12/28/10

UFO Challenge

Patchwork Times

I've been considering how to take part in next year's UFO Challenge put on by Judy at Patchwork Times.  I wrote in an earlier comment on Judy's blog that I haven't really been quilting long enough to accumulate very many UFO's.  I was looking at them this afternoon, and really, there are only two.  I wouldn't even classify those as UFO's.  They're really WIP's.  I'm just pausing to think about what to do next with them because they are ready to be quilted.  I'm just thinking about what I want to do.  I haven't put them away, and they're still very much on my radar screen.

I have two other bed sized quilts that I've started, but we're getting ready to take off on a three-month-long snowbird journey, and so they are just on hold until we get back.  Still . . . not one to be left out, I've been thinking about how to make this work for me so that I can be productive over the next year in keeping with the spirit of the challenge.  It finally came to me this evening that I have one very special quilt that I'd like to complete over the next year.  It has a lot of embroidery, and it's the sort of thing that I could easily never finish if I don't set up some sort of schedule for myself to keep it on track for completion.  You may have seen this quilt in quilt shops.  It's called "Winter Wonderland."

Maybe you even have the pattern.  I fell in love with it the first time I saw it in a quilt shop, but all that embroidery was very intimidating. 

I saw it again in the same quilt shop and admired it out loud to one of the owners.  She told me she'd seen it done in blue and that it was beautiful.  That made it even more desirable to me, but I was still intimidated by the hand work.  Then I saw it again in yet a different quilt shop, and I couldn't resist it any longer.  I ended up buying it.  That was about six months ago.  I have all the fabric, muslin, and floss that I need to complete the top, but so far, I've barely gotten started on the first stitchery.  With your permission, I'd like to spend the next year working on this one project for my UFO Challenge.

I looked at it this evening.  It has 21 star blocks from six different star patterns.  Some of them are duplicated in various sizes.  It also has 10 stitchery panels.  My goal is to complete one stitchery panel and at least two blocks each month through the end of October.  I'll spend November constructing the quilt top, and I'll spend December quilting and binding it.  I think that is a challenge I'm up for.  It won't be easy, and I'll have to keep at it diligently each month to get it finished by the end of the year.  In the end, I'll have a project I've been wanting to complete, and it will be a great sense of accomplishment.  By the way, I am doing mine in blue, and I plan to quilt it by machine embroidering snowflakes onto the white background in pearlescent metallic thread.

I hope you'll accept my choice for the UFO Challenge of 2011.  Good luck to the rest of you!  By the way, this is the only project I'm taking with me on our snowbird journey, and so I'll be able to keep on track even though we'll be traveling!

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

Charlene S said...

I think your plan is great. If you are coming our way, you are welcome to stitch on it here in Louisiana.

Kate said...

Sounds like a great way to participate in the UFO challenge. I decided to pass on Judy's challenge this year, but I be checking out how everyone else is doing and celebrating all the finishes!

Stray Stitches said...

Sounds as if you have it all figured out. I look forward to watching your progress as the year goes by.

Karen (Misiz C) said...

I like your solution. Breaking a large, possibly overwhelming, project in to smaller pieces for the challenge could work for a couple I have as well. Hope you will be able to share your progress while on your journey.

Colleen said...

I hope your snowbird journey is successful. If you would like som UFOs I could shar some of mine. LOL

Nancy Sue said...

I love your idea of doing the Winter Wonderland in Blue. Like a snowflaky wintery winter. Let's hope most of the snowflakiness is on your masterpiece and not on the ground for this winter :)
Happy New Year!

Carol said...

I've been drooling over that pattern for years. Sounds like a great way to challenge yourself to get it done!

Di said...

Blue, a girl after my own heart! And doesn't blue just resonate snow, snowman. Best of 2011 and completing your goal.

Millie said...

Good luck! You have a good plan and beautiful UFO's.

dj said...

I like your UFO list as being blocks to complete this project. I too have this exact project in progress (in blue). I have 6 blocks finished and hope to complete a block per month except for the big top one will take two. I made parts of this quilt a year ago for a friend's wallhanging.

Maybe if I follow your progress I can get mine done too!

Shellie said...

I can't wait to see that pattern in blue. I have a blue and white color scheme in my bedroom so I'm rather partial to that color combination.