Pin It In my ever-so-limited computer time of late, I've been browsing around the interwebs at all things quilty. From shows and festivals (deadlines, mostly) to the new and fabulous Generation Q Magazine (the new home of Quilter's Home editors and columnists), to chat sites and message boards. I like to see what's going on in the world and try to see if there's anything new that I haven't heard of. What am I talking about? Of course there is! I just can't keep up anymore. But apparently, a lot of quilters can't keep up with themselves.
What the crap am I talking about? UFOs. I've been hopping around MyQuiltPlace, FacebookLand and several other places and one thing seems to remain constant: Quilters have so many projects started, they don't even know where to start when it comes to finishing all of them. I'm talking dozens. Some have said they have over 50 projects that have been started and are nowhere close to completion.
I don't understand this one bit. Not at all. Nope. No. I just don't. My brain doesn't work that way. When I have a project started, I will work my ass off (and there isn't a whole lot to spare) until it's done. I usually will dream up a quilt in my head, choose my fabrics, cut it out and start piecing it in the same day. Typically, it's done within a week.
I cannot stand to have things laying around unfinished. First of all, who has the space to have 3059830948230958 projects cut out and half-sewn together? How can you even find everything when you decide you want to finish it?
I like to have something to show for my work. I like to have things DONE. So that I can show them off, and then eventually give them away. I will work until 4am for 5 days straight because I know the end is in sight.
It is in this way that I'm wired completely differently than my mother. That woman (I love her, I swear) starts things. The end. She starts them and never finishes them. It drives me absolutely bonkers. The mounds and piles of "stuff" that she has accumulated over the years of being a serial "starter" is very overwhelming.
So my question is this: Are you a UFO quilter? If you are, why?
I can certainly understand that there are just so many things out there that interest you and you want to do them all, but why do they never seem to get finished?
I'm certainly not speaking badly about UFOs. I seem to be the only person in the world (okay, a bit dramatic and not at all true) that can't stand UFOs. I look at it this way: If I want to do something but don't have the time to do it, I won't. When my time frees up and I can start a new project, I will. If it isn't that project I wanted to start a few months ago, maybe I wasn't meant to do it anyway.
How many UFOs do you have (It's okay to be honest, this is a safe place. Promise!)
If you had a guild or group focused specifically on social sewing time to finish up UFOs, would you join?
Would a UFO challenge help motivate you to complete those unfinished projects?
When you're making quilts with a specific purpose (gifts, charities, etc.) do you have more motivation to finish them?
Do you have a hard time finding fabrics to go with your projects from a few years ago (colors really do change!)?
There's a reason I'm asking all of these questions. As I'm sure you could've guessed. :)
Anyway, I'll share a couple of recent projects with you just for the fun of it.
This first one I call "The Blue One". I made it for someone special to me! I made it in about a week. Now, I pieced this quilt in a waaaaay more difficult way than I needed to (but there was for a reason too). It's made entirely of triangle squares in graduating shades of blue with a grey solid background. I could've just strip pieced around the center square on-point, mitering my corners as I went. But, I decided I wanted the seams from the triangle squares to use as registration lines when I quilt it. SO, to save myself an hour or two of marking to quilt it, I spent days longer making the stupid thing than I needed to.
Don't mind the millions of yards of batting and crappy angle. It's the biggest quilt I've made in quite a while (96x96) and don't have much room left for laying them out for photos! I'll be making a bunch of decorative pillows in all kinds of fun shapes. Circles, stripes, more triangles. Lots of pillows. Think, Along Came Polly.
Next up is my new embroidery project. It's Sarah Vedeler's newest design set, GO! Bloom, which she kindly sent to me as a gift. She's also having a sale this month! Much smaller and "easier" than BeDazzled. I say that in quotes because it's really difficult to work with so much fabric at once. You embroider this as a wholecloth, and it's more difficult to position correctly where your applique goes. But it's MUCH faster than BeDazzled! Almost done. I chose to do this one out of dupioni.
You can see that the two flowers on the left have no stitching on them yet. (Actually, I got one done last night!) I thought the outer tulips made this too orange, so I decided to make my daisies hot pink and light pink. Unfortunately, all of the thread makes them look orange anyway!
This little lady will be done by the weekend. What do you think so far?
What are you working on? Is everybody having fun with our Rockin' Robin Modern Quilt-Along?
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