The number of UFOs that I have has really been weighing on me and 2012 is the year I want to get as many done as possible. I have been mulling over them for quite some time, and had actually hoped to get several of them done this month (it is the 20th, I don’t think I am going to make it, especially since tomorrow is the kids’ last day of school!)
Personal Quilting Goals for the remainder of 2011 and all of 2012
- Main goal – finish as many UFOs as possible! (I have around 40!)
- Finish a minimum of 24 UFOs – average 2 per month
- Enter some of those UFOs in upcoming quilt shows
- Start no new quilting projects unless they are immediate gifts or I am already committed to them
Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? (Can you hear my hysterical laughter?! How did I ever get to this point?)
I have three quilts I would like to finish up this year – Matt’s dinosaur quilt, Lilli’s doll quilt (this one has to be done by Christmas!), and put the binding on Deb’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. As I said earlier, I had hoped to do more, but at this point I will be happy to get these three done.
Fifteen of my UFOs are “flimsies”, tops that just need quilting and then binding. Those should not be too bad if I will just make time for them on my longarm. One of the big incentives on this is that my local guild show is held every two years and the next is September 2012. I would love to have a bed quilt to hang in the show as well as my usual wall hanging!
Four more quilts don’t have too awful much work on them. If I can get these and the 15 flimsies finished that is already 19 UFOs! If I can get multiple of the easier projects done earlier, that would give me more time for some of the more labor-intensive tops such as the Civil War Tribute (CWT). I don’t think I can get all of them done in one year (see the CWT quilt, what in the world was I thinking?!), but I am going to try to get as close to that number as I can!
My pledge of not starting new projects includes no block of the month programs, First Saturday programs, tempting blog quilt-alongs…..all those fun, exciting projects that just beckon me to start them. 2013 will be a year of new starts…..if the Lord lets me survive until then! The only exception to this is two classes that I have signed up for this coming spring – one is the glorified 9-patch and the other is a Radiant Sunshine and Shadow quilt.
I am posting a whole page with my UFO projects on it – look at the tabs above: “Home”, “Contacts”, “Crossroads Custom Quilts Photos”, and “UFO Challenge”. Click on UFO Challenge and you can see the wide variety of my UFOs. I will update changes to this page as I post them to my main blog and will link the two together.
I will also be doing this in conjunction with Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times UFO Challenge, though I am not really sure how I am going to coordinate it. Probably pick one or two of my easier quilts for the month and go with them instead of the random number thing. That will obviously mean the latter months of the year will be much more difficult than the earlier months!
Here is an abbreviated version of my list – for the full list with pictures check out the UFO Challenge page.
- Mini-me’s dinosaur quilt
- Lilli’s doll quilt
- Bind Deb’s grandmother’s flower garden
- 2008 First Saturday – Mariner’s Compass
- 2009 First Saturday – Chocolate Swirls
- 2010 First Saturday – French
- Spring Stars
- McTavish wholecloth #1
- McTavish wholecloth #2 – roses
- The Mariner’s Coins
- Pineapple Four Patch
- Lancaster Rose Applique wall hanging
- Pink and green ugly
- Baby girl crib quilt
- 2012 Longarm Challenge quilt – due in June
- Ann H’s BOM QOV top
- JoAnn S’s QOV top
- Rainbow sampler borders and sashing quilt
- 2011 First Saturday – Square in a Square
- Bowtie Blues
- Four Patch Posey
- Jelly Roll Strip quilt
- 2009 Row Quilt
- Birds in the Air
- Christmas Tree skirt
- Inchies for Camp
- Not So Ugly Monkey quilt
- Mini 9-patch quilt, green and white
- Lorraine’s mini sampler quilt from class
- Carmen Four Patch Posey
- Jinny Beyer’s Mirage
- American Dream
- Black. red and white hexagon quilt
- Star and tulip applique
- Civil War Tribute
- Tiny Bowties – leftovers from Bowtie Blues
- Bali Zinger
- Orca Bay
- Cows for Deb
Wow, that is quite a list. I think I have them all, but will add more as I find them just so I can keep track. I am also very tempted to re-purpose some of them, such as number 32, the star and tulip applique. I honestly don’t think I am going to have time for any hand applique this year. Others I know I will not get done this year, such as the CWT quilt and American Dream. Those are going to take quite a bit of work. I may set a goal through the year to get 6 blocks from each done this year which would give me a decent start for next year’s UFO challenge. 🙂