UFOs are in the quilting world "unfinished objects" - most of us have a fair number of them. In the stash busters group there has been a poll of why a project becomes an unfinished object.... Which has got me thinking about my UFOs.
Stashbusters runs a challenge to get the UFOs finished.. ... which has been great for me to finish off those really old projects that got left behind some years ago. I now only have 3 of them left. Certainly during my involvement in this challenge my production has really increase (also helped by having a mid arm machine and quilting frame).
Quilts completed in a year.
2007 prior to stashbusters 7 quilts
2008 stashbusters challenge and quilting frame 21 quilts
2009 more confident 39 quilts
2010 (to date) 41 quilts
However the number of UFOs that will have to begin the 2011 challenge will actually be greater than in previous years not less.............. I currently have 24 finished tops, 42 projects that have been begun.
Why so many?
5 come from blocks discarded by the local red cross when their building had to be sold - they will go to the local nusrsing home once quilted.
4 are "in the queue" to be quilted ASAP
1 is waiting for the backing to be signed by the wedding guests before quilting
Most of the remainder are there so that if i am asked to a quilt in a hurry I dont have to start from scratch.
The other projects range from the just begun: some of the squares, strips etc cut; to the nearly finished top that just needs that final boarder added. The cutting often begins with a special piece of fabric - and as i find bits that will go with it I prepare them until I have enough to actually start using the project for the "starter and ender pieces" (thanks Bomnnie Hunter) which I make to control my loose thread problems.
Having several projects on the go means that if I do hit a design glitch I can work on another until I work out the solution.
So what do I conclude? for me UFOs mean I am productive and dont get stuck not knowing what to do.