesson, I had a quilt top nearly made.  Stephanie’s quilt pattern was for a twin-size quilt so the first thing I did was add a few more strips to make it into a queen-size quilt.


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The Pieced Back


With the remaining fabric left from the project, I started piecing the back. I had big pieces left over so I made disappearing 4-patch blocks and then added a wide pieced border. I made my disappearing 4-patch blocks with strips already cut for the step-outs but you can use precut layer cakes or charm squares.




But now, I’m out of fabric (which is from the Dreamscape collection by Benartex) and my quilt back still needs another 20″ in both length and width. I’ll have to search my stash Fabric Inventory for fabrics that will coordinate with what I’ve already pieced.

It would be lovely to find a few yards of a great print that had all the right colors, but I’m betting I’ll have to do more piecing. I may add the new fabrics by slashing what I have done and adding chunks of the new fabrics to the center. I really don’t have a plan until I see what fabrics I have that will work and start sewing. So, stay tuned. I’ll tell you more as I figure out what I’m doing.

Until next time,

Happy quilting!

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Lori Baker
Acquisitions Editor: QuiltmakerMcCall’s QuiltingMcCall’s Quick Quilts
I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. I enjoy writing, gardening and reading.  I feel like I’ve been a seamstress nearly forever, but I didn’t start quilting until the mid-1990s. Quilting became my passion almost immediately. 

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