Hello 2016 and goodbye UFO’s!
I love the beginning of a new year. I do well with fresh starts and I’m excited about the upcoming year. I have lots of great stuff planned here at The Crafty Quilter! One of the things I’d like to tackle is my growing list (or pile) of UFO’s (unfinished objects). I know this a common dilemma among quilters. I have good intentions to finish each project I start, but then a deadline or opportunity arises that I have to take care of. So, I drop what I was working on so I can get to the other thing I need to accomplish. Sound familiar? This happens to me all the time!
This year, I’m going to make myself accountable for tackling those UFO’s with your help. And I’ll do the same thing for you. At the beginning of each month, I’m going to choose an unfinished project to work on and complete it by the end of that same month. I’ll tell you what my chosen UFO project is on the first of the month and then show you the completed project at the end of the month.
I would love to hear what your chosen UFO project is and support you along the way. Do you have something that you got bored with? Did you find yourself out of time (or patience)? Maybe you ran out of the right shade of blue fabric. Afraid to quilt that beast?
I am beginning to think that a linky party at the end of each month would be a great way to share our finished projects. And maybe there should be a prize involved. It always helps to have a carrot dangling in front of you for that extra motivation!
Let’s start this month by picking one UFO to work on. You can prioritize any way you want. I’m going to piggyback the 2016 UFO Challenge at All People Quilt. They ask you to number 12 projects for the year, and each month they randomly choose a number (1-12) to work on. They have a nice chart that you can download for your own use. I love the excitement of finding out what my project will be for the month based on the number chosen. How easily entertained I am!
Your UFO can be any sewing project, needlework, or craft project you choose. I even included “organize scraps” for one of my months. I know that some of my projects are so big that I will break them up into several months. For example, I have the The Quilt Show’s 2014 BOM that still needs the applique to be finished along the borders. Then I need to piece all of the sections, baste, quilt and bind it. That’s something I can’t finish in one month (with my schedule). That’s o.k.! Know your own limits so you don’t set yourself up for failure. Baby steps are better than none!
Here’s a look at my list. I’ve left the “status before” blank for the TQS A-Z BOM because it will depend on the section that I’m working on. I’m giving myself four slots to get it finished.
I hope you’ll join me this year in conquering your UFO pile. I’ll update you soon with my progress. Happy 2016!