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    UFOs

    Do you have any UFOs that you intended to make as Christmas gifts but are going to have to wait for another year?

    I have a Christmas stocking for a DGD that I will make for another Christmas. This one would be kept at my home anyway, and she is at her home for Christmas this year. She's 2 years old, so won't know the difference anyway. I did get the one for another DGD made and gifted on Thanksgiving, since she will use hers at home.

    What do you already have lined up for Christmas 2018?

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    I have a ton of UFO's to finish. But, none that needed to be done for this year. But, next year, I'm going to make it my mission to get UFO's finished. I don't know why, but, I have had a burning desire to see them all finished. So, I want to finish at least a UFO a month. Preferably 2 if I can manage it. That should take care of a great number of UFO's in my studio. I seem to be a great starter. But, not so much on finishing.

    I also have a few new things I would like to make. So, will have to temper my UFO's with something new along the way.

    I think I will join the UFO thread next year. Hopefully, I will be able to contribute a lot of finishes next year.
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    LOL! YES! this year I have a wall hanging that I bought as a precut kit from Keepsake--the one with the 3 raccoons ((I have 3 g-boys and plan to quilt their names in the tree) that I am a longgg way from finishing--maybe for their folks for Valentine's?? And a quilted vest is laying on the frame--would have started it last Thurs or Fri but realized I didn't have the silk bat I thought I had, DH picked up on Fri night when he went into city and company since. So....

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    I've had a holiday quilt for me in the works for 3 years. looks like it will be 4 now LOL
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    I don't have any UFO's. I'm a bit anal and work on projects start to finish. When a quilts done, I take it to the quilter and bind it immediately when I pick up. I was able to finish all my Christmas projects in time. I did Christmas all year, which was a first for me. That's not to say that I don't have stacks of fabrics organized for quilts waiting to be cut and sewn. Lol! This year I will likely have a UFO since I'm starting a Baltimore Album quilt. Since I plan on making other things I will work on BA a bit at a time. Probably drive me nuts but I'll give it a try. Lol..
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    New Year's resolution: Make a list of my UFOs. Maybe something will happen if they have their names written down on a clipboard.

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    Battle axe ... I saw a ufo list for free at craftsy you print out if you are interested. That wold make it pretty hanging around anyway. LOL ...
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    I have more UFO's than I care to admit, but I feel good that I have picked one back up and am going to give it to Jim next December. It is a Boxed Squares. The blocks were done but not joined up so I am making progress. I have loads of time so there is no rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
    New Year's resolution: Make a list of my UFOs. Maybe something will happen if they have their names written down on a clipboard.
    This is really a good idea. I'll be doing this also.
    Peace

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    2017 was the year of finishing off any UFO's for me. One was started back in 2010 and I just finished it two days ago so I am feeling very smug. I can start 2018 with a clean slate and have many ideas running around in my head. More UFO's in the making. LOL!!!!!!!

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    I joined the guild's UFO challenge which means we write 10 projects down. Thinking that writing them down would help me finish more, I was mistaken. Life got in the way and I got 3 out of the 10 (and another one not written down) done. That's 4 more than I had last year finished. Unfortunately I created a few more tops this year to add to the UFO pile. It's a struggle. Wish I had the dedication Teen has - not to start a new one til the latest one is complete. But I don't and doubt I ever will.....

    Have to say that it feels GREAT to cross a UFO off the list.

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    So I went into my stash room with a blank clip board. I got up to 9 and then discovered that the fabric that I had just purchased, had been purchased several years before and was in a tub staring at me. I think it is a wake up call. Gotta shop in the stash. Then I found several (maybe 25 yards) of Jinny Beyer. More reasons to shop in the stash.

    I consider a finished top to be a finish. There are seven of those.

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    Just a reminder..the 2017 UFO Challenge of the Month( https://www.quiltingboard.com/quilti...h-t284858.html )thread is wrapping up on here and Janice needs someone to take over. If you are good at keeping tallies, I know she would appreciate a volunteer to take over her job of past two years. I did it before her. It is a fun thread as you get to see first what others have completed. The goal for 2018 is to hit over 300 finishes! Can anyone volunteer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
    So I went into my stash room with a blank clip board. I got up to 9 and then discovered that the fabric that I had just purchased, had been purchased several years before and was in a tub staring at me. I think it is a wake up call. Gotta shop in the stash. Then I found several (maybe 25 yards) of Jinny Beyer. More reasons to shop in the stash.

    I consider a finished top to be a finish. There are seven of those.
    Oh, I don't have any trouble finishing the top---it's the sandwiching and quilting that I get hung up on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    I don't have any UFO's. I'm a bit anal and work on projects start to finish. When a quilts done, I take it to the quilter and bind it immediately when I pick up. I was able to finish all my Christmas projects in time. I did Christmas all year, which was a first for me. That's not to say that I don't have stacks of fabrics organized for quilts waiting to be cut and sewn. Lol! This year I will likely have a UFO since I'm starting a Baltimore Album quilt. Since I plan on making other things I will work on BA a bit at a time. Probably drive me nuts but I'll give it a try. Lol..
    Bless your heart, I need to channel your spirit. Get caught up and stay caught up!!
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    I am like teen and totally finish a quilt before starting another. I don't have storage room for ufos.
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    [QUOTE=I think I will join the UFO thread next year. Hopefully, I will be able to contribute a lot of finishes next year.[/QUOTE]

    WAIT! There's a UFO thread on this board? Where? I sure need it!

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    I started dating a friend about 9 years ago. (We were both widowed). Things were getting serious so I wanted to make him a throw quilt for Valentine's day. It was January when I started so I didn't have much time. It was a panel quilt so I only had to add borders but I didn't know how I would quilt it since I had only SITD before. So I decided to piece the back using jelly roll strips and figured I would SITD from the back to quilt it. I was still working then so I did not have time to finish it by Valentine's day. I wrapped the top and partially pieced back and gave him the unfinished quilt anyway with a promise to finish it within a few weeks. We got married that August and I still didn't have it done. 8 years later my husband reminded me that he was still waiting for it. So I finally finished it last June and told him "Happy Valentine's Day" as I handed it to him. He loves it. I am now retired and am in the process of finishing other UFO's.

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    I have a few UFO's-I am never sure why that happens. I really want to finish them. So, I plan to categorize them and work on them-maybe a specific time each week. Maybe that will help. I admire those of you who finish each one you start before going on to another one. I think I get into the UFO thing because something more pressing comes up and the delay in finishing something just gets pushed back and back and then becomes another UFO.

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    About three years ago I saw a post on the QB about writing a list of goals for the New Year. I have already set aside the 11x17 poster board for 2018s list of goals and this will be my 4th year. Ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you it really does help to have this list in plain sight in your sewing area where you are reminded of your current projects and UFOs. I got about 85% of my 2017 goals done so the first one on my 2018 list is my Gypsy Wife project...its about 3/4s of the way done.

    In 2017 I also started adding a few non-quilting goals at the bottom of my poster board...like organizing my recipes. (Ps...I have kept all of the previous years list of goals as a reminder of my accomplishments)
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    I'm in the group that finishes a quilt before I start another. I've always been that way, just me.

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    I'm usually pretty good about finishing tops. I have a couple in progress right now... one is stalled out because I'm at a point that the trimming on a specific point is tricky and I"m afraid to mess it up. My problem is when the top is finished, I'm either not sure how I want to quilt it, or my idea for how I want to quilt it, is beyond my current free motion or ruler work abilities... I also have a couple REALLY BIG quilts that I'm dreading...the basting and quilting of... I have a Gammill Charm, so moving the quilt while quilting is a bit of a chore.

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    JMOORE....I think you really hit the crap out of that nails head!!!!! This is a very good idea to get things done! Especially about using a poster b o a r d!!!! I make lists...lots of lists because I loose them!!!! So I think I'm gonna use the calendar back of an old calendar. (you know the big ones) and then I'll have to put it up on my cork board and I think it will have a good chance of not becoming a candidate for a milk carton. Thanks for the info and maybe I'll get more done.

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    I have 2 UFO's that I don't like so I'm not sure what will happen to them. I also have a few that I love so they will hopefully get finished sometime soon.
    I just bought some cat fabric layer cake and yardage and am dying to use it but I'm making myself wait
    We'll see if that happens or not!

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    I don't have Christmas UFOs but do have approx 8 or 9 tops to be sandwiched and quilted. Sandwiching is the one part of quilting I dislike. My daughter was here last month and sandwiched 9 tops for me which I have already finished. These are 45 x 50 or 60 that I make to give to a head start program at my church. I have a head start on the tops but need to get them done so I will be ahead of the game plan.

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