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That New Year thing [Dec. 31st, 2015|01:29 pm]
Zoethe
I don't do resolutions anymore. They are always failures. Instead, I set a goal. One year, it was learning to juggle. I accomplished it, and felt great about myself.

This year? My goal is finishing up my UFOs. That's quilter slang for UnFinished Objects. Years ago I used to teach quilting classes, up in Fairbanks. For those classes I made sample pieces in different colors. Now I don't teach, but I had four different lonestar centers, the beginnings of full-sized quilts. I also have a top pieced together from the different step examples from a different class. That's four quilts to make, not an insurmountable number to accomplish in one year.

Pictures, as projects get finished. Let's see how I do.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2015-12-31 08:12 pm (UTC)
in november, mama gave me one of the quilts that she and my grandmother had pieced together. it's a simple pinwheel, with a very light quilt batting, perfect for spring and fall in south texas.

my grandmother passed nearly 9 years ago, at age 94. this is a priceless thing for me, to be able to see the old fabrics, mostly snipped from scraps left over from making clothing.

best of luck in clearing out your UFO's!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-31 10:28 pm (UTC)
I have a quilt like that from my gramma, a crazy quilt made from the flannel and corduroy she used to make robe and pajamas. It's way too heavy to ever sleep under, but I love looking at it.
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[User Picture]From: noevilliveon
2016-01-01 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm fixing to start my very first quilt tomorrow. Probably just a simple four patch, though I keep being tempted to try something more ambitious. I've slept under a very light weight quilt my great aunt made since I was 11, and 17 years later the fabric has completely given up. So time to make a replacement that meets my specifications before the current quilt finishes disintegrating around me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2016-01-01 04:53 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! It can be seriously addicting.
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[User Picture]From: dragonsflame71
2016-01-01 04:27 am (UTC)
I got a beautiful new sewing machine for christmas & I have at least two new quilts planned & 2 that need to be just finished
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2016-01-01 04:53 pm (UTC)
Pictures!!!
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[User Picture]From: dragonsflame71
2016-02-09 09:49 pm (UTC)
14 years in the making! Done!



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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2016-02-11 12:04 am (UTC)
Beautiful!!!
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From: anonymousalex
2016-01-02 03:22 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, I was just the other day thinking about my one huge UFO. It's a project I started well over a decade ago, and is unlikely to ever get finished. Well, given the age of the materials, it'd need to be started over, and that's also unlikely (partly because I don't have crafting time in my life now; partly because it was probably doomed by complexity before I started).

Good luck with yours!

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2016-01-02 06:33 pm (UTC)
I was quite notorious, in my quilting group back in Fairbanks, for being the woman who would actually throw projects away. I tossed out a whole quilt top that was never going to work, and people spoke of it in hushed tones.

I firmly believe that if a thing is never going to work, and if its continued presence in my life is a burden, it needs to go. Why should I drag around all that guilt, and then leave it to my children to have to deal with? Clear the decks, if it's never going to work! Particularly if it's so large and complex as to be impossible, but its looming presence keeps you from undertaking simpler and more enjoyable tasks!
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From: anonymousalex
2016-01-03 04:37 am (UTC)
Stopping a project? How scandalous! :-)

In my case, I stopped mainly because crafting time has found its way out of my life, along with other things I used to spend time at (handwritten letters, for example). But that's mainly because I'm now spending time doing other things I like.

-Alex
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