UFO’s or unfinished objects. Most of us have them. We never intend to start a project and not quite finish, or ahem, not even start them. I decided in December that I need to ‘fish or cut bait.’ I have many unfinished projects, material and patterns that I bought to make taking up valuable storage space. I am giving myself a year to finish these projects. If they are not finished within a year I am going to donate them and hope that someone will make use of them.
I did a deep dig and rooted out all the project bags I had stashed in the extra bedrooms and sorted through my fabric stash. I evaluated whether I would even want to finish the project and if the answer was ‘no’, I put that project in our donation pile. I plan to intersperse the UFO’s with sewing clothes for Henry and my other regular sewing.
Here is my first UFO work in progress to tackle.
I started this dress about 7 years ago for a coworker’s daughter. It was a very busy time for me and when Alice outgrew it before I even started, I put it away. I plan on finishing the smocking in the next couple of weeks. This was a great first project to start with because I can do the smocking while I ‘watch’ Nature or some other educational program on TV with Charlie in the evenings. This way we can be together while I create. (I am so not a TV person.) I will work on it in bits and pieces as I have down time. That is the beauty of hand sewing.
I do not have a little girl on the horizon for this, so will probably donate it to The Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile to sell in their gift shop. It would make a nice little Easter dress. The Little Sisters do wonderful work for the elderly and it fills my heart with joy to help in whatever way that I can. Charlie is in the deacon formation program and we have classes at the Little Sisters one weekend a month. I am impressed and inspired by their wholehearted giving. The way that the sisters so cheerfully donate all their work and effort to helping others makes me want to be a better person. As I finish this UFO, I also think of the Little Sisters and say a prayer of thanks for their goodness.
Do you have any UFO’s that you are working on? I would love to hear about them!