I was reading Kathryn's blog, I Made This! She recently completed this amazing halter dress that she'd started earlier this summer...but even though she probably won't get much wear out of it this season, she completed it because it was in danger of becoming a UFO.
I use to be like Kathryn. I had maybe 2 or 3 UFO's over the course of five years. If something didn't work, I tore it apart and reworked it or I pulled the fabric apart and added it back into the collection.
However, this year I've had at least four UFO's (5 if you include that disastrous affair with the CC dress) and even though I'm holding onto them hoping that I will be able to reuse or rework them, if I don't that will be okay.
Puzzled? Wondering why I'm so accepting of my UFO fate? Well it's because I have sooooo many ideas and sooooo much fabric that I'm finally realizing that I can let some of these "failed" pieces go. Lately trying to finish or thinking about fixing unfinished garments is sucking all of the joy out of my sewing. Which isn't good...because I need the balance that sewing provides in my life. So I've decided that if I get to them, I get to them...and if I don't...I don't. Sometimes letting go is the best thing you can do for your creativity.
So tell me, what do you do with UFOs? How do you handle them? Are they holding places of honor in your sewing room waiting for their chance to be completed? Or do you trash them? Talk back to me because this is the Question of the Day!
On another note, can I just tell you that I appreciated you talking back to me on my last Question of the Day! I really loved this comment by Patti (fourkid),
"I know I will never measure up to the abilities of some of the ladies whose blogs I read, but neither do I feel I need to. I am happy with what I do - and always learning more - from those very ladies. I need them in front to inspire me, and I need to extend a hand to those following me."
Thanks for perfectly stating how I feel about my sewing and sharing this precious gift with others...
...as always, more later!