Monday, December 6, 2010

A UFO vs a WIP?

Posted by Strlady at 5:30 AM
What makes a UFO? Is it the project that has been sitting around for more than 6 months? or is it more the project that you put away knowing that it has stopped inspiring you?

I vote for the later. I wrap up the year with three WIPs but I was determined that I would not end it with any UFOs. But I admit that with just a few weeks for years end, I have one. This is a project that has stopped 'doing it' for me. It's a project I started quite revved up about but just dwindled to nothing.It's a project I know I will never finish.

Earlier this year Rachel Griffin from p.s. i quilt, had a Pinwheel quilt-along and many wonderful quilts were born out of the quilt-along. But, alas, not mine.

I honestly think this project was doomed from the get go since I was not in love with the fabric. I wanted to make it with Sanae's Freebird line but my daughter chose that line to make hers (which never flourished either) and I went ahead and picked up Blackbird Designs Garden Party.

I actually followed along until the very last two blocks. One was not something I liked so I decided to substitute it and then Rachel took a break of her own and I lost my rhythm. When she popped back and said, chose your own pinwheel for the last block... I had moved on. Summer was super busy and I never looked at this project again.

Following in my "No UFOs" in 2010, I am going to do something with it... I'm giving it away. Don't want it, Won't finish it. And it's not hanging around!!

So... let me know if you want it. I have 12 blocks completed. You can see them in this post: Pinwheel sampler. They are all the right size (no wonkiness to them) and the rest of the layer cake with the scraps are all part of the bundle. You take it all. One thing that is missing is the background fabric. Here is what really clued me in that the project was a UFO: I used the background on another project!

It's a solid background and although the original solid was a P&B textile solid, I believe you can find a match in the moda solids or the kona solids by Kaufman. Since there are a few blocks left to make (I believe 4) you could probably scatter the mixed backgrounds among the existing blocks and it could pass. If you want to look for the solid, I have a few swatches in the scraps that might help match it.

Anyway, cleaning out my craft room in preparation for my holiday guests proved to be a treasure trove of interesting finds (old fabric collections, old quilts, etc.) but this one was a thorn in my side and I refuse to put it away!!

Leave me a comment letting me know you want it, and if I get more than one person interested, I'll do the Random number thing on Friday.

Have a great week!!

6 comments on "A UFO vs a WIP?"

Georgeann said...

How sad that you don't love it but not all things speak to us. I however do love it and what beautiful modern fabric. My scraps are from the eighties and are showing age except for new scraps from baby quilts as my granchildred are born. So limited lollol.......Cleaning out the old makes room for new so enjoy the process at least. Georgeann

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.....and if I got it and finish it up you just may want it back! LOL
I'd love to see what I can do with it!

Thelma on December 6, 2010 at 12:10 PM said...

Don't count me in for the giveaway, but I just wanted to applaud the fact that you realized this project was not for you and that you're moving on. The other day, I was thinking about my year, and I have 1 project started that I know I will never finish, started one project and immediately knew it was going south and quit, then there's A la Mode....two months of work, no finished top. I've NEVER started a quilt and not finished it and this year I have 3!! I think I'll do the same, give away what I've started and move on. Perfect time of year to give unto others!

Audrey on December 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM said...

I would love this project!! I love all things Blackbird and would give it a wonderful new home.

annieb on December 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM said...

I agree with you on how you classify a UFO. I have a few that just don't inspire me anymore, or never really did...Don't count me in for the giveaway, but good for you to recognize this quilt never gave you any pleasure...I hope it goes to a good home.

Gladys on December 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM said...

I would love this project!! And I love this fabrics! Thanks for giving us the chance to win! Hugs!


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