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12 for 2012: How’d I do?

A year ago, I posted this invitation here on Sewhooked:

Choose 12 UFO projects to complete in 2012, earmarking one for each month. Number your projects so you can keep track: January will be 1/12, February 2/12, etc. My plan is to work on big projects and small projects on alternating months so I don’t get overwhelmed by how much I have to finish.

The goal is to have 12 completed projects by the end of 2012. When you finish a project, post about it anywhere else you like to share your crafty goodness, your blog, facebook, YouTube, etc.

If you don’t have 12 UFOs, then earmark any extra months for projects you’ve been wanting to start, keeping in mind that the idea is to have a finished project at the end of each month.

The invitation to work towards completing 12 Unfinished Projects in 2012 was taken up by many of you and you shared your UFO stories right along with me. A big THANK YOU to everyone that played along. Whether you completed one project or twelve, I hope you ended 2012 feeling accomplished and one step closer to your goals!

Definitions of some initialisms used in this post:

UFO = UnFinished Object – a project that has been set aside and allowed to collect dust. Chances are it’s existence has been forgotten until it’s pulled out of whatever dark hole it was stuffed into. While there, it probably multiplied like Tribbles, leaving many more UFOs than you remember putting there in the first place.

WIP = Work In Progress  – Always in danger of becoming a UFO, a WIP is a project that is currently being worked on, and will hopefully become a…

FO = Finished Object – What all projects dream of being. The object of much blog activity and excitement and a good source of personal pride. The Ultimate Destination of a UFO and WIP.

Below you will find the current state of my 12 for 2012 list. It does not include any new projects started in 2012…and there were a lot of them!  The date in parenthesis is the birth year of each project. I’ve also included quilting methods because it’s one of the most common questions left in comments. ;)

Bear Paw Pass Around Blocks, aka Papa Bear (2008) 

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

  • 12 for 2012 – 1 of 12
  • Started 2012: As a quilt top. Originally from a pass-around that my bee did in 2008.
  • Now: FO, Completed and giftedBorder added, and straight line quilted on my Baby Lock Quest. Gifted to my hubby, Eli, because I had never made him a quilt before.

InuYasha Quilt (2010) 

12 for 2012 FINISH - InuYasha Quilt 2/12

  • 12 for 2012 – 2 of 12
  • Started 2012: as a bag of t-shirts and random fabrics and the Shoji Screen pattern
  • Now: FO – Completed and gifted! This quilt was made for my daughter, Elena, out of her InuYasha t-shirts as well as a couple of t-shirts shared by friends. Also included are a hand embroidered block  (top right) and a stenciled block (bottom left). Free-motion quilted on my Baby Lock Quest.

Project of Doom Signature Quilt (2011)

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

  • 12 for 2012 – 3 of 12
  • Started 2012: as stack of awesome signature blocks collected from the 2011 participants of The Project of Doom.
  • Now: WIPTop pieced, borders added & embroidery in progress (not shown). This is seriously a WIP…I’m working on it now!

Granny’s Signature Quilt (2010…and the 1930s)

  • 12 for 2012 – 4 of 12
  • Started 2012: As an in-progress hand quilting project.
  • Now: FO – Complete! Hand quilted, trimmed, bound. I also have a partially compiled list of who all the people on the quilt are thanks to my mom’s help.

Photobucket (2010)

AAQG QuiltFest, Austin, TX Sept 2012

  • 12 for 2012: 5 of 12
  • Started 2012: as a quilt top. Designed, pieced and hand embroidered by me. Free patterns available here. This project started for me as a design in 2010.
  • Now: FO – Complete, and how!  Quilted by Shannon Shaw.
  • AAQG‘s 2012 QuiltFest Winner: Judge’s Choice, Overall Award for Creativity, Honorable Mention (2 Person Quilt)

Embroidery BOM (2011)

June 12 for 2012 - Progress Made!

  • 12 for 2012 – 6 of 12
  • Started 2012: Hand Embroidered sampler blocks made in 2011. I undertook this project to learn how to hand embroider for The Project of Doom. The blog that offered these blocks has since disappeared.
  • Now: WIP, Top Completedneeds borders.

New York Beauty (2012) 

12 for 2012 FINISH - New York Beauty (7/12)

  • 12 for 2012 – 7 of 12
  • Started 2012: as a variety of blocks and a lot of pieces.
  • Now: FO, Completed and gifted! This was actually completed early in the year and gifted to our nephew, Marshall. Quilted on my Baby Lock Quest.

5 @ The Hive (2011)

12 for 2012 - August Project

  • 12 for 2012 – 8 of 12
  • Started 2012: As a few blocks and a lot of fabric pieces and patterns. Block of the Month from Honey Bee Quilt Store in 2011.
  • Today: WIP, Quilt top completed. Needs borders, quilting and binding. To be a gift.

Vintage Quilt Top (2010)

Anniversary Antique Mall find

  • 12 for 2012 – 9 of 12
  • Started 2012: As a vintage quilt top, a gift from my hubby in 2010.
  • Today: UFO, I have made no progress on this quilt.

Hand Applique (2010)

12 for 2012 - October Project

  • 12 for 2012: 10 of 12
  • Started 2012: as an applique block
  • Today: WIP, has been hand quilted. Needs to be trimmed, bound, labeled and have a sleeve added.

Harry Potter/Magical Swap blocks (2007/2008)

12 for 2012 - November Project

  • 12 for 2012: 11 of 12
  • Started 2012: As assorted blocks received from various Harry Potter and magically themed swaps.
  • Today: WIP – Blocks sashed and pieced, needs borders. Also, I have enough blocks left for another quilt, so they’ll end up on my list for this year.

Churn Dash/Snowball (2011)

12 for 2012

  • 12 for 2012: 12 of 12
  • Started 2012: Snowballs & Churn Dash blocks pieced.
  • Today: UFO – I made no progress on this quilt in 2012. Needs borders, to be quilted and bound.

My Final Score:

10 out of 12 projects worked on

5 complete!

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I intend to continue the tradition of finishing unfinished projects in 2013, though in a less epically organized way. Because of the success of my own 12 for 2012, I now have a lot of completed quilt tops that need borders and/or quilting! THAT is what’s on my list for the year!

Look for my 2013 To Do list to come later in January!

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Hey, remember me?

Once upon a time, I was working on a project called 12 for 2012.

You may have been working on it, too.

The idea was to finish 12 UFO projects in 2012. One for each month, ya see?

I did great through August, finishing each of the first eight projects I set out to complete.

Then I went back to work and my “extra” time went out the window.

12 for 2012 is neither gone, nor forgotten, but it has shifted a little!

September is a quilt top to be quilted. It just needs backing fabric and then I’m sending it to a long arm quilter to be completed.

Hand Applique ready to quilt november

Now, I’m ready to work on October and am setting out to hand quilt the small applique piece from the beginner’s class I took at Honey Bee Quilt Store. It’s sitting on my chair, ready to get started!

My 12 for 2012 photos.

12 for 2012 flickr group!

Are you still working on 12 for 2012?

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I’m in the middle of a computer crisis today. My laptop had critical hard drive failure this weekend and I’m waiting for repair and to see if any of my data can be restored. I am usually faithful about backing up because of all the pictures, patterns and documents I produce. Unfortunately, and insanely, I have not backed up in several months which means if my data can’t be recovered, I will lose design work, photos and documents from those last few months. If it wasn’t shared either online for via email, I won’t have it. I can’t even begin to express how distressing the prospect is!

To detract from the stress, I’m diligently working on cleaning my studio, finishing some charity projects and pushing ahead with 12 for 2012. My August quilt top just needs borders and I’m about to pull September out of the bag.

Hopefully, the quilt therapy will keep me sane until I know what the damage is!

Tabby Face Block Lotto

The Tabby Face Block Lotto is another ray of sunshine. I’ve received quite a few messages and photos from you all sharing that you’ll have Tabby Faces in the mail this week. How can a slew of happy kitty faces not make me feel better?

And for everyone checking in to see how Tackett is doing, we have not really seen any change. He hasn’t lost weight, but he’s not gained any since the first couple of weeks of his treatment. He still seems chipper, though, so we remain hopeful.

Thanks for listening…see you for Talk To Me Tuesday! Tomorrow’s will be a little different since my computer is out of action…along with all my usual files!

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Sewhooked 2012 Summer Challenge

A quick reminder!…The 2012 Summer Challenge is almost over!

Make a project from one of my patterns or tutorials and share a photo with my flickr group.

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June 12 for 2012 - Progress Made!

12 for 2012, June, is pieced, sans borders!

The non-embroidered blocks, as well as the snowball corners, came from the fabric I treated myself to after my Trunk Show. I say “treat,” but I was really restocking my stash after the frenzy of sewing in April/May.

I think I’ll add borders and make this a baby-sized quilt and save it for a gift. Goodness knows I’ve needed enough baby gifts the last few years!

Right now, it’s 27″ x 27″.

  • Bear Paw (1/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • InuYasha Quilt (2/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • Project of Doom Signature Quilt (3/12 – March)Top pieced!* Borders added & embroidery in progress.
  • Granny’s Signature Quilt (4/12 – April) – Complete! I am creating a mini-bio for each person whose name appears on this quilt, thanks to a great deal of help from my mom
  • The Project of Doom (5/12 – May) – Complete! Look for this quilt at the AAQG‘s show in September.
  • Embroidery BOM (6/12 – June) – Top Completed*
  • New York Beauty (7/12 – July)  – Completed and gifted!
  • 5 @ The Hive 2011 (8/12 – August) – in progress, about 3/4 way done with blocks
  • Vintage Quilt Top (9/12 – September) – in queue
  • Hand Applique (10/12 – October) – in queue
  • HP/Magical Swap Blocks (11/12 – November) – in queue
  • Churn Dash/Snowball ) (12/12 – December) – in queue
*the goal was to finish the top, so technically done, but I still want to finish this year

Read more about my 12 UFOs!

Vacation Plans, complete

Vacation Plans, 15″ x 15″

In addition to creating new designs for Sewhooked and working on 12 for 2012, I’ve been able to squeeze in a little fandom stitchery! There’s no therapy quite like it for me!

Since I’ve had EQ7, I’ve been slowly going through all my old patterns (both fandom and non) and giving them an overhaul. For the most part, my goal has been to simplify the patterns and make them more appealing to others to piece, as well as less color-soaked for easier printing. After all, what’s the point of sharing if no one wants to actually make the pattern?! ;)

TARDIS

This week, I updated my TARDIS pattern. Both the original, and the highly simplified updated version are available for free through Fandom In Stitches.

Click here to see my FiS blog post and for links to the free pattern.

Vacation Plans, complete

I was particularly happy with the free-motion quilting on this one. I’ve been working hard this year to improve my technique and to expand the variety of patterns I can do.

I can’t wait to see your Summer Challenge photos! The poll will be posted on Monday…as well as a photo of the prize…which has grown a bit since it was originally posted!

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TTMT #158 – Doom, I say!

In which I talk ALL about The Project of Doom. Yeah, baby!

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The Project of Doom on display at Hennig House Quilts
The Project of Doom on display at Hennig House Quilts
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12 for 2012 – March Progress (3 of 12)

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

March 2 for 2012, in progress: Project of Doom Signature Quilt

These blocks were sent to me by 2011 participants in The Project of Doom. If you’re just now starting the PoD, I am collecting signature blocks for a 2012 version! You can find all the PoD patterns on the Harry Potter page on Fandom In Stitches!

The top is pieced…now it needs borders, and I need to decide what those borders will be!

  • Bear Paw (1/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • InuYasha Quilt (2/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • Project of Doom Signature Quilt (3/12 – March) – blocks pieced, needs borders!
  • Granny’s Signature Quilt (4/12 – April) – in queue
  • The Project of Doom (5/12 – May) – in queue
  • Embroidery BOM (6/12 – June) – in queue
  • New York Beauty (7/12 – July)  – Completed and gifted!
  • 5 @ The Hive 2011 (8/12 – August) – in queue
  • Vintage Quilt Top (9/12 – September) – in queue
  • Hand Applique (10/12 – October) – in queue
  • HP/Magical Swap Blocks (11/12 – November) – in queue
  • Churn Dash/Snowball ) (12/12 – December) – in queue

Read more about my 12 UFOs!

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

chain piecing the blocks

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

All the rows chain pieced together

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

stitching the rows together

The Project of Doom Signature Quilt

last row!

I will be at my bee’s annual retreat tomorrow through Sunday, so it will be a little quiet around here until next week. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on the flip side!

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TTMT #151 – Double Done

In which I finish not one, but TWO 12 for 2012 Projects!

  • Bear Paw (1/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • InuYasha Quilt (2/12) –Completed and gifted!
  • Project of Doom Signature Quilt (3/12 – March) – in queue
  • Granny’s Signature Quilt (4/12 – April) – in queue
  • The Project of Doom (5/12 – May) – in queue
  • Embroidery BOM (6/12 – June) – in queue
  • New York Beauty (7/12 – July)  – Completed and gifted!
  • 5 @ The Hive 2011 (8/12 – August) – in queue
  • Vintage Quilt Top (9/12 – September) – in queue
  • Hand Applique (10/12 – October) – in queue
  • HP/Magical Swap Blocks (11/12 – November) – in queue
  • Churn Dash/Snowball ) (12/12 – December) – in queue

Read more about my 12 UFOs!

12 for 2012 FINISH - InuYasha Quilt 2/12

InuYasha quilt…complete!

12 for 2012 FINISH - InuYasha Quilt 2/12

And here it is in situ on my daughter’s bed!

12 for 2012 FINISH - New York Beauty (7/12)

New York Beauty, completed!

12 for 2012 FINISH - New York Beauty (7/12)

A close up of the quilting.

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