I didn't do any quilting challenges last year. However, I feel like it really does help. It motivates me to have a goal, but it also really is nice to have friends to go along with! I'm doing this UFO (UnFinished Object) Challenge with my church quilt group - I love these women!
We decided to choose 10 UFO's each - one for each month from now until the end of the year. Of course I couldn't seem to just pick 10. I have 17 that are at the point of needing quilted, or very close to that. I think some were on my 2011 and 2012 UFO lists. Ugh. It'd be so nice to have them done! Here's my list this year:
1. 5" Bohemian charm pack
2. 6” Hawaiian squares
3. Baby faces quilt for church babies
4. Boy Toys Baby
5. Bright Valori Wells Flowers
6. Coffee Quilt (why do I not have any pictures of this one?)
7. Courthouse Steps
8. Emily's Scraps charmed baby quilt
9. Jar Quilt
10. Jelly roll race quilt
11. King's Ransom w Kaffe Fassett
12. Las Vegas Jelly Breakfast
13. Lilac Quilt
14. McKenna Ryan chicken wallhanging
15. Nine Patch a Day
16. Nine Patch Exchange
17. Turning 20
Lori over at The Inbox Jaunt has a great series going about building a Quilt Notebook. She has you list all your projects, and actually review what excited you about them originally, and what's making you stall now. Maybe you don't like it any more... get rid of it! Maybe you don't have the skills to do the next step... take a class. It was nice to review my projects a little more carefully!
Doing the machine quilting is generally my hangup - deciding what to quilt that's appropriate for the quilt, and having the skills to pull that off. Looks like it's my year to get confident at machine quilting - Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen is going to get a workout! (Wish I could afford to take their cool seminar at Snowbird - maybe someday.)
I hope I'm not setting myself up for failure. Sometimes (ok most of the time) I avoid setting goals because then I can't lose! Dumb, I know. As some wise person has said, if you don't aim at anything, you'll be sure to hit it. Here's to goals!