Tuesday, March 06, 2012

My Quilts Will Never End

Today I did a little digging around in my sewing room. I have some quilt tops that need to be finished... and a couple people have offered to help. I was taking an inventory of sorts, and was shocked. In the last couple of years I have been concentrating on finishing UFOs (unfinished objects). I thought I was doing so well.

Hahaha! Joke's on me. For every UFO I finished, I probably made at least 2 more tops. That's by far the most fun part of quilting for me -- the creative process, picking fabrics, putting things together, looking at patterns and secondary patterns. Once the top is made, my interest switches to more creativity... not to the finishing steps which are more of a drudgery, in my opinion.

I love completed quilts, but getting them to that point can be a drag. So anyway, in today's digging around, I discovered that I have basically undone all the finishing I had accomplished in the last year.. Now I have to start all over again, getting old quilts finished.

a top I made recently when I started playing with 2.5" strips.. it still needs some kind of border

I'm afraid I may just have to accept the fact that my poor descendants will end up with a pile of unfinished quilts to deal with (upon my demise). I should probably clip notes to each one, telling them what to do and where to donate them. Even my collection of finished quilts is starting to add up. My descendants will either be thrilled or will be exasperated at what to do with it all.

my friend, S, gave me a bunch of scrap blocks, and I used some of them to make this top, one of the many I now have (again) waiting to be finished

I've decided not to worry about it. I won't be here to witness the angst (or joy, as the case may be). I'll just continue creating and trying my best to get projects done. I wonder if I will ever feel like I get them all done and end up with NO on-going projects. For now, I just can't imagine that kind of a life......... can you??


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Well I'm with you all the way here. I start 2 for every 2 I finish too, maybe start 3. I have already told my kids they don't have to have anyone finish the quilts, just give away the tops or keep them if they want them. I'll finish as many as I can and not worry about the rest.

antique quilter said...

just keep enjoying quilting every day you can
you finish great if not , oh well! you had fun right?
you can always give away the tops your not interested in any more, less ufo's over your head then!
I can't wait to see the borders you put on the first one.
your friend's S scrap blocks quilt looks great, love that border!
glad you decided not to worry about it, life is too short and we have too many quilts to start :)

Anonymous said...

Glad you're not going to sweat it. I feel the same way about knitting.

Twisted Quilts said...

About two weeks ago I cleaned out one, yes just one of my mother's quilting closets and I so wish she had attached notes. I have found so many thing she started and I wish I had some clue how she planned to finish them. A friend of my aunts told her family exactly what to do with her quilting and her stash when she found out she was dying. She was much more organized than my mother. Good luck with your effort to finish your UFOs.

scraphappy said...

It is an eternal balancing act. It is fun to focus on finishing for a while, but starting something new is always where the excitement lies. In the end, it is a hobby, not a job. Isn't life full enough of things we have to do that we can just sew for the joy without worrying about the final count?