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UFO Challenge

UFO = UnFinished Object

Those “I love that” quilted objects most of us have started that are somehow still in a bag, box or drawer for who-knows-how-long. The UFO Challenge gently helps you complete 4 UFO projects over the next 11 months.

Those who participate commit to the completion of 4 projects: one every two months. Completion of projects is noted by the committee as completed. At the December Holiday Party, those who complete projects are part of a special ndrawing for great prizes!

To participate, turn in your completed entry form and the $10 entry fee (check make it out to "El Camino Quilters") (goes toward prizes) no later than March 31.

If you are new to the UFO Challenge, you will receive a flower pin to wear to Guild meetings. For each completed project, you will receive a button to add to your flower pin plus a chance to win prizes at the end of each of the challenges. If you participated in a previous UFO Challenge, you can add buttons to your existing flower pin. Please wear your flower pin to every meeting to celebrate your progress.


A quilt can be any size you choose, from wall-hanging to king size, including table toppers, wearable art and other quilted personal articles. An acceptable UFO can even be a project you haven”t started yet but have a design and specific stash that’s ready to go.

  • Choose 4 UFO projects to complete during this year.
  • Project #1 MUST be finished by March 31 to be entered in the Grand prize drawing at the end of the UFO Challenge year. It cannot be switched with any other project listed (#2 - #4). Hint: If you have a huge quilt to finish, don’t list it as #1 (which must be turned in by March 31) unless you sew and quilt a lot faster than the rest of us.
  • The projects you list as #2, #3 & #4 can be switched around, but you must finish one of your listed projects by these designated dates: July 31; September 30; and November 30. For example, you could decide to finish #4 right after you finish #1.
  • Amendment November 2015: You can change the order of your second, third, or fourth quilts as needed, but you must still meet the scheduled deadlines AND you must let us know that your quilt has been changed. You may finish a project early and move on to the next one.
  • Bring your completed project to the first meeting after you have finished or send photos in - you don’t have to wait if you finish ahead of schedule.
  • Definition of “finished”: Quilted by machine or by hand, bound (binding sewn, not basted or pinned), and finished with a label listing your name and date finished, at a minimum. Label may be any size. Wall-hangings must have sleeves.
  • When you finish an listed project, bring it with you to the Guild meeting (you may have someone else do it for you) and show it to one of the Challenge committee members.

1. the front of quilt with quilting visible shows

2. the area with the label shows (can fold corner over)

3. the binding shows

Your project will be checked for a label and to make sure the quilting and sewn-on binding are complete.

You will be given your button for sewing or gluing onto your flower pin.

Show off your accomplishment!

We hope you also show off your finished UFO during sharing! A ticket with your name on it will be placed in the prize-drawing bucket each time you’ve completed your project. You may earn up to 4 tickets (1 per drawing) depending on the number of projects you finish. There will also be an additional Grand Prize drawing for those who complete ALL 4 projects by the deadlines. The committee will retain all prize tickets until each quarterly drawing when the prize drawings will be held. If you miss a quarter don’t give up! You can still get in the next quarterly drawing - just not the grand prize drawing.The committee does NOT constitute the quilt police. We assume you have done your best work, whatever your experience has been, and we will be excited that you have finished another item. The key word: FINISHED!Thank you for joining the UFO groupies! We will have fun & you will have 4 more finished projects.Win/win!
Questions? Ask:

Kathy Proctor:  929-998-6848 or email

Suzie Owen:  925-864-5022 or email

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