January 02, 2012

2011 was a very "NEW" year!

As I sit trying to figure out what to work on first in 2012 (such freedom!), I realized that I had forgotten to sum up the year.  So here goes (and it's more for me than for you--to help me remember the projects I should be working on), so feel free to stop reading now.

As noted in the previous post, I was able to complete all 12 months of UFO Challenge's (except for one which I shelved to design a new back for).  Six of these UFO's were entirely completed projects (as opposed to just a block), so that feels pretty good.  And four of them were long term UFO's--so nice to have them finally finished!
Entirely Finished in 2011!
In 2010, I had started 5 new projects, and completed only 2 of them (Bordered Diamonds and Yellow Potpourri).  In 2011, I finished 2 more of the 2010 projects (Capriccio and New Wave), leaving only the Roseville unfinished from 2010.  Not too bad...especially considering how much time the Roseville takes.

But in 2011, I started ELEVEN NEW PROJECTS!  Good heavens--what was I thinking!?!!  So much for the UFO Challenge helping me to finish things! 

While I did finish the goals I'd set, I found the limited sew time I had after meeting my goals seemed to "encourage" me to start something new rather than drag out another UFO, and I obviously did just that! 

So here is my collage to help me remember the 2011 and 2010 UFO's I need to continue to work on!  (I'm not making any promises though)

Here's a listing of the photos above (left to right)

 1.  Courthouse Steps - blocks made
 2.  Maple Leaf Rag - pieces cut--barely started
 3.  Capriccio Too - barely started, just some leftover scraps used
 4.  Single Girl - strips cut, colors picked out
 5.  Strippling Vine - top completed, backing purchased, needs quilting
 6.  Portraits in My Garden - completed top, needs quilting
 7.  French General Reine des Abeilles - completed top, needs quilting
 8.  Flower Garden - 9/24 flower blocks completed, 0/4 borders
 9.  King George III - 2/13 blocks completed, 2 cut out
10.  Coming Up Roses - squares cut out and piecing started
11.  Hugs and Kisses - have begun sewing blocks together
12.  Roseville Album (2010) - 10/13 blocks, 1/4 panels, 0/4 borders done

Yikes that's a bunch!  Add to that at least 50 (? maybe more) other UFO's from the thirty odd years I've quilted off and on, and I'm not sure I'll live long enough. 

Then there's the problem of all the tempting projects being shown daily in Blogland.  I know there are several I won't resist this year.  There are way too many groups making BOM's I'd like to participate in.  One project that's sounding really tempting to me (at least today) is the Building Houses From Scraps project here

Building Houses From Scraps

And then there is the stack of new patterns just waiting to be made.  Guess I better get to work--wish me luck!

Happy Stitching!


Exuberant Color said...

I think starting a new project is kind of like going out to eat, don't feel like playing in the kitchen so you go out to eat. Same way with quilts. Don't feel like dragging out an old project, start a new one.

Carol said...

That house block reminds me of another UFO that I have somewhere around here. With all the inspiration found on the internet, it sure is hard to resist the temptation to start something new!

liz said...

Don't feel guilty about the UFOs. You have finished quilts and some quilts never really deserve to be finished. Consider them learning exercises. Starting new quilts is fun, and it is a hobby, not a business. Well, a girl has to rationalize doesn't she?

LynCC said...

I just love your projects. :D You have some *beautiful* finishes from last year, and obviously will have some lovely ones this year!

Quilt Station said...

Excellent, we're all exactly the same :-)with more projects that we can poke a stick at.

I too have joined up to the little houses from scraps but have done nothing more than print off the pattern! yikes, already 20 blocks behind. It's one I 'do' want to do tho so had better get on to it hadn't I.
Margaret :-)

Carrie P. said...

Wow! you did some awesome quilts last year. Love the applique blocks.

Rachaeldaisy said...

You have lots of amazing projects going on there!! It's hard not to get tempted by other things. You just have to get tempted back by your WIPS.