The Fabric Maverick says... It's time to let go of your UFO's
February 5, 2008
For the uninitiated, a UFO is an unfinished object. It could be a quilting project or sewing project. The Fabric Maverick cannot cast the first stone. I have so many unfinished projects that I have lost count. Who has not started a quilt for a newborn child that is still unfinished?
On the cover of a recent issue of Quilt Home, I saw an article titled "When is it time to let a UFO die". I didn't have time to read the article, but it started me thinking. What a revolutionary thought that I could not finish a project! It made me think of my own reasons to let a UFO die a peaceful death. I am sure some of these reasons will touch a cord with you.
Let your UFO go when:
- You have forgotten why you were making it.
- The pattern is lost.
- The fabric is rotting
- Your UFO's are making you feel so guilty that you cannot go forward
- Your UFO's outnumber your finished projects.
- The baby you were making the quilt for is graduating from college.
- The room you were making the quilt for has been decorated twice already and none of the colors will match.
- You cannot find enough of the fabric you started with to finish the quilt. You need to make a decision to make it smaller or donate the fabric.
- You decide you hate the fabric. What were you thinking when you bought it?
I have to think some of these reasons were included in that article. I am sure that you can add more. Isn't this liberating? It is like letting go of a ball and chain around your feet!
What are the benefits of letting your UFO die?
- There is much more room in your house.
- Increased creativity because you no longer need to feel guilty.
- You can claim a tax deduction for donated fabric.
- You can buy more fabric for your stash. You now have room for it.
There will be a temporary twinge of pain when you let your UFO die, but I promise that the new fabric will take the pain away.
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