Before we start on today’s topic, I just wanted to post a link to a new blog friend of mine – she is also doing the 31 Day Challenge, and hers is about quilting too. She did a great post called Hexies on-the-go, and it fits in with my post yesterday, so I thought I’d share it.. go over and say hi if you have time, it’s well worth a read!
Ok, back to our topic – a great way to finish UFOs is to have a swap! Ok, so you don’t actually “finish” that particular UFO, you are just palming it off on someone else.. But, it is a way of getting excited about finishing a “new to you” project! Like the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, you could say “one gal’s UFO is another gal’s NewFO”!
There is often something about someone else’s UFO that looks so much more appealing than your own:
It is new to you!
It is different!
It is full of pretty new fabrics that you probably don’t have in your own stash!
Because of the above reasons, it is quite likely that you will get into finishing it off quicker than you would your own.
UFO swaps can be informal between two or three friends, or it can be a fun thing to do in a quilt group or guild.
Have everyone bring in a UFO of the same sort, e.g. a quilt, table runner, or wall hanging. Decide whether it needs to have all the fabric ready to finish the top, or just have the UFO as is.
Then you can draw numbers, or straws or take turns in going up to pick one. You can put them in bags so that no one can see what they are getting, or actually choose which one you want.
You might end up with one you don’t like, but you never know, it could be one that you will treasure the rest of your life. I personally treasure someone else’s UFO because it reminds me of them… and makes it more special no matter what the color or style.
Flimsies are great to swap too. You can swap them permanently or even temporarily to just have someone else finish the quilting on yours and you do the same for them. It’s a fun way to get them done, and sometimes we just need a little nudge!
Have you ever swapped a UFO and were you happy with how it all worked out?
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