OK, I admit it, I am a great starter, not a great finisher. Never has this been more apparent than when I started counting my UFO’s last weekend. I did not count projects to learn or practice a technique, I only counted legitimate projects, –the seven baby quilts, my brother’s Log Cabin, my niece’s Double Nine-Patch, the Christmas table topper, a Broken Star, a Square in a Square for my husband, my version of Delta Dawn, the Quilters Newsletter 2010 Mystery Quilt, etc, etc, etc. I stopped counting at 26. TWENTY SIX?! Seriously? I’m even a little embarrassed. Notice I didn’t say I finished counting, I just stopped. How did it come to this point? Did I mention I’m a great starter? My only comfort is I’m not the only one.
According to The National Survey of Quilting in America 2010, recently published by Quilters Newsletter and Quilts, Inc, 90 percent of quilters make quilts to give as gifts to special friends and family. However, only 53 percent claimed they finished “most or nearly all” of those projects they started! Only 1 percent admitted they hadn’t finished any. And of the UFO’s, 47 percent of quilters said they lost interest, or enjoyed making the top more than the quilting/finishing. I’m starting to feel a little better. I know I’m guilty of being seduced by new fabric, especially working here at QN. The new collections that come in monthly spark so many ideas I’m surprised when I get anything finished. And wait until you see the new six part mystery quilt, debuting in QN’s Dec/Jan 2011 (on newsstands October 27th). I immediately starting collecting fabrics. Dreaming, scheming…there I was, surrounded by piles of fabric in our sewing studio when in walked my Editor in Chief.
“What’cha doing?”, she asked.
“I’m pulling fabrics for the new 2011 mystery quilt– I’m so excited!”
— SILENCE…— “How’s your version of Delta Dawn coming along…?”
(my best Deer-in-the-Headlights look–ACK! Busted!) “Oh, it’s coming along nicely, ” I replied.
“Oh good, I’m looking forward to seeing it,” she smiled.
That little smile that says, “That’s right, sister, no new project until you get Delta Dawn done!”
She’s on to me. And she’s right, I need to finish what I started… if only so I can get out of that one percent bracket and start something new.