I would really like to know! I think it is a disease - I know I've had it since early on in my quilt life. How many of the rest of you are infected? (You can skip to the bottom of the post now for the questions if you don't want to read the rest.)
A few days ago I was adding still another "ongoing project" to the list on my left sidebar. Currently it looks like this:
1. Girl Gang Feathered Star Quilt(2003)
2. Mid-century Album (2007)
3. Civil War Diary Quilt (2008)
4. Civil War Applique (2008)
5. Civil War Love Letters (2008)
6. Afternoon Delight (2013)
7. 30's Basket blocks (2013)
8. Sweet Memories (2013)
9. Baltimore Autumn (2013)
10. Turn of the Century Revisited (2013)
These are large, time consuming projects that are slowly becoming complete quilt tops. I don't call them UFO's because they are all being worked on as their turn comes up. They are not projects I've abandoned.
Notice the dates - these are the dates the projects got started. Between 2003 and 2008 I really focused on shrinking the list - I had over 80 when I started. I'm pleased with how I've whittled that list down by either finishing the quilt tops or abandoning (and giving away) the project.
Looking at the list now it appears that it is once again growing. I don't think I've taken a single project off the list this year, and I've added 5! There is only one project listed that is anywhere close to being a finished top, and it is one I've not touched since I started quilting again in February.
There are so many quilts I want to make, and every so often one refuses to be put away and demands that I start working on it. And thus it gets added to the list.
Now for the questions:
How many of you have several complex (defined in this case as taking a considerable length of time to finish) projects going on at the same time?
How many of you stick to one or at the most two complex (same definition) projects at once, and refuse to allow yourself to start another until you finish one?
(The above question presumes you slip several (or many) quick-to-finish projects in between sessions of working on long-term project(s).)
How many of you stick to only one project at a time, whether it be simple (quickly finished) or complex (same definition as above) before you allow yourself to start another.
When it comes to your quilting, how successful are you at disciplining yourself? (I've decided I'm a total failure!)
(These questions refer to finishing the quilt top only. Having a giant list of finished tops needed to be quilted is an entirely different issue!)