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Friday, February 5, 2016

Unfinished Business!

Hello my friends,
today I want to share with you a topic that I think, (hopefully) we all can relate to.
 
Please tell me I am not alone when it comes to,
 
Unfinished Business.
 
 
Yes, I hate to admit it, but I have quite a bit of it hanging about in my home.
I started this 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' quilt three years ago and here it sits waiting to be finished.
 
I've began working on this cute wool mat for Easter.  My friend, Amanda generously shared her pattern with me.
 
 
Determined that it doesn't end up in my 'Unfinished Business' pile.  :)
 
The other day I reached into my sewing tote to get my floss and pulled out a bag filled with someone else's 'Unfinished Business'.
 


When ever I go to an estate sale or thrift shop I am filled with delight if I happen to run across 'Unfinished Business'!
 

 
Notice that this end of the tablecloth is finished, but the other three still need the leaves to be stitched.
 
I smile when I think of the hours that another women spent lovingly working on this project.

 
The napkins are complete and ready to be sewn.  On my to do list!  (wink)
 
I think that the woman who started this would be so happy to see me finish it, don't you?
 
Now here's the best part. . .the pattern!

 
I love that it says it's a 'Bridge Set'!!  Gosh, maybe I'll have to take up playing bridge.  lol!  I do play pinochle, think that will count?
 
This beauty was gifted to me by my cousin, Betty.  It's a large tablecloth that my Aunt Viola had never started.  As you can see I haven't even begun to make a dent in the hours of work it will take to finish it!
 
 
How cute is this skirt kit?  Scored it at a thrift shop.  This one will not be finished.  Just love the fun packaging!
 
 
Oh, I wish I could say that I only had those few things in my 'Unfinished Business' stack.
 
But no!
This hexagon quilt is waiting to be added to.
 
 
And why, oh why, can I not get back to sewing the rows together on my basket quilt?

 
One might agree that I am a woman who has too many
 irons in the fire!
 
Just last night I learned a new fun and fast way to make hexies.
 
 
Would love an entire quilt made up of these.  But then, I'm thinking it will end up in my 'Unfinished Business' pile.
 
Let's just hope that when my time comes that someone will love finding my 'Unfinished Business'!
 
Leaving you with a little something that made me smile.
Yesterday when I finished vacuuming I went to unplug the cord and saw this.
 
 
 
The cord had literally twisted into a heart.  Definitely
 love at home!  :)
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

39 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Jann, you are not alone. I have so many so many project to finish, I am ashamed. My intentions are good but I get tired and go sit down and it fly's out of my mind. LOL.

I make lists and carry that over and I still don't get it done. So my dear your are not alone.
Have a wonderful weekend. We are expecting high temp. high 80's and maybe 90 by Monday. What happened to El Nino????

Hugs,
Mary

Mary Ann Potter said...

A bit of "therapy" for you as you ponder your pile o' pretties --- my sister-in-law (talented quilter, prize-winner, etc.) has a trunk full of unfinished things and a HUGE stash of fabrics waiting to become quilts. She also has a very large box of cross-stitch pieces waiting to be finished. Some of them are over 30 years old. You are not alone!

Sending blessings on this beautiful day!

Laura Lane said...

Hearts everywhere! God was just saying, "I love you!"

Sometimes I look at the projects I need to finish, the things I need to declutter, and the cleaning that I really should do, and I wonder if I ever will finish... and what will I ultimately leave unfinished. What will really matter? The relationships... with Jesus... with family... with friends.
Blessings!
Laura
Oh! My newest thrifty post is ready.

http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-thrifty-week-at-harvest-lane-cottage.html

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
This is a cute post we can all relate too! I know that I am strictly a short term project person. I could never do like needlework, etc. I like to "get her done"! I love using things others made and cutting it up and making things!!!

Stacey said...

Every crafty person I've ever known has had unfinished things like this. Luckily they are beautiful even when they aren't completely done. Just look at your quilt pieces in the basket! That looks great to me. :)

Christina Paul said...

Oh I admit I was chuckling a bit at this- My basement is filled with bins of "unfinished business" so it's nice to know I'm not alone - even with the best intentions I think we all sometimes run out of steam, enthusiasm or time.
Your work is really so beautiful- if you love creating it, finished or not, that's what's important
Cheers

20 North Ora said...

Jann - I imagine the majority of us have unfinished items. I have a ton and still keep starting on new ones. Good luck. Your quilts are gorgeous.

Judy

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh Honey I have a huge pile all over the studio of unfinished business and I am just itching to stay home all year and work on my business of unfinished business.
One daughter just text me and said us go to New York City! I told her I don't ant to go anywhere this year since I traveled all year last year.

I like your unfinished business piles

Susie said...

Jann, I bet everyone has a bit of this..I know I do. I find it hard to stay focused the older I get. When I would see some unfinished embroidery...I always wondered what happened..out of thread, passed away, or lost interest..hard to say. Blessings to you, Hope you can finish the things that mean a lot to you. xoxo,Susie

Sandra said...

We could be sisters! LOL I have way too many "unfinished projects" myself. Now you make me feel better knowing that I am not alone. I try to think of it as a "positive". That I have things waiting for me on a moments notice. I don't need to go to the store; I can just go through my own stash of things waiting to be. I do hope to get to them someday soon. Love your Heart tied with the cord. And I love those embroidery pieces! You have lots of good treasures.

Carmen Whitehead said...

Jann, I know what it's like to have unfinished projects! I've never seen the "sew a skirt" kit, that's is so nostalgic!

mimi_62 said...

You're so funny! Love your sense of humor!!! You have such a talent for words. What a darling post. You'll never run out of projects to do.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I guess we have so many unfinished projects because we have so many interests, Jann! I SEW want to make a hexie quilt. All your projects are just beautiful.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I definitely suffer from the same disorder, Jann! We're still working on the dollhouse, I've got the sewing machine set up in a bedroom, an afghan under way, and one slipper knit. That's just the unfinished stuff that's out in the open!!

I hope to someday start a quilt......finish? Mmmm, probably not. :o)

Fun post!

Patti said...

I have the opposite problem - sometimes I don't even start! Not all the time, but there are so many things I would LIKE to do. I usually finish what I start, even if I stay up all night - except cleaning - I never finish that! I LOVE your quilt!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

so happy to see you have a lot of projects "in the works" as I do too. Trying to get it all finished and suggest we all start a Finish It Friday where we show a project we actually finished up that week. Of course I didn't make it this week, but next week for sure ;-0

Kiki Nakita said...

Jann,

I relate.

I have a lot of 'unfinished business' in putting all my albums together. I have a dent - which took 2-3 years. Your projects look fun and that rose tablecloth is precious.

~Kiki~

Lynn Bean said...

I can certainly relate! I decided even in 2 lifetimes I could never get through my fabric stash! Your quilts are lovely!

Oliva Ohlson said...

I can totally relate to you!!! I have several PhDs (projects half done) or WIPs (works in progress) that I promise myself I need to get done before June. So far these projects are still waiting for me.
Thank you for writing about this issue, because it takes away some of the guilt away from me...LOL!

Sarah said...

I've lots of unfinished business too. My stash of needlepoint is slowly dwindling. I'm determined to finish the things I've started. I was on a consistent roll a few years ago, but then got sidetracked when I was tempted to buy something new. Actually my latest piece was a new buy. Hope to pick it up from the finishers soon.
Love your little Easter piece. '-) Good luck on the projects.

lynn cockrell said...

Jann, I have so much unfinished business that it is pitiful! Not just sewing, but all sorts of things. I am glad I am not the only one! That is a cute Valentine the cord of the vacuum ended up with. What a nice way to finish up a chore! Happy weekend!

Susan Clayton said...

Hi! Popping by to catch up with your posts. It is always easier for me to think of unfinished business than accomplishments!
I am still on blogging hiatus but haven't given up my favorite blogs. Angels to you !

Jacqueline said...

Haha! I loved this! That's why I sat right down and got mine done, because I knew what would happen. Now if I only could squeak out the time to make the apron it is to go on!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh boy! I can so relate! I have a whole back room of unfinished business. Not the sewing kind, the refinishing, making over kind. I can't stop myself from buying thrifty things to make over, only for them to be added to the pile. My excuse is that it is winter and I can't do them outside yet. The other unfinished business in there are the items I buy to resell in my Etsy shop that are still there for one reason or another. Your unfinished business is way prettier than mine!! My back room door can be closed :-)

Rose L said...

Love the quilts! So pretty!! I must admit I have quite a few unfinished business projects! Maybe this year...

Pat Cantwell said...

Jann,
Guilty, as charged, dear friend!!!
LOVE the twisted cord into a heart!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Parsimonious Perfection said...

I definitely empathize with you...so many projects I feel the days aren't long enough to accomplish all the things I would like to! Your quilts are so charming! I love the last shot of the heart-cord. Home is where there heart is... :0)

cynthia lee designs said...

Jann...I can relate to this post. I have a few unfinished business projects that are hanging out in my sewing room. Love how the cord is twisted into a heart.❤️
hugs.
Cindy

robin said...

Jann....if you saw how many tubs and boxes of "unfinished business" I have you would not think yours is more than a small "to do" pile! LOL!

I have clothes that need fixing...mostly dresses or tops with low necklines that need a lil "something" added to them. I know for a fact that box was packed from piles of "to dos" in October 2012 when I was moving. The box was from my dress form, so it is NOT a small box. It's over 3 feet tall...packed to the hilt.

I have grandiose ideas and then buy all the supplies...going overboard, of course, then never "get to" the project. (Shame on me!) I have "pumpkin stuff" taking over 2 large tables in my craft area in the basement. I have to get tubs to put it all in so that I can use the space. But if it all goes in tubs....will it ever get done? LOL

I am the jack of all crafts. I do about 100 things. Crocheting being my love. So I hoard yarn. I also sell on eBay so I have a whole section in the basement for my "finds" to sell on there. My husband has FORBIDDEN me from bringing home any furniture to redo until we are entirely organized here. Even free stuff. (He really did. But he was nice about it. LOL)

DRATS. Better get organizing.... and CRAFTING!!!! :-)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I have so many "unfinished projects" I don't think I can count that far! But all your unfinished quilt are so beautiful, you have to keep working on them!

my cup of tea said...

Hi Jann! Yep- I have lots of unfinished business myself! I have been working on for the last month.....just keep finding more! Thanks for sharing yours!
Donna A

Kris said...

I think all creative people are somewhat guilty of unfinished business. I do try to finish I start. But I also have several things that need the quilting or finish work done to them.
Love the cord in the shape of a heart!
xo Kris

Consider It All Joy said...

When we no longer have 'unfinished business' we shall die! It's always good to have projects going, YES?!?! You have some fun pieces to complete, and I love the happenstance 'heart' during this heart week! Blessings to you, Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Yes. I don't know what makes take on another project, when I shouldn't, because I have not finished previous ones. Oh well. xoox Su

Kim said...

Oh how I love all your unfinished lovelies. You must, must, MUST finish that gorgeous hexie and your Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt....they are both gorgeous. Love those embroidered finds of yours. I think life is all the richer with a basket or two of unfinished lovelies scattered throughout one's home.

Lady of the Manor said...

Oh my, I've got my hand raised, too! Because we're moving, I'll be going through all of my 'projects' and deciding which I still want to finish up. Some I've completely forgotten about. Those will be on top of my new pile. Thanks for this post. I don't feel so bad about myself now!! ;) Z

Winnie said...

No you're definitely not alone, but I'm here to encourage you that you MUST finish your projects.
They're going to be BEAUTIFUL (some are already beautiful!!) and you'd be sooooo proud once they're done.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

There is a lot of unfinished business around it seems. I would love to see your hexie quilt when it is finished! How pretty! I might put something off for a short time but I always go back to it because it drives me crazy if it doesn't get done. When I had my first baby I started to hook a mat for his room. I had to leave it for a time but I finally finished it. It really was cute; a Moby Dick spouting water on an aqua blue background. It was the only mat I ever did but it felt good to get it done. Your Easter mat is adorable! Thanks for sharing Jann and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Blessings,
Sandi

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love this post and all your unfinished business! You have no idea how well I can relate. I still have some of my grandmother's unfinished business (she passed away in 1975). I have good intentions, really I do! Thanks for sharing with us at Talk of the Town.