Friday, October 11, 2013

Got UFO's? (quilting)

edited to add the correct question for #5

Hello Friends,

Life at my house has been a bit boring. 
 I'm not ignoring you but I haven't had anything to blog about.  Sigh :-) 
Yes, we're on Baby Sister watch (still no name and nursery is in the works)  :-)

Since I don't have anything to share I'd take a few minutes to tell you about Deb @ http://asimplelifequilts.blogspot.com

I don't know if she found me or I found her but either way we've had some fun e-mail conversations.  I've watched Deb work her way through quite a few UFOs with lots of dedication.  Actually, I've been in awe.  Rather than try to tell you about Deb, I asked Deb to answer a few questions.  If you have a few minutes please visit Deb - you'll be in awe, as well. 
 
I tried to add a picture from Deb's blog but sadly I failed. 
You'll find lots of wonderful pictures when you visit her blog.  :-)


1.  How long have you been quilting?
 
I took a beginning class in 2002 - so taking out my 3 year hiatus it's been 8 years.

2.  How long ago did you stop quilting and when did you come back to it? 
 
I fell off a step ladder while stripping wallpaper in September 2009 (4 years ago tomorrow actually!) and badly broke my right leg. Ironically that was going to be my 1st quilting room.  I had surgery and spent 6 days in the hospital followed by 12 weeks of no weight bearing, a blood clot and months of physical therapy.  All of my crafty mo-jo vanished and I didn't sew one stitch until I started quilting again in late September 2012.

3.  How many UFO's did you discover when you returned to quilting?
 
My 1st count last October was 88... but I found 13 more later for a total of 101.

4.  Have you worked only on UFO's or have you thrown in a new project or two?
 
I've finished 65 projects since 10/1/2012 and 56 have been UFOs - so yes I have thrown in a few new projects but they have been mostly table topper size or smaller!  My UFO Reward System gives me a new large project after I finish 10 UFOs and I give myself some leeway on small projects as long as I finish them!  I know it sounds strict but it seems silly to work so hard at finishing while creating more at the same time.  At the the start of 2013 I decided to take this year and really focus on UFOs.  My word for the year is FINISH. I've struggled with procrastination and finishing things my whole life so this has really been life changing for me.

  5.  What have you discovered you missed about quilting?
 
This is a great question Darlene!  I've done many different crafts over the years because I grew up in a creative family.  My Mom sewed most of our clothes and taught me to sew in my early teens. I went to college to be an architect and ended up being a CPA - it seems like I try to shut down my creative side at times and no good comes from that! I love to play with colors, patterns and have always loved fabric so quilting really hits home for me. I think it is wonderful therapy too. Simply said - doing something creative just makes me a happier person. 

6. What do you do with all your completed UFO's.
 
Here comes the accountant side of me (lol!).  33 of my 56 finished UFOs have been donated to Project Linus or other charity groups.  I love making bright quilts with fun novelty fabrics for kids.  I get to try new color combinations, new patterns and new techniques so it's a total win win situation.  I've given 8 away as gifts and the remaining 15 are here with me. It makes me so happy to finally see quilts being used in my home.

Forgot to add - my Dad's craft was woodworking.  I have beautiful pieces of furniture and other items he has made throughout my home.  He has kind of given it up as he's gotten older and that is sad. I really should do a blog post about it!

Please visit the creative spot in her home where all the magic happens.
http://asimplelifequilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/its-wrap.html

Don't forget to tell Deb I sent you.  :-)

 I appreciate your visit. 
I'll be back when I have something to share.  :-)
 
In Friendship!

12 comments:

Terry said...

OK...reading this I don't feel so bad about having maybe 10 UFOs! LOL

Lesley said...

What a wonderful way to get to know Deb a little bit more. Thanks for interviewing!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Hey I know Deb! Well, not in real life but computerland~ I may have even contributed to a few of those ufo's with swaps. :-o LOL Just sayin'! Have a happy weekend!

QuiltNut Creations said...

I love that she has over 100 UFO's! Great interview :)

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Thanks so much for featuring me Darlene! You are a wonderful Blogland friend and I appreciate your support as I work down my UFO Collection.

Vicky said...

Deb is quite the finisher! Thanks for the great interview!

AnnieO said...

Wow, that is an impressive list of creativity! Cheering her on for more finishes :)

Carol said...

What a great interview...thank you for introducing me to Deb!

Jeanna said...

I've not 'met' Deb or read her blog yet but this interview has me looking forward to visiting her.

Thanks for introducing her to us Darlene! Looking forward to your next update as well :)

Wendy said...

Those are really good questions and an excellent way to get to know someone. Thanks for an interesting post. I'm heading over to visit Deb.

Cheryl said...

Think I need to go visit Deb when we get home from our trip!! Just had to stop by and hi to you....I feel that bloggy feeling coming back!

Blogger said...

I've just downloaded iStripper, and now I can watch the best virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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