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    2014 UFO Challenge of the Month

    This is the brand new page for this year's continuation of our UFO Challenge. The rules are simple: We support and encourage one another in completing our accumulated UFOs.

    You are encouraged to set a goal for each month, but it is not required.

    A "finish" is defined as removing said UFO from your incomplete stack of projects. The way you accomplish this is up to you. You can finish the project, pass it on to someone else to finish, donate it, sell it.... you see, we are very flexible. Our goal is to reduce the pile of UFOs.

    And yes, you can move your UFO to someone else's pile, lol, it's been done before. We are great enablers, too!

    All are welcome to hop on this UFO train; we reach out our hands to help you get on. The train will blow it's whistle for each new member and we ring the bell for all the finishes that happen!!

    It doesn't matter how you count your UFO's; it's entirely up to you. No UFO Police allowed here!!!
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Wow, I like this idea! I don't have anyone to pass a UFO or PHD to, so I have to finish my own! I had already set a goal last week to start finishing these projects! Have 1 completed! For Easter!
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    I'm in! I just counted up last year's finishes - 19 quilts (not all were UFOs at the beginning of the year, however). And I created 9 additional UFOs in the process - plus the ones I already had which did not get finished. So, UFO challenge here I come!

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    I will have to go home from work and take an accurate count of UFO's but just like most quilters, I have a pile of them. Thinking less than 10 but......likely will find others that I have forgotten about. Here we go!

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    I refuse to count the UFO's, but will try to make the pile smaller and not create anymore. Thanks for starting the thread Linda.
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    This is the year I plan on getting some of the PIGS and UFOS done. I haven't look to see how many I have to finish. Will be doing that over the weekend.

    I have 45 t-shirt cut and ready to be put into a quilt.

    This is a great encouragement to finish those we have put aside.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpower View Post
    Wow, I like this idea! I don't have anyone to pass a UFO or PHD to, so I have to finish my own! I had already set a goal last week to start finishing these projects! Have 1 completed! For Easter!

    PHD does that mean project half done? If that is the case, I get those from my mom, or she buys kits and then wants me to put them together because they are more complicated than she realized or has faith in herself she can do it.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    I'm in. Started last week. This king size needs to be ironed, sandwished, etc. Intermittingly started to finish 2 other ufos. I'm not counting,just know there are lots. To many.
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    I know a lot of us have UFO's that we can not decide how to finish them(I love making blocks and end up with extra blocks - just in case I goofed on one.)
    How about a UFO exchange where I finish yours and you finish mine.

    Anyone out there interested?
    Last edited by jarenie; 12-31-2013 at 11:30 AM.
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    Clang, clang clangggggggg..... wow, folks are jumping on board already and the train hasn't even left the station. Awesome!! Welcome aboard everyone!!!

    jarenie, I am sure you can offer up your UFOs that you no longer want and will probably find a taker for a trade.
    We have a sister thread where we discuss problems, show works in progress and ask for help and/or advice.
    That would be the perfect place to post your offer for dumpin..... er.. I mean transferring your UFOs to another quilter. heehee...
    Personally, I think trading UFOs that you really don't want to finish is a great idea.
    It might be a few days before the sister thread for 2014 is up and running but keep an eye out for it.

    We try to keep this thread for posting finishes and all the cheering and such. We all love seeing the finished UFOs. It encourages us all so much whenever anyone posts a finish!
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    This is a great idea! I'm in for 2014. I've counted up my UFO's and there are 12 of them.....not as bad as I thought (LOL). I have a bad habit of starting a quilt and then getting distracted by something new and setting things aside to work on new things. I really need to finish all the UFO's and clear some space in my bins and on my shelves for new ones (because I know there will be some more created). I've got two retreats and several classes scheduled this year that will result in new projects being started so I have to finish the older ones so I have something to show my DH for all the time I spend sewing! Looking forward to participating in this group and hopefully posting lots of finishes.
    Miss Rita

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    I'm In!! My last count was 14....and do we count the projects for which we've set aside fabric and pattern in a bag or a box?
    Looking forward to seeing all the finished ones. Happy New Year everyone!

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    I just started a list of UFO yesterday. I was going to present this challenge to my quilt guild. I'ld like to join in and will get back to yu on how many I have.
    Sharon

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    What a great idea. I'm a willing participant..maybe I can regain storage space

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    We are going back on the road - living on wheels - and I have been going thru my stash, cutting it all down to certain sizes, and deciding just how much I can squeeze in to "my" space. I found a number of UFO's so this will be great for me. I am gathering up my patterns and being realistic about what I would actually do and then matching it up with fabric and putting all together.
    This will give me a group of fellow quilters to hang with while we travel - thanks!
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    My local quilt shop is having a contest for 2014. We pay $1.00 (sometimes $2) for each project we finish --- at the end of the year the shop matches our dollar amount and we spend that in the store. For 2013 I earned $143.00. Finished 59 projects last year. My list this year consists only of quilts or sewing projects that I have already started -- I have about 54 listed. I have my strategy planned already -- The quilts that are pinned and ready to quilt and bind will be the first to be finished. Then I will work on the quilts that need backings made, then pinned, quilted and bound. Just yesterday I completed 20 blocks of a quilt that I started last year. I figure even if I don't finish a quilt if I work on it then it is that much closer to being finished.

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    What you count as a UFO is entirely up to you. Most of us consider just having the fabric and pattern doesn't count. IMHO, to be unfinished, it has to be something I have actually started on in some way. Just buying fabric and pattern isn't starting for me. LOL
    If I have, for example, pulled all the scraps that would go with some purchased fabric, kept it all out where I can get at it, cut some strips or made a sample block... then set it aside because something better came up.... ta daaaaaa.... UFO. But again, each person is able to define their UFO's as they wish. Some consider a quilt kit as a UFO. I've never had one, but if I did, I don't think it would become a UFO until I started it, then put it back and left it sitting.

    So you see, our "rules" are few and you get to pick what works for you. It's all good for this group, as long as we get to cheer for you when you post your finishes!!!
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Happy New Year, everyone! I'd like to join in, too. I'm kinda afraid to count up my UFOS cause I've been quilting since the Bicentennial, and there are quite a few of them! But what I think I'm going to do is to sort through my sewing room and collect all of the "recent" ones. Take stock and see what I have and plan from there. That's my goal for today. Okay, I'm committing to you and these members(if you'll have me)!!! (trembling as I head to the post button)!

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    Great idea!
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    At our guild meetings, we have an adoption table for unwanted projects / fabrics / quilt magazines. It's a great way to share (and to palm off stuff). Be careful though or you might take home more than you brought. Be firm with you "material" self. Experience speaking, but I plan to take my own advice this year.
    Last edited by kyrose; 01-01-2014 at 06:08 AM.

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    Happy New Year to all and .... upward and onward. I was a late joiner last year due to a broken arm that didn't let me do anything till May.... didn't accomplish one a month but did get some UFOs done.... Yeah. So, I'm jumping on the bandwagon again this year. I really don't have many UFOs this year, thanks to last year. But, the ones I do have will take me some time to finish. I find it best to make a public declaration... it keeps me honest. Here goes....
    My daughter's cathedral window quilt-- hope to finish in a couple of months.
    My Birds in the Air quilt- it's on the quilting frame but I'm a slow hand quilter.
    My One Block Wonder- that I started at a guild retreat 6 years ago.
    My Block of the Month- from Block Central that I started maybe 6-7 years ago.

    And, that's it!! I will be able to start a few of the quilts that I 'need' to get started to get a new UFO pile going.
    I can get these done this year,..... I know I can.
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    I'm in, have a bookcase facing me when I sew....my projects to finish, some to start. So thanks for the "get going and get it done." Christmas, Easter, quilts, many bags, purses.

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    Happy New Year everyone! Let the UFO Finishes begin!!

    I am looking forward to getting back into my quilting room after the holidays... In fact today I hope to do a tidy up and make some decisions as to which UFOs will go on my Q1 Finish List. The rest of my family heads back to school tomorrow so the normal routines will soon follow. How about we all post a pic of our current UFO in the sister thread and get things hopping over there?

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    Happy 2014 to everyone!!! What a wonderful beginning to the new year we have going here. Everyone is welcome in this group. It's a big train and lots of room.... tootttttttttt toooooooooooooootttttttt!!! Y'all just keep hopping on board.
    One of my goals this year is to sort thru all the orphan blocks and go with fabrics I have collected and see if I can't put them together into something like a sampler. I have 2 smallish bins with these in and it's time for them to find life.
    I also have some lovely large print fabrics that I want to make at least a couple BQ patterns with. These poor fabrics have been languishing for too long.
    I have 4 flimsies that need layered and finished. They are for me, so last on the lists, LOL.
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimplelife View Post
    Happy New Year everyone! Let the UFO Finishes begin!!

    I am looking forward to getting back into my quilting room after the holidays... In fact today I hope to do a tidy up and make some decisions as to which UFOs will go on my Q1 Finish List. The rest of my family heads back to school tomorrow so the normal routines will soon follow. How about we all post a pic of our current UFO in the sister thread and get things hopping over there?
    I'd love to, if someone points me to it. I haven't seen any sign of a sister thread yet.

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