Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ABC Wednesday--U is for UFOs

ABC Wednesday--the brainchild of Mrs. Nesbitt, is winding down its third round. You can find a collection of the ABC-U posts at the ABC Anthology , as Mr. Linky is not cooperating again, you can find other participants also in the comments at Mrs. Nesbitt's.
U is for UFOs!
Okay--you say--she has finally lost it! Claiming to be posting a Quilter's ABC all these many weeks and here she is in outer space--questionable outer space at that!

But ask any quilter how many UFOs she or he has and you may get a number, or a sudden need to be elsewhere.
I will admit it but I will not count them. I have quite a few UFOs. I have a friend who admitted to over 50, but has gradually been whittling away at them, while adding others so that the figure does not always waver.
There they are--some of mine--and as I sit here I notice in the shelf across the room several others that I might also have included when gathering to take the photo.

UFOs=Un-Finished objects

This pile is blocks gathered in swaps with other quilters or made as samples and demos in teaching classes. Do you see the apple block near the top? I have between 150 and 200 blocks such as that one collected in our annual swap of blocks representing Washington State, and now that I have retired, I am supposed to have the time to make a Washington State quilt for each of my six children and ourselves.
Retired! Time? What is that?
This is a baby sized flying geese quilt which only needs a bit more quilting done and binding. I should pull it out next time I need a baby quilt. (Why didn't I remember it when Lissa was born last year? I scrambled to get a quilt made for her in a hurry.)
Here is a top--again baby sized--for a little girl. It can be quickly finished when a shower looms.
This is a top made from swap blocks. In this swap, a square of fabric was sent out and friends used it and coordinating fabrics of their own to make a block. The variety of the blocks was fun to see. The top is ready--maybe needs another border. But space to baste a large top is at a premium sometimes and I don't have an urgent need to finish it quite yet.
There are other tops in that pile in the first photo--just needing finishing, and when the need for the finished piece is there, they will be ready.
My friend Cindy posted here and here the question asked of her not long ago, and of all quilters at one time or another, "How long does it take to make a quilt?" The answer really: however long it needs. Some quilts get interrupted by quilty or non-quilty issues. Some just need to "age" a bit for the inspiration to return. Some falter waiting for just one more bit of that fabric that is no longer readily available.
We quilters sometimes happen onto treasures--blocks or tops created by someone in the distant past--maybe someone in our own family or maybe found in an antique shop or on an e-Bay auction. It's like archeology, genealogy, history, and art all wrapped up into one.
And it goes to show that UFOs are not unique to us.


Gattina said...

Hahaha ! I have to note down this expression !!

Aileni said...

That is a clever twist. I am intrigued to see the next few letters.

RuneE said...

I think every hobbyist have lots of UFOs as defined by you (not the other kind - that is part of mysticism). Mine are mostly photos,videos and unfinished hope page projects. Sigh.

babooshka said...

Cleverly done. I wondered how you would get your love of quilting in this week.

Sandi McBride said...

Quilts...that should be the main cry for Winter...Pass me a Quilt!!! How lovely!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I can totally relate to this post!

Powell River Books said...

I know what you mean about unfinished objects and retirement. I am always so busy it seems I don't know how I ever had time to go to work. I finished a hooked rug this year that I started in 2002, good thing I didn't really need it right away. But it is nice to have something to pick up once in a while. I invite you to come on over to see some of my Canadian upcoast adventures for ABC Wednesday. - Margy

PERBS said...

LOL -- love your UFO's and also the term. I think I will call my projects that from now on.

spacedlaw said...

I love the geese one. Be sure to finish it. I have more hobbies than free time so I too have plenty of UFOs around...
Great U.

Mary said...

I go through my UFO's occasionally, but don't seem to pick them up and work on them. I try to finish off at least one each year. I'm as behind on blogs as I am on quilting! I guess that makes them UFO's, too.