January 01, 2012

Farewell to 2011 & Happy 2012!!

2011 was a pretty good year—UFO wise at least.  I was able to finish 12 UFO’s on time, which has got to be a first for me!  (I rarely finish what I start, which is why I have at least a million more UFO’s still to go.) 

MANY thanks to Judy who ran the 2011 UFO Challenge for keeping me motivated!  (Go here to see all the UFO’s everyone else accomplished this month.)

Here’s the UFO completed for December:

And here’s the pieced back….I used up fabric on hand for this--some of it had aged for at least 20 years to get it ready for this magic moment.

I really like how the quilt turned out and the quilting Yvette did on it is wonderful. 

There are things I would change if I did it again, but it is done, and done is good!

Next year—well I confess—I do not plan to participate in the UFO Challenge.  While it definitely made me more productive as far as finishing, I find that sometimes I am just not in the mood to do a particular project when the number is drawn and sometimes (often) I want to have more free time to start something new.  And since I will also have several time constraints coming up this next year, I've decided to skip 2012. 

I’m hoping to take the stick-to-it-ness I learned in 2011 and apply it to projects in 2012.  (Guess we’ll soon find out how that goes!)  There are so many tempting new projects and BOM's springing up all over blogland...

Happy New Year to all of you and Happy Stitching!!


Carol said...

Congratulations on all your finishes -- I love all of the beautiful applique blocks!

Heather said...

I love the backing of that quilt. I hate taking the time to piece a backing but it looks so super and uses fabric well. Thanks for inspiring me to take the time.
I don't think I could ever take a UFO challenge, I never know what I want to work on and find I get more done in the long run if I work on what I want to rather than what I have to!

Brita said...

I just love your color and fabric choices in the applique blocks! Delightful :-)

JCnNC said...

You did a beautiful job and the quilt is a gorgeous finish for 2011 Wishing you much success in your quilting this year. Judy C