My UFO pile is mostly unquilted tops. I don't tend to leave a project in the middle of piecing it, but I'm not always prompt about actually quilting it unless there's an outside deadline. I guess that shows which part of the quiltmaking process I enjoy most.
I'd like to say I have a plan to tackle the stack of UFOs, but that would be a lie. Unless there's a deadline, I just let the project sit around until the mood to quilt it strikes. That's just how it works here in Canuck Quilter land.
Last week I was struck with the need to FINISH something, so I picked a set of placemats from the UFO stack, thinking they wouldn't take long.
This Echo Point set was the one I started to test the concept for this pattern. It turned out well, but I wasn't sure these colours would be very appealing for a pattern cover. I set these aside and pieced and quilted a different set for the cover. Ironically, I didn't end up using that set on the pattern cover either, for convoluted reasons I won't go into here. It is a really pretty pattern sample though. You can take a peek here.
Anyway, these should have been finished last week, but I kept getting distracted. While I was stitching away with the walking foot, I let my mind drift and it started thinking about needing to post more often on social media. That led my brain to think I thought it would be a good time to try filming a reel.
So that was a bit fun to do but it took some time to figure out so I didn't finish the quilting.
I stitched a bit more the next day but went upstairs for a snack and started reading while I was snacking. I got sucked into the book and didn't get back to the sewing room.
The next time I started stitching, I ran out of bobbin thread and got frustrated so took a break. While I took that break, I checked my email and saw some calls for quilt design submissions for upcoming fabric lines. That led to a detour to EQ, where I spent quite a few hours playing with designs that may or may not turn into actual quilts.
There were also detours to bake cookies, shovel snow, get groceries, watch a not-so-great Netflix movie, and drive down to Des Moines (the long way because I avoided he interstate, where I'm not a confident driver) to pick up my husband at the airport.
I made good progress on the weekend, until I quilted the runner.
I was pleased with it until I had to decide what to quilt in that center square and my mind went blank. I took a break and went to browse the library's offerings of e-books. I didn't actually read a book, because I was browsing and couldn't decide what I actually felt like reading so I just browsed and bookmarked things for a while. So I didn't finish the quilting, and I didn't read a book either.
Once I figured out what to quilt in the blank, I finished the quilting, but then I had to sew on the binding. Table sets have a lot of binding. Just saying. I wasn't in the mood, so I've been adding binding to one piece at a time here and there through the week.
So here's where these are now. I still need to join the binding ends on each piece, then fold and sew the binding to the back. I may or not finish these tomorrow.
I guess the need to finish something that prompted me to pull these out wasn't as strong as I initially thought. I'm on the home stretch though, and liking how things look so I'll have a finish to share soon. Just not as soon as I had intended, and that's OK. I need to remind myself it's fine to set sewing aside until I'm in the mood to enjoy it. It's supposed to be my stress reliever, not a source of stress!
How are your projects coming along? Are you focused or distracted these days, and does it matter to you?