A year and a half ago I think, I started a little group on Flickr, Project UFO (link in sidebar). In our group, we gently support each other through the process of tackling those UFOs that we all have laying around. You know…the projects started with the best of intentions but somewhere along the way you just lost your mojo for it? Some of us have a lot of them and some of have less. But we all have a goal each month of the things we would like to accomplish. These days that goal can be “as simple” as keeping new projects from becoming UFOs.
I have made moderate progress in that time with my personal UFOs. A lot of them are quilts that were started from bee blocks in a time when I was in LOT of online bees. Too many. Far too many. lol And that is where this post begins. I’ve pulled one of those out and I’m attempting to do something with it. This was a bee that was focused on the color red. I sent out the fabrics and asked for everyone to make me a star block with the white as the background, the red as the main star color and the blue solid as the accent. Most of the blocks I got back were really interesting.
Here’s a close up on my favorite block that someone made for me in the bee.
I just needed to get these out and work with them. I’m not particularly inspired about the idea of sampler quilts these days. And I’m trying to make life a little more interesting than a standard sampler setting. So I ended up with this idea of splitting the blocks into separate columns with varying amounts of blocks in each. Then I decided I need other columns to bring out more blue…and then those became scrappy…and well… you can see where I am now.
Can you see the difference? Do you prefer one over the other? Does any of it matter? lol
I still can’t decide if this is utter crap or if it is interesting. I don’t know if a border around the whole thing would make me happy and tie it all together or just be more work. I go back and forth over being interested in this quilt and happy I got it out and just wanting to chuck it all in the trash.
I tell myself that a finished project is better than an unfinished one, but I’m finding that I don’t necessarily believe that. I sort of want all of my finished projects to be awesome. That’s not too much to ask right?