Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Studio Word of the Year is FINISH!

I don't know about you all, but I have quite a dedicated space in my studio for UFOs (AKA: the unfinished bits and bobs that are dying slow, agonizing deaths in various sad, quiet drawers around my creative space).  I've told myself many times, "self, before you start that awesome new project, don't you want to finish what you've been working on?"

--pshaw--

Of course, most of the time I choose to ignore my inner nag. Such a quilting rebel I am.

This results in the mess I see when I occasionally open a drawer.  Cut to me frantically looking for this or that notion and finding a project in pieces that I completely forgot about.  I call this the "quilter's walk of shame."  Such a sad, sad state of affairs.  Before I even get my hands on the notion I'm searching for I've wasted half an hour looking at the UFO and asking myself why I never finished it.

I seem to be having commitment issues in the studio. (Do they make a pill for that?)

Why am I denying myself that awesome feeling you get when finishing a project?  My creative life needs more finishes, gosh darn it!


What resolutions have you made in your creative life this year?

11 comments:

  1. Good luck with your finishes.

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  2. I want to finish at least 4 UFO's which will be a good dent. I'm working on one now. It's the first quilt I started 35 years ago. It was beautiful but hand quilted and the best part of that lesson was that I'm not meant for hand quilting. I"m too anal retentive. With stitch 6 inches then tear out 5 because each of the stitches isn't the same - the whole thing would take me the rest of forever. I've finally cut it up and am giving it as each years Christmas presents to my mom's friend who has asked me hundreds of times over the years - did you ever finish that quilt.....

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  3. I completely identify and have the same resolution for myself and unfinished quilts. I am working on completing some, that have been UFO for over a year. Good luck to you!

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  4. December was my month of EPIC Finish. 22 in total because I didn't want to give WIP/UFO gifts and you as most of them were for my daughter niece nephew and best friends daughters unfinished was not an option. The trill of each finish was amazing and though I was totally exhausted I was so inspired and excited that I jumped right in after Christmas with hardly more than a couple of days off with my family. This years challenge my first 2 quilts ever finished bound and on mine and my daughters beds before the end of the year. I recommend the thrill of the finish but I to have a cupboard load of UFOs that I just ran out of inspiration for.

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  5. I picked 5 ufos in various states as part of my 2014 project goals. The first one is already at the quilters...whoo hoo! Now to keep my eye on these balls while I add in a few new things leaving just smidge of room for serendipity to strike too.

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  6. THis year is the year of quilting. I've so many tops that need quilting so that's what I'm concentrating on xxx

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  7. My resolution was to finish 3 of the 8 quilts that I have fabric for before I buy any new fabric. Only two of those are UFOs so I'm not as bad as some. I finished one and I'm to the quilting stage of the second. So far so good!

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  8. I did make only tops for a few years as I did not have the skill to quilt them up myself...they are piled up, waiting! And I love the rush of starting a new project, and the hurly-burly fun of putting together a new creative idea. But I too start way more than I finish, and that bothers me. While the artistic life is not really amenable to being lived in a straight line, I too am making time to work on UFO's in 2014. I keep the works in their own boxes, and each week a different box is out on the work table. If I can just put in an hour or two on them that week, that's ok. I do that on MONDAYS! Then I don't put them off in favour of newer, perhaps more exciting works!

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  9. Progress is my word of the year, the noun and the verb. Today I'm taking a free motion quilting class at Road to California in hopes of seeing some forward progress from straight and wavy line quilting.

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  10. My goal is a simple one, to do things for me. Which sounds simple but will let you know how that pans out ;)

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