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Thread: UFO Challenge of the Month 2012

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    I think everyone should make a list of the TOP 10 you would like to see completed by the end of the year! Do not worry about the other 150 on the list, just the TOP 10! and they can not be potholders, mug rugs, or coasters..but actual quilted things like wall hangings, stockings, etc!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    I think everyone should make a list of the TOP 10 you would like to see completed by the end of the year! Do not worry about the other 150 on the list, just the TOP 10! and they can not be potholders, mug rugs, or coasters..but actual quilted things like wall hangings, stockings, etc!
    If you want to make lists and rules for yourself that's fine but they're not part of the original challenge.

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    This year I took part in a UFO challenge elsewhere that was very elaborately organised, and I don't think that actually helped me very much - it set me up to fail. I really like the easy-going approach here on the board. I've gathered up all my UFOs and put them in crates under my bed so that I'm not overwhelmed by the sight of them (about 17). Out of interest, I made a list of them just so I know what I've got. My method is going to be to pull one out at random and start working on it. If, as often happens, it comes to a temporary halt because I need fabric, batting or thread, I'll put it back until I can get to the quilt shop and pull another one out. I've decided not to try to do one a month, because if I fail early on, I'll get discouraged. I'm thinking that for me what might work best is simply to resolve to do some work on one of the UFOs every day that I can get to my sewing machine. That way I should at least make some progress and, who knows, may even finish some! And being able to come here and share how I'm doing will be a huge help.
    We all work differently - some people need to set themselves targets, some of us don't respond well to that approach. Some like to focus on one project, others like to have variety. This challenge is great, because we can all play to our own strengths and favourite working methods, and hopefully get some of those UFOs onto the finished list this next year!
    Happy New Year and Happy UFO Completion to all!

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    I'm in.... did not get all of them done last year because I had too many other gift quilts to do. Now I have time to get the 3 that have been hanging around here for years done!

    Going to start on them tomorrow... New Years Day!

    Now, if I can only get this room cleaned up so I can start, that would be a big help. LOL
    Guess I need to do that today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads View Post
    This year I took part in a UFO challenge elsewhere that was very elaborately organised, and I don't think that actually helped me very much - it set me up to fail. I really like the easy-going approach here on the board. I've gathered up all my UFOs and put them in crates under my bed so that I'm not overwhelmed by the sight of them (about 17). Out of interest, I made a list of them just so I know what I've got. My method is going to be to pull one out at random and start working on it. If, as often happens, it comes to a temporary halt because I need fabric, batting or thread, I'll put it back until I can get to the quilt shop and pull another one out. I've decided not to try to do one a month, because if I fail early on, I'll get discouraged. I'm thinking that for me what might work best is simply to resolve to do some work on one of the UFOs every day that I can get to my sewing machine. That way I should at least make some progress and, who knows, may even finish some! And being able to come here and share how I'm doing will be a huge help.
    We all work differently - some people need to set themselves targets, some of us don't respond well to that approach. Some like to focus on one project, others like to have variety. This challenge is great, because we can all play to our own strengths and favourite working methods, and hopefully get some of those UFOs onto the finished list this next year!
    Happy New Year and Happy UFO Completion to all!
    I agree!! This challenge is about encouraging and helping each other get stuff done! I know I'm not real likely to even work on one UFO in January because I have a baby quilt that needs done and I have a workshop the first weekend of February to design a pair of wall hangings for. I haven't started any of them yet!

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    I am down to two UFO's . Finally. I have worked the last few months getting them finished. Now, I have to work on getting my stash down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    If you want to make lists and rules for yourself that's fine but they're not part of the original challenge.
    My statement to make the list of the TOP 10 was so that people would not overwhelm themselves by making a HUGE list that would not get done...I was trying to encourage them to start small..and then add on if they can!

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    I am signing up this year. My first ufo is to finish cleaning up the building I will be using as a sewing studio. Right now it is pretty much just storage. I will be starting on that on Jan 2nd. I also hope to finish a baby quilt I have all the blocks done for & just need to sew them together, sandwich and quilt and of course (ugh) bind. Then on to the next onto the next 6. Boy will I be busy. Once my sewing studio is set up (my the end of Jan) I intend to spend about 6 hours a day sewing.
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    I have followed other threads on this board where the quilter showed the progress in pictures as it evolved. I had such a good time watching the quilt come into being and, I think, showing people the steps helped the maker stay motivated. Maybe we could do something like that. I don't want to bore anyone but if everyone thinks it's a good idea I would sure like to see the actual projects while in progress. Not just when done.

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    I would like to join also have a LOT of UFOs dont know if I can get one a month but will give it a go lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    I have followed other threads on this board where the quilter showed the progress in pictures as it evolved. I had such a good time watching the quilt come into being and, I think, showing people the steps helped the maker stay motivated. Maybe we could do something like that. I don't want to bore anyone but if everyone thinks it's a good idea I would sure like to see the actual projects while in progress. Not just when done.
    I like this idea also. How dose everyone else feel?
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    Ok! I agreed to join this thread before Christmas, but said I wouldn't start untill after I got my sewing area cleaned up. It is finally done!Yeah!! As I was cleaning I set aside all my UFO's as I found them:
    1.- Dresdon Plate - have been cutting blades for about a year.
    2.- Grandmother's Flower Garden - This has ben my take along project for over a year
    3.- Fall Wall hanging - at least 2 years old
    4.- Paper pieced wall hanging- only about 8 months old, my first try at freezer paper piecing, Class project.
    5.- Snowman quilt- only about 4 months old
    6.- Bargelo quilt- Class quilt, do not enjoy working on it, about a year old
    7.- Square in a square quilt-Class project,made from kit, first time with Baticks, don't like the color, 5-6 yr.
    8.- Quilt of Valor - This one is special- for my nephew
    9.- Yard sale quilt- found hand emb. squars need to be sashed and joined
    10.- Block exchange - from Boomarang 5 East, 3 monthsold
    11.- Flannel quilt - Odd size and shape blocks, can't find or remember pattern, had it for at least 20 yrs!LOL
    12.- Have 4 very simple tops made by DH grandmother in Late 50's or early 60's need to be quilted when I get more proficent on the long arm.
    I know this is just a partial list. I am still going through my sewing stuf, while digging out Christmas ornaments found a plastic tub under a bed full of fabric! LOL Who knows what I'll find when I dig into the 2 full chest of drawers in the spare room!

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    I am sure I signed on to this challenge last year....and life got in my way. So I will try again. I did get a Christmas wall hanging almost done over the holidays so that shall be the first on my "UFO" list to finnish. Need the binding compleated and a hanging sleeve. Several waiting to be done. Now I need to learn that little 2 letter word..."NO"! I can be my own worst enemy for saying yes to other peoples projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    I like this idea also. How dose everyone else feel?
    I like.
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    I like the idea of having a list will sort through mine and choose my first 5 things ( dont want to overwhelm myself too much lol )

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    Here's my list -you'll quickly spot a theme:

    English garden - Nine-patch blocks from a swap on an online group - needs quilting
    Abstract wall hanging - needs quilting
    Bag – a kit, fabrics selected, but not started
    Log cabin foundation – not started
    Large Christmas wall hanging - needs quilting
    Baby quilt – fabrics bought, not started
    Crumb blocks - have made a pile of these - need some more, then sashing and quilting
    Liberty fabrics, English patchwork. Sewn together - needs quilting and making into cushion cover
    Hunter’s star - needs to be sewn together and quilted
    Star blocks - a friend gave me about 80 small blocks. Need to be sewn together and quilted
    Pattern for a cover for my Featherweight – not started
    Sashiko kits - 2 x 12in squares. One finished, one in progress
    Hand piecing - a Quilt University exercise. Curved piecing, abandoned in disgust and despair!
    Christmas tree wall hanging - needs quilting
    Hand pieced stars - passed on by a friend - lots to do on this!
    Friendship stars - blocks from an online swap - needs quilting
    A quilt for my Mum - has been a huge struggle, now trying to find fabrics I'm running short of
    Waterfall – a design from Simply Quilts magazine. Have 103 batiks for this, but not yet started!
    Bright n black stars - needs quilting
    D9P lap quilt - needs quilting.

    If I do all these, I should be an expert quilter by the time I finish!

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    I have a Venice Rose that has been sitting patiently to be completed. That in my January to do. I have a jury duty call for tomorrow, but if I don't get empaneled I will be ready to go.
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    Gosh, this is one more reason to retire in 2014! I'd actually have time to do this challenge. How much fun and I'm going to keep checking up on all of you Can't wait to see all the unfinished finished products!
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    I'm in. I've been going thru UFO's and trying to get organized also. I thought I had a lot, but a lot of you guys have meet beat

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    I am going to go through mine and make a list. I SOOOOO want to do this. I need to finish all this stuff I have laying around or find someone to donate it to....but I'm a bit on the hoarding side so I can't donate! So, I better get stichin!

    I'll be back later with my list.
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    I just found this thread and read through it all. Over Christmas I told my DD that I wasn't starting any new quilts until I get some of my UFO's done. She peered over to her DH and said, "Did you get that on tape?" LOL With that in mind I about cutting the binding for a quilt that was started over 5 years ago, FMQ at the LQS last summer and finished yesterday. So am I in? you bet!
    I like your idea annesthreads on how to think about the UFO's.
    Sherry, what a beautiful sock for little Rainn. Were you stitching at the hospital while waiting to see him?
    Will take a pic of my quilt and post soon. Thanks for the inspiration to get them done!
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    The more I try to get one odne, the behinder I get. Trying to do a heater core on truck so I DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE $600 THEY WANT. Cant get dash past steering wheel so have to take that off. Was not looking forward to that. Have a plan though, go for it. After this I get to sew. Did Myster Quilt with About.COm and had to change out one of the borders. Wanted this to be for a swap but will have to see. I am using up one of my UFOs that I started a few years back so I am making one of the UFOs. Will post when done. I do mean done, will have quilted hopefully this week depending on how bad that child makes me work out. Yes, the diet is started along with the exercise routine. Love my daughter. She is keeping me to task and I need it. I have a ufo on the longarm now and I want to work on it tonight and I have another one in the process, all trimmed up and strips cut for the rails on the churn dash and ready to go. THen I do have my bag that needs to be done for daughter. I know why i did not finish it, how do you do french seams? That would make it look nice for finishing. Also, I have to find the wonderunder to make the pockets sturdier.
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    I am off to a good start- and quilted another UFO yesturday- started the binding today- down the first side- will (hopefully finish it tomorrow) then will take a pic & show you===i am quite excited to be wrapping up old ufo's this year-
    and since i'm also doing the (no fabric purchases) challenge- working on ufo's helps- since i've had everything for them for years
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I'm in!! I just finished another QFK yesterday ... so have a good start. I will complete my column quilt and put it on the bed while it's still cold enough to use it! And ... I WILL get my sewing area organized ... again! Is it just me ... or do others share this problem - when I'm in a creative mode, I really get messy! I leave things laying around that should be put away and my play area ends up looking like a hurricane hit! I really want to straighten it up and organize it, but my creative side gets me very distracted in there and I end up creating instead of cleaning!

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    TicTacMo from Terry Atkinson

    Here's the quilt I bound between Christmas and New Years. Could be a great scrappy quilt pattern
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