UFO End of the Year Wrap Up

Last year, like many previous years, I made a UFO list on July 1st and then worked to complete as many of them as I could. Chicken Scratch blog from Country Threads hosts and I loosely follow along. I thought I’d write a wrap-up with you before I make a new list.

#1-Scrappiness quilt…I haven’t touched this one!
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-I haven’t touched this one!
This is another UFO sent by the same blog reader. I have an idea to make more of these and make a flag quilt. I’m not sure if that will happen or not. But it’s my current idea for them.

#3- Frock Leftovers Baby Quilt-FINISHED

This one is finished. It was already flimsy so it wasn’t hard. I’m happy to have it finished!! You can read about it HERE.

#4 Frolic Leftovers: I haven’t touched these except to reorganize them.
I likely have enough for two quilts here. I do have one designed so that’s progress. YAHOO! An update. I HAD a design and it used a bunch of four patches to go with the block and then I didn’t save what I designed and now I can’t remember what it was. UGH.

#5 Frolic Quilt: FINISHED
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.

Here it is finished!! You can read about it HERE.

#6 Oversized Flying Geese-FINISHED

This one was so fun to do as I created it from leftover hourglass blocks that my daughter Kelli was going to throw away because she was a newbie quilter at the time and didn’t work on her seam allowances the best. I cut the hourglass blocks down and eliminated the problem.

This was finished. It was gifted as a wedding present. You can read about it HERE.

It’s finished but I haven’t blogged about it yet. I need to take pictures of it.

#7 Tribute to Judi Quilt-FINISHED

I’m so proud of finishing this one. It was my oldest UFO dating back MANY YEARS…like 14 maybe!! I never fell out of love with the quilt. I always loved it!!

You can read more about it HERE.

Many thanks to Ila who sent fabric and encouraged me to finish this one.

#8 Hawaiian Sunset Quilt-It’s a TOP!! After I finished the above quilt, this was the next oldest UFO.

Last year I finished the blocks.

This year it became a quilt top.

My hope is that next year it will be completely finished.

#9-Sugar Bowl-Haven’t touched.
This one is 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- FINISHED

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.

Here it is all finished!! YAHOO!! You can read about it HERE.

This one gave me leftover blocks so I didn’t let that languish and made this quilt too.

You can read about the leftover quilt HERE.

#11 Floribunda-Haven’t touched it!!
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–Working on this one…
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!!

The original pattern by Jo Morton.
I bought the ruler for this HERE on Amazon.

Last year I had hoped it would be my Fall project and it has been. This is what I started with from the blog reader.

I have all the full blocks done and need to start on the half blocks around the border. I have a sashing fabric purchased so this one will hopefully be done in the month or so.

The original plan was to only have 12 UFOs but I really wanted to finish more than that so I extended my list.


#13 Half Square Triangle Quilt-I am currently working on this.
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. Currently there are 36 block but I have the bag all sorted and am making some progress.

Here is a picture of it on the longarm.

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

#14 Nine Patch Quilt-It’s a TOP!!
I started these nine patch blocks two years ago. 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.

I was inspired by something I saw in a magazine that was a simple checkerboard quilt. I loved it and made a similar top.

I have a backing…just need some time to longarm it.

#15 Starry Nights Quilt-FINISHED!!
This was actually my daughter Kelli’s UFO. She gave up on it.

I recently finished it!! YAHOO!! You can read about it HERE.

#16 Tea Party Quilt-FINISHED!! YAHOO!!
This was my daughter Kayla’s UFO. She didn’t want it anymore and gave it to me.

Here it is all finished!! You can read more about it HERE.

#17 Picnic Quilt-abandoning-I sent this to a blog reader who promised to finish this and send it to Ray for the Veteran’s Day program he suppoers. Blog reader Carol C had originally sent it to me. I did want to finish it but…there are so many quilts!!

I think I am passing this one along to a blog reader who committed to finishing it and passing to Ray for the veteran’s program.

#18 Train Tracks Quilt-Haven’t touched it.
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-haven’t touched it.
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-I went to pull this one and can’t find it. UGH. I need to look some more.
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-FINISHED!! YAHOO!!
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.

I ended up finishing this one and have the other ABC Panels out and plan to donate them to Pat’s group. You can read the tutorial I did for the block HERE and you can read more about the quilt HERE.

#22 Snails Trail Quilt-Haven’t touched it. A blog reader mentioned they’d like to finish this. I will pass it on if you contact me again.
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-Haven’t touched it.
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-FINISHED
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.

I ended up adding some borders to this one and sent it to Ray for the Veteran’s program. I’m calling that one done.

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

#25 Half Square Triangle Quilt in American Janes-FINISHED!!
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.

I ended up sewing the triangles together and then found a great border fabric. It’s a top…It just needs longarming. I ended up LOVING the border fabric. It really made the quilt. You can read about it HERE.

Oh but wait…I do have one more.

#26 Low Volume Charm Quilt-FINISHED!!
These were donated by a blog reader.

Here it is on the longarm…

Here it is finished. You can read about it HERE.

#27 Emerald City- Haven’t touched it.

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!!

So those were my 27 UFOs. Here is a little tally.

Here’s the tally…there are
11 I haven’t touched
10 I’ve finished
2 I am passing on
3 in progress
1 worked on

That means I’ve cleared out 12 between finishes and passing. I have 3 to long arm and 12 that need attention. That is pretty good. I’m happy with the results.

All in all…I really don’t care how many UFOs I have. I only care that I keep track of what I have and know what I have. That’s the real goal for me!! It was so fun to go back through the list take stock of my progress and see where I want to go. I’m so glad that some of my oldest projects had some work done on them or were finished. That’s a great feeling!!

Watch for a new list for 2024 soon.

18 thoughts on “UFO End of the Year Wrap Up”

  1. Fabulous quilts, as always. Number 19 looks like Wild and Goosey by Bonnie Hunter.
    Regards from sunny England

  2. Yep, #19 is Wild and Goosey. I have been working on mine for about 8 years. I think I have 50 made. I have a long way to go too. I appreciate your list. It has motivated me to do the same thing. My sewing room needs a good clean out and this is a great way to actually see what I need to finish. Thank you!

  3. I always love these posts—seeing what’s in your sewing room and the many quilts you have put FINISHED! on. It’s encouraging—Thanks, Jo!

  4. Jo, your quilts, as always, are beautiful! You certainly give the rest of us hope for our own! :-D
    Love and prayers

  5. I love seeing your progress and finishes! You are a real inspiration! Good luck on your Wild and Goosey. That’s a big project. I love it and started it but petered out quickly! lol!

  6. Jo, the quilt you didn‘t know the name for IS Bonnie Hunter‘s Wild and Goosey, from her Addicted to Scraps book. I love this pattern, and it is on my list of quilts I want to make. When that will happen is unknown at this time, but hopefully I can at least get started on it in the next year. Time will tell!!
    Thanks for sharing all the quilts!

  7. What an awesome year of finishes with all that has gone on with your health, new job, and everything else! It always feels so great to check things off the LIST! I am having a great year too. My list starts in January, and so far, I haven’t had any lulls like I usually do. Sadly, I have no way to do the actual quilting right now, so I have 10 tops waiting!. But, I keep sewing! My “UFO” list has been making my precuts into something. I don’t have any actual UFO’s, so for the last 2 years, I’ve been working on the precuts. I think I only have 5 left. Hoping to get those wrapped up this year. But, I also have 2 scrappy large quilts that I want to work on too.

  8. You are more organized than I am! I have been sewing Wild and Goosey blocks for a long time, it may be time to start making a top.

  9. Yes, you have many UFOs, but I’m amazed how many you finished! You really made so many quilts and all them are so beautiful! It is really fun to see your UFO list.

  10. I finally separated my UFO list into pieces. 1) Blocks are all complete, and need to be set. 2) Some work in – needs what I’d call significant work. 3) Those that are kits only. I even have one of your patterns in that category!! So many quilts, and so little time!

    1. I’m with you on the Stary Nights quilt! The red color makes it stunning. Wish I was better with quilt colors.

  11. Jo this quilt top #14 Nine Patch Quilt, do ALL the light/neutral squares all have a touch of blue in them also?

  12. How to handle hand me downs that obviously were a cutting challenge for the donor fabric high percentage synthetic and quite low cotton,definitely not enough fabric and or blocks for a finished project. Plus color very predominately ones least. What do you do??

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