If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Beth A. North on February 2, 2012 at 1:02pm

I just got this in an email.  Maybe this will help us to stay motivated. 

This is the time of year when almost everyone reviews their dreams and sets goals and targets for the new year, and that is a GOOD thing! Always be clear about where you're going! Always have a destination, an outcome, a "next step" or target in mind. If you don't choose your goals, you are doomed to a life without direction or purpose. Always know "what's next" in life! At the same time, here's an interesting question: Would you rather have goals, or systems that automatically take you where you want to go in life?
I think the answer is obvious, but few people seem to really "get it." Goals are wonderful. As I just wrote, goals are good! But systems are better.
The problem with goals is that they are always in the future. They are something to be worked on and achieved as soon as possible, but always in the future. Systems support us and enrich our lives immediately, today, right NOW!
Because they are in the future, goals are easier than systems. Goals sound nice, they can be exciting, and there's a certain safety in knowing that we can have goals "down the road" without having to disrupt our lives today.
New systems, on the other hand, disrupt our lives--sometimes very dramatically--and can upset important people around us. A goal to start a business "soon" or "this year" is very different than coming home late every night. A goal to start "some day" is very different than spending every weekend launching the new project. A goal to be slim, trim and strong "this year" is very different than adding a daily workout to your already hectic schedule.
Systems (or habits) are the golden path to anything we want in life. Once you establish the system or pattern of exercising every day, fitness is no longer a goal. It becomes the automatic, inevitable result of what you "normally" do every single day. Fitness is a "side effect" of your system!
This is true of just about anything you want in life. My bias is that no one should ever set a "goal" to save or invest for the future! What a silly thing to do! Instead, make the decision to start investing immediately, then develop a system to make saving automatic, fool-proof and easy. The "goal" to save will never make you rich, but a system like the payroll savings plan at work just might do the trick.
Similarly, never set a "goal" to improve your marriage! Instead, develop a system that includes some quiet time every single day. Establish a system of weekly dates, daily hugs and lots of laughter. Develop habits (or "systems") for sharing and intimacy that will predictably lead to the results you prefer.
Systems beat goals every time!
Year after year, I have clients who are eager to set sales "goals," but few who are prepared to change their daily behaviors and develop systems that will guarantee more sales. Systems make success automatic, but can be uncomfortable, even painful, at first.
In the end, I recommend focusing on systems. Goals excite the imagination and give us a preview of coming attractions, but systems are the golden path to ultimate success. Systems give us control and empower us immediately. Systems will open doors and give you the life you truly want.

Comment by Beth A. North on February 2, 2012 at 12:03pm

@Carol, where is a photo of is so we can look at to see what we could suggest?

Comment by Carol Olson on February 2, 2012 at 11:50am

love this idea Please I have had a hidden star quilt for a year now and  need all the help on how to quilt it any suggestions Please stuck in the stars


Comment by Mary L Nash on February 2, 2012 at 9:26am

Deanna, That is a great idea.  Every time I see one I am inspired. I finished putting the binding on a quilt I just got back from my Mother's. She hand quilted it for me.  A friend  and I went on a shopping spree yesterday, a marathon more likely. Before daylight until 10:30 pm. So today I must clean house.

Comment by Beth A. North on February 1, 2012 at 5:05pm

@Deanna - That is awesome.  I bet it is pretty.  Great Job!!

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 1, 2012 at 4:53pm

I finished machine stitching the binding on my friend's cancer quilt last night -- but have a few stitches to put into the corners as I 'missed' when I turned the corner  LOL  Now to make a pretty label. Have been experimenting with my script lettering cassette to do it but got tired last night. Husband is coming home from OK Friday and then he'll be off to TX for a while, so have been uber-cleaning as well .. time to get back to the sewing table ! I want to count a few off as completed this month ! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 1, 2012 at 3:20pm

Thanks for the welcome, Mary.

This month is a short month for me.  We are leaving for Galveston, Texas for 37 days on Feb. 17.  I would like to finish the 2 QOVs that I am presently quilting before then.  And I'm not going to start anything new this month!





Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 1, 2012 at 12:46pm

Hi Everyone,

Riana, When I quilt for the children's hospital, or the Veteran's Home, or the battered women's shelter, I use my own fabric, batting and backing.  But I also machine quilt tops made by other volunteers for Quilts of Valour.  In this case I get the backing and batting given to me.


I also now and then get donations of fabric given to a group I quilt with.


Today I'm machine quilting one of the QOV.

Comment by Beth A. North on February 1, 2012 at 12:28pm

@Carolyn-Ok, you have a time limit, 1.5 weeks (10.5 days) to get that Valentine material used.  I think a cute pillowcase would be the best because it is easier and more attainable than a lap quilt and you did not mention any other fabric you had available.  So now, your goal is to get it cut out by this weekend, and sewn by the following weekend.  and you will be done!  You can do it girl!

@Julie - I know, the depression over not accomplishing anything is overwhelming.  The sad thing is we do it to ourselves.  What is wrong with our thinking process.  So now, reminder, do not dig to much out of the cupboards that you overwhelm yourself again.  That is the key.  We must only take out a few at a time so we can keep our focus.  It does work.  So as you said, Happy Sewing.

Comment by Carolyn Hoxton on February 1, 2012 at 11:21am

I am impressed with all of your ideas, girls....if I felt better, I would be indeed trying to sew something. I have some gorgeous Valentine material I bought last year, and it would make cute pillowcases, or a lap quilt, may get started on that soon....we will see. Sometimes I have the best intentions...just need to have a goal and set a time limit..then I can get it done.  Happy Sewing!!!


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