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January 1-31, 2009
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Date: 12/29/08 4:53 PM

UFO (UnFinished Object) Contest

Managed by: Kbenco


This contest is to get those started but never finished projects FINISHED. Only projects started and stalled before December 1st will qualify as a UFO for this contest.

See the 1st post in the 2009 Contest Listing Thread* for eligibility & rules that apply to all contests.

1. In the month of January 2009, enter the projects which you complete but which were started and somehow stalled before December 2008.
2. A UFO may be a project in the muslin stage and stalled due to fit frustrations, cut in final fabric but not yet sewn; partially sewn; or just waiting for the finishing touches. Mending does not count as a UFO for this contest. Fabric matched with a pattern but no actual work done does not count. Your current projects don't count if you've worked on it during the month of December, even if you started it prior to December.
3. Please post on the contest discussion board a list of all your qualifying UFOs before you start finishing them, and if you know list how long this UFO exists. If you find another UFO that qualifies during the contest it may be added.
4. Write a review about your UFO, including why it has been an unfinished object for so long. Note if there were problems in the pattern or project, and please include how you overcame them so readers can benefit from your experience. All reviews must be posted before 11:59 Eastern Time January 31st, as shown on this website.
5. Enter the review into the contest and Assign points per the table below.
--- 4 pts- fabric cut out &/or pattern muslined, final completely unsewn
--- 3 pts- more than half the project is left to do
--- 2 pts- less than half the project is left to do, but it is more than just hemming or attaching buttons
--- 1 pt- the final steps such as hemming or sewing on buttons.
The winner is the person who gets the most points at the end of the month.

Prize: 1st prize: Shannon Gifford's CD book
http://www.sensiblesewing.com/inc/sdetail/317

2nd prize: free pattern of winner's choice from Pattern Review


*Rules that apply to all contests:
1. Contests begin on the 1st of the month, and all reviews must be entered for submission by midnight Eastern Time on the last day of the month.
2. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, Patterns may be drafted, tweaked, and muslined before the contest date, but fabric for the pieces entered may not be laid out or cut till the start date of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the contest date.
3. Items intended for sale, or for which you were or will be paid to make, do not qualify for any contest, but items made for charity are welcome!
4. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry.

Contest Eligibility
1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the start of a contest is eligible to enter.
2. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.
3. Any member who's won a prize (1st or 2nd place) in a contest on Pattern Review ended in the previous six months is ineligible to win another contest for a period of 6 months.

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Date: 12/29/08 4:57 PM



Clarifications
1. Item 3, the list, is a recommendation, not a requirement. The list helps the discussion, inspires others to look for their UFOs, and helps keep the entrant focused on what they have in front of them.
2. Re Composite Review
It is fine to do a composite review as a work in progress, and link to individual reviews of each item completed. It is completely optional whether you do a composite review or just individual reviews.
3. Assigning points to items that are cut out, completely unsewn, but only require hems or similar to be finished.

There are some items which at first glance, seem to qualify for either 4 points, or one point. The item is unsewn, but cut out prior to the contest, but the only thing needed to finish the item is one or more hems.

I think if this is the case it is most fair if points are assigned from the bottom up per section 5 in the rules.
Compare the amount of work you have to do to 1 point, which is hemming or sewing on buttons (or the equivalent). Also look at the proportion of the project you have already done - how much of the project work was completed by cutting it out?

If a project is completely cut out but not sewn, but all it needs to finish is hemming - eg like a tablecloth, then it is within the spirit of the contest to assign it one point, rather than 4. Another example is if your project is a knit fabric tube with one seam to be sewn up the back, it would be worth one point, even thought this is not a hem, it is a similar (or less) amount of work. If your project was cut out from a pattern or required a draped muslin and is unsewn, or is a whole heap of quilt pieces so there are multiple seams then they could be worth 4 points. Sometimes cutting out is more than half the work, so use the proportion of work still required as a guide to assigning points.
I really would prefer not to micromanage individual points for particular projects, but please work it out to be fair to other competitors, particularly if you are near the top of the contest report!
5. Sets of items
Items that normally are part of a set or pair are assigned points based on the set, based on the holiday/gift items contest ruling eg : a pair of gloves is one project, a pair of curtains is one project, a set of placemats is one project. However if you are making multiple items, consider whether these would be usually and appropriately used alone. Eg, two tablecloths for 2 separate tables, originally made to be used on the same occasion, could be used appropriately, and more often will be used as individual items, so it counts as two projects (also a tablecloth would take longer to finish that a placemat)
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Date: 12/29/08 4:57 PM

Yeah! I didn't know that we got points for finally hemming our stuff! Several of my knits (including the shirt that I am wearing today) would then count.
How many extra credit points do you get just because you haven't gained so much weight that you can't wear it anymore?
Or, extra credit points for just being able to find all the parts?

I am eager to get started....

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Date: 12/29/08 5:39 PM

I can't wait to get my UFO out of my sewing closet. It is a quilted handbag. For some reason I thought, I will get what ever fabric I want and quilt it myself...it can't be that hard...lol. I ended up cutting out pieces before the quilting was even finished so not only do I have to sew the entire bag I still have quilting to do in the opposite direction. I started this thing this time last year. I sure hope I can finally finish it up.

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Date: 12/30/08 4:43 AM

Yes, I have been waiting for this one. Now that I see the rules, I will go dig out my UFO's. I have a sewing bucket with several such projects. I want that bucket empty so I can use it to store my notions stash!
Blessings,
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Date: 12/30/08 4:57 AM

Oh wow 3 contests I want to be part of all running at the same time
Stash, Refashioning and now UFO are all running during January. Help!

Can I put in a plea for this one to move to another month so there are only 2 running at once?
I have lots of UFOs though some of them perhaps should just go and be wadders LOL!

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Date: 12/30/08 5:30 AM

I have one big UFO that's been staring me in the face since about August - my winter coat for the Great Coat Sew Along. And the worst part is, I could really use it right about now, as the temperatures haven't rose above freezing at any point in the last two weeks. :(

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Date: 12/30/08 6:26 AM

I have a weird ufo started as a patchwork, partially morphed into a sort of jacket and abandoned as just too too hippy-chic. I'll enter it for laughs.

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Date: 12/30/08 6:29 AM

Can a UFO be anything that requires sewing? I've been cleaning out my basement and unearthed several cross stitch projects that are done except for a bunch of embellishments that need to be added. This would be kinda like having a blouse finished except for the buttons. This contest would be the perfect motivation to do it since I haven't cross stitched for about 10 years. That's how long these have been sitting in a box.

No problem if they don't count. I still have a few other things to finish such as a top and quilt.

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Date: 12/30/08 6:44 AM

Does a lining skirt (=sew & attach the lining) count as a UFO? I always line my skirts but have had very hectic times in October/November this year and started wearing my new skirt with a separate lining rather than an attached one.
Many thanks for your feedback! :-)

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