Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 UFO Challenge: The Quilts and the Plan

In 2017 my plan wasn't so much about finishing UFOs as it was about finishing quilts that had deadlines.  Namely the graduation quilts that had to be done by May.  All three of the graduation quilts got done, as well as four other quilts that came off or were kept off the UFO list by being finished.  So seven finishes all together, that ties my best ever total in a year.

In 2017, I learned that setting priorities is key to moving things off the list. Participating in the the One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts will help set the priority each month.  Linking up with American Patchwork and Quilting's 2018 UFO Challenge and with Patchwork Time's 2018 UFO Challenge will provide some accountability.  Hopefully all of this leads to finishes in 2018.  

There is one rule for the UFO challenges that I've decided not to follow.  I won't be selecting the UFO by following the monthly drawing. Some of these projects have deadlines, so they'll need to be first in line no matter what numbers get drawn.  

January:   Geek Chic (aka Scientist in Training Quilt)
     Status:  Assembling quilt (no photo as the SIT follows my blog)
     Due Date:  January 14, 2018

February:  Magnolia Mystery Quilt
     Status:  Piecing blocks
     Due Date:  Finished Flimsy by February 15, 2018

  Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs
March:  Vintage Dresses
     Status:  Framing blocks to standard size
     Due date:  May 2018 (graduation quilt)

 Vintage Dresses blocks by Charise Randell, Setting by Kate

April:  En Provence, Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery
     Status:  Needs backing pieced

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

May:  Christmas Angels
     Status:  Piecing Blocks
     Due Date:  December 2018

 Christmas Angels  Pattern by Kate

June:  Red, White and Blue Stars
     Status:  Piecing Blocks

  Red, White and Blue Stars, Setting by Kate

July:  Inverted Stars
     Status:  Piecing border blocks

Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

August:  Twinkle Star Quilt
     Status:  Piecing blocks

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

September:  On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery
     Status: Piecing blocks
     Due Date:  November 22, 2018 

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt

October:   Fans (2017 RSC Project)
     Status:  Piecing blocks

November:  Scrappy Butterflies
     Status:  Needs setting plan

Scrappy Butterflies
Block is available in EQ 7 Block Library

December:  Neutral Gems
     Status:  Piecing Blocks

  Neutral Gems Pattern is "Gems" by Donna Lynn Thomas
found in the book Patchwork Palette

So that's the UFO list for 2018.  If I finish one project early, I'll just move on to the next.  Even if I don't get all of these to the finish line, I'm hoping to advance each to at least the next step.  Hopefully that will mean more finishes in 2019.  


Anonymous said...

Lots of star quilts on that list. I look forward to seeing the finishes. You have some beautiful projects there.


A really nice list--and some lovely quilts when they are finished--
I did start my list--and did make lists of finishes and a list of some I had made progress on--now I need to 'dig' out the ufo's and photo them like last year and make a plan--
enjoy the moments, di

Marti said...

I'm not going to go in order drawn either, not only for deadlines, but because my UFOs are still packed somewhere. lol

You've got some beautiful quilts to finish this year. I don't think I've seen your Fans blocks before. They're great! I can't wait to see what you do with them. Are they paper foundation?

Quilter Kathy said...

That is a very organized list for 2018!
Can't wait to see your Magnolia Mist!

Barbara said...

Lots of colors there...beautiful quilts. It's an ambitious list, but I have complete confidence in you.

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Your plan sounds ambitious but doable. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on these projects in 2018.

Sandra Walker said...

Fabulous set of projects, I may do like you and not pick a number. Also will check into AP&Q UFO Challenge; only magazine I still subscribe to by hard copy.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I agree....a fabulous set of projects you have. Have fun!! I'll be enjoying the inspiration that comes from these.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

A great set of projects! and look how organized you are!!! Love them all

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love the Inverted Star blocks! That will be a beautiful quilt, Kate!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I've avoided facing my UFO's. You've motivated me to dig in and see just what I have. So, guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?? :) You have beautiful projects on your list and I look forward to seeing the progress you'll make Kate!

QuiltGranma said...

sounds like a great plan! I wish you success!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on a great 2017 and good luck on your 2018 goals....I plan to spend some time today pulling my list together.

Cheryl said...

Great plan! I look forward to seeing your progress and finishes!

Christina said...

Fantastic plan and making it work for what you want to do and accomplish this year. I can not wait to see all of the progress you make in the next year.

Sandy Panagos said...

You have some really great quilts in progress. I have every confidence in you. You can do it!