Ahhh, the UFO (Unfinished Objects), or the slightly lesser known P.I.G.S. (Projects in Grocery Sacks). We all have them. It's a love/hate thing. We used to love them...but, as is the case with many of our material goods (or company that has stayed too long!), we have fallen into a state of indifference, annoyance, or downright hate. Yet, we feel obligated to finish...at some point:)
Here's the thing. The longer you wait to finish it, the better the chances are that you won't like it when you finally do. Now, we all have those challenging projects that we pursue off and on over the course of a few years because it is just too many little pieces, or too much work, to finish it all at once. When those projects are finally done, I tend to be excited, proud, and a bit relieved. I still feel some affection for those projects. I am not talking about those...I am talking about simple little kits, table runners, small lap quilts, etc. that we just keeping putting off. I am talking about that queen size quilt we started to go with the new paint job in our bedrooms seven years ago (and the bedroom has been painted twice since then) that we no longer even have a reason to finish.
Now, I don't subscribe to the start one project and finish it before I start a new one! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? My A.D.D. would never allow that! However, I encourage you all to make a plan to finish some of your unfinished projects. I have mentioned it before, but I will say it again...I LOVE my facebook group! We numbered 12 projects at the start of the year, and each month, we work on/make progress/ and yes, even finish whichever project number has been drawn for the month. This single approach has done more to help me finish UFO's than anything ever has. I highly recommend this method for anyone who wants a little bit of external motivation to get stuff done! Challenge your quilt guild to number and get started! There are still 5 months left...pick 5 projects and get going! To motivate you, here is a picture of my number for this month...a birthday gift that I started for a friend somewhere between 5 and 7 years ago!