2013 To-Do List

Much of my 2013 To-Do List should look familiar. It's carried over from my undone 2012 list. I did, however, get a lot done last year. Hopefully, I'll get just as much done this year! I've also added some new projects that I started in 2012 as well as some that I found after I made my original 2012 list. Lots to do!

UFO # 1 - This was a Stash Busters design from 2010? 2011? It's a brick road that could be made out of flannels or cottons. As you can see, I'm terrible at making scrappy quilts. I get too many fabrics and most of them don't work together. I really hated this top until I decided to work on finishing it. At the top of the photo, you can see the borders that I am working on. Two inch squares are "floating" in a dark blue fabric. I'm hoping this technique will serve to pull out and unify the fabrics mixed in the body of the quilt. To do: finish borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.
Finished! 02/01/2013

UFO #2  - This is my 2010 Pizza Box blocks from Dogwood Quilt Guild. Two of the members, knowing how cat crazy I am, machine appliqued cats for me. My instructions on this project told everyone to make any sized blocks out of a selection of batiks. I have 12 blocks, so I'll need to make a few more (more cats, now that I know how to applique?). To do: add blocks and borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 3 - For my 2011 Dogwood Quilt Guild Pizza Block, I asked for uniform 12 1/2" blocks. I usually ask for blocks of different sizes in my pizza boxes, but since I usually get 12 1/2" blocks anyway, I decided not to fight it. I also limited the number of fabrics I provided and did not allow for additional fabrics to be added. I requested some of the yellow floral in each block. I love these blocks! To do: add blocks and borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 4 - This quilt top is a sister to one one that I made using a different focal fabric. I used the same coordinating fabrics in both. The green sashing is different in the two quilts as well. I need to decide what I want to do about borders add applique to the borders. To do: border (done 07/12), applique (decided against applique), make backing, quilt (done 04/13), bind, label.

    UFO # 5 - This Turning 20 pattern was our mystery quilt pattern about three years ago at the Q.U.I.L.T. Retreat to the Hills. I couldn't decide on which fabrics to bring for a mystery quilt, so I brought two collections and made two tops. The second top is in autumnal colors and is also on my To Do list a little farther down. To do: borders (done 07/13/12), make backing (done 1/12/13), quilt, bind (done 4/7/13), label.
Finished 04/13

UFO # 6 - This quilt is one of Tessie's favorites. Every time I tried to arrange the blocks the way I wanted them, Tessie would wait until I turned my back and rearrange them. That cat is very opinionated. Anyway, I finally just sewed them together the way Tessie wanted them. This is another free pattern from Sager Creek back when the Stash Busters were known as Stash Pot Pie. I have started rather complicated borders for this quilt, and I've been too intimidated to finish them. To do: borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.
Finished! 04/13

UFO # 7 - This group of pieces will one day be a gorgeous wall hanging. I took a class at Sager Creek two years ago, and this is as far as I got on the project. I rarely get to take classes since I work full-time, but I made the time for this one. Unfortunately, I badly injured my foot just days before the class, and I was on crutches. I couldn't stand, and I could barely sew. I kept the instructions, so one day, hopefully this year, I can get this finished. To do: everything!

UFO # 8 - I love bright colors. I thought I had this quilt top finished, but I really don't like the light-colored border. I think I'm going to go back and try something else. To do: remove current border, add border, make backing, quilt (decided against changing border), bind, label.
Finished! January 2014

UFO # 9 - Here is another quilt made with the 7" exchange blocks from my Eureka guild friends. I started this quilt about three years ago using another free Stash Pot Pie pattern from Sager Creek. I combined my purple exchange squares with a white confetti background. To do: make more blocks, add border, make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 10 - This is a polka-dot quilt that I made for my niece. She hated it. I guess the yellow border was just too much for her. Anyway, now that I know how to applique, I am going to applique large and small "dots" all over the top beginning in one of the corners. I already have the backing for it. To do: applique dots, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 11 - This block is another free pattern from our Stash Pot Pie days a few years ago. I used four blocks sashed in purple and four blocks sashed in green to make a reversible wall hanging. Jennifer from Just Jennifer bought it at our quilt show small quilt auction in 2009. I used these three blocks for a table runner. To do: make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 12 - Both of these pictures are blocks using fabrics from my 2009 Dogwood Pizza Box exchange. The top photo shows blocks of various sizes (and shapes!) made by our guild members. The lower photo is small (4 1/2") blocks I made to go along with the larger blocks. The challenge of this quilt is to integrate all of the different sizes, shapes, and styles of blocks into one quilt. What fun! To do: create more blocks, design and complete top, sew backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 13 - I forget the name of the book this pattern comes from -- I"ll have to look it up. The pattern is a bargello, so no wonder it's taking so long. I couldn't decide which color to use for the rings, so I used them all! I have a beautiful batik border picked out for this quilt. To do: finish blocks, add border, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 14 - My signature blocks! My friends! After chairing the Q.U.I.L.T. of NWA quilt show for six years (three bi-annual shows), I stepped down in April of 2011 to make way for fresh blood and new ideas. As a thank you, the guild members gave me and my co-chair (Mom) signature blocks. Mine are in brights and Mom's are batiks. What great choices to match our preferences. Mom just showed me her completed signature block quilt, and it's beautiful! I guess that means that I need to get started on mine. I won't be able to come up with a setting nearly as creative and beautiful as Mom's (I'll try to post a picture of hers). I need to give some thought to a setting that will do these wonderful friends justice. To do: design setting for top, add borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.


UFO # 15 - (Sorry, I can't seem to remove the extra photos here without erasing three-quarters of the page.) This baby crib-sized quilt was another Stash Pot Pie free pattern from several years ago. I didn't finish the top for years because my friends encouraged me to use prairie points around three sides of it. I was too terrified of prairie points to try them. I still am. Which is why I finished this top with a simple wide border of the white background fabric. Now I just need to finish it. To do:  sew backing (done 1/12/13), quilt, bind, label. 

Finished! 03/13 - Won third place in Baby Quilts division at Q.U.I.L.T.'s 2013 quilt show!!!

UFO # 16 - Another Stash Busters free pattern. I went super kiddie with these fabrics. It's a combinations of baby girl, baby boy, Easter, and springtime bugs. Now I'm not sure what to do with it. It's definitely bright. To do:  design top, add border(s), make backing, quilt, bind, label.
Finished! December 2013 - Sent to my beloved nephew and niece-in-law for their baby who is due any day now.

UFO # 17 - This is one of the Christmas quilts I make just before Christmas 2012. It's a variation of a free Stashbusters pattern. To do:  make backing, quilt, bind, label.
UFO # 18 - The last of the 2012 Christmas quilts made as a variation of a free Stashbusters pattern. To do:  make backing (done 1/5/13), quilt (done 03/13), bind (done 8/18/13), label.
Finished! November 2013

UFO # 19 - This is my Day and Night pattern by Eleanor Burns. I started it at a class at Guthrie Quilts in Colcord, OK, summer of 2012. It is almost finished, but I got distracted by other projects and abandoned it. Time to finish it for 2012! To do:  finish blocks, add borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 20 - This is another quilt that I started summer of 2012. I think Callie has claimed it. This is a Farmer's Market pattern. To do:  finish blocks, add borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.
UFO # 21- I fell in love with the Mexican pinata pattern of this Hobby Lobby fabric. I started the quilt in 2010 or 2011. I have the entire top made except for adding the borders. I want to make a lozenge border for this. To do:  add borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.

UFO # 22 - If you've been following my blog for any length of time, this quilt should look familiar. I want to enter it in the QUILT of NWA quilt show in April 2013, so I have to get it finished ASAP. To do: embroider three eyes, add borders?, make backing, quilt, bind, label.
Finished! 03/13

UFO # 23 I won two Andover charm packs at a retreat in 2011? 2012? Anyway, I added another charm pack to blend with it and tossed in a few squares from my stash to make a lap top. To do:  add three borders, make backing, quilt, bind, label.
Finished! July 2013
UFO # 24 I won these pre-cut fabrics as a door prize a few years ago. The quilt top hung in the shop for about a year after it was finished. I am machine quilting this quilt and have very little left to do to get it finished. To do:  quilt outer border, bind, label.

UFO # 25 This is one of my very first quilts. I am hand quilting it, but it's hard to see the markings on some of the colors, so it's taking me longer than it should. To do:  finish hand quilting, bind, label.

UFO # 26 Another early quilt just waiting for me to finish the hand quilting.To do:  finish quilting butterflies, finish hand quilting borders, bind, label.

 UFO # 27 An African inspired quilt top I made, again, several years ago. To do: finish hand quilting, binding, label.
UFO # 28  A simple quilt that is almost finished. It's been in hiding for years. To do:  finish machine quilting, binding, label.
UFO # 29  This is a quilt that is intended for my aunt and uncle. To do:  Finish top, quilting, binding, and label.  
UFO # 30  This is the first quilt that I ever started. It is a crazy patch quilt that needs to be finished soon! To do:  lots more embellishments, lots more seam stitching, tying, label.
Wish me luck!

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