The expression “UFO” is a commonly known one & usually means an unidentified flying object. In crafting circles, though, it means something entirely different. If a crafter uses the expression “UFO,” she is probably talking about an unfinished object.
Whether the craft of choice is knitting, quilting, crochet, scrapbooking, woodworking, jewelry making, or anything else, there are usually going to be projects that are started but not finished. Why is that? Why don’t crafters find satisfaction in finishing a particular project before starting the next one?
Most crafters are very artistic by nature. They are free flowing and creative. They can’t be contained by deadlines, schedules or commitments when it comes to their hobbies. Instead, most crafty people would probably admit to enjoying the entire process of their hobby – from the initial conception of idea to the completed projects. For some crafters, the beginning is so much more fun than actually finishing. Thinking up new ideas, choosing materials and supplies, taking the first steps are all the parts of their particular hobby that gets their creative juices flowing. Actually finishing something is just an afterthought or added bonus.
So, the idea of many “UFO’s” flying around a quilter’s studio isn’t such a scary thing for her. Sure, she’d probably like to not be teased so much for only starting projects. But, in all honesty, she is very happy just going with the flow and enjoying the journey!