December has been a month of create-on-a-whim (starting with the advent calendar). The week before Christmas, I decided to make my in-laws some placemats. The simple stars and free-pieced backing went together in a few hours.
All my cyber-friends seem to be consumed with setting goals for the new year. My favorite group is a “UFO Challenge” that runs quarterly sessions. We post a list of at least five unfinished projects, and focus on getting at least one quilt completed, including quilting and binding. There are prizes for the winners – we agree to send a fat quarter to anyone who finishes a declared project. The funny part is when you get side-tracked and finish an “undeclared” project…you get the satisfaction of being done, but not the reward from the group. Accountability and incentives are key motivators.