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I read a while back that the quilt pattern mostly likely to be left unfinished and abandoned when the quilter has moved on to Quilting Heaven is…..the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I can totally relate to this.  I have a GFG that is now about 14 years old.

Growing a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
Growing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

Once upon a time in America, I belonged to a lovely quilt guild.  A speaker came to a meeting and taught us to do English Paper Piecing.  It was very nice and all, and when I got home from the meeting, I put my little hexagons in a nifty plastic shoebox which ended up at the back of the closet.

Fast forward a couple of years to my engagement to a lovely English man and an invitation to meet his family in England.   I always take handwork on trips, and I thought how wonderful it would be to bring an ENGLISH paper piecing project with me.  Cultural sensitivity!  I will fit right in with my new in-laws, I thought!  On the red-eye flight from Dallas to Manchester, I amazed and impressed a variety of British Airways flight attendants who had never heard of English paper piecing before but said they thought it was cool.  I think they were probably humouring me.  😉  I got a similar reaction from my new family members.

Over the years, the project has become very well-traveled.  It has gone to France, back to America, to Scotland, and to various points of interest in England.  I took it with me on our family holiday this year.  And if I put it on my blog, I think that will strengthen my commitment to finishing it because — if I don’t finish it, I will  1) be very embarrassed, or  2) have to delete this post and disavow any knowledge of it.  I think that’s probably cheating.

Anyway, I can tell I’m making progress now because my little quilt is definitely growing.  It’s getting harder and harder to get the lid back on that shoebox!

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Quilters use several terms to describe abandoned or forgotten projects. UFOs — Unfinished Objects. PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks. At what point does a WIP (Work in Progress) become a UFO?

Sometimes we put something aside if we make a mistake and feel frustrated. Or get bored with the fabric or pattern, or disappointed if it’s ugly, or the colours don’t go well together, or the pattern doesn’t work with the fabric. Maybe the pattern is too difficult for our skill level. Maybe we’ve just seen an exciting new pattern or a lovely fabric that shouts to us: “stop what you’re doing and sew me now!”

Sometimes sewing projects get packed away when we need to tidy the house when company is coming over. Out of sight, out of mind. We forget what we were working on. Or, we’ve put it away so well that we can’t find it again.

I have so many unfinished projects that I am afraid to count them. I feel guilty about this. Now is the time to do something about it. Time to get busy.

My first project to complete — a fun quilt for my daughter that I started in 2006.

My first UFO project to complete!  A quilt for my daughter.

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