Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Year of the UFO

I've been reading Anna's blog for ages now, and I always enjoy it - she is pithy, pertinent and provocative.

Her latest series of posts have really made me think very hard about my crafting activities. She has been showing off a beautiful collection of pieced quilt tops and blocks from her mother - and none of them have been finished. Anna is at a bit of a loss to know what to do with them.

That struck a chord with me. If I was to never pick up a needle again, either me or my family would know what to do with my books, my stash and my finished pieces. Ebay and GreenMetropolis, mostly :o) But who would know what to do with the UnFinished Objects? My mum? Well, maybe, but her eyesight isn't as good as it could be, and she rarely cross stitches these days, and never quilts. My sister? She can't even sew on a button! The Hermit? Well, he can sew on buttons, but nothing more complex. The Tot? Well, she's currently at pre-school, I think even in the 'old days' sampler stitchers were a little older...

I have been listing my UFOs in the sidebar of my blog for a good while now, along with the pieces that need framing, or finishing, or even just a charm or bead stitching on. And then doing nothing with them. They are in full sight, but off my internal radar.

And so, I am hereby declaring 2010 "The Year of the UFO". Look, I've even designed a logo :o)




Unless it is for an exchange or other gift giving occasion, I am not going to start any new stitching piece during 2010 - unless and until all my UFOs etc are done.

I'm not going to be a martyr, however. Some of my UFOs are old, and I started them at a time when I had to take what I could get in the way of stitching projects, or I simply no longer like the project as my tastes have  changed. If there's a project I really can't face doing, then I shall pass it on, either via this blog, Freegle, charity shop ...

And by 2011, there will no longer be the need for those sidebar boxes ...

Does anyone want to join me?

2 comments:

Lee said...

Yowza, what a good idea! I'm going to count up my UFO's and then decide if it's something I can do.

Anna van Schurman said...

I think my mom would be chuffed (should I call her my mum if I am saying chuffed?) Not sure I am ready for this kind of commitment, myself. Someday, I'll learn a lesson. ;)