Dirty Dozen in Review 2021

Mary at Country Threads hosts a Dirty Dozen every year starting in July and goes through the next July.  In the past, it’s always meant selecting 12 projects and putting them on a list.  Then each month Mary picks a number and participants work on that project.  I always loosely follow along.  I don’t always work on the selected number.  I don’t always finish the correct projects but it’s a very loose group with few rules.  I’m okay to participate in the fray.

I thought I would go through last year’s list and give you an update.  I had only finished one project prior to April.  I had done terribly.  Then I sat down and had a talk with myself and gave myself a kick in the pants.  I did AMAZING for the rest of the year.

So…Here is where I sit.

These are the projects that got zero attention.

#4-Floribunda- I haven’t touched this.
This is Bonnie Hunter’s quilt:  I have most everything here to make this.  I collected floral scraps over the years.  There was enough for me and Kelli to make the quilt.  Kelli ended up taking the fabric and cutting strips for us both.

That’s as far as the quilt got.

It is supposed to… look like this.  (Picture from Bonnie’s blog)  The free pattern for this quilt is HERE.

Bonnie Hunter's Floribunda (With images) | Quilts, Purple quilts ...

I can tell you EXACTLY what is holding me back on this one.  The border.  I love the border on this and there are no instructions for the border.  UGH.  I think this is another that the border makes the quilt.  So what’s a girl to do.  I would need to sit down.  I would need to make dedicated time to figure out the border.

I am certain I could figure it out…but again, it would take some time.  Again, it’s easier to pick a different project that doesn’t need the extra time.

Hey, wait.  I think Kelli has made this into a quilt top.  I’ll check with her and see if she figured out the border.  That’s the plan with this one.

#5-Oregon or Bust- Last year I cut up the shirts needed for this but didn’t make any progress in getting it cut out.

This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  It’s from the book Scraps and Shirttails II.  I have long wanted to make this ever since I found Mary from Country Threads version.


I collected shirts for several years as Mary’s version was made with only blue and orange 100% cotton upcycled shirts and I wanted to make mine like hers.

I pulled the box out the other day but that’s as far as I got.  Right now I don’t have a lot of sewing time so cutting something out isn’t high on my list.

#6-Sofie’s Quilt- I haven’t touched this.
This is a quilt of a friend of mine.  They found it in grandma’s cedar chest.  I’m really nervous about this and just need to quit worrying and try.


I LOVE the design.  I’d like to replicate this quilt.

This has stalled again…because of TIME and because I’m nervous about it.  It’s one of those, I have to pull up my big girl pants and just DO IT!

#7-Sugar Bowl- I haven’t touched this.
This is another FREE Pattern from Bonnie Hunter you can find HERE.


I have some strips cut but that’s about it.  This finished quilt (Picture from Bonnie’s blog) suppose to look like this….


HERE is a link to the instructions.

This is the quilt I am likely least interested in making at this point.  I started cutting this out when I was doing full-fledged childcare and needed to do something during nap time that was quiet.  This was the quilt Bonnie finished at the time so I just decided to make it by default.  It doesn’t mean I want to get rid of it.  It’s just at the bottom of my list to finish at this point.

Here are the quilts that I have at least touched and have a plan for…
#1-Virginia Bound:

This one is a top…sort of.  I have the center section done.

Virginia-Bound-Center-1
This is the original quilt….

Virginia-Bound-Center-3I know what I’m doing with this but haven’t had time.  This one is right at the top of my UFO list to finish.  I’m hoping by fall to have this one finished.

It’s getting its own special border and I’m making it for Craig.

#2-Hawaiian Sunset- I had so hoped I would finish this one…alas.
If you’re a long-time blog reader, you know I’ve wanted to do this for YEARS.

This one has had lots of progress.  The blocks are finished.  I’m just stalled on the sashing fabric.

Here are the projects I’ve finished…

#3-Garlic Knots-  You can read about it HERE.

This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  This is a paid-for pattern on her blog.

Sugar Bowl Quilt FREE Pattern from Bonnie Hunter | Bonnie hunter ...

#8-Show Off-
This is a free Quilted Twins pattern.  This is a 100% cotton recycled quilt.  (Find the pattern HERE)

This one I finished.


I gifted it as a wedding present.

Kelli just made one in all blues…She added the piano keyboard which the original pattern called for.

#9-Scrap Vortex-
This was a Crazy Mom Quilts Quilt Along.  You can read about it HERE.

You can find directions from Crazy Mom HERE.

#10-I had this project in the basket on the right.  I ended up finishing that quilt.


Here it is…  You can read more about it HERE.

This one was so fun.  I’m glad to have it finished.  This will be in an upcoming 2023 issue of Quilter’s World.

#11-Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This one spent a long time on the long arm.

I finally finished it…Except for the binding…SOON.  I’m calling it a finish though.

#12-These were started back in January of 2020….

I ended up making them into two baby quilts.  You can read about them HERE.

So if you were keeping a tally…

That is:
4 quilts that were never touched
2 quilts that have seen progress or a plan
6 quilts finished

That’s not too bad especially being I only had one done in April.

I’m trying to come up with a plan to participate, even if it’s my own way, for the 2022 challenge.  I know I have a lot of quilts that I need to get made that have a few deadlines.

Gannon and Georgia both need quilts and pillows for preschool.  I need a baby quilt for Kalissa and Craig’s new little one due in October.  I want to finish Craig’s quilt at the same time.  I also want to get a quilt made for Lucy for a big girl bed.

I don’t know how much time I’ll have after doing all of that…but, I’m going to make a new list and give it a try to see how much I can get done.

10 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen in Review 2021

  1. Judith M Fairchild

    You did really well considering that you really got started in April. I have enjoyed seeing your quilts as you worked on and finished them.

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  2. Stephani in N. TX

    I think you have done amazing Jo with all that you did complete. I’m glad Country Threads has encouraged you again to move on completing other quilts-in-waiting. I myself have fabric in waiting, having ordered fabric during Covid rather than go out and shop, and with the supply chain as it was some fabric took forever to arrive. Fabric for new quilts is stacked up, not sure I even recall what I was going to stitch with them. Thankfully I still love all the fabric that came. Trying now not to fall in love with any new fabric. I did buy a new “old” Country Threads book I thought I would enjoy.

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  3. Lisa B

    You got quite a few quilts done. For this year’s list add all the quilts listed in the paragraph that starts with “Gannon and Georgie.” I did that last year. It was a visual reminder of what I needed to sew and a visual of what I finished.

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  4. Mary E

    This is Mary from Country Threads – the Dirty Dozen Challenge has no rules – none! It’s just a fun game for the blog readers and if it inspires action, even better. I didn’t keep up this year either but just tonight I finished a queen size improv quilt that I started last November – hooray!! Now to get it quilted. Time is short especially in the summer but any progress is Good!

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  5. Sally

    You completed a lot of quilts, as far as I am concerned!! And think of all the cross-stitch projects you have finished/started! And life….you’ve been living life, too!! I have accepted the challenge to figure out that border on Florabunda! This is my guess: the border is in three pieces. The inner border is a 2” strip. The next part is four patches made from 2” strips. I bet they were left over from making the four patches in the florabunda blocks. The third (and outer) part is made like a piano key border but there are two keys…one is a 2” x 6” rectangle (guessing on that 6) and one is 2” square plus a 4 1/2” rectangle. Does this sound right?

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  6. Susan

    Hey Jo, If you search Bonnie’s website for Florabunda she has another posting where she shows herself making the Florabunda border. She has a close-up of the border and it doesn’t look that complicated. You’ve done way harder things than that. I’m still rooting for Hawaiian Sunset. Have you checked Whittles or Hancocks for the dark blue. They both have a lot of reproduction fabrics. Susan McG.

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