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Thread: My UFO collection is out of control!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    About 6 months ago I really opened my eyes and looked at my sewing room. OMG :roll: :roll: It is next to the kitchen so whenever someone didn't know where to go with something, guess what :!: Well, I started cleaning and tossing. It took me longer than I like to admit, but finally got done. I rearanged and got totes for everything and labeled them. My DH took off the closet doors and made shelves for me. So I had even more space. Then I went to work on UFO's. I would only allow myself to start one new project and then would finish one old one. I am now down to 2 quilts that need to be finished :!: :wink: :!: :wink: I am so happy and I feel great about it :D :D When I get all caught up, I will let myself work on only 2 projects at a time. My sewing room is staying clean (I had to make a few threats :oops: :oops:) and I can't believe how much I am accomplishing :!: I am so proud to be organized at last. Life is good :!:
    Wow Honey!! Congratulations! I used to be organized :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    oh, my dear, how totally i relate to your dilemna and your feelings.

    i made the same resolution for this year.

    don't ask how well i'm doing.

    just don't ask. :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    So Patrice....how well are you doing? lmao

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    I don't think I dare make any promises for at least the first part of the new year. I booked my hand surgery for Jan. 6. Guess my goal will be to see how many books I can read!!!! LOL I already have several quilts planned, so I dont' think I want to load my plate with any more planning 'til I am able to get back to sewing again. And then I get to start all over with other hand!!! :(

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    Sounds like a good plan--start with the small stuff and work your way up. I always get bogged down when I get to the part where the stuff has to actually be quilted. Doing it by hand takes forever, and I just don't have the money to send everything out. My machine quilting skills are pretty limited, so they just sit there until I get motivated to do something about them (that's about one a year!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor
    I know this is not the point of this post - but reading all this makes me excited! As a beginner quilter - only 1 completed (and not all that great might I add!) I can't wait to get to the point that I take a look at my stacks of fabric, and unfinished projects!!

    I have I think 1 jelly roll my aunt gave me - thats about it right now other than old fabric from other things in the house.

    My husband says he will turn the extra room into a sewing room, but I have to make sure this sitcks first. Can't blame him.

    Anyway - my 2010 motto will be "start it!" :D
    Looking forward to having UFO's I LOVE it!! You can borrow a dozen or so of mine, if you promise to finish them....

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendadawg
    How about a "quilting party" with all your friends -- fun and food and quilting together. What fun!!
    None of my friends quilt, unfortunately :( I'm 24, so most of my friends are at the tail end of the go out and great drunk every night college stage :roll: :roll: . I missed that stage all together, thankfully, and jumped to the make quilts for my grandkids phase (which is an issue since I'm not even married yet (and with no kids)), but people in my life have kids, so it all works. I am trying to get the boyfriend interested in quilting. He likes using the rotary cutter, so I'll often be gracious and let *cough* him cut up stuff for me :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom

    and good luck selling the house. What's the market like in your area?
    Thankfully it is very good. I'm in cookie cutter housing (ya know, the new ones, that all look the same) and it's a great area, very quick sale turnover. I had 3 houses up the street from me for sale last month, all sold. We priced reasonably, house has a lot of upgrades, so it will go well (power of positive thinking :D).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    Sounds like a good plan--start with the small stuff and work your way up. I always get bogged down when I get to the part where the stuff has to actually be quilted. Doing it by hand takes forever, and I just don't have the money to send everything out. My machine quilting skills are pretty limited, so they just sit there until I get motivated to do something about them (that's about one a year!)
    Same issue. The way I solved it was to machine quilt 4 quilts in a short period of time. You definitely see improvement. And just remember, any "mistakes" you made, you meant to do it that way, you like the look, etc :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Needles in SW OR
    Do the most dreaded one first and the others will seem like a piece of cake.
    There is actually one UFO that is a cake and presents table runner........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Needle
    I'm with you....2010 FINISH IT! I'm REALLY going to try to get some of my UFO's completed. I'm sure my DH is looking down the hall to my sewing room and wondering why all that fabric is going in, but not much is coming out! :shock: :?: Well, I guess if I'm going to keep him from complaining about my addiction, I'd better start producing something useable (I say as I'm looking at a quilting magazine and pulling from my stash for another project).
    Make a quilt for your DH or MIL and that will buy you years of credit. :twisted: It may be sneaky and underhanded, but we do what we must do to hide our fabric addiction. 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    I don't think I dare make any promises for at least the first part of the new year. I booked my hand surgery for Jan. 6. Guess my goal will be to see how many books I can read!!!! LOL I already have several quilts planned, so I dont' think I want to load my plate with any more planning 'til I am able to get back to sewing again. And then I get to start all over with other hand!!! :(
    I'm with you. I just had my shoulder done 2 weeks ago, my right, and I'm right handed. I am now having an infection show up :cry: :cry: :cry: I want so bad to be able to finish up some of my projects!!!!

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    Jim's Gem..... I have had both shoulders done too...one of them twice!!! (I slipped on a patch of ice, 10 days post 1st surgery and undid what was fixed, as well as made it worse. :( ) Give yourself time, and you will never know they were done!!! (The simplest therapy I found to help with getting my range of motion back, was a set of pulleys that went over a door. Do you have some of those?)
    Hope your recovery time goes well.

    Patti

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    None of my friends quilt, unfortunately :( I'm 24, so most of my friends are at the tail end of the go out and great drunk every night college stage
    That might make for an interesting quilting party. Just don't give them the rotary cutter. lol (Gosh, I remember those days. Glad they are mostly over)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    None of my friends quilt, unfortunately :( I'm 24, so most of my friends are at the tail end of the go out and great drunk every night college stage
    That might make for an interesting quilting party. Just don't give them the rotary cutter. lol (Gosh, I remember those days. Glad they are mostly over)
    Heh heh heh heh.

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    I also decided to go through my stash this week and I have also made the resolution not to buy a single thing in 2010!!! I am to finish all the things I have purchased first... Hence I visited some online stores and I purchased 4 more yards of fabric to finsh one project and 3 more yards to finish another, and I decided to use that pattern I bought last month by purchasing the fabric for it... In my defense, the AU$ is good with the US$ and I am saving literally $100 by buying from the states LOL

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    I've given up trying to make myself fit into a "goal mold". It just isn't me, no matter how I try to make myself row in the wrong direction. So going with the flow...I just resolve to keep on sewing and sewing and sewing...I actually seem to get more done this way, even if I do have a stack waiting for me to get to it. I am happy, so, I can live with the stack. It's a sign somebody quilts in there :wink:

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    Same here: I start something and the sky falls so I have to pack it away til later. However last year about this time I promised me I would finish all the wonderful fun projects I had started and then treat myself to making more!!! I completed about 40 projects since that promise and started some more!!! Hey, it is a present ,Dave, from me to me!!!!!

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    betlinsmom, congratulations on getting so many done!

    I have been doing a little toward finishing ufos this fall. My last child left for college in August, my sweetheart started very long hours at work in September (periodic occurrence :cry: ) and one of my children moved her horses to a stable near her. It left me with little to do and time to clean the sewing room. So I started going through shoeboxes of projects stopped midstream. It's been fun to do these, and see how my color choices have changed over the past 9 years! :oops: :lol: At least my choices in intensity of color is more varied now! 8)

    Congratulations to ALL who complete a UFO!

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    Can't wait to see the pix of your finished projects!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    So I'm thinking the theme for 2010 will be FINISH IT! :lol:
    Same here. Go for it.

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