Thursday, December 29, 2011

UFO Challenge

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, or holiday season, whichever you prefer.  Our little family had a great time and I will have more to share with you later.  With all the Christmas decorations put away and my house feeling a little more normal I am excited to get 2012 started.

This year I am participating in the UFO challenge from Judy's blog.  I don't know Judy, I just read her blog, but I love this idea about trying to finish up an old project every month.  I am really good at starting projects but I get bored after awhile and start something new.  Hopefully this will challenge me to get a few of my projects finished.  I am supposed to number each project and each month Judy will randomly choose a number and we will try really, really hard to get the project finished within the month.  A few of mine I am pretty sure will take a few months so I have assigned them two numbers.

Here they are in no particular order.

1.  Viola's Jewelry Box

       I designed this quilt top for the McCall's Design Star Challenge.  It just needs to be quilted, I have the back and batting.  I may try using my home machine to quilt it, but I'm not sure if I am that brave!

#2 & #3  My Tweets by Erin Russek
     This block of the month has now ended and I am very far behind.  Erin has the final quilt on her blog.  I can't wait to get it finished.  Take a look and imagine all the white parts in black, that is what mine will look like!  This is a little bit of what I have so far.

#4  Pieceful Garden

      I remember sharing a few parts of this quilt with you but I don't think I ever posted the finished top. I am not going to add a border because it is just the right size to hang in my entryway.  It just needs to be quilted, again I'm think I will be brave and quilt it on my home machine.  Ahh, Scary!!!

#5  Embroidery Envelope

     This little envelope is made out of wool and will hold spools of thread, needles, and other notions for when I am sewing on the go.  I completely forgot I had this until I was looking for UFOs.  It shouldn't take too long!

#6  Christmas Wall Quilt

     I started this cute quilt last Christmas but it never made it to the useable stage.  All it needs is a border (which I already have) and then to be quilted.  I am hoping it will be used next year!

#7  Christmas Countdown

     This little advent calendar just needs to be machine stitched around the numbers, Santa ironed on and make each piece into a little tiny quilt.  

#8  12 Days of Christmas

     Wow, I sure do have a lot of Christmas projects!!  I think it is because I get really excited about making stuff for Christmas and then I don't have as much time as I would like to work on them.  This is a kit I bought for 1/2 price after Christmas one year.  I would love to hang it on my wall next year.  It is much cuter in real life.

#9 & #10  Twisted Log Cabin

     I remember seeing this quilt on Simply Quilts by Alex Anderson many years ago.  I loved it and when it was offered as a class I jumped right on it . . .  in 2008!!  It is completely paper pieced and you have to have a roadmap just to make sure everything will fit together in the end.  Right now I have about 30/60 triangles finished. I would be happy if I just finished the top within two months.  

road map
a few of the triangles I have so far
 # 11  Dipped in Chocolate

     This is a lap quilt that is pieced and in the process of being hand quilted.  All the pieces are 3/4 inch finished.  I think I am about 1/2 way through with the quilting.

#12  Toulousse

     My final UFO is this quilt, Toulousse, which I think is a kind of duck?  Really I'm not sure but I think a duck had something to do with it.  Again, another Christmas themed quilt.  This is ready to be quilted but I am thinking of adding another border or two so it will fit my king sized bed.  I guess I will finalize when it is time to work on this one.

When I was finding all of my old projects it was kind of like reconnecting with an old friend.  I am excited to get started and hopefully finish quite a few!!


  1. Your quilt projects are gorgeous! This is my first time to do this challenge too. BTW, Toulousse is a goose. I had one named Patsy! She was very funny.
    And I remember that quilt at the beginning of each Simply Quilts episode! and wanted to make it. That is a challenge in and of itself. Have fun! Jo

  2. I enjoy the Challenge and having a chance to work on one UFO per Month for Judy's Challenge. Some Months last year I didn't even find the UFO. I love your Viola's Jewelry Box. The Duck must be because of the Flying Geese in the Border, the way they go around like the game duck, duck, Goose...

  3. So many treasures!! I love the idea of the UFO challenge. BTW, I think your "Dipped in Chocolate" is TO DIE FOR!!!

  4. You have a LOT of great projects to work on here! I love this challenge, but it's a mixed blessing since I see what everyone else is working on and decide I need to make those too. Good luck in the coming year!