Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Irv . . . Clean up on Aisle 5!


I looked around my studio last night, and what a mess. There's a stack of gold "frosted" designer fabrics for perfume bottle blocks, a partially assembled a strippy quilt of 12-inch basket blocks with a chintz-type fabric for the alternate stripes, a box of triangles destined to "leader and ender" their way to a scrap quilt, my funny little tea cups (one pattern from Mary Graham's Quilter's On-line Resource: www.qorsite.com; and four patterns from www.sewandsew.com), strips for my Quilted Diamonds draped over an antique spool rack, my Millennium blocks partially sashed for assembly into a top (hopefully before the next Millennium . . . I'm way ahead on that one), two quilt tops waiting for borders, one small quilt sandwiched up ready to baste, and one that is basted and ready to start quilting. I've got to stop and "rake" before I can do anything else.

I want to work on everything at once, and my mind just whirs with new projects in my imagination. That's probably why I'm a good person to come up with and follow through with theme ideas for our Guild Retreat. So, of course, thinking only of getting samples ready for Camp, and testing patterns, etc., I am ready to launch another quilt top. Or, perhaps it has already been launched. Does actual sewing have to commenced or is cutting two or three blocks adequate?

The next question is, when does an idea become a UFO? Is a UFO any project uncompleted, or just one that has been put aside? If one is excited about a project, and works through from start to finish, has that quilt ever actually been a UFO? Maybe I need to review my UFO Journal and sort them into categories by degrees of interest, or probabilities for being finished. Now, this subject could actually make a statistics class interesting!

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. I hope I can live up to the "media hype" of my friends!

7 comments:

Tonya R said...

Nah, they're only UFOs if you've abandoned them. Still excited about them and planning to finish -that's a Work in Progress (WIP) in my book. Cute cups and the postage stamp baskets turned out marvelously.

Laura said...

I consider started projects I want to work on as UFO's. Started projects I don't want to work on are hidden in the sewing room mess and forgotten about until they get back to UFO status.

cher said...

oh I think any project you are actively working on is NOT a ufo...those are the partially started projects that got abandoned for whatever reason-but ones you think you may want to finish. Welcome to blog land!

Dawn said...

Your little cups are so cute. Would never have thought of using all those florals like that! Very cute!

Oh your list doesn't seem so bad compared to mine! I don't even want to list mine!

YankeeQuilter said...

I agree with Tonya...if you still have the fabric you started with, can find the pattern/sketch, and know why or who you were making it for then it is work in progress...it becomes a UFO when you aren't sure how it got into your quilting room in the first place!!!

anne bebbington said...

Linda - I love the tea cups, but then being English and loving tea I would do wouldn't I. We have an old family friend who lives in Lafayette, I came over in 1991 to stay with them as their daughters went to school with us when they were over on sabbatical in the UK - he was a lecturer at Purdue but sadly passed away last year. My best memory of my stay was the hummingbirds on the feeders in the garden - you don't get those in England!

anne bebbington said...

Linda - they're called Bob and Pris Bain with two grown up daughters called Nancy and Laura and they live (or rather Pris lives) on Soldiers Home Road - it would be funny if you did know her - it is a small world Anne