Wednesday, January 3, 2018

18 in 2018

Ok, so yes, just a couple of days ago I remarked that resolutions about UFOs have not historically been successful for me. But, I know several people had great success with 17 in 2017 last year. And, having now read the "rules," I see that 18 doesn't mean 18 different projects, it could be 18 milestones in one project. So that sounds reasonable! And since I'm sewing anyway, I may as well join in. Click here to read all about it!

It's been quite difficult to whittle down the list, actually. I did have to add some "bonus" goals. In any case, these are the projects I will be happiest to get finished. The biggest challenge will be the projects that need quilting. There are also a few easy wins and old stinkers that I'm ready to see the back of! So, in no particular order as far as scheduling goes...

1. Bind Homegrown placemats. Yes, I still haven't bound these dratted things, and I think they qualify as both an easy win and a very old stinker.

2. Finish quilting and bind Picnic. This quilt has been occupying the "chair of shame" beside my sewing table for at least six months. I'm keen to start looking at something else!

3. Under Picnic on the chair of shame is my old yoyo project, Spring Planting. It's half sewn, and getting it to the flimsy stage is its first milestone.

4. Quilting and binding Spring Planting will be the second milestone on that project!

5. Quilt and bind Sunshine.

6. Quilt and bind Nettie.

7. Quilt and bind Daydream Baskets.

8. Quilt and bind Circa 1998.

9. Sew borders on Allietare to finish the flimsy.

10. Finish sewing together my Technicolor Turkey flimsy

Bonus -- Quilt and bind Technicolor Turkey. (That's definitely a "stretch" goal!)

11. Finish the Aunt Millie fused applique, piece the alternate blocks, and assemble the centre.

12. Piece, applique and attach the Aunt Millie border to finish the flimsy.

13. Finish the Moth in the Window blocks.

Bonus 1 -- Cut the sashing, lay out, and assemble the centre
Bonus 2 -- Design, make and attach an applique border

14. Make a final decision on the border, then piece and attach it to finish the Hanami flimsy.

15. Finish the 49 Cheddar Broken Dishes blocks.

16. Cut the sashing, lay out, and assemble the flimsy.

17. Finish the Rose Boll sawtooth blocks

18. Finish the alternate string blocks for Rose Boll and assemble the centre.

Bonus -- Piece and attach the Rose Boll border to finish the flimsy!

I didn't put links in for all the projects, you can click the labels at the bottom of this post to find more information on any of them. My New Year's resolution to make four new, small wall quilts is still the top priority. But, I would certainly like to make progress on all of these. And also a few that didn't make the list!


  1. You have some great quilts in the making! I need to set some goals for myself, too. I don't have a lot that needs finishing, but I do have a lot that I haven't started, but have fabric and the pattern. Happy 2018!

  2. It is going to be fun working your way through these lovelies! One step at a time!

  3. I chuckled over your chair of shame! I too am planning what I'd like to accomplish in 2018. I appreciate that you have some projects that have been hanging about your space for a number of years and they are still on your list! You are an inspiration to me! Best wishes to much progress in 2018!

  4. Perhaps mine would have moved further faster if I’d had a chair of shame. I’m on a quilting binge but must get some old blocks sewn into tops. That’s usually where I falter.
    So many beautiful quilts here, Monica. I hope you finish them soon.Too beautiful to languish.

  5. I have just one word - Yikes! Good luck and I will enjoy watching your progress!

  6. Hey! Nice to have you join us. You have a really nice variety in your list here. I particularly love your tree quilt. :)

  7. I hadn't realised that was how it worked! One of the good things about your joining in is that we get to see all these great quilts that have been lurking away in the background; I hope OMG helps you to work your way through them in 2018.

  8. Welcome to the party! Here's to a year of making progress.

  9. I love the thought of rating our UFO's by the degree of stink...hahaha. You have some wonderful projects to work with this year.

  10. Yikes! is a bit my response too. The chair of shame made me smile. Is there also a Throne of Glory for piling the finished projects? There are great projects here and having a prioritised list of milestones is a great concept. Here's to lists and ticks!

    1. Can there be a Cupboard of Glory? Actually, I do know some quilters have a glass fronted case for their quilts -- maybe that is an idea! Thanks, Jillian! Just making the list was a good exercise. Let's hope it works!

  11. You have so many great projects here! Love your style. It's good to have some easy finishes in the mix to get things going. I'm rooting for you!

  12. Lots of lovlies to work on over the year Monica, I;m looking forward to seeing the progress!

  13. I got tired just reading this list of things to finish in 2018. And I didn't see one of my favorites, Jacks and Cats. I guess it's better to have too much to do, than not enough.

  14. It seems to me that you have a lot of quilts that are very near ready to quilt or ready to quilt. You should breeze through this challenge! Good luck!


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