Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Felicities #16

Today, what's making me happy is....knowing when to give up.

I have a WIP/UFO that has been haunting me. In 2007, I took a class with Judy Niemeyer. Her foundation paper-pieced quilts are absolutely incredible, and I wanted to learn how to make one. My guild hosted a weekend workshop and I signed up.

We had a choice of three patterns and this is the one I chose (the "easiest"!):

There was a boatload of precutting so that we could spend our time in the workshop learning Judy's piecing technique - one I use to this day, so that's good.

Here's what I accomplished in a full 2-day workshop.

Yeah. One complete block (top left), three outside units and two inside units. (Whilst rummaging through the box that houses this project, I also found an additional 4 outside units in progress, with 4 pieces left to add on each one, which makes me feel a little less terrible about my productivity.) Aaaaaaand that's it! Now in my feeble defense, within 6 or so weeks of the class, I did give birth to my little girl. But I truly have not touched this project since.

And do you know what? I'm not going to! Well, to be specific, I'm not going to finish making this whole quilt. I will commit to finishing the four blocks shown above as a housewarming wallhanging/table topper for my lovely Dad. But the rest? I'm letting go. 

The colours aren't really "me" anymore. I went with what was in my stash, hence the switch between the dark background/light flowers and no batiks, and I won't LOVE the finished product.

Thank goodness I was too lazy to cut all of the pieces for all of the blocks, so I can salvage the fabric scraps for future projects, or to give to someone whose palette they suit better than mine. In any case, I don't feel one bit bad about letting this project go - I learned valuable skills in the workshop, had fun with my guild buddies, and spent an entire weekend quilting. I'd say that's a success, wouldn't you?

Have a great weekend! I hope to have some finishes to share this coming week so stay tuned.


  1. I totally think you've come to a good decision. Finish the part you started & call it done. It's a good thing!

  2. I agree! So nice that you can finish what you started and otherwise lose the baggage!

  3. Letting go! It's very therapeutic, a bit like a Spring clean! Finish it and move one to things you REALLY love!!

  4. It will make a fabulous wall hanging

  5. All projects are not destined to be finished. I have a bag in progress that I think I'm going to ditch completely. It's well over a year old and I don't like it anymore.

  6. Whew! Good for you. I'm sure it will be a relief to mark that one off your list!

  7. It will get it off your UFO list. You could also do a Pay it forward giveaway. Where you put all of it you don't want in a box, ( pieces you do have done, any fabric already cut, and the pattern of course) and have a drawing of all of those interested in it, and then send it on to someone else to finish.

  8. Success indeed! You learned and had!

  9. Let it go. You will feel so cleansed! And besides, it will make a lovely wall hanging. I would call that success indeed!
    Who says we need to conquer an entire quilt before claiming that we learnt something successfully... not me! lol...

  10. Sometimes you need to change the plan and adapt to be able to move past a project that is not making it.

  11. Total success. Just let 'er go. That's a good girl.


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