It seems there is a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions or quilting goals on blogs lately. New Year’s resolutions or quilting goals specifically involving UFOs and using up fabric from one’s stash. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, I do however like goals and making lists. I love the sheer joy of crossing something off a list!! All this talk of goals prompted me to take inventory of my fabric and UFOs and make a list. I ended up making about 3 lists. The first list has UFOs. (unfinished objects for those non-quilters out there) Some of my UFOs are truly that, projects I’ve started and just haven’t gone back and finished. Others on my list I feel are more “works in progress.” My second list includes projects with fabric or kits that I’ve purchased and haven’t made yet. My last list…items that are complete, but waiting to be quilted. This was quite a dose of reality! I am going to break out these friendly little reminders the next time I have to order something from Primitive Gatherings! LOL!
The reality is I have 12 UFOs, not including two that I will probably not finish in the next decade or maybe ever! I’m okay with that. So that comes out to a UFO for every month of this year. Reality check…I won’t finish 12 UFOs this year. I’m not even going to entertain thoughts of making that my goal. My goal is to finish 6 on this list. I think that is a reasonable goal because I know I already have about 4 new projects I want to start this year. I thought I would share one of my UFOs that probably won’t get done in the next 10 years or ever.
It’s a Hawaiian quilt that I designed during a 3 day workshop two years ago. Yes, THREE days! I’ve long admired Hawaiian quilts and when the opportunity came up to take the workshop, I immediately signed up. My guild sponsored the workshop by Nancy Lee Chong of the Pacific Rim Quilt Company. Nancy is kind of considered THE Hawaiian quilt expert. She is an excellent teacher. I learned a ton from her. I gained so much knowledge from this workshop that I use every day in my quilting. Nancy taught us how to design our very own quilt, even how to design a king size Hawaiian quilt. I will never make a king size Hawaiian quilt, by the way. The quilt above is made from two solid pieces of fabric, no piecing! It’s about 42″ square. You learn a special way to fold your fabric and cut out your design to create the Hawaiian quilt. It’s almost like cutting paper snowflakes. Genius! I love the look!! AND there’s pineapples! Now is when my story starts heading south. I also learned that Hawaiian quilts are not my thing because…needleturn applique. Oh how I love LOVE the look of needleturn applique. The problem is I just don’t enjoy doing it. I don’t find it relaxing like I do working with my hand wool projects. I just can’t commit to it. I’ve taken this project in the car on several trips, try to work on it for 5 torturous minutes, lose interest and then change to something else.
So far, I’ve only appliqued around the one stem. Trust me, I have a whole new profound appreciation for those who needleturn applique!! I’m okay with the fact that I may never finish this project, but there is always hope…
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