Dirty Dozen for January

I really did poorly with my December Dirty Dozen UFO challenge…really poorly.  I did finish these quilts…

These were considered two projects.  Some of you might think that was great but the truth is, they were finished in November except for the binding.  In December all I did was bind them and write a blog post about them.

It seems that most of you liked the one on the far left best.  I’m so happy as that is the one that I sent off to my niece’s new little baby girl.  I just didn’t know which to send.  You can read the full post about the quilts HERE.  You can get the free pattern to make this baby quilt HERE.

The other two quilts are here on reserve for the next time I need a baby quilt.  I really wish I had a couple of boy ones done and on reserve too…but that will wait.

I also finished this…
This #4.  I need to stitch the stems and make this into a pincushion.  That wouldn’t take long at all…and I actually did it!!

Here it is all finished…  All I had to do was the stem stitch and make it into a pillow.

As for the new number for the Dirty Dozen Challenge, it’s number 12.

I have two #12s.  This…

Holy Toledo is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  This one is from Scraps and Shirttails II.  I LOVE this book.


Happily, the quilt was at this point when the challenge started but I jumped all around and actually have made quite a bit of progress on this quilt!

Here is where I am at now.  I have this much all sewn together looking good.

I have these blocks all sewn together.  They need to be ironed.  I am going to take them downstairs and will iron them this week during nap time.  It’s the perfect naptime job.

The quilt has a triangle border around the outside and I don’t have the pieces cut for it.  So…that will be on my to-do list for nap time too.

Will some luck, I’ll get the top finished this month but we’ll see.  I do have my Halloween quilt that needs to be sewn.

My second UFO is these blocks.… which were started back in January 2019.

A blog reader had sent me some half square triangles that were gray and bright colored.  I dug through my stash and found some matching gray fabric.  I ended up making these scrappy blocks…then the project sat and it’s continued to sit.

Does anyone have a good idea on how to put them in a setting or a way to jazz them up a bit?  I like the gray but I also feel like it needs a bit of spark.  I’d love some input.

If I wouldn’t have had the Halloween quilt to sew, I feel like I might have been able to get these both done.  We’ll see.  I should count myself out already should I?

Here is an update on one of my Dirty Dozen Quilts:
Another of my UFOs that I’ve already counted as finished, I gifted to Kalissa for Christmas.  The quilt we called In a Black and White World.  Kalissa has grey furniture in her living room.  When I made it she said, “Oh Mom, that’s my favorite quilt”.  I decided then and there that I would save it and give it to her for Christmas.

It was made entirely of mens 100% cotton shirts.  All were striped…no plaids.

It’s already getting used at their house.

You can purchase the pattern for Kalissa’s quilt HERE.

Kalissa also wrote about the quilt on her blog.  You can find her post HERE.

I’m so happy I jumped in on the UFO Dirty Dozen Train.  I’m not really following the plan but I am making progress and seriously, that’s all that really counts for me.

15 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen for January”

  1. I would do a bright funky sashing and cornerstones that are solid brights.

    I had a post including links to fun fabrics but somehow it vanished. :-(

  2. Impressive! Pat yourself on the back Jo for all your recent finishes! I love them all especially the beautiful small navy wool pillow!

  3. Susan from Michigan

    I love your Holy Toledo. It looks so cozy.

    I would try the same gray for sashing, and a narrow black and white stripe for the cornerstones.

  4. Perhaps black sashing would “pop” the 9-patches; alternatively bright scrappy sashing would brighten it up. Options!

  5. Make the grey block the center of large economy blocks – square in a square – with those triangles made of brights.

  6. I feel like those gray and bright blocks are similar to some Bonnie Hunter did a while back. Maybe there’s a spark of an idea in there for you?

  7. I like the Gray combo and the 9 patch. If it was me, looking for it to pop – I would make multi color long strip sashing to border the blocks. I would use colorful small size prints/ pattern blenders so it doesn’t lose the 9 patch- just add color like confetti.And probably a solid color binding. Does that make sense?

  8. A black and white stripe or wavy/wonky stripe would make those blocks sing! Looking forward to seeing what you decide!

  9. Love the gray and bright colored blocks – how about finding a striped fabric with bright colors and use that for the sashing with solid colorstones? The striping would tie all those colors together.

  10. For your gray blocks with bright colors, how about finding a bright fabric, cut squares the same size as the block and alternating.

  11. Love your finishes and really love the quilt that’s started with the triangle borders. Is that your pattern or a Bonnie Hunter pattern or a pattern for sale? I know when you finish a quilt you always credit the pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I have tried to order the PDF pattern for “In a Black and White World’, but everytime I check the cart, it says the cart is empty. How can I get the order to register?
    I love your blogs and your quilts. Keep up the good work.

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