Thursday, September 16, 2010

Start New Projects!!

Did that title make you blink?  Here I am for the past few weeks studiously working on cataloging and organizing my UFOs -- unfinished objects -- and stewing about what to finish next and what to do to get things finished by the end of the year.  And then I encourage you to start something new!!

I haven't lost my mind!!  I promise!!   And finishing up these things is still really, really important to me!  But you know, sometimes just working on "old" things can be downright boring!!  Where's the fun in looking at new fabrics and patterns that inspire you if you can't focus on how much fun that new project will be.  Talk about a "downer"!!  And what about that new technique you saw your friend using?  Or the new ruler that your local shop is carrying?!!

Do you feel like a hostage to your UFOs?  Are they overwhelming you?  Follow some of the tips offered in earlier posts and then get your creative juices flowing again.  Got a pattern you have fallen in love with?  What fabric to use? what color choices?  How can you resist the call of the new project?!  Your UFOs are still going to be there, and you can still work on them ... but give yourself a break and have some fun with a new project!

Guilt is a terrible thing to waste -- so save it for something besides those unfinished objects that are sitting around.  Remember that you'll get to them eventually, or they'll find new uses and new homes eventually.  Focus on having some fun!!

I'm off to cut fabric for my new Saturday mystery class -- maybe it will be a UFO someday, but in the meantime, I'm having fun choosing fabrics from my stash!


Anonymous said...

LUV IT!!!!!
I need the break... I have 5 or 6 that I am working on at all times. This is suppose to be FUN. So if I get tired of one I jump to something else. Finished two and started three, shucks should be the other way around....but then where would the fun be in that!!
Shelly in NY

Susan said...

I told Dorothy in UK several months ago that I'm starting a new project every day!! Of course I couldn't possibly actually do that, but I have started several projects recently and don't have any idea how many UFOs I've got stacking up. I like just being free to be creative when the idea or inspiration hits. Thanks for the confirmation!!

Jill said...

Several years ago I made a list of my UFO's on individual slips of paper. Fold them up and put them in a jar. The first day of the month I would pull one out and that was my project for the month. If I finished before the month was up then I pulled another one out and worked on it until the end of the month. Would put that slip aside and pull out a new slip the 1st day of the month. If the one I pulled out did not get finished by the end of the month after pulling out a new slip then that past month slip would be put back in the jar. Did really good for a while and got my UFO list down. But being a quilter who loves to try new things my list is back up. So will be joining you 2011 and lower my UFO's and my stash down.

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