How old is your oldest UFO?
Mine is 5 years old.
It’s a King sized (unfortunately) double Irish chain quilt . The fabrics are white, green with subtle vines, and yellow with adorable umbrellas. (pics to come, I promise). It’s about a foot short of being king sized, and for the longest time I’ve had no energy to finish it.
I started it just after my boyfriend and I decided to move in together. I had grand dreams of spreading it on “our” first bed and sleeping sweet dreams under it. The only problem was that I’d made just one other quilt before. It was a lap sized nine patch quilt for my dad in North Carolina Panthers fabric. And it was seriously flawed. But I put it down to a time crunch and lack of tools. Now that I had a rotary cutter and no real deadline (except moving into our apartment in like 8 months) I would totally accomplish this. How wrong I was, how naive. I didn’t finish by the time we moved in, and when I realized that we slept pretty well under store bought blankets I let it sit and sit and sit. Til now.
I think this is pretty common with learning new crafts. They’re not easy at first, but the crafter has big dreams of crafting glory and isn’t willing to admit that completing a few smaller projects first to get a handle on the skills is worth the time. I’m talking to you, with your sweater half finished in a box, and you person who bought lots of power tools to make a shed in the back yard, and all the others with a massive project gathering dust as we speak. We’re kindred spirits you and I.
This quilt is one of the reasons I wanted to start a craft challenge for myself. That way I could give myself some structure to finally finish things I’d wanted to do for a long time. I love my quilt, and I’d love to see it on my bed. So I just have to suck it up and finish! Obviously I won’t finish this week, but I do have some goals.
- Find and order batting and backing
- Make a Plan for Binding
- Finish top, either just calling it a day, or add another row or two of squares
- Make plan for quilting. Even after all these years, I still haven’t decided how i want to quilt this sucker
And, so this is more useful for you, the reader, and me for when i forget where I put them, here’s some cool resources I’ve found.