Category Archives: UFO Quilting

Dirty Dozen…

I didn’t do the best last month with my Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge.  I didn’t fully finish a single quilt.  That is not how I want to be doing with this challenge.  So last week, I told you about a big push I did…

I finished this…


The top picture is from when I was quilting it on the frame and below is when I finished it.


…and here is when it was completely finished.  I talked about that in THIS POST.

I absolutely love this quilt…I am so happy to add this one to the finished list.  Just having this finished was totally worth doing the Dirty Dozen UFO challenge.

This was the #3 project which was the August number.

The September number was #11.  I didn’t get that one done in September.  It’s still covering my sewing area.  I need to just apply myself and finish it!!

But…October rolled around and my Civil War Tribute top is a #6.  It only needs to be quilted. I’m so glad I put it on the list.  I thought I’d do it without needing to put it on the list…but I hadn’t and I was SUPER happy to tackle it as I didn’t need to sew a thing.  All of my other projects have been almost start to finish projects.  It’s so nice to have an easy one.

I put this one on the machine and bound it last week.  I finally got around to taking pictures and plan to show it to you all finished on Friday.  I’m so thrilled to have this finished!!

So what are my other Dirty Dozen UFOs? Continue reading

September Dirty Dozen Report

I told you that I didn’t finish a Dirty Dozen quilt for August…I’m a little sad about that.  Then I decided to do an assessment of how I’ve done for the year.

This was a #9
It’s a Crooked Courthouse Steps quilt with Mickey in the middle of the blocks.

I jumped this project ahead and pulled this as I needed to finish it for Scotty’s birthday.  It’s done and gifted.

These were started last fall….I have since passed these on to the Cresco ladies to finish up for charity.

They had since completed a top with them…

Here are a couple projects I was putzing with. There are two projects here so I’ll count them a #2 and #3….they are just baby quilts.
I sent one of these on to the Cresco ladies too.

I really don’t care how some of the UFOs get finished, I just want to feel the load lightened.

Scrappy Bargello in Plaids…that got finished.

This got finished…it will soon be a pattern for download on the blog.

Now for Augusts #3s

Hawk’s Nest

The finished quilt looks like this…

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It’s a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  I’m using up a BUNCH of bonus triangle to make this.  All I really have is bonus triangles…nothing else is started so I wonder if that even counts as a UFO.

I’m doing pretty good considering when I started all I really had was the bonus triangles and I found I really didn’t have all I needed.  At the time I’m writing this I have 27 of the 42 blocks finished.  I have all the rest cut out and started.  I think I’m finally to the point that if I have a couple of afternoons to sew, I could almost have the center finished.

The other #3-I have this wool project…I’d love to get this done.  I have the frame for it already..I just need to finish the inside.

I am going to take this one downstairs and put it in the laundry room.  I think over the course of the month when I have the grandkids and it’s nap time, I can get the pieces adhered to the fabric.  I really would like this finished and I really don’t want to put it back in the cabinet.

Now for the September Dirty Dozen Projects…. Continue reading

Last Day of the Dirty Dozen

If you’ve been reading the blog over the last month you’ll know that I’ve been participating in the Dirty Dozen UFO challenge.  Mary at Chicken Scratch Country Threads is hosting.  She asked that whoever wanted to join in could number their unfinished project 1-12 and then each month she picks a number and that’s the project you work on to try to get finished.

Well me, being the over achiever that I can sometimes be, has WAY more unfinished projects than 12 so I made up 2 1/2 lists.  Yep.  I had that many unfinished projects.  Of course with all I have going on I am not going to finish them all over the course of the next 12 month but darn it, I’m going to really try to get as many done as I can.

This month the number was #5.

That was this project…


Sorry I can’t show it off.  It’s going to be published as a pattern….but I wanted to show my progress for the month so this is the best I can do.  The quilt is entirely finished…directions and pictures are not.  For the part I care about now, it’s done.

I had another #5 project and I’ve been busting to try to get into a top before the end of the month and here we are at the end of the month, the last day, July 31st.  Did I make it?


The project is Bargello in Plaid.

I stitched and snuck in time whenever I could with the hope that I would at least get the center finished.  I had the panels sewn as I sewed a panel together every day for six days.


Then I sewed and sewed on Wednesday after Kayla and Jasper went home.  My goal was to get those panels all sewn together.  So as of Wednesday night, the center was done.  Then I decided that had two more days.  I might as well try to get the borders done too.

I know that doesn’t sound like a big accomplishment but it was…I had blog posts to catch up and write.  I had a publication quilt that was on the frame that HAD to get finished…could I really find enough time to

Wednesday evening one of the kids called me.  While I was talking on the phone I cut the borders.  Before I went to bed I sewed and ironed the border pieces.

Thursday morning I was up early and before I went downstairs, I had the inner borders on.


Then when I took a lunch break on Thursday (I ate a sandwich on purpose) I sewed while I ate so I could get that outer border on.


I’m happy to say it’s a top…See?? Continue reading

Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge

When I was cleaning in the sewing room I realized how many UFOs I have.  I don’t mind the UFOs that I have.  So many were cut out over nap time when I was doing childcare.  Cutting out quilts was the thing I could do that was quiet while the kids were sleeping.  It made good use of my time…but now, I have quilts that are cut out that I need to be sewn.  It’s not a bad problem to have, but, it’s time.  They need to get sewn.

Mary at Country Threads is hosting a “Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge”.  Essentially you pick 12 unfinished projects and number them 1-12.  Each month she picks a number and that’s the project you finish.  Read more about it HERE is this blog post from Mary.  (Country Threads is currently down. They are hoping to be up soon)

I thought this would be a good way to tackle a few of my UFOs.  So I’m jumping in.  Here are my projects….

1-Virginia Bound:
This one is a top…sort of.  I have the center section done.

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This is the original quilt….

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But..when Kelli and I were in Moline for a quilt retreat with the Mississippi Valley Quilters years ago, I saw this one that someone else did….this… Continue reading