This is Part 1 of an informal series on UFOs (UnFinished Objects). Most of us have them. Some of us are plagued by them. Almost everyone would prefer to have fewer of them.
TACKLE YOUR UFOs
So where do you start when it’s time to tackle your UFOs? I started by making a list. (The photos are my actual UFOs.)
I put every project I could think of on the list. As I found forgotten projects in drawers, bins and baskets (sad but true), I added them to the list. This is an ongoing process and it’s fine if it takes you several weeks or months to get the list mostly complete.
A word of caution: Don’t be overwhelmed by the list. It’s just a tool. You have the list—the list doesn’t have you!
Beginning with just one or two UFOs on the list, ask yourself why each became a UFO. Some of the possibilities:
• Not enough time to sew
• Technique: too hard, can’t remember it, didn’t understand it
• No longer have (or never did have) all the supplies
• Didn’t enjoy the project
• Lost interest
• Bored with the project
• Dislike how it looks
• Dislike the technique
• Ugly fabrics or colors
• You ran out of fabric
• It’s not turning out the way you thought it would
• You dislike the actual quilting—piecing is more fun for you!
• “Quilting is too difficult on my machine.”
• “My machine quilting isn’t good enough.”
• You’re stumped by how to quilt it
• You got sidetracked with more interesting new projects
• You hate applying binding
• Some other kind of trouble
You may have other reasons why projects become UFOs. If so, tell us about them in the comments below. During the series we’ll address as many of them as possible.
That’s it for today—hopefully you’ve started thinking about what UFOs you have and why they remain unfinished. In the next part we’ll brainstorm for solutions so get fired up! Prepare to finish!!