I am so happy to find a group that is interested in finishing their inventory of UFOs. Thanks Leanne for hosting the Finish-A-Long!!! http://shecanquilt.blogspot.ca/2013/01/2013-finish-long-q1-begins.html
Two year’s ago I completed a sad total of only 6 quilts for the year. But in 2012 I joined Judy Laquidara’s UFO group (www.patchworktimes.com) where you picked out 12 items and then each month she chose the one that you worked on. I made extraordinary progress and completed a total of 23 projects for the year. That really helped my inventory (although it currently stands at just under 100 projects that are started. So I am counting on the discipline of identifying about 5 projects per quarter and then working hard to finish them to get me to that same level of “finishedness” (surely not a word)!
1. Asheville Capriccio
This quilt was started in March 2006 after visiting an Asheville, NC quilt shop and admiring the quilt they had hanging in their store. Although it looks finished, at the beginning of 2013 I had to sew on the binding and there is still about 35% that is unfinished. I like to start easy and then move on to the harder items!
2. Kaffe Fassett Taupe Lattice
I started this one in December 2000 and it has been quilted and is waiting only for the production of binding and sewing it on. I really like the combination of hand-dyed solids with the soft prints. I remember sewing on this at the table in our kitchen.
3. Out of the Scrapbox and Into the Pantry
This one goes back to December 1996 and you can certainly tell by the fabrics represented in the top. This one is going to go to a long-arm quilter and then donated to the Ann Arbor SafeHouse, a shelter for domestic violence victims. Our guild has a goal of providing a quilt to each child and adult who passes through the shelter.
4. Mystery Mammy
This one is so far in my past that it doesn’t have a start date attached to it! I remember that I made it in a mystery class and it must have been at least the early to mid-1990’s. I’m going to be doing the quilting on this one as I’m always working to improve my skills. (I have to say that it is a long, hard road!)
5. Moda Bakehouse Flying in Squares
I’m ready to sandwich and quilt this one for my older daughter. It was started in January 2012 (yeah – something current!!) and I’m excited to be finishing it for her.
6. Jumping Jelly Beans
My final project was started in June 2010 and will be sent out to a longarm quilter and then donated to SafeHouse.
All this finishing will not stop me from starting new projects. I’m intrigued by the Scrappy Trip Along that has certainly gone viral (and I am a real fan of Bonnie Hunters quilts) and I have a delightful Tula Pink “Jack in the Beanstalk” cut out and ready to roll. Last year I finished 23 and only started 14 and that gives me hope that I can cut the inventory list once more in 2013!