2012 UFO List

It isn’t too early to start thinking about your UFO list for 2012.  Some time towards the end of December, I’ll post a link box where participants can link back to their list.  The way it works is that you list 12 (or more) UFOs that you’d like to complete.   You number them 1 – 12.  Each month I draw a number and that’s the UFO we all complete.  Obviously, no one is checking to be sure we work on the right UFO or making sure we finish the UFO.

When I posted my 2011 UFO list on December 15, 2010, I had no idea what 2011 held in store for us.  Yes, I know there are folks who have had homes repossessed, folks who have been in serious accidents and folks with life threatening illnesses and compared to those folks, my year has been a dream year but . . 2011 will go down in my history book as a difficult year.

As I review my 2011 list, I finished 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10.  So, in 10 months, that’s six quilts finished.  Not too bad . . considering!  🙂

By the end of this year, 2, 5, 11 and 12 will be all done except for the quilting.  Not bad either, right?

No progress at all on 3 or 7.  I don’t even know why I put 7 on the list because that’s one of the quilts I still teach in a workshop and it’s so much easier to see the blocks in an unquilted top and I need the pieces to show how to put the border together.

To start my list for next year, I’ll put on 2, 5, 11 and 12 that need to be quilted.  I’ll add 3 which didn’t get worked on at all in 2011.  I’ll add these three

Vince’s quilt that I had hoped to have finished by the time we move into the house but it’s doubtful that will happen.  I do hope to get the top finished and all it will need is to be quilted.

This one is all pieced and just needs to be quilted.  Then I’ll add the Halloween quilt.  The top will be done soon but it will not be quilted any time soon.

That’s 8.  No doubt there are four more UFOs that are “do-able” that I will add to my 2012 list so that I’ll have all projects that have at least a 50/50 chance of getting finished.

Have you started thinking about your UFO list for next year yet?



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    I started making my list a few weeks ago. I found 8 orphan block projects that need to be finished. Probably into quilties, which makes them definitely do-able next year. Then I’ll add my #12 from this year – because I know you are going to draw it next month, and there is no way I can finish it in the 2 weeks I will have before my Christmas guest arrives. That’s 9. Finding 3 more might be a challenge, but I’ll work something out – the good news is, it’s hard to find 12 because I made lots of progress this year, thanks to your challenge. 9 out of 10 completed so far this year.

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    shirley bruner says

    All i gotta do is look in the cabinet for those that need quilting. and start opening boxes to find partially finished ones. no problem for me to come up with 12. i’ll probably start my list in a couple weeks.

    Thanks, Judy, for continuing this UFO challenge. it really does help me to finish things. of course, i still piece that many or more to take their places….but at least 12 of them will get done. LOL

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      Judy Laquidara says

      There’s no doubt too many of us can come up with 12 UFOs without even digging too deeply. Eventually, we’re going to get them all done, right? 🙂

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    I definitely have started thinking about my list and I have included a reminder in my blog this month for my October UFO finish just to remind others to make their list. So far able to keep up, but the next two months may do me in. Will wait and see what number is pulled for December. Maybe I should just include 11 projects next year on my list – Lol – might work. Judy C

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    Your challenge pushed me. I started with 8 quilts in pieces, 8 quilt tops needing to be quilted and 4 quilts some where in between. So far, 3 of the quilts in pieces have been completed & quilted, 2 have made it to the tops stage (the goal this year), 4 of the quilts needing quilted have been quilted and one of the QAYG quilts completed. Additionally, I’ve completed another 10 quilts which were started prior to 1/1/11. There’s a baby quilt off the list on my sewing machine which should be finished by the end of the year and I’ve got an appointment to quilt two of the larger quilts, so hopefully 3 more by the end of the month — and that’s before I start November’s UFO.

    As for next year, my plan is more modest. I have a Christmas “BOM” quilt which needs 21 more blocks done – many applique — so I’ve decided to do one or two each month with the intention of having all the blocks done by the end of year.

    I really appreciate the challenge – without it, I would have started many more quilts than I would have finished.

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    That is exactly what I have just been doing. I have been going over my UFO list for 2011 and thinking about ones that need to by added for 2012. I thought I was right on track but after looking at #3 for November I realized I still had 2 numbers left. It turns out that I did not get #2 finished for July. Summer is always a tough time for me. But I was still able to get 10 quilts completed because I got two done for January. See, I started the year with 18 UFOs. I am not sure how I want to go about 2012; should I list all of my UFOs or just 12 of them?

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    I have counted all the quilts finished in 2011 and a few were off my UFO list. I have completed 23 so far, only 5 came off my 2 UFO lists. 🙁 I plan to re-evaluate and make my list and check it twice before posting it again. Thanks for the moral support from your Blog. You inspire us every week with the Stash Report & Design Wall Monday, and every Month with the UFO Challenge and Monochromatic Challenges. I have enjoyed keeping track of it all with you. Who knew how much fabric I would use and buy in one year if I didn’t.

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    SarahB says

    Oh, my! Next to you ladies I am truely a slacker… Of the 12 I listed for this year only 1 got completely done! I also only worked on 2 others but didn’t even get those to a semi-complete stage. I have lots of excuses but those are boring so I will re-evaluate for next year and see what I can do better… maybe not start new quilts till I have completed the UFO for the month? Or set up a once a month power sewing where the kids can’t interrupt? Hummm, well something has to change or I will never get these done!

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    Yes, I have been thinking of goals for next year…finishing that Dear Jane! And so many other starts…I will have to have a super-duper plan!!

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    Mel Meister says

    Ummmm… don’t forget we won’t have all of next December. We’re all supposed to be ……..extinguished….or something like that.

    (tongue firmly in cheek here) 😉

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    Guess I had better get looking at all my UFOs and start numbering…although I might have to have two number 1’s, 2’s, etc….:)

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    Oh yes! I’ve been thinking about it. I finished 3 quilts (so far) and it may not sound like much but I’m so happy with my progress! I’m really looking forward to next year and hope to finish all 12! I don’t know why I think that will happen when I consider this past year’s track record, but I do. And look at you Judy, you did so well!! Completely six quilts, considering all the distractions you’ve had.

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    norma huff says

    I am planning to join you this year and look forward to getting some ufos finished. (fingers crossed).
    I am happy to report that I did my cook in today. Yum. I found out that in downsizing my kitchen I have made myself short on some of the baking dishes, etc. that I could have used today but everything got done, everything cleaned up and we are having delicious manicotti for dinner.
    Judy, you are just what I need to get me motivated. Fall always brings me down but with the cook in and the ufo project I am looking forward to working and sharing with everyone.

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    Amy says

    I pieced more than quilted this year and actually did nothing for 2 months because I broke my wrist. I will have lots of UFO’s to pick from for next year. I agree with Judy this was a tough year. Here’s hoping 2012 is much better. I made the rest of the cook-in recipes that I planned today too. It will be taco pie for us tonight. I hope there will be more cook-ins planned.

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    I don’t dare list mine. I kind of blew it this year. The last 4 weeks alone was rough on me and I didn’t accomplish a single thing. I’m kind of feeling sorry for myself at the moment. I’ll just wing it. 🙂

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    Cathy Stoddard says

    Ok, ok, I have reached an important “moment” in my quilting life. I don’t think I am old (51) but I find myself looking at all this fabric and having that thought that many of you – I know – have had. The old “how can I possibly use all of this up?” Emptying a second home and seeing my entire stash in one place was a great eye opener – LOL! I WILL be joining in on the stash report in 2012 and attempting to go no-buy. We will be starting a new home soon and I am putting myself on a strict budget so more money can go to the house. Anyone that knows me and reads this – I’m sure – will be getting a big kick out of the thought of me attempting a budget and going no-buy. You gotta start somewhere right? I can’t think of a better place. Judy and all of you are such a great inspiration. I thank you in advance for all of the support. Ok, I must be starting to sound like I’m in an AA meeting so I will end this. I just have one question – what exactly defines a UFO? Is it an unfinished project or does it include fabric purchased for a “someday” project?
    Thanks so much!

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    Debby H says

    I started thinking about all of the UFO’s that seem to be multplying in my quilting room. I have a baby changing table that at one time I thought would be a good place to store all of my works in progress but those works in progress get covered by other works in progress. So now I look at this once “Great Idea” of mine and get very discouraged thinking where do I begin. I have many more than twelve but I have already begun the numbering and can’t wait for you to pull the magical number to give me the kick start that I need.

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    Mary says

    Well most of that list will be tops that didn’t get united this year. So far I’m 10 for 10 and hope to finish the last two.

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    This past year I started to participate (for the first time) in your Design Wall Monday, that helped me start getting the list of quilts that needed to be made and gifted. Now that most of these quilts are just tops, I need to join your UFO challenge and see if I can complete these gifts and make my list smaller.
    I will start listing and see how many I come up with.
    Thanks for the kick in the pants to get me working on them.

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    Becky R says

    Besides flannel, what’s the building material you have used for a display board? Is it gypsum?

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    Teresa in Music City says

    I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m loving your UFO list challenge, so I think I will play along anyway! I have so many quilt tops that need to be quilted, so I’m going to concentrate on those, and hope to get one done each month. That would be so nice!!!!

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    Libby says

    Ever since I “met” you, I have been enjoying the challenges, both UFO and Monochromatic. I’m ready to join in! Recently, I have been sorting and organizing the sewing room and have begun to bag up projects. I’m excited for the games to begin! Thanks Judy!

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    Becky I. says

    With the house remodel and all that has happed this year I believe I only got 1 maybe 2 UFO’s finished. I can’t even find the list I created. I don’t have many but I did want them all finished this year but it isn’t going to happen. There is always next year, right? Thanks for all the encouragement you give us to keep going.

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    Toni in TN says

    I’ve already started thinking about next year! Even though I didn’t get them all done, I’m definitely ahead of the game. Nine out of twelve isn’t half bad. Still need to quilt several of them . My goal was to get the tops completed.

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    I made so much progress this year thanks to your challenge that I’m definitely planning to play along again. I don’t know if I have 12 UFOs left, but I’ll join in even if I have to start 4 projects this December just to have UFOs 🙂

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    I will try it again this year. I finished 2, that I can think of (but my list is downstairs…) and I hope to be doing more. I finished a bunch that I STARTED, for gifts and such, but I hope to stop that nonsense soon, so I can concentrate on MY stuff more. I know, sounds selfish, but I dont own very many of my quilts. I have about 10 that need to be quilted, 5 queens, so that should keep me busy for a long time. I have to find my self a long armer to “help” me. So, I guess I’m IN. Try, try again…

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    I only got 6 of my 12 done this year (and since we’re moving, don’t anticipate any more getting done), but that’s so much more than I would have done otherwise! Thanks so much for doing these challenges… I’m definitely in! I’ve got 6 left from this year, and now to figure out what else to put on the list!

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    I’m glad you’re going to do this in 2012 also. I had decided I needed to do it again whether you sponsored it or not, but it’s nice to have some place to report to — a little accountability. I actually 18 on my list this year. I think I’ve finished about 10 of them — made progress on several others. I’m going to have to do a report on my blog. We are going through a move here, though, too, so I doubt I’ll get much more done this year. Not even sure if I can find my projects to photograph them. Better get started on that now. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration to finish!