2017 Pre-Cut Challenge Wrap-up

31 12 2017

We began 2017 with a challenge to transform our collections of pre-cuts into quilts. To make it doable, we focused on one type of pre-cut each quarter of the year. The challenge for January-March was using Quilter’s Candy (2 1/2″ squares) or Fat Quarters. April-June we worked on Jelly Roll quilts. July-September the focus was Layer Cakes (10″ squares), and October-December we utilized Charm Squares.

Thanks to all of you who accepted the challenge and shared your projects throughout the year. By showing your completed projects and works in progress, you motivated other blog readers to sew along and you inspired others with your patchwork ideas.

As a fond farewell to our challenge, I’ll share Helga’s quilt top that she’s making with a Zen Chic Jelly Roll. Like most of us, fun family activities cut into her sewing time during the holidays, so she’ll finish the quilt in the new year.

So what shall be our challenge for 2018? I’ve been thinking long and hard about a project that you would find satisfying, useful and helpful. The Quilting World is replete with Block of the Month programs, block exchanges and round robins not to mention online classes, seminars, and workshops. All of these activities are fun and challenging, but I wonder if you, like me, have several projects you would like to finish this year prior to adding something new on your sewing desk. Therefore, I propose a UFO (UnFinished Object) challenge. To play along, leave a comment below stating which UFO you plan to work on in the first quarter of 2018 (Jan.- Mar.) When you finish your project, please send me a picture to post on the blog so other blog readers can congratulate you and be inspired by your progress.

 

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20 responses

31 12 2017
Pam Bonstead

Tumbling blocks quilt for grandson Henry.

21 01 2018
abydolinger

I can’t wait to see a picture of Henry’s completed quilt! Are you piecing by hand (English Paper Piecing) or by machine?

31 12 2017
Kathy Hansen

Snowman flannel throw!

21 01 2018
abydolinger

Now is a great time to work on your Snowman flannel throw. What a great UFO project for this time of year. Keep at it!

31 12 2017
Patti Hyder

I think I need to use the first quarter to quilt and finish 4-5 tops that are done and ready to quilt. I have one twin that I’ve had basted for several years, waiting for the gumption to quilt it on my sit-down 16″ machine. I think I have one more spray-basted and three other scrappy tops (lap-sized) ready to quilt. I have the backs made, need to get more batting, I think. That’ll be good goals for me! Thanks for the challenge!

21 01 2018
abydolinger

These are ambitious goals for the UFO challenge, but you will feel so good to complete those quilt tops lurking in the closet of your sewing room. Keep at it!

31 12 2017
Cindy Munn

Celtic Wave, a Judy Niemeyer paper pieced design started a couple years ago.

21 01 2018
abydolinger

How are you coming along on the Celtic Wave project? Judy N’s designs are wonderful, challenging and intricate. All best wishes as you work on this project. You can do it – an hour here, an hour there. Keep at it!

1 01 2018
Maridee Hargis

I need to dig out the Farm Girl Vintage blocks I started before I moved. You inspired me to start them and I love them but I put them aside to make some charity quilts. I’m making the 6″ blocks.and I think I still have 10 or more to make. At least I know where they are.

1 01 2018
Marie K.

I want to put my Thimbles redwork blocks together. We will see if I can finish by the end of March? So much to sew and so little time!

21 01 2018
abydolinger

The embroidered Thimbles are so lovely. I can’t wait to see the completed quilt, Marie.

1 01 2018
linda

I plan to work on my Millifiore quilt (by Katja Merek). I am quilting it by-the-rosette and need to finish the last ones and join all into a whole. Can’t wait to get started!

🙂 Linda

21 01 2018
abydolinger

What an intricate quilt project! I know you have enjoyed planning each rosette and will enjoy decorating with the quilt once it is complete!

2 01 2018
Debbie @ Shadows of the Blue Ridge

Aby I’m going to join in on the fun! I need to work on three charity quilts. The tops are all complete and they are ready to be sandwiched and quilted. They are in this blog post if anyone is interested in seeing them:
http://shadowsoftheblueridge.blogspot.com/2017/11/fruits-of-productive-day.html

21 01 2018
abydolinger

Debbie, I’ve been keeping up with your completion of the charity quilts by reading your blog. All the patchwork designs are wonderful, and your machine quilting will breathe life into them. I especially love the tree quilt; I aspire to make one like it one of these days!

2 01 2018
Ronda

Ok. For the first quarter, I’m going to work on finishing my 2 step quilt I’m calling Miami sea shore. Which will use some of the jelly roll challenge from 2017. I have so many….

21 01 2018
abydolinger

Ronda, I can’t wait to see a picture of Miami Sea Shore. Here’s hoping you can carve out a few hours this week to work on it!

4 01 2018
My Sewful Retirement

Aby – Great idea! For the first quarter I’m going to work on finishing a string quilt I started two years ago. Goal is to finish it in January 🙂

21 01 2018
abydolinger

How are you doing on your string quilt UFO completion goal for January? Here’s hoping you can carve out a few hours to sew on it this coming week!

15 02 2018
My Sewful Retirement

Hi Abbie – I didn’t work on any UFO during January- I used the time to get organized hoping to be more productive going forward.

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