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Why Quilters Can’t Commit: The Humorous Truth About Why We Start (and Sometimes Finish) Multiple Projects



Have you ever wondered why quilters have more projects in progress than a squirrel has nuts for the winter? It’s not just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle of perpetual 'in-progress-ness.' Here’s the humorous truth about why we quilters can’t seem to commit to just one quilt at a time.

1. Quilt Block of the Month? More Like Quilt Blockade of the Sewing Room!

First and foremost, let’s talk about inspiration. It hits us like a coupon sale at the fabric store. One minute you're browsing, the next minute your cart is full, and you’ve planned out seven new quilts. We see a pattern, a fabric, or a YouTube tutorial, and suddenly, it's imperative that we start this new quilt right now, even if there are already twelve others under the needle. Who can resist that spark of creativity? Not us, that’s for sure!

2. All the Quilts, All the Time

Options, darling, options! Having multiple quilts on the go is like having a Netflix queue—you need different genres for different moods. Some days you feel like piecing those intricate little hexies, and other days it’s all about slamming together some half-square triangles for a quick win. Variety is the spice of life, and our quilt racks are as seasoned as Grandma’s cast iron skillet.

3. The UFO Phenomenon: Unfinished Objects Galore

Every quilter has a dark, dusty corner in their craft room dedicated to UFOs (Unfinished Objects). Why do we have so many unfinished projects? Because halfway through any given quilt, there’s always a shinier, newer project that catches our eye. It’s not our fault; we're simply victims of our own creativity and the ever-tempting fabric sales.

4. Quilt Now, Sleep Later

Let’s be real, time management isn’t always a quilter’s strong suit. We optimistically think it will only take a couple of weekends to finish a king-sized quilt. A month later, and we’re still trying to figure out if we can sew in our sleep. Meanwhile, six other quilts have been added to the "active" pile. Sleep is optional, quilting is not.

5. Fear of Finishing

This might be the real crux of the issue. Finishing a project means having to part with it—sending it out into the world, or even giving it away. If we keep them in perpetual progress, we never have to say goodbye! Plus, let’s not talk about the binding. There’s a reason why there are so many quilts in the quilting community with the binding half attached. Binding is the final boss in the game of quilting, and sometimes we’re just not ready to win.

6. The Quilt Guild Peer Pressure

You show up at your local quilt guild, and everyone is showing off their latest projects. What’s a quilter to do but go home and start something new to have something to show at the next meeting? It’s not peer pressure; it’s just our quilty consciences keeping us competitive.

Conclusion: A Quilter’s Promise

So, here’s to all the quilters with projects stacked higher than their fabric stash. We might start a million quilts, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll finish one—someday. In the meantime, let's embrace our project piles and remember, it’s about the journey, not just the finished quilt. After all, a quilter's work is never done, and honestly, would we have it any other way? Absolutely not!


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