It's that time of year again when I'm torn between reaching my annual goals and creating gifts. This produces an element of self-inflicted stress so I was happy to run across a little handout I created perhaps 15 years ago as part of my curriculum for lectures and workshops helping quilters deal with UFO's. I listed three points that made a difference in my personal quest and as I read through my handout, I realized that, thank goodness, these are now regular habits for me. So I decided to review them with you in this month's post with some illustrations of how I am currently deploying these strategies.
Perhaps one of them will strike a chord for you?
First, change your viewpoint about your UFO's -- think of them as a resource instead of a burden. If you haven't already noticed in reading my posts, I know what UFO's I have and they are organized for easy access. As I review my UFO stock regularly, I have found that the older something gets, the easier it is for me to redirect it! So let's repurpose!!
Case in point -- that 5" charm pak of Christmas fabric that has been laying on the "reserved-for-something-wonderful" shelf (since 2019) has lost it's inspiration -- what was I going to do with it?
Since I had no clue, last week it became 5 potholders -- quick and easy project -- 4 squares for the backs, 4 more squares cut into 2 1/2" squares for the fronts. They will be offered for sale at a little holiday boutique next week and if they don't sell -- they will become holiday gifts. (Or worse case scenario, they will refresh my kitchen's supply.) And that charm pak can never trigger guilt again!!