Dirty Dozen, 6-1-22

Our last Dirty Dozen number for this year is TEN – 10! If you’ve been following the Dirty Dozen this year you only had one number left so this announcement is likely no surprise.

I you’d like to join the Dirty Dozen, we’ll start again on July 1. Locate 12 unfinished projects and number them 1-12. On the first of each month I’ll pull a number and you have 30 days to finish that project. You might be surprised how many you’ll get finished in a year.

If you haven’t joined the DD before now, we’d love to have you. When you finish your project take a picture with your name somewhere in the photo and send it to maryehazel2020@gmail.com. I will post it on the blog.

We’re off to the dog groomer this morning for haircuts and baths. And the wind is NOT blowing – hallelujah!

26 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen, 6-1-22

  1. Kathy in western NY

    Can’t wait to see a picture of the bathing beauties when they come back to the farm!
    I do enjoy “rethinking “ my DD list to finish some of my projects. I am glad you give us the boost we need by allowing us to share our progress here.
    My husband went swimming in our pool last night at 8:30 pm after finishing the lawn mowing and the water temp was 79. These sunny warm days we have had are ending for awhile to get us back to seasonal June days in the 70’s so hope to get some sewing done.

  2. Linda

    Hooray – no wind here today either – so far! Baby birds are really struggling with their flying lessons. I didn’t think I had all that many UFO’s. Now finishing up the 3rd year and I already have the next 12 identified, numbered and set aside. I only missed 2 months in all this time – but I was busy making masks then. I’ve always had several “bonus” projects (wanna-dos) lined up for when I get a Dirty Dozen # done before the last day. Then the bonus projects get added to the next round of DD if I don’t finish them during the year Surprisingly, I’m even getting several of those done each year too. Love the Dirty Dozen idea.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Linda – this a good idea I might plan to do as well. Thanks everyone for sharing ideas on completing our projects in a manageable way.

  3. Joy in NW Iowa

    My thought on the wind is the same. On the other hand we could use a breeze to dry up the mud so hubby can plant….fickle aren’t we. The birds ere really singing s out 4:30 am. Not that I was up but I was listening to them. Have a great day every one!! Please post pictures of the pretty puppies when they are finished at the groomer.

  4. Diane in Maryland

    Most of my 12 projects are all ready! Yep, that’s because they are right where they were last July… I have been busy but apparently not with my UFO’s! Maybe today because it’s too HOT to be outside.

  5. Vicki

    I have my dirty dozen projects lined up. Sometimes I don’t have a true quilt project, so list “use pumpkin fabric” for a project. When that number gets drawn, I figure out how to use the pumpkin fabric. I guess that is sort of cheating, but it still helps me work through projects and my stash. I love seeing what other quilters make. It is inspiring.

    1. Marsha from Kansas

      I like the idea of being flexible. Each year since I have retired I have tried to use up my stash and make a few charity quilts, mostly baby quilts. But I have discovered Donna Robertson and her Three Yard Quilts. I am working on my first two right now for this year. I’m just going to put “charity quilt” for two months on my DD list and figure something out to finish the month that number is drawn. My LAQ says she dedicates a day a month to quilting for charity and appreciates it when she has a top ready to go. Thanks for the idea!! I don’t look at it as cheating. We are getting a project sewn up that we have wanted and using our stash. The point is to get a finished project and that is what we will be doing.

      1. Vicki

        Thanks. I have so much stash that I am trying to work my way through it. Being flexible is the name of the game. Have fun with the three yard quilts!

  6. DebMac

    I’m going to commit to committing this year. My quilting has hit rock bottom and I have so many projects to do. A few UFOs but lots of quilts I have kitted and not even started. We have just a bit of breeze this morning; such a nice change from the last few days.

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    Thanks ladies for the morning chuckle…I love your comments!
    Can’t wait to see the “bathing beauties “ when they return from their spa day.

    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, bad news, l caught covid! It’s. like a heavy cold so far, so just taking it easy while we have rain, wind and even thunder last night.Hope the dogs stay clean for a few days and resist the urge to roll in something! Take care everyone,best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – hang in there! I had it, too, but not bad so you’ll be fine – it’s hard to imagine your winter season starting about now. Good time for you to stay in and watch tv and rest!

    2. Diane in Maryland

      Sandy – sending wishes that you have a speedy recovery and feel better soon! Take care of yourself! Hugs!

  9. jaybirdinohio

    Finishing up my first DD year, and I am so happy I joined in. After a year of doldrums during covid, having the incentive to work on one project each month without having to decide which one I should choose was so helpful! I didn’t get 11 projects completed, but there were quite a few tops done, and the rest were advanced. All in all, a great year! Thanks, Mary for doing this, and being so encouraging. I will never run out of projects, even if I never buy as much as a fat quarter again, but progess is a beautiful thing!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jaybirdinohio – soooo happy to hear this is encouraging to you! I personally love to do the piecing but hate the long arm and then the binding but I’m going to make myself finish what I start!

  10. Nanette Steed

    This question has absolutely nothing to do with what everyone has been talking about. I am going to ask a random question. I have never sent for a five dollar pattern. I would like to send for the iris wall hanging. I know you are supposed to send a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment inside. I am not sure of the size of envelope or how much the postage is. I feel like I should know this, but I have searched everywhere for the answer. I have been a loyal reader of the goat Gazette and now of the blog. I love reading it and look forward to the email every day.
    If someone out there could please help me with my question, I would sure appreciate it.

    1. Diane in Maryland

      Nanette… I just received the Iris pattern from Mary and hope to make it soon! I sent a self addressed stamped business size envelope to Mary. I just folded it in thirds and put it in the business size envelope along with my $5. to Mary. I only needed one first class regular stamp on each. Hope this helps you. Mary’s patterns are fun to make!

      1. Nanette in Utah

        Diane in Maryland
        Thank you so much for answering my question. I never expected an answer so quickly!!!
        As they say, “ The check is in the mail !!”

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nanette – Diane answered perfectly – even if you didn’t send me an envelope, I’d still send your pattern. Just mail me $5 and tell me what you want! So easy! I’ll be watching for your order!

  11. Vivian

    I think I will join in on the dirty dozen this year. I have several tops ready to quilt and have a hard time starting to do the quilting on them. I think I am afraid of my longarm! Maybe this will give me the push I need.

    Vivian in Idaho

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vivian – I’m with you – I hate when I have problems with the long arm!

  12. Kim from TN

    Hope you share the “bathing beauties” with us all. I might have to join in with the dirty dozen this year, I spent the last year starting lots of projects, but few were finished….not sure how this happened.

  13. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I am glad the wind calmed down there. It is cooler here today; I am not ready for high humidity.
    I just finished the second scrappy tv throw I have been making for our camper. I finished the first binding by hand, but I did the second binding totally by machine. I am quite pleased with the machine binding and loved how quickly I finished. 🤗

  14. Sandy

    Hi Mary, thanks for good wishes, l feel better asthe day progressed, thank goodness for triple jabs and flu jab too!House searching on hold for a week while l isolate, hope to complete a few D.D,s this year once we find a new house and settle.Enjoy your summer while we down under get the winter woolley out!

  15. Judy Andersen

    Hi Mary,
    I’m so glad you are going to repeat this challenge. I‘d like to join your Challenge beginning in July. I need this push, because I have several tops that are not quilted, and 3 or 4 of those 12“ plastic boxes with projects I don’t remember. I have shared your blog with my quilting friends and I hope they will sign up too!
    Love hearing from you. Hi to Hazel,
    Judy A in Omaha

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