Every year for the last six years, I’ve hosted “The Final Countdown” here on the ol’ blog. It’s three days of organizing tasks meant to help us all enter the New Year with a bit more clarity and peace of mind, at least as far as our sewing spaces and projects are concerned. And it ends with prizes, so if you’re lucky enough to be chosen, you get a little extra reward for your efforts!
Every year, three days never seems like enough time for me to get done all the organizing I need to do, so this next year, I’ve decided to make it a year-long attempt to finally get my stuff under control. To that end . . .
I’m starting the Studio Organizing Challenge!
Each week, I’ll post an organizing task related to our sewing spaces or projects. It’ll be a task that I myself need to do. If it’s something you also need to do, I welcome you to join me and do the task, too.
I’m not offering prizes for the weekly tasks, but we will wrap up the year as usual with the 7th Annual Final Countdown at the end of 2015. We should all be so organized by then, I’ll have a hard time coming up with the Final Countdown tasks!
I have chosen Thursday as the day on which I will post the weekly task, simply because Mondays are already crammed with tasks and can sometimes be unpredictable. Thursday just seems a bit calmer.
And you can give yourself the entire week to get the task done, before the next weekly task is posted. There’s no deadlines!
I might also repeat a task more than once during the year, but again, it’s because I feel like I need it, and maybe you do, too.
There’s no sign-up involved, but feel free to leave comments each week letting us know how you did with the tasks if you chose to do them, and offering up any discoveries you made regarding organizing your sewing things that might help us all. I learned a lot of tips just from this past year’s Final Countdown.
I’ve created a new page related to the challenge with the dates and tasks (with links to the posts for each task). You can see it HERE. If you need to refer back to a task, or find them all in one handy place, that’s where you can look. The links will become live as each task is posted. The posts will also be in the Organizing category that you can access in the Categories pop-up menu in the sidebar at right.
There will be 52 weekly tasks, and we’ll end the year with the usual 3 tasks of The Final Countdown. Are you in?
With this being a Thursday, I’m announcing our first task TODAY! What better day to start than on January 1st, right? Are you ready?
Our first task is:
I’m not saying you have to work on said UFO, or finish it this week (or ever) — I’m just telling you to organize it. (Although you may certainly work on it if you’re so inclined.) Find it, find all the pieces to it, make note of what needs to be done to it or with it.
You may determine that you don’t want to finish it. Ever. In that case, you can give it away, throw it away, or recycle the pieces back into your stash.
Maybe you do like it still, and might like to finish it, but you could get by with making it smaller, or changing it in some way that would make it easier to complete.
Maybe you got stymied somewhere in the process, and couldn’t figure out how to move it forward. Perhaps, after letting it sit for awhile, you’ve gained in skills, and that’s no longer an issue, or maybe you can find someone to help you get it back on track so you can finish it.
Feel free to ask for help or suggestions in the comments — maybe someone has the perfect idea that will help you get it off your UFO list and into the done or gone stage!
Maybe you love it, but it’s just been forgotten under the pile of latest and greatest projects you just had to start (this is what happens to me — the “Look, Squirrel!” syndrome). Now is the time to bring it back out into the light and give it some hope . . . and some attention.
Do you have all the pieces?
Do you have your pattern or instructions?
What do you need to find, acquire, or prepare in order to start working on it again?
Or (as in my case), can you even find it?
I had already started thinking about this one last night, and I have to tell you, I was hard pressed to think of which project is actually my oldest! But I consulted my list (you know I have a list), and determined that it’s a quilt called “Morning Glory”, that I hand pieced in the late 1980’s with the intention of hand quilting it.
The top is finished, I think I have a backing for it, and it’s even marked for hand quilting. But I know I’m never going to hand quilt it.
However, I am now a fairly good longarm quilter, and I can custom quilt it, which could just be the next best thing . . . and at least I could call it finished.
My first problem is . . . where did I put it? So the task before me this week is to find it, and make sure it’s got all its parts and pieces, and put it on my list to finish. I’ll be sure and post about it when I do. You’re gonna wanna see it, I just know it! After all, it’s from the 80’s — it’s gotta be spectacular, right?
So how about you? What’s your oldest UFO? Can you find it? What are you going to do about it? I’d love to hear, so be sure and leave a comment.