|My own stash of UFO projects that inspired a UFO Exchange|
|Round 1: Pile o' 1" strips of hand dyed fabrics|
|Round 2 UFO Exchange Selection|
For those members who brought more than one UFO (and believe me, there were several of us anxious to purge more than one UFO), they were able to select one project per round, and after everyone had their chance to select their first project, they were invited to go back and select another project, until all the projects had been claimed. I was totally thrilled with my first selection but revisited the wall to see what other projects remained, when I noticed a small cardboard box that had been sealed shut. I opened it, curious as to what was inside, and to my surprise, found some very pretty log cabin blocks made with asian fabrics with metallic highlights, extra yardage and directions to make a long, narrow table runner. So I scooped that one up as well!
There were a few leftover, unwanted projects which were gathered and donated to Philanthropy to be made into quilts for our community.
Email addresses were collected from all participants to send out a follow up email outlining the challenge and 2 updates/reminders for the approaching May meeting show and tell deadline. And along the way, members would email me with their own progress and pics, which helped to motivate me as well (especially since I usually procrastinate and stall on quilt challenges!!)
Come April, Doug and I went to work securing all the gift certificate prizes, purchased from our various affiliate quilt shops. It was a lot of fun doing our own shop hop to visit each of the quilt shops to purchase the gift certificates, while doing a little fabric therapy of my own! I also worked with our long arm quilter to draft up the terms and limitations of her services (size limitations, date restrictions, and clarifying what the winner must provide and what the long arm quilter provides).
The night of the big reveal, members earned one drawing ticket per each completed UFO shown. Since edge to edge quilting was the big prize, the UFO projects did not not have to be quilted or bound to be entered into the prize drawings. I was thrilled that 8 of the 11 participants had one or more completed pieces to show! Finished projects included quilt tops of all sizes, wall hangings, a pillow, lampshade and even an apron complete with two potholders (super creative!!) As the names were drawn, winners were able to select from remaining prizes. Several of the participants expressed to me how much fun they had with this challenge, and how it stretched them to work with someone else's fabric selections or block constructions. Many of the participants asked if we would do it again next year, in addition to many other members who after watching the UFO exchange unfold now wanted to join the fun! Even the visiting quilt artist, Cara Gulati, commented on what a fun idea our UFO Exchange was! If any fellow guild members are thinking about hosting their own UFO Exchange--feel free to contact me and I am happy to share my planning documents and timeline.
Stay tuned for posts revealing my progress with the 1" strips and asian fabric log cabins, as well as how two of my fellow members worked their magic with some of my former UFOs!