Friday, October 9, 2020

thoughts on finishing



I made a commitment to finish this quilt a
nd a patriotic one, before, I would do any random sewing or work on wips. I did this because, I had reached overwhelm, with too many plates spinning in the air. With the additional end of the year approaching, I am losing steam. I have had a great finishing year, but I have started too many new projects, too. 


I bought this quilt kit at a blog hop a couple of years ago. I spent time making the pieces, and, eventually, assembled the top. It was much smaller than I had pictured in my mind... much smaller. I knew I needed to add to it, so, it went into the ufo closet. Last week, I was looking for a project I was hoping to finish at a workshop, and, I was confronted with how many ufos were actually in the closet. Hang my head in shame. It was classic out of sight out of mind. I have many really great projects that just need a little attention to be finished and marked off the list. 

Friday might - pull the quilt out of the box and take stock - no ideas
Saturday - an idea came to me, and, I made the first hourglass block
Sunday - I added the inner border - no thinking there.
Monday   made hour glass block using suzies scrap hour glass tutorial. The only math I did was deciding that a 4- 1/2 inch block would make a nice size border.
Tuesday - did a head calculation for how many hour glasses might fit on the quilt and made 55 of them
Wednesday - made half lengths of border, thinking I might have to do an insert in the center to make them fit
Thursday - the border fit perfectly, even making the corner the way I wanted. But, still not big enough.
Friday- decided to add the rest of the scraps in lengths around the outside, and, used all that was left minus a 3x5 inch piece
Saturday - I quilted it. 
Monday -I added the binding







I really like it, and it will have a special spot in my heart for all the "experimenting" and working on it until I liked it.


61 x 74

What I learned about myself during this experiment.
I really don't care if I ever finish, I like the process and being creative. Therefore, I don't have an inner voice prompting me to finish.
It was hard not therapeutically sewing, but, I did feel more in control of what I was doing.
I need to trust my feeling that something isn't to my liking, and work on that.
I renewed my appreciation for just how much time it takes to make a quilt.
I have more than enough wonderful ufos to last a lifetime. I need to make them the go to for a new project


16 comments:

  1. That hourglass border draws the eye out so you view the quilt as a whole. Great idea to make the quilt just a bit bigger. As for focusing on those UFOs percolating in the closet, I suggest you reward yourself with a new fun project after finishing one or two UFOs. Otherwise, you will revolt and ignore the UFOs altogether. Trust me, I know! Sandy at sewhigh.blogspot.com

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  2. congrats on a great finish! and way to go - to focus and get it done!

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  3. That's a great finish, Maggie! I enjoyed reading your post all about it, and I'm a lot like you in that I love the process of creating, and don't always care so much about the finish. But, also, that once in awhile it's good to commit to a finish!

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  4. It's gorgeous! I love the addition of the hourglass border and then using the scraps for the last border was a great idea :)

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  5. Didn't you do well, "squirreling away" till you came up with this finished quilt, well done indeed!

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  6. Nice job on growing that UFO into a finished quilt, Maggie!!

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  7. Your quilt is so lovely! The hourglass blocks are perfect, the design looks like they're supposed to be in there. Happy stitching!

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  8. Hi Maggie, you did a really good job on the quilt. The borders really look great - as if you had planned it all along. I would not have thought to add strips of fabric as a border. Well done:-)

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  9. You have really, really good instincts. The hourglass border really works. Congrats on a beautiful finish and on getting one more UFO out of the closet and finished.

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  10. I love that squirrel sign, but I REALLY love that quilt. It’s perfect - great colors and design, beautiful quilting, and so interesting and unique overall. It’s a 10!!! Congratulations, Maggie!!

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  11. Lovely quilt! But I love the insights you discovered even more! Finishing UFOs can actually teach us about our quilting selves.

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  12. Oh, I really like it too! I think I've learned the same things about myself as you have.

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  13. Wow! What a beautiful finish! Your intuitive process is terrific and boy. . .can I ever identify with too many UFOs. . .

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  14. It's lovely! Great thinking to make it work.

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  15. Very lovely finish! I too have learned not to worry too much about the finishes. I know I will get to them eventually (maybe)...

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  16. This quilt is MARVELOUS!! Your hourglass idea was serendipitous, both for the look of the design and the perfect physical fit! I love it so much when that happens. And the scrappy outer border frames it all so very nicely. I also love the swirly quilting you did on it. I too, am a process-oriented person more than finish-driven. Unless I have a specific gift needed for a certain time, I am at my own whimsy for when I finish what. I am perfectly OK with that 99% of the time. :) Once every couple of years I feel that overwhelmed sensation you mention and do just this - pull out a UFO and task myself to stay with it to the end. Then I can go right back to my normal mode of operation. It's always nice to run across folks who have similar quilting motivations.

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