I nearly missed the announcement. The 2016 Finish-A-Long has moved – or accurately – expanded. This year there are 9 hosts since there are so many of us participating.
Last week I put together my list of proposed finishes for the quarter over on my new “2016 Finish Along” page. The cool thing about this finish along is that you are not penalized for not finishing everything on you list. So, this year, I’ve picked a few projects that I want to finish this first quarter (2 UFOs & 3 new projects) as my primary goal. Then to cover all the bases, I’ve listed all of my tops that need quilting, all of the projects I’m still piecing, and a few PIGs I’m considering working on this year.
In the past I’ve participated in UFO challenges. Most start off by having you pick 12 UFOs you want to finish, then they are numbered and the host picks a number from 1 – 12 and you work on that UFO for the month. I find that doesn’t work for me, as I may need to work on UFO # 2 for a deadline and the challenge # for the month is # 8. Even when it doesn’t matter what UFO you work on — or when you work on them (do them all in November) I still don’t have success.
Last year I picked 10 UFOs for one challenge – no prompts just bring them in finished by the end of the year. It was my choice if the goal was a completed top or a completed quilt. There were 5 quilts and 5 tops on my list. I only finished 1 top and 3 quilts which were on the list, because from the time the list was made (mid-January?) to the end of December I had other quilts pop up that became a priority. The good news is most of them were on my UFO list so the end results is I have fewer UFOs going into 2016 than 2015 which was the ultimate goal.
I’ll link my main page to the Linky, but here are my primary goals for this quarter.
- Green & Cream Swap
- Compass Lone Star
- Shirting Disappearing 9-Patch – this one will be “Blue”
- Squedge Ruler project – hopefully a 12″ x 30″ table runner
- Turquoise and Green Strip Twist
Unfortunately the 1st two quilts are on hold until I get my machine out of the shop. I guess it would help if I would get it into the shop. In the meantime, I’ve been cutting up shirts for the Disappearing 9-Patch.