One huge culprit of the UFO problem is my Block of the Month quilts. I have been in at least one block of the month program each year since 2004. My first one was in the form of a Saturday morning class and it cost all of $5. Not per month. $5 total for the entire class. A quilt top for $5. I signed up before I even saw the quilt. That quilt sat in block form until I finally put the top together this year and had it quilted. Now it just needs a binding.
The Block of the Month quilt for 2005 was in an Amish/brights style and they raised the price to $15 for the year. I actually finished this one and it hangs in my stairwell. Sorry for the weird angle, that's the best I could do.
I loved the quilt for 2006. The fabric was beautiful and it had a lot of traditional blocks. But it also had some new techniques like a block with folded flowers. I think the class went up to $25 but it was still a great deal. The only thing I didn't like about this quilt was that it had a big dog block and a big cat block. Now I know this will be shocking that I don't love cats (and dogs, but mostly cats) being that I am a quilter. But I have a really good reason. I am really allergic to them. So I didn't include those blocks in the quilt and decided to piece a mountain range instead. It goes great with the quilt but I haven't finished it and that's why it sits in the drawer.Oh...and the other reason is that I have to piece a gazillion of these log cabin blocks for the border.
Last years Block of the Month class ended up being the Northcott flower of the month series. It was kind of a mystery because we didn't know what the block would look like until we went in every month. Each block was a different group of fabrics highlighting a flower. The only problem was that the blocks don't match at all! So it is kind of hard to decide how to put them into a quilt. And did I mention that they are between 15" and 16", which is huge and not consistent so I really have no idea what to do with these. And I am pretty sure this fabric series wasn't as popular as they hoped because after this block of the month series ended a lot of the quilt shops had the fabric on sale. What would you do with them?
Well, it is 2008 and you would think I would have learned my lesson by now. But no, I haven't. And I didn't sign up for just one block of the month this year. I signed up for three. I went with the same shop I have every year before. I joined this time (they have really raised the price) because, well, it's tradition.
Then I joined another one that will be a Sashiko quilt with gorgeous Japanese fabrics.
And finally I joined one for another local quilt shop. With this one I don't have to show my completed block each month. I don't think that is a good thing since I haven't made one yet. I really blame it on the Thangles. I have never worked with Thangles before so I just put it off. I am sure they are not hard, in fact they are supposed to make life easier. I just haven't found that time to sit down and find that out for myself.
So there you have it. It's a sickness really and I think the only way to cure it is to get all my past block of the month quilts finished. At least before I sign up for three more next year! Does anybody need to join Block of the Month Anonymous with me?