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January UFO completion and linkup

Today is the last day of January, and hopefully, you have a UFO finish to show me. You’ll find a link-up at the end of this post so you can add your project and be entered into this month’s giveaway.

Goodbye UFO's Linky @ The Crafty Quilter; giveaways each month of 2016


If you’re new to the UFO concept, let me help demystify it for you. UFO in the context of this post means “unfinished object”. Many of us makers have a talent for starting new projects before finishing the last one. I have such a talent for it that I’ve challenged myself to finish one UFO each month in 2016. I’m inviting you to play along with me.

At the beginning of each month, I’ll tell you what project I’ve decided to finish. I’m using the 2016 UFO Challenge at All People Quilt to determine which UFO I’m going to work on. They pick a number each month that corresponds to a numbered list of UFO’s that I’ve made. January’s number was 2. You can pick your project any way you want. This is just what I’m doing. I like the element of surprise and that I’ve made a list that I get to cross things off of.

On the last day of each month, I’ll show you my finished project and have the link-up available so we can see what you’ve completed that month, too. For a little extra motivation, I’m having a giveaway for one prize each month!

I have been working hard to get my Simple Hearts Quilt finished (tutorial can be found here), and I’m happy to say that I’ve got it done! I may have spent more time on the quilting, and I still might go back and add more. But it’s finished. And it’s cute. And I like it.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter



I used a stencil in every other open square and echo quilted around it.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter



I added some straight line quilting along the side-triangles and attempted a heart ribbon design along the outer border. You can find a great tutorial on how to free motion quilt the heart ribbon at The Inbox Jaunt.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter


I added some sparkle to the pieced hearts with my favorite, Sliver thread from Sulky. It’s iridescent and gives the perfect shimmer to the hearts.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter


Now it’s your turn! If you have a quilt or other sewing project that you finished in January, add a picture of it to the link up.

Link-up Rules:

  • You may add up to 2 finished projects.
  • One image per finished project.
  • Project must be sewing or quilting related.
  • The link-up will be open until February 6, at midnight, PST.
  • The giveaway is open to USA or Canada only, however, anyone can join the link-up. If a winner is chosen that is international, then another number will be picked until it meets the criteria.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on February 7, 2016.

Thanks for joining me!


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  1. Hola Mauricio. La lista de planes aplica totalmente, sin embargo los precios cambian con frecuencia. En cuanto se apruebe, dependiendo la fecha ten por certeza ke te enviaré la lista actualizada. Ya estoy investigando tu situación para proceder con la renovación. Saludos y gracias de nuevo.

  2. Hi Julie,

    Your quilt is beautiful! You earlier post of working on UFO’s has certainly motivated me to work on mine. I did finish my January project last night so I’ll take a pic later today and link up.

    thanks again for sharing your talents!

  3. Hi Julie ❤️
    Your quilt is beautiful!! I love the quilting you have done on it!! You’ve done a beautiful job!! I LOVE Valentine quilts! Well, I love them all year round they are so beautiful! I just finished my Valentine Quilt!! YIPPEE!! I don’t quilt my lap quilts myself, so it’s at the quilters right now! Mine is called “The Little Love Notes”!! It’s beautiful too!! I’m now working on my toppers to go underneath my lamps on my end tables! They are so fun!! I’m also making my runners to go on my coffee tables!! The line of fabric I’m using is called Kiss Kiss by Abi Hall for Moda. I bought a lot of it last year and was able to find other pieces of that line this year! How lucky is that! Right! I’m also making one for each of my daughters as well. So, three more to go! I love Valentines!! It’s such a happy time of the year with hearts everywhere!! I think I’m going to just leave mine up for awhile! Haha! Thank you for sharing your quilts! You do such a beautiful job!! Happy Valentines Day!! ❤️❤️

  4. some super quilts cannot add mine though as they only get to flimsy stage so no finishes from me

  5. You got me started. My long arm is fixed and ready to work again. Three quilts completed this month. It is so sweet!!! Two 2015 charity quilts from guild – 2014 and 2015 projects. One personal quilt with blocks from my block box, a 2013 project. I pulled out a quilt top today that may need an additional border – I’m auditioning and need to call recipient in the a.m. to get more info. It’s a 2012 project that will be sent to a friend’s son.

  6. What a sweet heart quilt! Love the quilting, with the variety of designs! My finish this month is a quilt top. It will have to be put back on the list for quilting. 🙂

  7. Hi, Julie. Having a UFO list is proving very helpful. I actually finished one UFO very early in January (not in link-up) due to motivation your UFO blog entry provided. I also made a list of priority new projects for 2016 which is also helping to keep me on track. Thank you for the motivation!! (Computer stuff is great when it works, but when it doesn’t–it’s the pits!!!! I know how you felt this morning! Congratulations on getting it fixed relatively quickly!)

  8. I love you quilt ! Thanks for helping to inspire us to finish our UFO’s. I am joining in on a couple of new stitch alongs but focused on finishing after reading your post about APQ. I too like to mark things off my list when they are done.

  9. I just love the way your quilts turn out so nice. I especially love this quilt and the way you quilted it. Beautiful work!!! I just hope I can get that good some day. Thank you so much for sharing all your information.

  10. 🙁 Baby quilt… Nope, not finished. Seems to be the story of my life. So…baby quilt is already on my February UFO list. My word for 2016 is PERSIST and that’s what I’m doing.

  11. Julie, The heart quilting is so perfect for this sweet little quilt. Thaks for adding the tutorial for the quilting. Am I getting this right. I’m finishing the binding for a quilt I started in Oct. But I needed to link up at all people quilt the first part of Jan. in order to show my finished project before Feb. 6th? So do I go to APQ before the 6th for Feb. Project?

    1. Hi Tonia. You do NOT have to link up at All People Quilt first. Only here on The Crafty Quilter. I only use APQ to choose which UFO project to work on for any given month. APQ, itself, has no contest or giveaways for their UFO challenge. I’m sorry for the confusion.

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