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Thread: I Counted My UFO's

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    I Counted My UFO's

    What was I THINKING??!!

    I keep a running list of my quilts. I like to keep track of when they were finished and who I gave them to, and what I named them. Well of the 113 on the list, 71 are finished. I have given some tops away. And there were a few that have been abandoned. Plus there are a couple that are in progress. Then I decided I need to know how many are UFO's. When I got done counting, the answer is 22! Yikes!

    How many do you have right now, and what motivates you to attempt to finish them?
    Last edited by Boston1954; 03-06-2013 at 03:13 PM.
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    I have 4 at the moment I think. My goal is to have them all done by the end of the month. We'll see if that happens or not!
    Heather

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    Well, I guess I have a system. I have one quilt - hand quilting it by my evening chair. One quilt in the cutting/piecing stage, and one that I am machine quilting. I try not to work more than 5 hours a day on my quilting. I have other materials sorted and in lidded containers marked Project 1-5 and that is as far ahead of me I can go. Now.....I do keep an eye open for great fabric and wonderful patterns. Before I retired, I usually worked 10-12 hours a day so this quilting stuff is like a dream come true. And it is so much fun and I love the Quilting Board for all their great ideas and immediate help for any of our problems.
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    well, luckily, i finished 5 since last november. so i only have 3-4 left.
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    Let's see, I have at least 9 that I can think of. My goal this year is to work my UFO's before starting a new project. It's hard but so far I have not started anything new. Until I get a job and a regular income, I can only get to the tops being finished stage. But I am ok with that. I don't have a sewing room so I have been taking out my machine after lunch and working at the table for the afternoon. This is helping me get the UFO's worked on. I did a top today sewing the rows together. Now I need to search my stash and find a light yellow gold or light blue for a thin inner border. I already have the fabric for the outer border. When it is done I'll post a picture.

    I hope everyone can get some of their UFO's done in 2013!
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    Well, how do you define a UFO? Do you include blocks that you received in an exchange? If you do that will add about 4 to my count. Then there are the class projects that are not finished when you take the class.....oh, the BOMs that I have participated in. There should be a month added to BOM projects that is assembly the top month.

    I thought about doing this a year or so ago and decided I really didn't want to know.
    Lisa

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    T w e n t y f i v e

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    To those who count UFO's - you are much braver than I am! I don't want to know because I don't want to scare myself. I just work on one UFO at a time and plan to continue on that path. If I am able to finish them all - fine - if not - fine.

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    I really can't bring myself to actually count every one, i am quite aware it is 20 something plus...but I have started quilting 1 day a week at my LQS and have found I am fairly productive in the 5 hr session trying to work on ufo's as well as current projects I want done as well

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    ...and that was your first mistake, you counted! No, I will not repeat your mistake and count mine.

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    Wow I thought I had alot :-) I think I have close to 20 I gave some completed tops to charity. It is scary but some I know I need to finish but can't get motivated
    ​Christine

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    I have a bit more than you. and no system as you can tell! I'm trying to work on finishing my tops bit by bit now.

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    I have 20. A lot are from classes I took and didn't finish the quilt. Nine are tops waiting for batting and backing then off to the longarmer. I keep thinking that I will quilt them myself, but keep putting it off. By the way, I have backing and batting for them--just can't get it done. I set a goal last summer to get them done, and I got one done and off to a new home. Pretty bad, huh.
    Sue

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    I don't want to count mine. Right now I have 8 hanging on the banister to be finished. What motivates me? Guilt over all the wasted fabric, time, and energy if I don't finish them and the never-ending list of project yet to become UFOs, ahem, I mean yet to be made.
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    I don't even want to go there! I have made a promise to myself that I will finish some (can't promise ALL - I'm not that crazy) before I start anything new. But this promise also includes my knitting and crocheting projects and I'm making progress on those.

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    I believe in Don't ask, Don't tell! LOL Last year I counted and it bothered me all year! Only had about 15, got 5 done and just gave up! LOL So this year I have decided to finish one quilt before starting a new one. I'm working on a UFO off an on this month, almost ready for the LA. I have also finished 2 new quilts so far this year. I have decided my UFO"s will get done, when they get done and not to worry about them.

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    I have more than I want to count.....what I am happy to hear is that you have "abandoned" projects. I helps to know I am not the only one. I have been trying to get up the gumption to go ahead and complete so they can be donated......

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    On this topic, my belief is that ignorance is bliss!

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    18 completed tops not yet quilted...4 must go to a LAQ bc they are t-shirt quilts. One in progress with piecing.

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    I am pretty sure I have more than a dozen...and some of them are probably close to 20 yrs. old.

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    If you count the quilts that you have purchased specific fabric for and haven't even started and other sewing projects - I have 140 - I've finished 17 since January. I counted and listed them and it inspired me to really work on these projects. I usually have at least 5 I'm actively working on - Right now I have everything cut and ready to start on one quilt, one that I need to quilt and bind, one that I'm doing the hand applique on and two block of the month quilts that are up-to-date.

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    What counts as a UFO? If it is anything begun but not yet finished I probably have a dozen or so, some I have completely abandoned because I lost interest and umph. I've just begun a kit that is a lot more complicated than it looks. I'd like to see it through, but a simple baby quilt sounds good about now. I love sounding like one of you , I love this board!!!
    groovey

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    I was really ill and about to die, so I got most of my quilts done because I didn't want to leave a mess for others. lol Well. I got caught up and nowe have only one or two that have been shelved for some reason or other, lol
    Jo

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    Gosh this sounds like me at least 20 plus not sure of all those I have never started yet, but have the pattern and fabric just waiting their turn! Yet I have really tried this year to work on finishing at least 1 or 2 a month...besides the ones that, you know those BOM I have started on already this year. Plus I decided this year I was going to try my hardest not to buy fabric or new patterns and let me tell you I have already have bought fabric!

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    I have at least 10. What is going to motivate me? Having just counted them, I want to get them done so I can get more without guilt!!! DH won't mind if I get more if these are done.
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