UFO Management


My UFO pile worked on in 2010 - 10 quilts were completed!
I have tried many interventions over the years to get a grip on my UFO problem. Some ideas have been more successful than others, and I have come to accept that this is a normal state of being for most quilters. 

In 2010 I went through this UFO pile and did a trunk show at my quilt guild, showing the UFO's, and identifying the issues that caused them to become a UFO. You can read more about that night here. That process was very helpful! I put 3 UFO's up for adoption that night, and drew the name of the winning quilter from the brave souls who volunteered to adopt the project. It felt great to pass on projects that I did not like and had no interest in finishing. I also welcomed ideas from guild members on how to fix some of my UFO technical challenges, which helped me to become interested in the projects again and motivated me to turn the tops into finished quilts. 
My UFO closet on Jan. 1st, 2014

In 2013 I started to participate in A Lovely Year of Finishes and benefitted from the regular goal setting and end of month celebration of success (or confession of nonsuccess). I finished 6 quilts from that list, which was better than having them still sitting in a pile or hanging in a closet! 

My UFO list for 2014 resulted in 6 more completed quilts and several that enjoyed some progress but were not completed.

UFO closet January 2015




Here is the UFO closet at the beginning of 2015.

Hmmm... lots of treasures in there that would like to become finished quilts! Some of the hangers have the quilt top and the fabric for part, or all of, the backing....which is shockingly organized (for me)!! It was hard to pick only 12 projects to concentrate on, but it had to be done, and some quilt tops that didn't make the list are crying in the closet now. Not really... I made up that last part to see if you are still reading! LOL




Six quilts were finished from the 2015 UFO list and three from the 2016 list. I'm going in the right direction, but I am still starting more quilts than I am finishing!
For 2017 I am participating in One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. I have my wish list of 12 quilts to finish... wish me luck!