Like most crafters and quilters I tend to get a little dazzled when I see new projects, fabrics and supplies
Last year I started a number of major projects yet again and didn't finish what I started. It has become a pattern over the last 10 years or so ......
A pattern I aim to break this year. My challenge to myself is to try to finish some of the major projects I have started. Some are more than half way finished - I truly believe that I start out with good intentions but then a new design is released that I fall in love with and MUST make and it dazzles me ....... I lose focus and then the previous project is put aside whilst I start another .......
When I think about the money I have tied up in UFO's it truly makes me feel quite ill. It is just plain stupid ....... So I aim to get some major finishes this year.
I must stay focused no matter how much something dazzles me. I have promised myself that I will start NO MORE major projects until some have been finished.
I have purchased a 3 tier IKEA trolley which will sit beside my chair and I will work on these projects religiously until they are finished and are replaced with another ......... The plan is to have 1 Stitchery Project, 1 Applique Project and 1 EPP Project in the trolley to be worked on so that I can vary my work a little.
This project is "Round You Go" by Sue Daly and I have been purchasing it as a BOM (without fabric) from Patchworks Plus. I had 6 months worth just sitting there. Looking at me ........ Making me feel guilty for spending the money ...... I am committed for the whole 12 months so stopping it or selling it on were not options. So as my recovery has been slow and has involved a lot of sitting I decided to just get into it. The quilt has 48 of these 7" finished circles in it. Some blocks are much easier than other but it involves a lot of stitching !
I have finished 21 of these circles so far with Month 7 already on it's way to me. So just 7 blocks to finish and I can say that I am up to date. Each circle still needs to be needle turned onto a 9" background but hopefully when I catch up I can put some time into doing that.
There will be no fabric purchases for me this year except for a little retail therapy when I attend the annual LGS retreat so I am committed to using stash only. This means backgrounds fabrics, backing etc.
That in itself is a challenge. I have unsubscribed myself from all fabric retail stores so that I receive no tempting e-mails in my "inbox". I have enough fabric to last for the rest of my days so I need to be tough on myself.
So today hubby is putting together my IKEA trolley and I will spend some time filling it with my 3 chosen projects and keep plugging away.
What about you - Are you working on UFO's this year too ?
Love and Hugs,