One of my blogging friends, Aby, asked an interesting question on her blog recently. Her blog post suggested leaving a Un-Finished Object (UFO) for future generations to finish and have quilts from you! She asked which quilt you might leave for the future.
I’m struggling to figure out what type of UFO I could leave for my children or grandchildren to finish! I have plenty of things that aren’t finished right now. The machine I use to quilt is not set up, and hasn’t been for some time. I’ve continued to piece tops, though, in an effort to stay active. I have at least ten tops that now need to be quilted, a daunting task! To be fair, many of them are baby sized, and can be quilted in an afternoon. I know those things need to be quilted and find new homes, and technically, they are UFO’s. I wouldn’t want to leave any of them for future generations, though. I think there are some good reasons why I don’t collect UFO’s or orphan blocks.
1. Quilt what you love. I made a commitment to not work on things that didn’t fire me up! There are so very many awesome patterns out there, and there is only so much time to make them. I only spend my sewing time on things I really want to try!
2. Make new things in small amounts. When I try a new pattern, I make it small enough for baby, wall hanging, or pillow size. That allows me to finish the project quickly and move on if I didn’t love the technique or color choices.
3. Give it away! So many times, someone in my family loves a piece I’m working on. If it doesn’t find a place in my house, it can be given away to someone who will love it!
4. Donate. When I try something new, I often work in fabrics and colors that will work for a baby quilt for the NICU, or in patriotic colors for a Quilt of Valor. From the beginning, I’m purposing to have fun and make something, but to give it to a good cause when it’s finished. Yes, there have been one or two things that were kept that maybe were originally donation quilts, but it’s very rare. I especially do this to test a new pattern! There’s a certain freedom in knowing it doesn’t have to match the living room!
5. Sell your wares. Set up a booth at a craft fair, an Etsy shop, or just get the word out to friends and family. When something is for sale, you put effort into the details, and many times you do your best work! Commission work is fun because it stretches you to meet someone’s needs and wants!
6. Make a show quilt. If your work turns out well, consider putting it into a show. They are fun to go to and visit if they have a good variety of styles and colors! Consider making that block you didn’t love into a medallion quilt!
It’s a good idea, saving something unfinished for your children and grands. Do you have UFO’s? Do they give you “quilt guilt” or do you want to save them for future quilters?