UFOs and WIPs
Kathy writes: "I just wanted to tell you to ask your readers to leave some of their UFO'S for others when they leave this world.
Kathy makes a good point. I had never really thought about someone else finishing my UFO's after I am gone. I guess it will all depend on who it is who has to go through my quilting stuff that will determine its fate. At this point in time, I have told my children to be sure to contact my quilting friends before they get rid of anything. I have over 3,000 books that I hope to donate to a quilt museum when I am finished with them. There are enough to fill bookcases from floor to ceiling in a 14-foot-square room! Some of them are autographed, some mention me in the acknowledgements. Some I have either edited or written myself. I doubt that my children will take the time to examine each one. I need to make a section on my bookshelf of what I consider to be important books, I guess.
Kathleen asks: "You used the term UFO in your e-mail piece this week, but I can't find the definition of this term within the copy of your article. I gather from the context that it means "UnFinished" something. Unfinished Objects, maybe? Please define the term UFO. Thank you."
You got it right, Kathleen. Many quilters define their unfinished quilts/projects as UFO's -- Unfinished Objects. I am happy to say that I have finished every quilt I have started in the past five years, but I do have several UFO's from years before that time. I am not sure if I will ever get them finished because I am too busy finishing the ones I am making now!
Jeanne writes: "UFOs -- I used the term for many years and then decided that I like a cup half empty or half full. I changed what I call my vast collections of projects to WIP -- Works in Progress. Whether they be partially pieced, waiting for borders or binding or everything I need for a project in a container, my cup is half-full."
I like Jeanne's way of thinking. UFOs has that half-empty kind of feel -- a project that might (but probably won't) get finished. WIP gives the feeling that any day now, the project might get done. I now have a few WIP myself. Thanks for the new direction, Jeanne.
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