Bittersweet UFO

My family and I recently moved, which is always a harrowing experience. (Okay, maybe “harrowing” is a bit hyperbolic, but I absolutely hate moving; I really do.) In the process of packing up my craft room, I found a number of UFO’s, some that hadn’t even been touched during the two year period since we last moved.

Early in 2011, my mom gave me six embroidery block panels with tractors on them. At the time, Eliot was 3 years old and obsessed with tractors. I had been reading somewhere around the same time about crayon tinting, so I decided to turn the panels into a collaborative project: Eliot would color the tractors, and then I would embroider them and eventually make a quilt for his bed.


Like most 3-yr-olds, however, Eliot didn’t have a long attention span to devote to coloring, so I brought out the blocks every once in awhile, and he and I worked on them intermittently. At first, I pulled them out fairly often, and then less so, and then less so, until I had so many different embroidery and other ongoing crafty projects that the tractor blocks kind of got pushed to the back burner.


Days with a toddler are long, and it seemed like there was no hurry; it seemed then like he would always be a little boy obsessed with tractors. Long days passed, and then weeks, and months, and somehow here I am in 2014, crying over an unfinished craft project that no longer feels relevant to my 7-yr-old son’s world.


Right now the blocks are gently folded and tucked away into my sewing box. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them. I thought I might go ahead and finish them and make the quilt: maybe he’ll have a child of his own someday? Maybe I’ll be able to give my grandkid a quilt that his or her daddy and grandmomma made together? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just trying to buy myself another twenty years or so to get this quilt finished. HA!

What do you think? Should I pick them back up and keep stitching? Should I abandon them as a lost cause?

Have YOU ever given up on a project because so much time had elapsed that it no longer felt relevant?

Tell me about your longest running UFO’s in the comments section. I’d love to know I’m not alone here! 🙂