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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

When does a WIP become a UFO?

As I was making a list for my side bar of WIPs and UFOs I need to finish (at least sometime this year), I started to wonder when a WIP goes from being a WIP to become a UFO. The “Blue & multicoloured trial and error” is what I would call a UFO – I pieced the top in 1999, and have done nothing with it - except take it out, look at it and put it back in a drawer - since then. The Cathedral window on the other hand has to be a WIP – I started it this fall, brought it to the summer house as a project to work on while I was there, and then I left it there when we closed for the winter, but I intend to work on it when we reopen for summer. Some of the others on the list are also definitively WIPs, but then there is the Pansy Park. This beautiful pattern was a BOM in 2002 (I think it was). I made one block – it came out about ½” to small, I got bored with ripping the seams and just didn’t feel like working on it any more. Meaning I have 11 packs of fabric for the blocks untouched, a finishing kit (including borders and backing) and one wrong size block that all have been lying there for five years. In what category do I place this project??? Any thoughts out there?

Uppdate after I have checked the mysterious drawer who contains most started projects (no matter what category) - the BOM was from the summer 2002 to the summer 2003 - does that make my lack of making it any better? And Nancy, I'm sorry, but the ebay category is not an option... I still want to make it. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or nex week, but someday... I hope...

5 comments:

Nancy said...

I think you want to put it in the EBAY category! Someone else will be delighted to relieve you of it and then you can return to your UFOs and your WIPs and your PIGs!

gwen said...

See all the UFOs as learning pieces. And let them lie in the drawers a bit more, I bet one day when you have forgotten everything about them, you will be glad to find them again and finish them. One never knows, maybe one day cotton will become rare and like that you will always have something to do!

meggie said...

What are PIGS?
I have quilt tops like that- I sometimes wonder if I will ever get them backed & quilted. But I still like them, & want to keep them. There is only one I now dislike... I look at it, & think "What WAS I thinking??" LOL.

swooze aka Suzette said...

I hostess a UFO chat hour every Sunday afternoon and the question of when a WIP becomes a UFO always comes up. Generally if you are not working on it actively it has become a UFO. If you are searching out a border for example I call that working on it and it can be a WIP for awhile. Otherwise you got yourself a UFO!

Shelina said...

I think it is purely your perspective whether something is abandoned and therefore a UFO or something you are meaning to get back to sometime soon. There are lots of shades of gray.

I've been trying the last couple of years to turn those UFOs into WIPs though.