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Well, for a LONG time (prior to 2017), I was on a mission to get my UFO boxes cleared. I wasn't looking to get a project quilted; I was simply working on get the top sewn.
I figured that should I die tomorrow (God forbid!) that my girls would't have a CLUE what to do with my UFOs. Some of them were simply fabrics bundled together with cryptic notes that made sense to me. :-) Some of them were "kits" that I made up, ready to sew. Some were in-progress when I got distracted by something new! shiney! or got bored with it.
However, if the top was *sewn* even my girls would know how to "quilt by check" :-) That became my goal .... transform all the UFOs into either tops ready to be quilted or dismantle the UFO "kit"/whatever if it wasn't to my taste any longer. All of my sewn tops have been neatly pressed and are in a closet, on hangers.
A while ago, Mishi and Misha and I were on a Zoom (?) call together (I think we were the only ones who could make the time & day) and we all worked in our sewing rooms on our own projects while chatting with each other. I had set up my laptop in the family room, where the closet with the tops is. I opened up a table for a workspace and proceeded to take out EVERY TOP from the closet, do a Show-n-Tell, and the measure the top. A note with the measurements (length, width, perimeter) was pinned to a corner. If I had already made the bias (sometimes I do), then the bias went in a small baggie and was also pinned to the top.
I wanted the measurements readily available so when I got the urge and time to do some quilting, I could easily figure out if I could use any of my batting leftovers. I then organized the tops in to Small, Medium, & Large size tops so I could pull one to work on and know ahead of time what size I was dealing with.
So, that's why I have that number of unquilted tops. It really was intentional. :-) [Then 2017 hit me and I transitioned from sewing/quilting to working on my genealogy scrapbooks, which are still on-going.] I still have UFO boxes and I still intend on going through them, project by project, to clear them out, one way or another. :-)
it's certainly not a competition! LOL!
We have aprox. 100 to 125+. You have to remember we had a quilt shop for forty years, and had classes. My wife always made at least two tops for every class. One to make sure her instructions would be right, and another in class, and if it was a multiple class it would be multiple tops made. We retired our business in 2013 and kept our Statler, but we just dont quilt as much as make quilt tops. Not that we haven't quilted since. We have aprox. the same number of completed quilts on hand also. This is the first year for health reasons we haven't had a family get together and quilt give away. We missed three years with covid also. So the pile keeps getting higher. Maybe next year.
Completed tops I have 7 hanging in my closet. I had 15 until my quilting binge of 8 recently. Though several of them still need borders. I think borders may be my least favorite part of the process. Keep in mind I am an accountant and a compulsive finisher. weirdo among quilters, I know.
No, you are not weird.
I completed every quilt I started. I consider it weird to not finish a quilt but then I was brought up by Dorothy Miller, a woman who was fanatical about never wasting anything. My mother would consider some of the quilters on this forum very wasteful because they start projects and do not finish them.
That's just the way my mother's brain was wired; the old "waste not want not" result of living through the Great Depression.
(This is the same woman who thought Fritos corn chips were a great joke played on the American public because they smell like fried mush. She could not bear to be in the same room with a bowl of Fritos corn chips after eating so much fried mush during her poverty-stricken years as a child.)
"wasteful" is definitely a relative term. Many would consider quilting wasteful - there are so many other ways we could be "spending" our time. I was once told by a boy friend that I was wasting time by reading all those books, when I could be watching football games with him. (hmm, dumped him shortly after and found DH who also loves to read and hates watching sports). I guess it all depends on your goal. If the goal is try try out a pattern and enjoy the piecing process but you don't need a finished quilt, the time & money spent finishing that top might be wasteful. Especially if you quilt "by check" - (sorry for all the quotes in this post....). Think of it like an artist painting. They don't frame every canvas painted until they are ready to sell them.
I on the other hand feel almost physical discomfort leaving something before it is completed, even if I don't like it. It's like looking at an unmade bed or a crooked picture on the wall - or someone singing off key. I've seen pictures of someone actually leaving a partially sewn seam in the sewing machine, nooooooo. I HAVE to get to a Stopping Point. And once I start something I probably am not going to stop until it's done.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
It's like looking at an unmade bed
but .. but .... but ... I'm airing the bed!
Besides, we're just gonna mess it up tonight when we sleep in it.
And we're the only ones who see the bedroom.
And the bedrooms aren't in the "public" part of the house.
And if you've come to see how tidy my house can be (please note that verb tense! LOL!), please make an appointment. LOL!
Dee wrote: I've seen pictures of someone actually leaving a partially sewn seam in the sewing machine, nooooooo.
Back in the day when I made the Jelly Roll quilts I had to leave the needle in the partially sewn seam or my bladder would have burst in my sewing room ... not a pleasant thought.
But I also tended to sew until there was a logical place to "take a break" or reasonable "Stopping Point" as Dee puts it.
And of course the bed is always made.