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“DIRTY DOZEN” CHALLENGE

     This year we are going to focus on TWELVE unfinished projects!  Our goal is to get these twelve projects completed and off our UFO list!  All you need to do is draw up a list of twelve of your unfinished projects.  It can be something as minimal as making a label, sewing the binding on a quilt, or sewing up a BOM block.  Maybe you have a quilt top waiting to be machine quilted.  Perhaps you have a table runner that is cut out and just waiting to be sewn up!  Do you have a stack of quilt patterns that need to be organized?  Do you have a box full of scraps that need to be cut down into useable squares or strips? Look on your shelves, in your closets, in your tubs, in your bags, or wherever you hide your UFOs and find those twelve projects you plan to complete this year! Number each of these twelve projects because there’s a TWIST to this year’s challenge.  On the first of every month, I will draw a number.  The number I draw is the same numbered UFO project you will work on and complete for that month!  For instance if I draw out number 4, you need to check what project is listed as your fourth UFO and work on that project for that month.  This should be a novel (and fun) way to get some of our pesky UFOs completed!

If you wish to participate, all you need to do is list your twelve UFOs!  (HELPFUL HINT: select projects that you can actually complete in a month!)  

I will cross out your numbered projects as you get them completed.  Please share photos of your UFOs as you complete them.   Prizes will be awarded to all who complete their TWELVE UFOs in their designated months! (This challenge discourages you from getting back-logged.  Trying to ''make up lost time" by getting 2-3 UFOs done in one month is STRESSFUL and that's not how this challenge works!  There's less stress if you follow our challenge: getting ONE project done in the month it is to be completed!)

CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS:

BETTY- COMPLETED ALL 12! 1. Finish quilting & binding BOM 2. Quilt & bind Strip quilt 3. Finish top of Big Block quilt 4. Baby blanket for the baby 5. Sew some strings on bibs 6. Make car carrier cover 7. "Hugs & Kisses" baby quilt 8. Pillowcases for Mary 9. Hot & Cold Kid Wraps for Mary 10. Curtains for the sewing room 11. Finish the New York Beauty quilt 12. Do another quilt for my DDIL from her grandma

JACKIE1. Blue/orange table quilt 2. Fall layer cake quilt from Aunt and Uncle 3. Birthday FQ quilt 4. SW placemats 5. Christmas layer cake quilt 6. IQ strip quilt 7. Birthday sampler quilt 8. Two Grey Hills 9. Nine Patch exchange 10. Sewing machine mat 11. Accessory bucket 12. Large wrapped cord basket

JAN- COMPLETED ALL 12! 1. Label for 2013 BOM quilt 2. 5-yard quilt (#1) 3. Cat rag quilt 4. Boy's rag quilt 5. Batik from 2010 6. Black/white block quilt 2013 7. Binding for #1 donation quilt 8. Uncle Santa wall hanging 9. Girl's rag quilt 10. 5-yard quilt (#2) 11. Lap quilt from fabric at IQ retreat 2013 12. Southern Stars BOM quilt 2008

LINDA N- 1. Stocking for Lucy 2. Stocking for Harrison 3. Quilt for Harrison 4. Apron for Lucy 5. Set of pillowcases 6. Quilt Halloween Quilt 7. Make microwave potato bags 8. Finish microwave bowls 9. Finish mini heart wall-hanging 10. Quilt & bind baby quilt 11. Make small zippered bags 12. Make bag for beach

LYNNE-1. Green star-binding 2. TB quilted with flowers - binding 3. Scrappy w/ floral border - binding 4. Nativity - binding 5. Patriotic runner - binding 6. Brett's quilt - finish quilting & bind 7. My Sister's Garden - quilt, applique,& bind (the only one of the Lucky 7 to get started) 8. Spring A-door-a-doodle - applique & bind 9. Sandy's mystery - put back together, quilt, & bind 10. Jeremiah quilt - quilt & bind 11. One of the 15 baby quilts in the box  - quilt & bind 12. Another of the 15 baby quilts in the box - quilt & bind

MARCIA-1. Quilt & bind red/navy/green table runner 2. Bind my "Scrappy X" quilt 3. Bind my Rainbow Strip quilt 4. Quilt & bind my 2 1/2" strip quilt (made from Chutes & Ladders jellyroll) 5. Quilt & bind my red strip quilt 6. Quilt & bind black/white strip quilt w/lime spacer squares 7. Sew Maple Leaf blocks (won from Lotto) into quilt top, quilt, & bind 8. Sew autumn colored Sampler Blocks (received from B'day Swap) into quilt top, quilt , & bind 9. Sew yellow & blue "Caring Hearts" into wall hanging 10. Add border to Sandy's Mystery Quilt- then quilt & bind 11. Complete my guild's Black & White strip challenge-sew into top, then quilt & bind 12. Make lap robe from ugly fabric received from my guild members, then quilt, & bind

MARYBETH- 1. Finish Stitcher's Garden Quilt 2. Finish Fiberworks BOM Quilt 3. English Paper Piecing table runner- applique & quilt 4. Quilt Hospice Flower pictures 5. Quilt "Dancing Flowers" wall hanging 6. Finish Black, White and Brights BOM 7. Quilt "sister" quilt 8. Finish Drunkards Path quilt 9. Make Paul's T-shirt quilt 10. Quilt IQ Flower quilt 11. Quilt Turtle quilt 12. Assemble & finish IQ Birthday block quilt

NANCY-1. Sorbet (1/2 sq triangle exchange)- Piece,quilt,& bind 2. Baltimore album miniature quilt- Piece,quilt,& bind 3. Rosebud's Cabin- finish piecing, quilt, & bind 4. Round Robin quilt- quilt & bind. 5. IQ Summer Mystery Quilt- quilt & bind 6. Easter Bunny Wall Hanging- finish piecing, quilt & bind 7. Friendship Mystery Quilt (Circle of Friends)- finish construction, quilt & bind 8. Block-of-the-Month (Lynne's) Halloween- finish top, quilt & bind 9. Expandable Tote Bag- sew on handles & finish 10.  Miniature Pinwheel Quilt- Finish blocks, quilt & bind 11. Red & White Pinwheel Wall Hanging- finish hand quilting & bind 12. Wild Goose Chase Through the Cabins- quilt & bind

PAT- 1. Quilt Exploding Star quilt 2. Put label & binding on BQ2 quilt  3. Finish Silly Socks pillowcases 4.Finish Kat-T-Did bag  5.Quilt Shy Little Kitten  6.Finish and bind Turning 20 quilt (first ugly quilt) 7. Put together Lynne's BOM sampler quilt,quilt & bind. 8.Bind placemats from Patrick Lose cruise 9.Finish Love Letters strip quilt 10. Quilt & bind 2012 NYM quilt 11. Finish Braid Table Runner  12. Put together one of the sets of blocks that are ready and waiting to be made into a quilt  ( I won a few block lotteries)

PEG1. Finish the applique on We Three Kings top.  BONUS POINTS FOR COMPLETING THE ENTIRE TOP!!!  2. Make hanging sleeve for Ribbons of Hope quilt.  3. Piece Addison Star table topper - it's all cut out and ready to sew. 4. Finish piecing IQ 2013 BOM 5. Quilt Labyrinth quilt 6. Quilt Bermuda Sunrise quilt. 7. Quilt Joy quilt.  8. Quilt Stars for a New Day quilt.  9. Quilt Heartstrings charity quilt.  10. Quilt Stonehenge quilt.  11. Quilt Jewels quilt. 12. Quilt Hunter Stars quilt. 

SUE GRANT- 1. York's freedom-quilt and bind.  2. Butterfly kids quilt-quilt and bind. 3.  Double Vision L-7 - piece, quilt & bind. 4. Churn Dash quilt - quilt & bind. 5. Star quilt - quilt & bind.  6. Christmas tablerunner - quilt & bind. 7. Puzzler - quilt & bind. 8. Purse - finish making. 9. Chicken and Egg quilt - quilt & bind. 10. Block of the month from Adel - quilt & bind. 11. Christmas quilt from Prairie Star Quilts - quilt & bind. 12. Frosty Flake L-7 - quilt & bind. 

TERESA H: C0MPLETED ALL 12! 1. Finish embroidered horse & sleigh wall hanging 2. Quilt & bind charity quilt 3. Quilt & bind Blue Star block exchange quilt  4. Finish piecing, quilt & bind KC star quilt  5. Finish piecing, quilt & bind last years BOM 6. Repair vintage baby quilt for DH's aunt 7. Assemble Carrie Nation blocks, quilt, & bind (from retreat) 8. Make lap quilt for retreat 9. Make a throw pillow to use up my pillow form 10. Quilt & bind 1 of my vintage quilts 11. Quilt & bind 1 of my vintage quilts 12. Quilt & bind 1 of my vintage quilts

TRESSA J- 1. Disappearing 4 patch from L-7 -  finishing piecing quilt & bind 2. Finish apron 3. Purple strip lap quilt - quilt & bind 4. Purple flower quilt - bind 5. Make pillow out of sampler block - this block is from L-7 sampler quilt 6. Art quilt L-7 - quilt and bind 7. Heather's quilt - quilt & bind 8. Craftsy BOM 2012 - quilt & bind 9. Teal flower - quilt & bind 10. AQS mystery quilt 2012 - quilt & bind 11. CT mystery quilt - quilt & bind 12. Block Within - quilt & bind (maybe put a border on it, depends on the measurements) This one has been around for 10 years.

MONTHLY PROJECTS:

JANUARY-  Work on project #2

FEBRUARY- Work on project #5

MARCH- Work on project #12

APRIL- Work on project #1 

MAY- Work on project #11 

JUNE- Work on project #6

JULY- Work on project #3

AUGUST- Work on project #7

SEPTEMBER- work on project #10

OCTOBER- work on project #8

NOVEMBER- work on project #4

DECEMBER- work on project #9

 

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Replies to This Discussion

I like that term-"fantasy list!" After the L-7s, I wonder if I can finish everything!  Last year,I did win a prize for finishing UFOs at my quilt guild--I finished 8 and that was more than most!

Well, I really think I NEED to do this challenge but all my UFOs except one are back in Iowa.  Awww...too bad, right? I have a Christmas quilt here that needs binding. I brought it to Texas last year because we spend Christmas here now but I didn't even touch it and it was still right where I left it.  So, I have a list of 1 and I know that won't cut it.  Guess I'm off the hook LOL!!

I'm going to try and get a list together so I can join. Didn't do too well on Lucky 7.

Marcia, I will set this one out, just don't have that many UFO's. Thanks for doing this, you are the grandest...

Marcia, I think I am going to pass this year also. Twelve I think, is just too many for this busy mom. It sounds like fun though. I will be checking in on the action-I love to see all the completed quilts. Very inspiring.

Checked over my L-7 list. There was only 1 project on the list that I did not get started. Also the sampler quilt may develop into 2 UFO's. As I made one block that is huge and will not fit into the quilt but will make a great pillow! I came up with a list last night off the top of my head I was 1 short, but adding the pillow that will make 12. So I will join with high hopes of getting these all finished.

I will come up with the official list later and before the 5th.

Marcia,  I think this is a wonderful idea.  I found so many last year that were started but I couldn't use them for the lucky 7's.  I did finish five of the l-7's so maybe I might get more done this year.  My goal is to get more out of my sewing room and this may be the trick.  I also have plenty to spare for anyone who needs some. ha ha.  I will get back to you with the list because right now I am supposed to be working.

OK, i will try to do this, since I did START some of my L-7 projects, I probably can keep adding to my list since now they are UFO's :-) and my stack of tops needing to be quilted is large.

will work on getting a list together.

Hi Marcia, as you seen I had a few done off my L7 list but no where done. I  think this year I am going to sit out of the challenge and just watch all the ladies put pics of there projects on. With the new little one coming, I must quilt something for her if you know what I mean, plus I need to work on projects for the fairs. I think my time will be limited so I am on the side lines this year. I don't have 12 projects started and not done.  You go girls give it your all.

Ok I have my list ready.  Most of my UFO's are tops that need quilting -  not nearly as many as Lynne though- lol  Some of these have been waiting a long time for quilting and most of them are big and I'm kind of obsessed with doing lots of detailed quilting on all of mine so we'll see what I actually get finished.

1. Finish the applique on We Three Kings top.  (It was started 10 years ago I think)

2. Make hanging sleeve for Ribbons of Hope quilt.  (Those sleeves aren't difficult but I just don't like doing them.)

3. Piece Addison Star table topper - it's all cut out and ready to sew.

4. Finish piecing IQ 2013 BOM

5. Quilt Labyrinth quilt

6. Quilt Bermuda Sunrise quilt.

7. Quilt Joy quilt. 

8. Quilt Stars for a New Day quilt. 

9. Quilt Heartstrings charity quilt. 

10. Quilt Stonehenge quilt. 

11. Quilt Jewels quilt.

12. Quilt Hunter Stars quilt. 

Here is my list:

1. Disappearing 4 patch from L-7 -  finishing piecing quilt and bind

2. Finish apron

3. Purple strip lap quilt - quilt and bind

4. Purple flower quilt - bind

5. Make pillow out of sampler block - this block is from L-7 sampler quilt

6. Art quilt L-7 - quilt and bind

7. Heather's quilt - quilt and bind

8. Craftsy BOM 2012 - quilt and bind

9. Teal flower - quilt and bind

10. AQS mystery quilt 2012 - quilt and bind

11. CT mystery quilt - quilt and bind

12. Block Within - quilt and bind (maybe put a border on it, depends on the measurements) This one has been around for 10 years.

Those poor kings are aging waiting for you, Peg! Are they grayer than they were when you started? I crack me up. 

~Hopppy quilting~

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