Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Is This About and How Does It Work?

If you've been quilting for a year or more, it's quite likely that you have projects you started in the past and then set aside for one reason or another - and you may even have some you've never even touched yet!  

Well, this is a group blog to help motivate you to finish those old projects. Its intent is to be low-key enough to not stress us with extra strictures about *how* we go about working on those UFOs. There aren't time frames to remember to put up specific goal or report posts, but this will  still give us a minimal framework that boosts end results.

How does the blog work?  

First, you comment below, stating that you would like to be added to the blog. You will then be able to contribute to the posts. 

Next, you choose a UFO. Go ahead and put up a post letting us know what you're working on. When you finish one of four stages, you get bragging rights! So put up a post celebrating some accomplishment at any of these stages:

All the blocks are finished!  The quilt top is all put together!  The quilting is finished! The binding is finished!!

On small projects, you may or may not want to post at every stage. It's all up to you. :D

Your post can be as long or short as you like. At least one photo is essential, though. 

Please label your post with your name (first name, last initial, no space). Just that label, no others. The blog has a search box if you ever want to look for old posts about certain quilts - it'll pull up posts by keywords that aren't in the labels.

We'll keep a group tracking chart in sets of 100 on the sidebar and see how far we get over time! We may also figure out fun ways of tracking personal progress.

What counts as a UFO?  

Let's use the traditional idea of a quilting UFO as something that has sat idle for a significant period of time. These are not just anything at all that's been started and not yet finished.  If something has sat idle for 4 months or longer, it is a UFO that qualifies for The Great UFO Bindup. Doesn't matter how small or large the project is. It's also OK to count projects that you bought the fabrics or kit for, but never started.

What counts as finished?

When the binding is completed, the UFO counts for the Great Bindup! Labels and hanging sleeves are not necessary. However, if you do add a label after your UFO has been counted, go ahead and share that, too. It's always fun seeing how people do those.

Do I have to finish it as originally intended?

No! Feel free to get creative with those old projects, particularly ones that no longer float your boat or that are way huger or harder than you realized they would be. Split them into two or more (and go ahead and count each finish separately), or trade fabrics and/or components out - make it finish up however you want!


  1. Boy, do I need this! I have so many UFO's, I'm thinking of putting an "AREA 51" sign on the door of my craft room. But... No progress posts?

    1. Hey, Pam - You are set up as a no-reply commenter, so I can't email this answer to you. I think I left a comment at your personal blog, but it looks like that's very old, so you might not even get that. But here's what I was trying to say:

      Gosh, I started working on this blog and then dropped the ball while I've been rehabbing the house - painting, etc. I was at my in-laws' home when I just blurbed that idea out onto a "page". I went just now and edited things a bit.

      I'm not sure why I was thinking no progress reports. I've changed that! What fun is that without progress reports?

      Do you want to join in? You would be the first! If you do, I can add you to the blog, but I have to know an email you want to use. Hopefully you'll get an email of this reply, and that will give you a way to tell me your email privately so the whole world doesn't see it.

      I haven't launched the blog officially, and clearly it still needs construction. But it can already start serving its purpose. In fact, I'm putting up my first UFO project for it.


  2. Hi Lynette,
    I would love to join in. I've got one quilt project that has been hanging around since 2016. I work on it once in a while and then put it down. So yes, sign me up, please. Have a great day!

    Link to my place.....Food for Thought

    My email.....