Everywhere around the world, people are making lists, setting goals, and naming resolutions. I am NOT doing that this year! Not that goals aren’t a great idea, but stating them out loud does not seem to help me accomplish them at all.Last year at this time I made a great list of all my UFO’s (UnFinished Objects in quilt-speak) and recently I took it out to check my progress. Every item on last year’s list is still there, unfinished, except for one quilt. Since there were at least 15 items on the list, my finish rate is about six percent. Not that I haven’t been busy! I have started and finished several other quilts, and tons of small projects, and made dozens of clothing examples for sewing classes I am teaching. Yet, my UFO list is sitting there, fermenting like sauerkraut.
But hold on a minute there! Perhaps it is all one’s perspective. Are we really planning to knock all those items off our lists, or is they just notations of works we are proudly pursuing? THAT puts a different spin on things. Maybe a UFO list really is a proud banner showcasing tons of great ideas that make quilters smile.
In that case, I am proud to say that I have an even longer UFO list this year, which includes last year’s list (minus one) and at least six new items. Reviewing the list is like meeting old friends. Some I am excited to look forward to. Some I would like to bury somewhere dark and ignore for a very long time. A few I had nearly forgotten. Better yet, maybe the items on the list are like fine wines, getting better with age.
I do not need a list to recognize that I sometimes like starting things better than finishing them. I feel no guilt over unfinished quilts. And I am telling myself that New Year’s Day is just a line in the sand, a marker. If I change my mind, and want to start checking things off my imaginary UFO list, I can start on it anytime. Maybe in March.