Saturday, January 27, 2007

1st UFO finish of the year!

Who'd have thought the UFO Queen list for the Stashbuster Yahoo group would be moving so quickly!!!!! I started Jan 1st at #32. As of this morning I was at #5 and with the reigning queen abdicating today that put me at #4! When I joined the group I knew it would be February before I could really address my UFO problem as I had several other things going that really needed to be done first. So I was happy to see myself relatively low on the list. Hah! Seems like most of the list had a UFO that just needed a very small amount of work to finish so they could get themselves to the bottom quickly if they needed to. And I do have a few items that fit in that category. Problem is I'd decided at Christmas that I was tired of having all this Christmas fabric and no quilty Christmas stuff to decorate my home. So I decided to devote the weekend closest to the 25th each month to turning some of that fabric into items that we can enjoy during the Christmas season for years to come. But I also promised myself when I joined the UFO challenge that I would NOT be queen at any time during the year.

Now you see my problem? This is the 25th weekend but if I didn't want to be Queen I needed a UFO finish this weekend. So what to do? Well what else but to look my UFO list over and see if I had a Christmas item that could be completed this weekend. And guess what? I found one. It's a small table topper made of log cabin blocks I made for a swap in late 98 or 99. Then for some reason I ended up not sending these sets in and a few years later I put them together into a top. Which in turn sat for another 4 or 5 years until today. And you know what? It only took me 1 hour to sandwich, quilt, AND bind it. And now it's DONE-DONE! Okay so I did just roll the backing to the front to bind (which I do often). And the quilting is just in the ditch around each 5" block. Not perfect by any means. But it looks nice. And it's DONE! LOL!

Now tell me why I let something sit for 5 YEARS that only took me 1 hour to finish? Probably the same reason I had no finishes at all last year. Because I'm too easily distracted. Always something else comes along that I just HAVE to try and things get shoved aside. I wonder how many other items are on my list that would only take me an hour to complete? It's tempting to go look. BUT that would be distracting me from busting some of my Christmas stash this weekend so I'd better hold that thought maybe for next week.

7 comments:

Mary said...

Nice job Nancy - the list seems to move fast in the beginning of the year - I think it's all those New Year's resolutions!

Norma said...

Congratulations on your finish! It feels good doesn't it!

bobbiebentneedle said...

Thanx for your remark about "being too easily distracted." I am within 1 border of having my NYE Mystery top finished - and, after promising myself that it would NOT become a UFO (i.e. I wouldn't start working on something else before I got it finished no matter how badly I wanted to)I've been so very tempted this weekend to start cutting scraps. Yes, that is something that I really need to do but that is also NOT finishing the NYE Mystery... so those scraps are going to have to wait because I need to be less "too easily distracted" too - BobbieBentNeedle down the road from you in Cut-N-Shoot

paula, the quilter said...

I like your idea of working on something Christmasy on/near the 25th of the month. Good going on the finish!

Vicky said...

It's fabulous that you've dedicated one weekend a month to Christmas projects. Mine is the first weekend. We should have tons of beautiful projects to put out in December, right? LOL

Your quilt is gorgeous! Good job!

Cynthia said...

congratulatons on your 1st UFO finish. I just finished my 2nd one on the weekend.

Shelina said...

Good for you Nancy for getting a UFO off your list so quickly. It is good inspiration for me, since I too have UFOs that probably wouldn't take that much time to finish. I have been trying very hard to finish something before starting something new.