Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UFO Challenge

auditioning fabric for a UFO
January 2018
While I typically don't have a lot of quilting UFOs (unfinished projects), I do have some that I've intended to make for several years. The project (fabric, pattern, kit, etc.) is frequently shuffled from one pile to another until it's buried under a stack of other intended projects.

Marilyn and I made lists of UFOs and planned projects a couple of weeks ago. I came up with over 12 projects, and Marilyn made a list of 6 projects. I consolidated my list to 6 with two projects per number, so we would both have the same numbers on our lists. Marilyn rolled a die - January's project number is 2.

Number two on my list:
    •  six panel blocks (three houses and three barns)  --  I love the colors and scenes in these blocks and even purchased some coordinating "cheater" fabric. Last week, I framed the panel blocks with a fun polka dot fabric and made three accompanying blocks and framed them, too. I pulled some fabric for borders, etc. I have no real plan for this quilt: it is evolving as I work. The quilt will be a summer throw for the sofa.
    • a row by row of a steam engine  --- Inspired by Sara's (My Sewing Room) row by row project. You may remember that Marilyn, Harold, and I rode the narrow gauge train from Durango to Silverton, CO in October. Our trip was in the works when I saw Sara's row by row project, and I called the shop to order the kit. This project will be a perfect reminder of the fun time I had on the train.

Progress is being made on at least one of these UFOs in January.

Do you have a plan to complete some of your UFOs in 2018?


  1. Yes, I am working on UFO's and also making more. Hahaha! Your finish will be so pretty!

  2. Great way to organize and DO those unfinished and languishing projects!

  3. Sounds like a good way to get things done.

    I don't have any UFOs right now. I have my scrappy blanket and my Solar socks on the needles and both get some stitches done every day.

    Oh wait .........I have a little cross stitch ornament that is half done. Maybe I could call that my UFO and work on that too.

  4. I'm thrilled that you were able to get that row by mail from the shop in Iowa. It was a delightful shop with such nice people. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    I've finished 2 small UFOs so far this month and am 1/4 of the way around binding a UFO quilt. I'm determined to either make something with what I have or give it away.

  5. that's a good plan!

    As you know, I've got five quilts on the go. I try to do a little on at least one of them each day. I'm hoping to finish baby Aliza's quilt this weekend - or at least get it quilted and ready to bind.

  6. Ack! My list would be too long, I admire you for making a UFO list! :)

  7. That's a great plan for finishing things up. I really only have two UFO's. A knitted log cabin blanket that I truly was not enjoying that's been shelved for over a year. It was to use up some scraps of yarn.
    I also have a shawl kit that I purchased from Knit Picks before the holidays. It's more of a summer shawl and I've had winter things to work on. I'm finishing a toddler blanket today at knit group this morning, (hopefully). I always have socks on the needles so I don't consider them UFO's.
    I love how the train quilt will be a memory of your trip last fall. Those are the best projects. ;-)

  8. Wow a dozen quilts. One a month . That's amazing Nancy.
    I have the log cabin blanket that I sure hope to finish this year. Because it is fall colors, I bet I don't touch it much till Fall. Im weird that way!

  9. You are out of control. But I love it.

    Your fabric stashing and my sock knitting has inspired me. I decided the only quilt I want to try and make is a Christmas quilt so I have been doing preliminary window shopping of on sale Christmas remnants and cotton patterns like my Mom used to when I was a kid. I've also begun the slippery slope of googling How to Quilt Easy. LOL. You crafty people are going to get me in all kinds of trouble! I can't cut anything straight!! I can't sew?!? What am I thinking?

  10. Yep, I whittle away at UFOs but evidently I start a lot of projects that don't get finished through the year. I doubt if I'll be any better this year. But I can keep trying. Good luck with finishing a few UFO projects this year.


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