FORTY-SIX! That’s how many UFO’s I had in my bins! I figured that would make everyone feel better, but Lois Jarvis beat me with 67! Lois is also a teacher and she has a delightful blog: http://rust-tex.blogspot.com.
While digging through my bins I decided to have my husband take a picture and….notice the smile. I’m adopting Pam’s positive attitude towards UFOs. They are just waiting to be needed :-). The one I’m holding is from 1991. Can anyone beat that?
Many of my UFO’s are class samples. That’s not an excuse – just the truth.
In looking through my bins I found 2 crib sized class samples that are already quilted and only need binding. I’m stating here that I will finish them and send them off to Project Linus before the end of the month.
I also found a wall sized top in patriotic colors. I’m going to add borders until it’s the right size for Quilts of Valor and get that sent this month too! I’m writing this here so someone will check up on me and make sure I keep my word :-).
I’ve belonged to a number of guilds that have attempted to address the UFO dilemma and here’s a few of their ideas:
Years ago Linda Marcou, a member of Common Threads Quilt Guild, challenged the members to choose one in January and bring it finished in December. As a reward all those who were successful were given one of her handmade labels. I still treasure that special addition to my finished quilt.
I currently belong to Patched Lives Quilt Guild. Last year they offered one entry into a drawing for each UFO finished in a year with an exciting prize for the winner. Many took up the challenge.
Evelyn Link is a friend who’s guild in Arizona asks members to bring 3 UFO”S to a meeting and the guild votes for which one should be finished. Let’s take that to another level – you grab 3 to show to a friend, let her pick one to finish for you and you do the same for her! I wonder who I can get to take up that challenge – hmmmmm.
So often UFO’s are just tops. If you
1. can’t afford to send them to a long arm quilter
2. don’t have time to hand quilt
3. like free motion quilting, but don’t like to meander,
try this: quilt that next project with the design you doodle when you’re bored. You’re probably really good at it, it will flow easily and the quilt will be done without too much effort. Or, take a free motion quilting class and when you return home, practice all the techniques you learned on a UFO you aren’t really attached to. Then donate it to charity. The recipient will love it and they won’t see all the mistakes that jump out at you. By the time the quilt is done your free mo-ing will have improved!
Hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you’ve been inspired to get something done! I’m rather excited about the accountability I’ve forced myself into in this post. If you’d like to gently commit yourself as I have, feel free to write it in a comment here :-).