With the beginning of a new year, comes reflection and renewed focus. If you’re like me, you’ll find that you’ve started lots more projects than you’ve finished. So, I hope you’ll join me for my 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge. Each month I’m going to focus on one unfinished project (UFO) or work in process (WIP) and get it done; cross it off that list.
I like having a goal each month and a support group (you guys) to rally with me. A little motivation never hurts, so there will be a prize at the end of each month. I’ll open a linky party where you can share a photo of your finished project on the last Sunday of each month . You don’t need a blog or a website to participate. I’ll keep it open for one week and after the close, I’ll pick one winner. The prize each month will be something different (I’m working on sponsors), and I hope you all will play along with me.
Last month, I was forced to completely clear out of my sewing room to prepare for our house renovation. Actually, every room in the house had to be emptied and wouldn’t you know there were quilting supplies in every single room! My how things can spread and migrate without realizing it. The number of unopened kits, unfinished projects, forgotten quilt tops, etc. was astonishing. I am SO guilty of starting a new project before I finish the last one. As a quilt teacher and blogger, my priorities change and new deadlines emerge, so I often have to set something aside so I can get the current job done. (I had to slip in a good excuse somewhere 😉 ).
To help you get organized, I’ve made a UFO & WIP List for you to print out and use: 2019 UFO & WIP List. It’s good to get everything out in the open and onto paper. Tape this list to a wall or keep it in your planner. Pick one project to work on each month. I love the way All People Quilt runs their UFO challenge by picking a random number each month. Whatever project corresponds to that number on your list is the one you tackle that month. It adds an element of surprise and anticipation to the challenge. If you’re interested in choosing your project that way, this month’s number is 3.
It looks like I’ll be working on a big one this month. The A-Z for Ewe and Me quilt was a BOM that I started in 2014 when I did the instructional videos for The Quilt Show. I have some applique in the borders to finish and then add the borders to the quilt top. I’ll probably send it out to be quilted.
Are you ready? Let’s make this the year of finishes. Please join me for the 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge. For social media, use the hashtag #2019ufoandwipchallenge and tag me @thecraftyquilter. Happy New Year!