UFOs? Get your guild in gear!


Seems like my editorial in the January 2010 issue is a subject very close to home for many readers.

Lil Koster of Wilmington, Delaware wrote this note, which she gave me permission to share:

“I just read your editorial in the January 2010 issue of American Quilter and it brought a smile to my face. I thought I was the queen of UFOs – my 20th wedding anniversary is next May and I still haven’t finished my wedding quilt. The blocks have languished in a plastic box for many years…maybe I’ll finally get it assembled and finished for my 25th! And I have so many ‘UFOs yet to be started’ that I came up with a name for them: USOs (UnStarted Objects)!

My quilt guild, Brandywine Valley Quilters, has a biannual show, and we started a UFO challenge to inspire members to finish theirs. We give award ribbons to the oldest UFO by a single maker, oldest UFO completed by someone other than the original maker, most UFOs completed, most unique reason for the delay in completion, and most deviation from the original plan. If this helps even one quilter finish a UFO, it’s a worthwhile idea! We’re hoping to encourage more completed UFOs for our 2010 show, the theme of which is ‘Something New from Something Old: Decades of Thread Stories.’

I thoroughly enjoy each issue of American Quilter. The magazine gets better with each passing year! I appreciate the mix of articles and projects, which appeal to a wide range of interests. They have helped me expand my quilting horizon – I have evolved from piecing and hand quilting traditional quilts to landscape collages, embellishments, and machine quilting. Who knows what my future will bring -probably even more UFOs!”

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I absolutely LOVE your flock of blocks idea! Can't wait to use it. Thanks. 🙂 Judy Crowell, McCracken, KS