UFO Dirty Dozen Challenge 2023

I’ve been busy digging around in the sewing room trying to unearth some quilting UFOs so I could come up with a list of projects for Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog’s famous Diry Dozen Challenge. I very loosely participate. Or it might be more accurate to say, I make a list, usually a list of 24 projects, and I sew on them throughout the year. So…July 1st is the turnover time for a new list so here goes…

#1-Scrappiness quilt…
A blog reader sent this to me. It is an eclectic scrappy mess of leftovers that I love. Everything is 3 1/2″ based. I have just bits and pieces from that reader but my hope is to turn it into a large quilt. Goodness knows I have plenty of bits and pieces to add to it! HA!

#2-Red Hourglass blocks-
This is another UFO sent by the same blog reader. I was paging through an old magazine from the 1950s and found an idea for using these. I’m hoping I can get to them sometime in the next year.

#3- Frock Leftovers Baby Quilt
This is finished and is a carryover from last year. I didn’t finish it then but hope to finish it this year!! I need to just DO IT!

#4 Frolic Leftovers
I likely have enough for two quilts here. I do have one designed so that’s progress. YAHOO!

#5 Frolic Quilt
A blog reader sent me her Frolic quilt. She was busy sewing along and decided she didn’t want to finish it so she sent it my way. I’m making progress on it but haven’t gotten that push to plunge forward and finish it. I do have a benefit coming up at the end of August and I’ve been thinking of giving this one the push it needs to finish it.

#6 Oversized Flying Geese
But wait…I have this one already made into a quilt top. This one could easily get finished and donated to that benefit. Hmm.

#7 Tribute to Judi Quilt
This is an OLD UFO for me…I’m sure it’s over 10 years old. I finished the blocks last year and am hoping to move this one to a finish. Thanks to blog reader Ila for sending me some finishing fabric.

#8 Hawaiian Sunset Quilt
This is also a LONG TERM UFO. This one is also over 10 years old. I have the fabric. I just need the time to finish this one.

Last year I finished the blocks. It’s time for this to become a finish.

#9-Sugar Bowl-
This is one that’s really more of a kit.
This is another FREE Pattern from Bonnie Hunter you can find HERE.

This one is a low-priority project. I’m not even sure it’s all cut-out.

#10-Oregon or Bust- I’m working on this!!
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.

This one is a HIGH priority for me to finish. It’s TIME!!

#11 Floribunda
This is another Bonnie Hunter quilt. It’s really only fabric that’s collected together to make the quilt. It is also another low-priority quilt. The main reason is that I think I’ll keep this quilt when I’m finished. Goodness knows I don’t NEED another quilt!!

#12 S’mores Quilt–
This was gifted by a blog reader. The same blog reader that gifted a few of the other projects on this list. She is a wonderful person that totally knows my style. I’ll take her leftovers any day!!

 I was really excited about it and hoped to have a quilt along. Alas, that hasn’t happened.

After some looking, I think this is the original pattern by Jo Morton.
I bought the ruler for this HERE on Amazon…and haven’t touched any of it.

Last year I had hoped it would be my Fall project. The colors are so fall-ish. I never ended up getting to it. Hopefully this Fall. We’ll see.

All of the projects that are on the list to this point are UFO carryovers from last year. Now I’ll show you some things that are new to the list…

#13 Half Square Triangle Quilt
This was also given to me by the same blog reader. WOW. I just love all she sent to me. It’s made my sewing room a happy place. I have a bag full of finished blocks. I need to count and see how many I have and then likely cut more triangles. I don’t know if this will be a triangle-only quilt or if I’ll come up with a more interesting design.

#14 Nine Patch Quilt
I started these nine patch blocks last year. I needed a leader and ender project. I had just finished my True Blue quilt and had a lot of leftover 2″ strips. I ended up sewing them into nine patches. Now I need to come up with a pattern to use them in.

#15 Starry Nights Quilt
This is actually my daughter Kelli’s UFO. She gave up on it. She was hosting a quilt along here on the blog and then petered out. She was supposed to do something…maybe mitered corners and chickened it. Now it’s my UFO.

#16 Tea Party Quilt
This is my daughter Kayla’s UFO. She didn’t want it anymore and gave it to me. I said sure I’ll finish it. HA!! I love other people’s leftovers and UFOs.

#17 Picnic Quilt
Carol C asked me if I wanted to finish this UFO. I said SURE!! She sent an entire box of fabric with it. I should likely dig into this one soon. There is a benefit in August that I think this would be really nice for! Thanks, Carol.

#18 Train Tracks Quilt
I have a baby start on this. I started it as a leader and ender and then petered out. I’m looking forward to getting back to it. I will do mine in reproduction fabrics. I’m trying to use up some of scraps.

#19 Bonnie Hunter Paper Piece
I know this is a Bonnie Hunter quilt…I know I can’t possibly get the whole quilt made over the year but I could get a chunk of blocks done and that would get me closer to a finish in the following year. So I have a goal to get 50 more blocks done. That seems doable. I really need to figure out what pattern this is.

#20 Baby Quilt
This one might get passed to the Cresco Ladies. I had grandiose plans of making something but alas…I haven’t. It’s so cute and I’d love to finish it. We’ll see.

#21 ABC Quilt
I bought a bunch of this fabric. I made a quilt top but have enough to make more. A blog reader sent me some of the matching fabric. I need to finish at least one quilt and possibly pass the rest to the Cresco Ladies.

#22 Snails Trail Quilt
A blog reader sent this to me. It’s a Snail’s Trail pattern. I don’t know much about it. I need to dig in and see what needs to be done. I don’t think it would take too long to finish…we’ll see.

#23 English Paper Piecing
This has been a UFO for a long time. I started likely over 10 years ago. Before I cross-stitched, this was my car project and my television project. I have no plans to finish this anytime soon. I would however like to see some progress…even if it’s only one or two finished stars. It’s such a wonderful pattern.

#24 Red, White, and Blue Quilt
I started this a few years ago. It was a design of my own. I never figured out a way to finish it. I need to take the time and just figure out what I want to do with it.

WAIT!!! There is one more. I really only intended on having 24 on the list…

#25 Half Square Triangle Quilt in American Janes
I’m going to add it here as I’d like to get working on it soon and would love to get the credit for doing it. Blog reader Ila sent me a bunch of turnover fabric cuts. I sewed them into squares and then they sat. I was thinking about making them into something fancier than just a half-square triangle quilt so they have just sat here languishing.

Oh but wait…I do have one more.

#26 Low Volume Charm Quilt
Carver and I just trimmed these down the other day. I have plans to make a leader and ender charm square quilt with them.

I was cleaning and found yet another UFO…I definitely want this one to be on the list. This was sent to me by a blog reader. It’s the start of Emerald City from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Frenzy. This one has been on my list of quilts to make and getting this jump start on it is AWESOME!!

That’s my UFO list. WOW…that’s a lot. No wonder I feel like my sewing room is full. Any guesses on how many I can finish this year? I am going to hope for 14 and be happy with 12. Some of them like the English Paper piecing or the Bonnie Hunter Paper Piecing project I’m not looking for a finish on…just progress. If I can reach the goal I listed on those, I’ll count it as a finish. So readers, take a guess. How many projects will I actually finish over the next year? I’d love to hear your guesses….and I’d love to hear lots of GOOD LUCK comments. I’m going to need some luck to make a dent in this pile.

26 thoughts on “UFO Dirty Dozen Challenge 2023”

  1. Marie Dinwiddie

    That paper pieced unknown Bonnie Hunter one #19 looks like her Wild and Goosey one from her Addicted to Scraps book. I have her Floribunda one on my dirty dozen list too!

  2. You are already organized and have so many good ideas. I think about the section on old report cards – “Uses time and materials wisely” – and you always remind me of that phrase. Good luck and I hope you know how much we will all enjoy watching your progress!

  3. Can you share who the designer is or more detail about #17 the picnic quilt? I went down a rabbit hole of online searching through so many patterns and couldn’t find it.

    1. I will share more when I get a chance. It is a Lori Holt pattern. I believe it is in one of her Farm Girl Vintage books. I’m running out the door and can’t look which one.

  4. What a great list with such a variety to choose from depending on your mood and time available….some mindless sewing or more intense effort. Those nine patches made me think of Scrap School book by Lissa Alexander (that I bought because of you,,,,,). It has a nine patch quilt in there that you loved, although it is shown with red nine patches. With all these nine patches, you practically have the quilt already made. In your world, it would be a pretty quick finish for a donation quilt! (In MY world, well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be so quick. Lol.)

  5. Judyann Yelton

    Wow! What a great list. Thanks to the Dirty Dozen challenge my UFO list has been dwindling down. Just left with a few that get moved year to year. Maybe this is their year to get finished.

    1. Judyann…I don’t think I would have many UFOs at all, but I seem to accumulate them from other people. HA!! It’s totally okay. I love getting thing from people.

  6. Cynthia from Nebraska

    I like that some of your goals aren’t to finish a project, but to do a certain number of blocks, etc. I also have some UFO project that are just a pattern with coordinated fabric, so haven’t really started them yet. Why don’t you let the readers vote on which of your goals (so not necessarily a FINISH) they’d most like to see you accomplish this year?

  7. Your Dirty Dozen posts are always my favorites. I enjoy seeing what you’re going to work on, along with the updates throughout the year. I vote for 13 finishes. Good Luck Jo, we’re all cheering for you.

  8. Sharon Browne

    I vote for at the very least 12. I know for sure that you will finish at least 1 per month easily. I enjoy seeing what you are working on and the progress you’ve made each month. I haven’t heard you mention anything about your grocery usage challenge recently. Is that still happening or have you quit?

    1. On the Pantry Challenge…
      Over the summer I’m eating and wanting to use all I can from the garden. I barely touch the pantry so that will likely pick up in the Fall again.

  9. Good Luck! #24 looks like the center to the Plains and Pines free quilt pattern “Aunties Star”. I made a scrappy one last year.
    Ps. Your scrap system works great for me! Thanks for the video on that.

  10. Judith Fairchild

    I believe you’ll finish quite a few. The amount depends on what happens to life in the next year. You do have a nice size family and they come right after our Heavenly Father. Then your quilting of you start on the nearly finished one’s and do the leader and ender pieces you will get at least one a month and some months two. Relax and enjoy the fun and challenge.

  11. What a wonderful list! I am inspired to do the same…somehow!!! When you get the time, anytime really, can you send information of the Snails Trail pattern? I love that type of quilt and never saw one pieced like that. It also have an unfinished FROLIC. If you need more component parts, let me know and I’ll send it your way!!! Thank you for all your sharing with us!

  12. Ginny Andersen

    That is a very ambitious list you’ve got there. I will guess that more than half of them will be finished by year end. Such beautiful quilts to look forward to!

  13. Funny thing… I recently blogged about how many projects I have unfinished. It seems every day the list seems to be getting longer- not sure if I will ever get caught up. I just need to stop starting new projects. Currently working on my daughter’s T-shirt quilt. Hopefully, I can complete it by August.

  14. Loved looking at your to do list. Lots of nice quilts to come. I’ve participated in Mary’s challenged for a few years now. Hoping to make better progress this year, now that I’m retired. It’s a great way to have a handle on what is hiding in your sewing room to do.

  15. You like to have a plan. How about you start with the closest to a finish first and finish one per month? That will get 12 done this year and almost cut your list in half!

  16. You will finish 14! And I am going to make my UFO list. Have kept it in my head and now too many to stay there!

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