UFO DirtyDozen Challenge 2022 Wrap Up

I thought it was time I look at my Dirty Dozen UFO list. The challenge ends June 30th of 2023 and the new challenge starts on July 1st. I went through and took a look at where I started and where I am finishing.

#1 S’mores Quilt–NO PROGRESS
This was gifted by a blog reader. 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. UGH. I really want to!!

This one I finished. I sold it on the blog and donated the money to our volunteer fire department.

#3  Black Stars-Repurposed!!!
This was also gifted by the same blog reader.  I want to make this into a Fall table runner for my dining room table.

These blocks made their way into a display. You can’t see them the best but they are near the pillow that says, “My soul is fed with Needle and Thread”. I love them on this display. They are perfect here.

So for now, I’m taking them off the UFO List.

#4-Floribunda–NO PROGRESS
There really isn’t a start to this.  I would feel more comfortable calling it a kit than a start.

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 ...

Lately, I’ve only picked projects that can be done quickly.  For this one, I have to cut the whole thing out.  I have a feeling this one might not get finished but I want to put it on the list and try.

#5-  Red with Bow Ties–FINISHED

You can read about it HERE.

#6-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.

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.

If you’ve been reading the blog you know I’m working on this.

I am committed to getting this one finished!! It shouldn’t be too much longer.

#7-Sofie’s Quilt- FINISHED!!
This is a quilt of a friend of mine.  They found it in Grandma’s cedar chest.  I was really nervous about this and finally, I just did it!!

I’m so glad to have this finished!! You can read about it HERE.

#8-Sugar Bowl- NO PROGRESS
This is another that’s really more of a kit.
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 one I’m not too excited about either but I want to keep it on the list.

#9-Virginia Bound: FINISHED

I had the center section done and went on to make the border and finish it. This was made for my son-in-law Craig. You can read more about the quilt HERE.

I did a Youtube video while I was working on this quilt. You can see that below.

#10-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 just need time. I did get the fabric to finish it. I just need to pick it up and finish it. It wouldn’t take long if I just buckled down and did it.

#11  American Quilters Quilt Along- FINISHED

I love this one!! You can read more about it HERE.

#12  True Blue FINISHED
This is another gifted UFO from a blog reader.  It is the cover quilt from the book Spice of Life Quilts by Carrie Nelson.

I had always wanted to make this quilt.  Then the blog reader gifted me this started piece so I dove in and finished the quilt. You can read more about it HERE.

I have other UFOs… this is FINISHED!!

These are some Flying Geese a blog reader sent me and I sewed them together to make a simple table topper.  I need to completely finish it.  I want this done for fall.

This is LONG-LONG term UFO.  I unearthed it and have finally finished all of the blocks.

Ila, my wonderful blog reader, just gifted me fabric to finish it. I’m very pleased with the progress I make on this one.

You can watch this Youtube video I made while working on these…

More UFO progress…
These are some hourglass blocks that Kelli sent home with me.  Years ago as one of her first projects she sewed them together.  The problem, she was a new quilter, and the blocks were all different sizes.  She was going to throw them away.  I said NO!  I went through and trimmed them all down to the same size and then the project just sat. 

I made a plan for these. I made these oversized scrappy flying geese.

I made this video and showed you how I was working on them. The blocks are now a quilt top waiting for its turn at the longarm.

I still have Frolic Leftovers.  I really think I have enough to make a minimum of two more quilts with it!  WOW…right?  I’ve already made four quilts with leftovers.

A blog reader sent me another Frolic quilt!! I got the blocks to that made and everything sorted out. I did make on of the pieced corner setting triangles but need to make more. I want to finish that before I work with the leftovers again.

Speaking of Frolic leftovers…I have this quilt that needs longarming. I should quickly do that. It would be quick.


Postage Stamp Quilt…FINISHED

The scraps from this were all used in the quilts I made for two of my granddaughters.

House Quilt…I ended up sending this to a blog reader and she gave me a donation to the postage fund in return. WHEW. That was a great way to get a UFO finished!!

Scrappy Hour Glass Quilt…FINISHED

I was super happy to finish this one. You can read more about it HERE.

Scrappiness Quilt…HAVEN’T TOUCHED

I added my double wedding ring quilt to last year’s list even though all I had left to do was finish binding it.

I was super happy to have this finished…it was only the binding but it was still a finish. YAHOO!! You can read about it and see more pictures HERE.

I started out listing 24 projects.
By my count, I finished twelve projects and I have put work into five more. I have six that I never touched. That’s not too bad. I made a list that included double the amount most put on their list.

I do want to note that I did finish a couple of UFOs that never made it to the list…I’m happy with that!!

I do like keeping a list and hope to continue to do that. I don’t really follow the rules for the dirty dozen UFO list that suggests working on a specific project each month. I just pull ones that are close to a finish or projects that I want to finish and gift.

Overall, I am so thankful that I continue to work on projects that are here rather than start a bunch of new projects. Stay tuned for next week. I am working on a new UFO list.

16 thoughts on “UFO DirtyDozen Challenge 2022 Wrap Up”

  1. Jo, you constantly amaze me with your work. I now most of these are years in the making but still…
    I think the Hawaiian Sunset and Smores are my favorites.
    Thank you for sharing your progress and not-so-much-progress quilt with us.
    Love and prayers

  2. Great progress on your UFOs! Sounds like the list works really well for you…and I always enjoy seeing & hearing about your progress!

  3. I do a UFO challenge every year too and work it the same way you do. I never work on the active number…just whatever speaks to me. Most of the time, I really don’t have UFO’s, unless it’s something that needs quilting from the prior year. I can’t have too many laying around or it shut down and don’t want to work on anything. I hit a bit of a wall in June. I haven’t wanted to sew at all. Not sure if it’s the heat or depression or both. But, I was looking back over my UFO list last night, and I have finished 14 quilts since the first of the year. Granted, a couple needed binding, but I do that by hand and they were king size. 6 we’re waiting to be quilted and bound, and those are done. And I finished 4 from start to finish. I don’t make small quilts. Most are large cuddle, close to queen size or bigger. I guess that’s not bad for 5 months of work…. Maybe I just needed a month off…
    Your finishes are beautiful! 12 for the year, with all the activity you have going on at your house, is amazing!!!
    I’ve never wanted to do a spider web quilt, but I love the design of Virginia Bound. Sadly, that’s the one Bonnie Hunter book I don’t have. But, I’m going to go by the picture and video you did while you were working on it. I think I can come up with something close. We’ll see! Can’t wait to see what projects you chose for this year.

  4. Dorothy Countryman

    Will you keep your unfinished projects on this this years “Dirty Dozen”? Can wait until you work on the S’mores quilt.

  5. Wow, just WOW! Jo, you inspire me! I just started my first UFO challenge. I’m overwhelmed with projects but it sure helps to write them down. Every time I ramp up to dive in, someone calls with “a little project” they need me to do. From hemming slacks to restoring grandma’s lap quilt, I love to help. We sewers are few and far between. I’ll keep plodding along on my UFO’s reminding myself that the tortoise won the race (even though he walked slow, he enjoyed everyone along the way.) I think I am in good company here – thank you!

  6. Yolanda Sager

    You’ve done a wonderful job with your quilts! I love watching on YouTube and I sew while watching. I also learn from you. Continue sewing seeds of kindness for others to grow from!

  7. You had great finishes and half of your list done. Of course what you finished on your UFO list doesn’t include all the other quilts you made and finished, like the school’s and another done for a wedding, and I’ sure there were others. You accomplish lots!

  8. You do amazing work Jo! I really like your Oregon or Bust blocks and the Hawaiian Sunset blocks are beautiful. The hourglass quilt is a testament to the beauty of scrap quilting and the Frolic scraps just keep on giving

  9. You’ve done an amazing amount of work over the year, Jo! I love to see what’s on your UFO list each year – the beginning and the end.

  10. Wow, what a lot you accomplished! Making a UFO list really works for you. I re-watched your Making Star Blocks YouTube again and enjoyed it for a second time. Did you get any ideas as to what to make from all those plaid fabric circles? Perhaps they all went back to the thrift store?

    1. I still have them here. They didn’t make the list because I didn’t come up with the perfect idea for them.

  11. I also have frolic leftovers. Are the corner stones in your top square in square with flippy corners? I like it and would be a quick finish.

  12. I think you did great! Your quilts are beautiful, as is your cross stitching. I really enjoy reading your blog each day. I encourage you to work on that Hawaiian Sunset! Those colors are amazing and I can’t wait to see it done!

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