Monday, July 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 16, 2018

First, a picture of our Granddaughter, Jenna, holding Penny.....or I should say Jenna is trying to hold Penny while Penny tries to lick her!  Penny loves the grandchildren and wiggles all over when they pay attention to her.  Jenna just graduated from high school, and we are at her graduation party, celebrating with family.  We are very proud of her.

Pondering this morning on why I have so many unfinished quilting projects.   I read somewhere on the Internet..... (don't know where or when....but I did save these thoughts and authors)....and can relate to most of them:

"My theory is that quilts know their own birthday and for various reasons sometimes you start something and it's just not the right time.  They let you know when they are ready to be completed :=)."  Zelda Lawrence-Curran

"I sometimes put projects away in frustration when I make mistakes.  That was the case with 2 of the UFOs I finished last year.  Once I got back to them, fixing the mistakes wasn't bad.  Frustration had evaporated while they sat around."  Kelly Rosenleaf

"I have 'Oooooh, Shiney!' coupled with 'Look!  A Squirrel!!'.  Bad combination.  I've got to do a major sort, and then I'm planning to line them up like Dave Ramsey debt balances---finish the one with the least to do first, and then the next one, and so on.  We'll see how many I get done!"  Annette Mark Christensen

"3 reasons.  1.  I got bored with it.  2.  I need to make a decision and cannot decide what I want.  3.  I don't like how it's coming out and need to think of a way to salvage it."  Annette Fallucca

"Confession:  I am lazy.  Any excuse after that is a justification, trying to justify why I won't do what I know I should be doing.  This is why I have a lot of grand plans, but never have any follow-through.  I don't like to think of myself as stubborn and rebellious, but what else do you call what I do?  God forgive me for wasting time playing when I should be working!"  Mary Seaman

"I have UFOs because I don't believe in 'making myself' do a hobby.  There are too many unpleasant things in life that you just 'suck it up and do' because they have to be done.  Hobbies are not one of those things for me.  If I'm curious about something, I'll experiment.  Sometimes it takes the entire project to find an answer I'm happy with, sometimes it only takes one block or half a quilt before I get an answer and am no longer curious."  Meg Taylor

Can you relate to any of these?  

This week I am thinking on and deciding what doll quilts I want to enter into the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show next spring, as part of the Churn Dashers exhibit.  When I decide, I will then write the 'details' page for each quilt (size, name of quilt, etc.) as the Churn Dasher's group leaders need my information before August 1st so they can plan the exhibit.

What is on your design wall this week?  I really enjoy seeing all of your projects, and your progress toward completion.  Thanks for participating.  All I ask is that you please reference back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  

Happy Design Wall Monday!


Julie in GA said...

I can relate to every one of those comments about UFOs. There are so many reasons a project might get set aside, and every one of them is true for me.

Kate said...

Congrats to your Granddaughter on her graduation. That's always a fun time to spend with the family. I can relate to a few of the reasons for UFOs. It seems we all struggle with pretty similar reasons. I really like the idea that a quilt knows when it's supposed to be finished. That works for me.

maggie fellow said...

I can identify with all the quotes teehee

Debbie said...

I like Annette's comment to treat them like Dave Ramsey's debts. I am going to adopt that strategy. I feel the need to get things cleaned up and more organized. It makes me feel more peaceful.

Jay said...

All of the above, especially about not forcing myself to work on a hobby. I consider quilting a vocation, one I indulge in because I love it. If I'm not loving a project, better to set it aside than work on it grudgingly. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

Robin said...

I liked the comment about "making myself do a hobby". It's really true. A hobby is something to enjoy and having a self-imposed task master telling you to finish something you don't enjoy before starting something else takes a lot of the pleasure out of life. Unfortunately, my task master is pretty persistent.

QuiltGranma said...

I appreciate you sharing those reasons for UFOs. LOL, thanks for the encouragement to not push myself at a hobby, but more let it flow from me through the fabric... paraphrasing here. Have a great day!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Kudos to lovely Jenna!
This was an interesting post to read and really, I can relate to every reason stated. "All of the Above"
So important to take the pressure off and keep the enjoyment in this wonderful hobby we share.