When I wrote out my goals for 2016, goal #2 was tackling my pile of UFO's. The goal is to finish one UFO a quarter. So this brings about the question...at what point do you label something a UFO? I guess it's a personal preference for each of us. Does it start at the point of a purchased quilt kit or a pattern with fabric that goes into a plastic bin and then sits for more than six months? Maybe UFO status only starts at the point where piecing has occurred but it has been abandoned for a new project.
For me I tend to consider something a UFO after it's been pieced and moved to the shelf. Once I start piecing something, I usually (I said usually) see it through until it is a completed top. So the mystery quilts or BOM's that sit around, I consider to be WIP's. Most likely I have not got all of the instructions to finish it yet and that's not my fault, right? However, if I have completed piecing the object and I sit it aside for more than two months, I consider it a UFO. Chances are I have already been distracted by a small mini quilt I'm dying to finish or something else. So, my friends, that means if you have been hanging around my blog at all the past year, chances are you have watched me create a few UFO's...oops.
This is a picture of a bookcase in my back room that holds most of my quilting stuff. On the very top lives a stack of UFO's (by my definition). If you look closely on the last shelf in the picture, you can see Gypsy Queen neatly folded...I have't quite given her UFO status yet, but she is dangerously close...yikes! On the shelf above it are two smaller containers (on the right under the pillow) containing un-pieced UFO's. A Strawberry Social quilt kit I put together (pattern from Fat Quarter Shop and fabric from LQS) and two panels that need quilted. The panels were purchased to be gifts for my dad, but well, that didn't work out. Lesson: Do no put a gift off, you may not get a chance to give them.
So I decided last night to pick two of my pieced tops as possible candidates for a first quarter finish. In a perfect world, I would finish both of them. I do have till the end of March, right? These are my choices.
Candidate #1 is a lap/wall hanging size version of Labyrinth by Debbie Maddy. I have my Aurifil thread to quilt this one and probably enough batting. Since I just need backing fabric, it is probably the front runner.
Candidate #2 is a smallish quilt called Four Squared by Polly Monica that I found on Moda Bakeshop. This one may take a bit more work. I need to answer the age ol' question of to add borders or not add borders. I used Moda's Flirt fabric line and have 2 yards of the blue left plus a yard of matching filler fabric.
To get myself headed in the correct mind set, I pulled a few books from my shelf looking for inspiration.
So back to UFO's...I would love to know what you think qualifies a project to have this title. The line behind WIP and UFO can be incredibly thin...kind of like the line between genius and crazy.
Today I'm linking up with Can I Get A Whoop! Whoop!, Needle and Thread Thursday, Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.