Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 UFO Challenge List #1--piecing

Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times is hosting a UFO Challenge for 2017. Each participant makes a list of 12 UFO goals for the year. At the beginning of each month,  Judy will draw a number between 1 and 12, and that is the project we work on for that month. This will be a new experience for me, and I'm hoping it will motivate me to finish off some old projects. There are certainly plenty of those around here!

My projects are listed in chronological order, with the dates showing approximately when a project was started. I had a hard time narrowing it down to 12, so I have included a couple of extras/alternate projects. These are all piecing projects, and I will be compiling a second list of quilting/finishing projects.

1.  Fiesta Log Cabin (Feb. 1998)--make more blocks and redo borders to make quilt longer /rectangular instead of square. 

2.  Sawtooth Diamond (Oct. 2000) I made a pile of tiny little HSTs for this Amish-inspired quilt design. It's time to do something with those triangles, although it's quite likely it will bear little resemblance to the inspirational photo.

3.  Ring Around the Stars (May 2001) This one shouldn't be too hard--it just needs the border finished.

4.  Mini Snail's Trail (July 2001) I need to figure out a plan for this quilt, which is often where I get bogged down in a project. After that I can get back to making more of these little 3.5" blocks.

5.  Maple Stars (Feb. 2003) The blocks in this quilt were made as part of a guild exchange. I joined them together into a top, which currently measures 47 x 62". I would like to add to the borders to make the top larger, and also to piece a back for it. 

6.  Pineapple Star (May 2003) I made the first diamond block of the star in a workshop, then made the rest in the following months. This is another project where I need to decide how I want to finish it, then just do it. Possibly make more blocks for a ring of diamonds around the star.

7.  Woven Ribbons #1 (Aug. 2004) The top for this quilt was made in 2004, then quilted around 2007 or 2008. All it needs is binding. I guess this should really be part of the UFO finishing list, but I am going to keep it here.

8.  Dresden Stars (June 2013) I started this quilt in a workshop with Edyta Sitar. The five blocks shown are finished except for the centers. I need to make three more blocks, then set everything together.

9.  Border print tablerunner (Oct. 2013) I made a set of placemats for a niece as a Christmas gift, but need to finish up the matching tablerunner. She and her husband are having a new house built, and this would be a perfect housewarming gift.

10.  Tell It to the Stars (Jan. 2014) This was a mystery BOM by Judy Laquidara in 2014. I kept up through most of the year, but lost my momentum when we got to the borders. I have seen photos of several beautiful versions of this design, and I would love to finish the borders on my quilt.

11.  Stabilstor Organizer (June 2014) This isn't a quilt, but something for my quilting room to help organize my supplies. I got the pattern from Nancy's Notions for an over-the-door organizer to hold rolls of interfacing, stabilizer, etc. Mine is started but needs to be finished. 

12. Rainbow Bowties (Jan. 2015) I made bowtie blocks all through 2015 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. It's time to get those blocks joined together into a quilt top. The picture is an EQ7 version of the layout I am planning to use.

Alternate project #1.  Scrap Hexies--started in August, 2013 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. They are English Paper Pieced, and I have all the units made, just need to finish joining them together.

Alternate project #2.  Girl's jacket--I used to teach a pattern similar to this at a quilt shop, and found this partially completed jacket in my collection of UFOs. It just needs the patchwork sections stitched down to the sweatshirt, then the front edge and closures can be finished off.

I am linking up my list at Judy's UFO 2017 page. You can find Judy's explanation of how the challenge will work HERE. I'm not sure I will be able to deal with letting someone else choose what I work on each month, but it's worth a try! I know there are many quilters who do well with these monthly UFO challenges, and I need any motivation I can find to help get some of these UFOs done!

Happy quilting and happy new year!

Julie in GA


  1. Love the way those bow ties are arranged. Happy piecing.

  2. You've got a great list of projects! Good luck with the challenge.

  3. looks great! I'm glad the UFO challenge is back for 2017! just like you, I have at least one taht's languished in my pile since her last challenge... I'm looking forward to getting more done! (and using up some of that stash!) I really like your first quilt, fiesta log cabin. any chance that you have the pattern?


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