Thursday, October 1, 2009

3 UFO's for the Challenge

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've joined a UFO Challenge over at Finn's blog.  The challenge is open ended so that each quilter chooses how many projects she/he wants to finish before New Year's Eve.  I've committed myself to 3 projects, but there is one ambitious lady who has given herself the task of finishing 19!  I'll be rooting for her.

Here are the 3 projects I've decided on.  The first is my "Coral Reef" quilt:

Anyone who was reading my blog last year might remember this quilt top that I gave  to my husband for Christmas.  It started out as a wallhanging, but it had gotten so large in the process of designing it, that it was practially lap quilt size.  I waited until my husband opened it on Christmas morning to ask him if he would prefer a lap quilt, and he said that would be nice. (To his credit, he said a wallhanging would be nice too.)

I think it's time to get this top turned into a real quilt don't you?  Hopefully in time for THIS Christmas.

My second project will be to finish this quilt:

This is a twin size quilt that I am making for my daughter's boyfriend, who is a martial arts instructor.  He's currently in China right now, studying and training.  I'd like to have this one done to give him for Christmas when he returns.
The pattern is called "Ring Around". Right now it is pieced into four subsections which I plan to quilt separately, and then sew together afterwards, sort of a very large "quilt-as-you-go" project.

I'm waffling a bit on which project to choose as my third one, but I've settled on this one:

This green and purple Card Trick quilt top is intended to be a couch quilt for our family room.  I finished the top a long while ago, and later, in a burst of guilt-driven motivation to get it quilted I got it pin basted and ready to machine quilt, and that is how it has been for almost a year now.  (I know!)

I need to get this one actually quilted before the basting pins rust, or the couch wears out and it won't match anymore. 

So, thank you Finn, for hosting this UFO Challenge, and Good Luck to everyone else who is participating.  I hope to get all 3 of these tops quilted, and out there being used and loved, instead of sitting on top of the fabric stash.

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  1. I remember the Coral Reef quilt. I thought I was the only person who gave a quilt to a family member for a present, and then took it back to finish it...ha ha sounds like it happens more frequently than I know. I've decided to join you on the UFO challenge with 2 of my own projects. I'll blog about it this weekend.

  2. Great choices - it all seems do-able. Good luck!

  3. I remember your sea themed quilt and love it. It will be so nice when you get them all done. It is always such a good feeling to get them all done. I know you can do it.

  4. I'm the original"Crazy 19 Lady'...but another quilter took up MY challenge in the race to the 'Finish' Line. Mine, however, are not all quilts...lots of other donation projects, but Finn counted them all and she knew exactly what they all were..ha ha! A UFO is still a UFO no matter whether they are laying around, flying or under the needle! Cute button for the challenge!!

  5. All three are worthy of being worked on- you go girl. I see a theme here between you and Erin- I am not falling for it- everytime i put in writing that I will finish something it is the kiss of death and doomed for the long term UFO pile. but just in case making a list helps I will get a couple out and post them later. cw

  6. Hi Auntie Em, I absolutely LOVE the button and the 3 quilts you've chosen. Each one is just spectacular. Some people are going to have a really great surprise coming as you finish these up.
    Thanks again for making the button for us. I'll post about it again tomorrow. I snitched mine copy today *VBS* Big hugs, Finn

  7. You're going to have three really nice finishes. Your Coral Reef quilt is a great design.


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