On UFOs and other things


Yesterday evening I was reading Kris Vierra’s blog, and she was talking about why quilters have UFOs. I don’t know about you, but I know why I have them. Kris supposes that we get bored, and that is partially true for me. But even more than boredom is that I make things to see what they’re going to look like (you see why I don’t use kits and rarely use patterns?  I can look at the picture and see what it’s going to look like. Why bother?). Once I know what it’s going to look like, I’m ready to move on. This is why the idea of making the same block over and over and over and over makes me want to poke myself in the eye. It’s like having someone repeat the answer to my question every time I start to say something. Yeah, it’s not only boring, but it’s annoying!

If you’ve followed me any time at all, you know that I challenged myself at the beginning of the year to tackle some of my unfinished projects. I said I was going to try to finish 55 things. What? You don’t remember me saying that? Truth is, I did. But it’s been so long since I mentioned it that I’m embarrassed to even admit it. This is one commitment at which I have failed miserably this year. And yes, I do have at least 55 UFOs, but I’m not counting. (By the way, that blue quilt up at the top of the page? It’s been in UFO-status for at least eleven years. I really thought it was going to get done this year…for Pete’s sake, all it needs is a binding!

But forget about my failure. Go take a look at Kris’s blog and see what else she has to say about UFOs. (And while you’re there, read about what she is doing to get in shape to run a 12K with her mom!) But before you go, drop me a line below and tell me if YOU have any UFOs. Are you willing to admit how many? I still think I can beat you.

  • Wendy Tuma

    Yes, I have UFOs. I’ve been pulling them out the last couple of months; however, I have not counted them. While I do use patterns, once the thrill of making the top is done I lose interest. Partly because I’m not good at quilting the top by machine. I’m tackling that problem. I just like to do the fabric pulls and stitch them together. The finishing process is more of a discipline!

    • Lori East

      I am there with you. I have finally decided that it’s best if I quilt by check. I know some really talented longarmers and, while I might have to wait to send them something, they do a much better job than I do!

      Discipline…that’s a baaaad word, kind of like Focus.

      • Wendy Tuma

        Oh my — those two words! Ack!

  • S Montgomery

    Singing my song. I have about 20 partially completed tops that are setting in containers wondering why they’ve been abandoned while they watch me start a new project. The completed tops that have yet to be quilted numbered 73 at last count. The only quilts I finished this year were ones I started this year. 😜

    • Lori East

      Oh, gosh, now I feel sorry for all those things that aren’t finished! I never thought about them wondering why I was ignoring them. Ha! Maybe that will make me look at them differently from now on!

      You might actually have more finished tops than I do…I’m not sure. I really don’t want to count.

      I’m impressed that you’ve finished things this year. I really have not done well there at all. Surprises me since I set out on such a roll. Ah well, there’s always next year, right?

  • Rebecca Ruch

    I don’t keep a tally of the UFOs or PHDs. It can bet overwhelming. Overall, I think I do a pretty good job of finishing things. Not all the things, but many things. There are more than a few cheerleaders out there that would be more than happy to try to keep you on task with finishes. One of my local quilt shops does one that covers the year. Submit your list for the next year, at the beginning of the new month they tell you what number to work on. For every finish you make and take in to share you get entered into a drawing to win fun shop swag like backing, batting, and binding for that just-finished quilt top.

    • Lori East

      You’re right, it CAN be overwhelming if you count them. I am aware of most of mine, although I do sometimes find a little thing I’d forgotten about.

      It’s not so much that I need a cheerleader, although that can be helpful, I need the TIME. But incentives like more STUFF would be fun!!