It's UFO Sunday and I don't know about you, but I'm finally feeling like I've turned the corner on this whole unfinished project habit.
Back in August when I started this initiative, I had loads of projects that were all in various incomplete and chaotic states. I didn't even have an accurate count on all the projects needing to be finished. All I knew is that all my projects were very overwhelming and their combined weight was killing my love for quilting.
Where had all these UFOs come from? Well, we all know it feels great to start something new, but requires a bit more sticking power to stay with a project through the long haul. I'd gotten very good at starting new projects, but needed to work on seeing the quilts through to the very end, binding and all.
So it seems the first lesson for UFO busting is simple - stop creating new UFOs. Resist the urge to create new projects!
The second lesson is a bit trickier - build a habit for finishing what you start.
This requires a bit more effort than you might think. Big, complicated projects are hard to return to, particularly if you can't remember where you stopped, or how to get started again.
I've found the best possible helping hand is journaling - write about your project, how you feel about it, and what needs to happen next in order to move on with the project.
This has been a great help for me with the 365 quilt, which was stalled for several months because of one simple problem - I had no idea how I was going to handle the borders.
Four months later I STILL have no idea how I'm going to handle the borders, but at least the quilt is in one piece. There's a bit more hand binding left to go and I'm hoping I'll figure out that border situation by the time it's done. Journaling helped me to keep moving with this project and not let it totally stall out on minor details.
In a way building the habit finishing projects is a bit like building a muscle in your body. You have to start small with minor victories, then as you gain more momentum, really start flexing your muscles with harder projects. I can say for sure that sticking with a challenging project from beginning to end with no breaks for UFO distraction is a great feeling.
Ultimately I feel this UFO Sunday initiative has been a great success and I plan to continue these days in 2013. If you have a stack of UFOs in your closet that are begging to be finished, make the resolution to tackle these projects next year and free yourself from the overwhelming weight and stress of so much left undone.
Let's go Quilt,