While you’re all probably still busy digging through your fabric stashes, it’s already time for Task Two!
You may have noticed, I’m not taking it too easy on you this time. This is serious business — Haha!
Honestly, I need this for myself, and I’m just dragging you all along with me — at least you’re all eligible for prizes!
This task is another one that is meant to make you put some thought into things. We’re all going to:
We all have at least one Un-Finished Object, right?
At last count, I had near 100. That’s ridiculous, even if I do sew for a living!
This is another undertaking where I want you to take a good hard look at the UFOs you have. And ask yourself some questions . . .
It’s time to look at each one of them and make a decision. While a certain project may have seemed like a good idea at the time, is it still something you want to spend your precious sewing minutes on?
If not, something else needs to be done with it.
If yes, then you need to determine what it will take to move it forward, and come up with a plan to do it.
Identify the thing that is stopping you from completing it, and resolve to fix that issue and move ahead with it. Or move it on out . . .
And while you’re at it, make a list.
Make a list of all the UFOs that you do intend to keep and finish. Sometimes just seeing the list is motivation to work on them and check them off the list. And it’s always a good idea to know just where you stand. Without the list, you’re probably guessing, and if you’re like me, you’ll always estimate low!
I keep my list in three columns: one column is finished tops waiting to be quilted, one column is quilts already in progress, one column is a wish list of sorts — quilts I’d like to make, but haven’t actually committed to just yet.
My wish list is relatively small. Most of my projects jump directly onto the quilts-in-progress list! Impulsive much? Am I alone in this?
There are over 20 quilts on my waiting-to-be-quilted list. I’m going to commit to quilting a few extra of my own quilts this year, fitting them into my longarm schedule when I can. I don’t want to continue making tops that don’t ever get quilted. And I’ll be updating my list to make sure it’s current. I’m almost afraid to know if there are more than 100. Ugh!
Here’s just one stack of my UFO bins. I’ll be going through these . . . again. I have others stacked everywhere — I could probably find at least one UFO in every single room of my house! I’d love to get down to where this is my ONLY stack of project bins. Think I can ever do it?
I don’t want to have every spare nook and cranny crammed with an unfinished project. I don’t want so much “stuff”. I’m becoming a huge fan of clear and uncluttered space (in my entire house) and paring down the UFO pile is going to help with this a lot.
How about you? Do you have a pile of UFOs to manage? Even if it’s just a few, keeping them all moving along is important so that they don’t get stale. Now’s the time.
Here are a few links to some UFO challenges that are going on next year — maybe one of these (or all of them) will be just the ticket to help you keep your UFOs moving in the right direction.
Be sure and leave a comment letting us all know how you’re managing your UFOs. Got any UFO storage tips for us? Are you brave enough to tell your number? Heehee! Are you devising a plan to lower your number over the course of this next year? Please share!
Go forth and organize the Un-Finished Objects in your sewing area, and I’ll be back tomorrow with one last Final Countdown Task!