Our youngest daughter, Kalissa, graduated from high school at semester which was December 21st. We hosted an open house party for her here at the house on the 29th. We have the attached garage along with the house space and knew we’d be filled to the brim with people. That was okay…the problem… I had to do some cleaning. If you’re a regular blog reader, you know cleaning and I just don’t mix.
I started with my sewing room….I have to organize all the stuff in the cupboards so the rest of the stuff can go in the cupboards…UGH.
That has brought me to a conclusion….the UFO’s have got to go!! I mean it. No pretending to join a group on finishing UFO’s only to drop out. This is it. I mean it…the UFO’s have got to get under control.
They are taking up all of my precious space.
Here’s my list:
Perkiomen Daydreams-2 Finished in July. See it here.
A block of the month Finished in August. See it here.
Star Quilt Finished in June See it here.
Nine in the Middle Finish in January See it here.
TumblerFinished in March See it here.
Blue Ridge BeautyFinished in October. See it here.
Criss Cross ApplesauceFinished in April See it here.
American Patchwork and Quilting Quilt
Cactus Patch Finished in May See it here.
Wool Project-A Gentle Life
Wool Project-ChristmasFinished in September. See it here.
Pineapple Blossoms Finished in January See it here.
Stars over Shallotte Finished in November See it here.
Smith Mountain Morning
Hand me DownsFinished in April See it here.
Tribute to Judy
Hip to be SquareFinished in May See it here.
Oh I have other projects too..but those are just packaged together and not cut out.
I looked and looked at the list trying to figure out why these quilts are in limbo and not finished. Here’s my conclusion. The majority of the quilts listed are quilts I know I will want to keep. I am constantly setting quilts aside and putting other projects in front of projects for me. Graduation quilts, wedding quilts, donation quilts all take precedence over quilts I am making for myself…what’s a quilter to do?
I know lots of people have many more UFO’s than I do and that’s okay for them…for me, this UFO situation just isn’t cutting it. I want my space back so I can fit everything in. It’s not a space problem. It’s a lack of control problem on my part.
I am going to make a commitment to have 6 projects off my list or I won’t go to Country Threads’ big event in July. That’s only one UFO a month and very do-able…I’d love committing to more but I don’t want to set myself up for failure either. Then I’ll just quit.
I am going to work on two different blocks of the month this year doing a couple blocks each month. Then at the end on the year, I will have some quilts that can be donated for various events without cutting hugely into working on my UFO’s. I am doing our Pieceful Nights and Open Gates BOM. Hopefully that will give me a few projects I can donate and give away while still getting some of my own projects finished. I am also going to keep working on Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting a “Get it Done Challenge for 2013” . That’s a lot to commit to but honestly, these UFO’s have got to GO!!!