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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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Thanks, Sandy!

Well at least you started me on an easy one! I got the binding cut and sewn on this morning.  Just because it is the first one and it is January and too cold to do anything else, I will even sew this one down by hand.  I'm not making that promise with any of the others.  In fact looking at the list there will probably only be one other one that will be done by hand.

I sure was hoping it would not be #1. Thanks #2 for me will also be easy. If I get to work on it.

Work was really cold today. Worked back in the warehouse away from Bulk fill flipping boxes. Tomorrow going to Webster City to rework boxes. It will be a long day.

DH and I are heading to Tulsa Thursday. He woke up this morning with the flu. Great. Sure hope I do not get it.

This is going to be very good for me. I am also trying to work on another project at the same time as the chosen one each month, in the hopes I can complete one that has been aging in the crypt! I have been working on an inherited project I was given 3 years ago when my sister-in-law moved. She had started some of the piecing and when I started my list, I came upon the tote with the materials and pattern and started in.  I have the top all pieced and getting ready for the borders.  Thanks Marcia, I just might get something accomplished this year.

Lets go Ladies!  

Project # 2 complete.  Don't judge this quilt on it's lack of beauty, it is leftover blocks from a class I taught after Diane and I took a workshop with Sharon Craig, don't remember how many years ago that was.  The borders and binding are leftovers from other quilt projects and the backing is something from my stash.  I am going to give this to Linus Project or something.  It may be ugly, but it is soft and warm.

No matter the project(which is lovely by the way) I bet it feels g great to be seeing again

Sewing again, you see just fine!

I like it a whole bunch!  What a great use of "leftovers".  Sometimes the best surprises come when you least expect it and this is a lovely one!

Congrats Teresa on finishing #2,  Its a pretty quilt even though you don't think so.

Teresa- I love scrappy quilts and your blocks look like a fun scrappy block!  Wish I had taken your class!  :)  And now you have one less UFO!  Hooray for Teresa for being the first one to get a project crossed off her "Dirty Dozen"!

Here's my #2 UFO project: the binding on my "X Quilt":

What a fun pattern to sew up!  It was just 5" charm squares with 1 1/2" strips down the center!  I want to do this pattern again....but in bright fabrics for a child's quilt!

I love this quilt!  And can see it being used for quilts for Iowa Comfort.  Did you just cut the charm's in half and sew in the 1 1/2 " strip and then square up the final square?  If so do you know off the top of your head what that square measured....my head says it should be a 6 inches unfinished am I right?

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