Judy L's UFO Challenge

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

What’s Next and UFO Challenge

The quilts are boxed up and winging their way north.  It’s in the hands of UPS now.  They said Saturday delivery so we shall see.  I’ve really gotten to know my machine in quilting nine quilts in a row.  Now that I warmed up I decided to join a UFO challenge on the stashbuster io group.

The entry fee to join is $1 and 2 FQs.  If you’re selected queen based on a rolling list then you have one week to complete a quilt or pay a FQ penalty.  You also have to complete one UFO per quarter.   I think most people can not be crowned by simply finishing oneUFO each quarter.  The number of participants also determines how often your name will bubble up to the top.

Another unofficial challenge they do is the random UFO challenge.  You list your UFOs at the beginning of the year.  At the first of each month they draw a low number and a high number.  The low number is 1-12 and the high number is 13-?  Where the highest number was the number of UFOs the leader of the challenge has.  Last year it was 80.  She had a lot of finishes so will be interesting to see what high number she uses.

For lists of UFOs I made three lists of 12.  This way there will be 3 items randomly drawn to inspire me to finish that month.  One list is of tops that I have a recipient in mind for, the second list is of tops that I wanted to complete but it turned out I had 20 tops with someone in mind.  These two categories just need quilting and binding.  The third list is of piecing UFOs.  I was able to quickly list 9 and that was without really looking.  There is a cutting party going on to hurry and make more UFOs so they can be counted in 2023.  I’m going to cut to grow my list.

So I’m warmed up and ready to go.  I started loading one of my UFOs with  an intended recipient.  The top needs a good pressing and I have to cut the batt.   I’ve chosen my thread.  I sketched my quilting plan and need to load a bobbin.  My goal is for a 1/6 completion because I will be seeing the recipient then.

  I’ll be using that lime green!  More to come!

Monday, December 19, 2022

Quilting Progress #9

I’ve completed the quilting on the last one!  I met with my friend and handed it o er.  While she applied the bindings I sewed the labels on.  She too the last two home with her to do quality control.  I’m picking her up in the am. and we’ll ship the box off and grab a bite to eat.

I have been asked if I would do this again.  Yes!  My fear of “messing up” has really subsided.  Doubt really whispered in my ear but here I am!  9 completed quilts in time for Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Quilting Progress #8

I just pulled this one off and am loading the LAST one!

I spent around 6hours making and handwriting labels.  6 are applied.  My friend is binding #6 and I’m taking her the other two tomorrow.  I had set a goal to get them in the mail tomorrow but Tuesday is looking like the day.  I feel like I have time.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Quilting Progress #7

Yes.  Two back to back.  See previous post.  I want to place some long stitch lines in the skirt but will get it bound first.

I had a few wobbles but I don’t think the little girl will care.  Two more to go.  Hope to be done and ready to ship on Monday!

Friday, December 16, 2022

Quilting Progress #6

I just pulled this one off, taking a short break and loading the next one!

The last three are panels.  Chugging along!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Quilting Progress #5

I just pulled #5 off my frame.  #6 is in progress of being loaded.  Past the halfway point!

My friend is keeping up with my bindings!

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Quilting Progress #4

This one went so much better and I’m really getting to know my machine.  Troubleshooting things will hopefully turn into prevention for future quilting.

Number 5 is in progress of being loaded now.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Quilting Progress #3

I finished the third.  It was a struggle with thread breaking repeatedly.  I consulted Facebook groups, YouTube, friends and every other source I could find.  I tried all the things.  I finally just finished it breaks and all.  Not my proudest moment.

I read a tip that said loosen the top and bottom tension.  I opted to loosen just the top by two full turns and then started stitching. It was surprisingly close and I was able to stitch quite a bit without a single break. I consulted with a friend and she suggested an eighth of a turn tighter on the bottom but it ultimately needed a full quarter turn. Stitches look great and I’m gonna try again, fingers crossed. The fourth quilt is in progress of being loaded.

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Quilting Progress #2

I finished this one today.  It was almost done at midnight but I had to pick out and redo a row.

Quilted flames across the whole thing.  Quilt #3 is underway and I have 3 more ready to go.  The first 6 will all be quilted in cream.  The last three in a lavender.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Quilting Progress #1

I’ve quilted #1 of 9.

I have a friend that is going to bind them as I finish them.  All the bindings are ready to go!

I wish I had gotten right on the quilting like I did the piecing.  I did spend the month of November preparing all the backs and binding.

Quilt #2 is on the frame and well under way!

Monday, November 07, 2022

November OMG 2022

I have a commission of 9 quilts due next month.  My goal is to get them all quilted!

I do have quilting ideas but if you want to suggest for one or all please do!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal linkup.

Monday, October 31, 2022

OMG Complete! Happy Halloween 2022!

I finished my goal.

Repaired the top.  Quilted it and bound it.  I have learned the best way (easiest)  to fix these things is to take it apart.  I again used some vintage fabric to make the replacement patches and sewed it back together.  When it was given to me to repair there were just two long lines of quilting going top to bottom long ways.  The patches were free to shift and shift until they either wore away or parts just fell apart.  I quilted every single seam.  That patchwork isn’t going anywhere!  No batting and a thick ticking like back.  I just reused that as it was in great shape.

When I returned it to my client it was a strange experience.  We are friends and he met me at a mutual friends house.  He stepped outside and greeted me and I handed him the quilt. I expected him to open it up and admire it or take it inside to show the others but instead he said thank you and took out to his car.   I said I hope you like it and he responded I’m sure I will. We went inside and there was really no further discussion of it with our other friends so I wondered if he would be happy.  I’m not sure what happened but the topic of the quilt came up again.  He mentioned that his was probably the only one still in existence.  I think that was his way of demonstrating his happiness.  I had asked for a small amount given we are friends.  He ended up giving mr more than I asked.  Maybe that was my another sign of his pleasure.

A few weeks ago I went to a retreat.  I wore a t-shirt I bought at Walmart.  Bonus points to those that know who it is.  I wore it our last night there and Lo and behold, here comes Marilyn Monroe.  We had someone celebrating a birthday so she sang Happy Birthdayto her.


I’m not sure why I acted like such a fan girl.  It was just fun!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal!

Happy stitching!

Monday, October 03, 2022

October 2022 One Monthly Goal

I haven’t done One Monthly Goal posts in a while. This month I’m going to put the binding on this quilt that I repaired earlier this year.  I’ve already made the binding I just have to attach it now and will probably machine sew it down.

Are you playing along?

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal linkup.