January's focus on UFOs was *incredibly* successful. Yes, I only completed one project - and found and STILL continue to find additional UFOs and PIGs, yay :( - but I made good headway on one and finalized some decisions on the third, which also means I have my March and May projects pretty much planned out now too!
I have picked three projects that, with planning and effort, will result in THREE finishes this month:
1) Denim Quilt
This is, I believe, my oldest UFO. The pattern is from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine from the mid-1980s (I have a photocopy of it in my craft horde, I'll find it for an exact date) that featured "bazaar crafts". I collected jeans for about 10 years - finally cut out the pattern pieces mid/late 1990s (I'm thinking 1998), and actually sewed some together about 8 years ago.
I have 3 rows of 10 blocks sewn together into a partial top; 3 additional rows pieced and ready to sew together; 8 (??) blocks that need to be replaced (good thing: I have ANOTHER pile of jeans set aside for another project, will take from that!), 32 edge pieces and 4 corner pieces cut.
Fun fact: the acid washed pieces you see are actual acid washed jeans from the 1980s :)
Fun fact 2: this is the random crap I found in the bucket holding this project:
(that's hand-beaded trim that you see in the picture - from 2005)
2) Mini Trees Quilt
Another project I PIGged for a looong time; pieced it last May at quilt retreat (it may be posted in-progress in my archives). Now all it needs is sandwiching, quilting (I'm going to hand-quilt it with the perle cotton shown), and a binding - which I will pull from stash to make. Easy-peasy, and leaves me big plans to make a mini-houses quilt to go along with it (ROTFLOL)!
3) Faire Pants
I've promised my partner a pair of new faire pants (he participates in the Renaissance faire every year) since the second year we were together. I've had the fabric partially cut out (lining - and yes that's Haggar the Horrible fabric LOL) and the side pieces with the twisted yarn trim ready to go. Then I 1) lost the handmade pattern, and 2) became deathly afraid of making the fly. I've never made pants with a fly. So I will rely on the book pictured to get me through that.
Again, my grand hope is that I successfully make this pair of pants, so I can make him a SECOND pair before faire starts in April. (I also need a new bodice and two new skirts, and we need new socks...!)
So that is my plan for the month. Its a short one, and we will be away next weekend so I will have to hustle!