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Be a quitter

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I’ve mentioned here before that many of the ideas for my blog entries come from other bloggers. I subscribe to quite a few blogs and receive daily or weekly updates from many of them. Leah Day, a phenomenal quilter, who wrote the 365 free motion designs blog, is one of them. She has added a few new threads to her blogging posts. Today her post was titled “You have permission to quit”. After listening to what she had to say in her youtube post, it got me thinking about some of the UFO’s I have accumulated. I can think of 2 that are unfinished because I do not like them anymore. One was so poorly written by the designer that every step of the way requires some sort of correction. Her math calculations were atrocious, and you can just imagine how that irks me, the retired math teacher. I don’t know that any of us needs anyone’s permission to quit a project, other than our own permission, but isn’t that the hardest one to get? As I’m thinking about that annoying project I just alluded to, I’m going to quit using trying to use the designer’s plan and either redesign the remaining border or just finish what I have completed so far with no border at all. I love the spring paper pieced flowers in the center of the quilt, but I just want to be done with it. If you need anyone else’s permission to quit a project that is not pleasing you anymore, you now have Leah’s and mine as well. And if it’s really annoying you, you don’t have to go any further with the project at all, JUST QUIT IT!

Here’s a link to Leah’s video if you want to hear her take on this topic. Click here.


  1. Robi Witulski says:

    I have felt the same disdain and loathing for projects in the past. Sometimes packing them away to “age” helps. Sometimes, not so much. Maybe we could turn this info a fun swap for guild members who’d like to participate?

  2. At first I read “quilter” not “quitter”! This is an important concept to remember. Thanks for sharing. I will look at those old projects in boxes differently next time they pop up on my list. Some of them may disappear forever!

  3. Marija says:

    hmm… I guess I don’t have that problem? Well that can also be another problem altogether – having too many projects that are changed and/or abandoned!! LOL!! But that idea of exchange might work!!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Please plese someone give me permission to QUIT my J O B ! !

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    Hey Rebecca, you have my permission if that’s all it takes!

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