If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Deanna Davis on February 2, 2012 at 4:57pm

Here's the label I wrote for the cancer quilt -- a bit off, but it's attached and the quilt is 'in the wash' .. ONE down !  Made a sourdough ferment last night .. rolled some rolls and one small boule, trying to make some stencils for baby quilt off my fonts on the computer but they need to be bigger .. so I think I'll make some log cabin blocks :>


Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 2, 2012 at 4:49pm

Hi Everyone,

Very insightful article.  I haven't set goals for my UFOs, but this article shows the problem with goals because they are in the future.  So I need to put in place a system.

I do have a system in place for my daily physio exercises and it is working.  I do my exercises before I watch evening T.V. I watch T.V. every evening and so I get my  exercises done daily.


If I put a system about working on UFOs on a daily basis, it would have to be before I eat dinner I work for 1/2 hour on a UFO until it is finished.  I think that would work because I'll get so enthusiastic I might want to continue to do a little more while I watch T.V.


Does this sound in keeping with the article?

Comment by Beth A. North on February 2, 2012 at 1:02pm

I just got this in an email.  Maybe this will help us to stay motivated. 

This is the time of year when almost everyone reviews their dreams and sets goals and targets for the new year, and that is a GOOD thing! Always be clear about where you're going! Always have a destination, an outcome, a "next step" or target in mind. If you don't choose your goals, you are doomed to a life without direction or purpose. Always know "what's next" in life! At the same time, here's an interesting question: Would you rather have goals, or systems that automatically take you where you want to go in life?
I think the answer is obvious, but few people seem to really "get it." Goals are wonderful. As I just wrote, goals are good! But systems are better.
The problem with goals is that they are always in the future. They are something to be worked on and achieved as soon as possible, but always in the future. Systems support us and enrich our lives immediately, today, right NOW!
Because they are in the future, goals are easier than systems. Goals sound nice, they can be exciting, and there's a certain safety in knowing that we can have goals "down the road" without having to disrupt our lives today.
New systems, on the other hand, disrupt our lives--sometimes very dramatically--and can upset important people around us. A goal to start a business "soon" or "this year" is very different than coming home late every night. A goal to start "some day" is very different than spending every weekend launching the new project. A goal to be slim, trim and strong "this year" is very different than adding a daily workout to your already hectic schedule.
Systems (or habits) are the golden path to anything we want in life. Once you establish the system or pattern of exercising every day, fitness is no longer a goal. It becomes the automatic, inevitable result of what you "normally" do every single day. Fitness is a "side effect" of your system!
This is true of just about anything you want in life. My bias is that no one should ever set a "goal" to save or invest for the future! What a silly thing to do! Instead, make the decision to start investing immediately, then develop a system to make saving automatic, fool-proof and easy. The "goal" to save will never make you rich, but a system like the payroll savings plan at work just might do the trick.
Similarly, never set a "goal" to improve your marriage! Instead, develop a system that includes some quiet time every single day. Establish a system of weekly dates, daily hugs and lots of laughter. Develop habits (or "systems") for sharing and intimacy that will predictably lead to the results you prefer.
Systems beat goals every time!
Year after year, I have clients who are eager to set sales "goals," but few who are prepared to change their daily behaviors and develop systems that will guarantee more sales. Systems make success automatic, but can be uncomfortable, even painful, at first.
In the end, I recommend focusing on systems. Goals excite the imagination and give us a preview of coming attractions, but systems are the golden path to ultimate success. Systems give us control and empower us immediately. Systems will open doors and give you the life you truly want.

Comment by Beth A. North on February 2, 2012 at 12:03pm

@Carol, where is a photo of is so we can look at to see what we could suggest?

Comment by Carol Olson on February 2, 2012 at 11:50am

love this idea Please I have had a hidden star quilt for a year now and  need all the help on how to quilt it any suggestions Please stuck in the stars


Comment by Mary L Nash on February 2, 2012 at 9:26am

Deanna, That is a great idea.  Every time I see one I am inspired. I finished putting the binding on a quilt I just got back from my Mother's. She hand quilted it for me.  A friend  and I went on a shopping spree yesterday, a marathon more likely. Before daylight until 10:30 pm. So today I must clean house.

Comment by Beth A. North on February 1, 2012 at 5:05pm

@Deanna - That is awesome.  I bet it is pretty.  Great Job!!

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 1, 2012 at 4:53pm

I finished machine stitching the binding on my friend's cancer quilt last night -- but have a few stitches to put into the corners as I 'missed' when I turned the corner  LOL  Now to make a pretty label. Have been experimenting with my script lettering cassette to do it but got tired last night. Husband is coming home from OK Friday and then he'll be off to TX for a while, so have been uber-cleaning as well .. time to get back to the sewing table ! I want to count a few off as completed this month ! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 1, 2012 at 3:20pm

Thanks for the welcome, Mary.

This month is a short month for me.  We are leaving for Galveston, Texas for 37 days on Feb. 17.  I would like to finish the 2 QOVs that I am presently quilting before then.  And I'm not going to start anything new this month!





Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 1, 2012 at 12:46pm

Hi Everyone,

Riana, When I quilt for the children's hospital, or the Veteran's Home, or the battered women's shelter, I use my own fabric, batting and backing.  But I also machine quilt tops made by other volunteers for Quilts of Valour.  In this case I get the backing and batting given to me.


I also now and then get donations of fabric given to a group I quilt with.


Today I'm machine quilting one of the QOV.


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