Hello, dear friends:Another year has come to a close… 2017 has proved to be a particularly rough one in our “neighborhood”…so we’re looking forward to a new year, with new beginnings, and hope for really positive adventures! Another year begins with our lists of resolutions, renewed vigor and energy, and the Great UFO Challenge 2018 promises that many of us will complete yet more of those stashed projects. Janni and I never began a quilt that we didn’t anticipate finishing (well…there might be one or two…) but many projects got tucked away when a class was done or another class sample needed to be created. As I have been excavating Back Stage, I’ve come across some memorable projects that simply beg to be completed. SO-o-o-o, the 2018 challenge will help me complete some things, I hope! My percentage of completion for 2017 was pretty meager, but many of you absolutely outdid yourselves! I’m so proud of you! If you are new to the Challenge with us, just fill out the registration located inside this CRF (or pick up a card at JLC), turn it in at JLC as soon as possible and you will be eligible for rewards and prizes through the year. We challenge you to pull 12 UFO’s from your sewing menagerie, bag them individually and number them. Then, each mid-month, we’ll post the project number you are to work on. When you complete your project, send us a photo or bring the project in to be photographed, place your name in the Resolutions Drawing box, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Going along with the finishing theme, the 4th Friday of each month will be designated as a Finish-It Up sew-in day. Bring your project-in-progress, your sewing machine and supplies…and sew along to music from movie soundtracks. Let’s see what we can tag with “That’s a Wrap!”Among exciting new adventures, the first weekend of February was chosen for the first annual Willamette Valley Quilt Festival. February 2 and 3, 2018 will find us vending at this great new event. We are looking forward to supporting this Festival sponsored by Rich’s Sew & Vac. As many of you already know, our Off the Beaten Path…a Quilter’s Safari is on furlough this year. Wewill miss that event, but energy had to be redirected this past year. We hope you will still plan on visiting us on your annual treks through the Willamette Valley, and we’ll keep you posted if and when Safari resumes its course!