It's UFO Sunday and time to take a look at all those Unfinished Fiber Objects we have around our sewing rooms and see what can be done about them in a single day.
I'll admit, my UFO busting is on pause right at the moment because I'm busy quilting through several big projects.
But there is something unfinished I'm working on today. I guess I would consider it an emotional unfinished project. I'm working on my reaction to negative reviews and nasty trolls online.
It may surprise you to find I actually get quite a lot of hate mail. The internet is a place where people can post hurtful things in a matter of moments completely anonymously and without ever being called out on what they wrote.
Consider this, at a public quilt lecture would you ever berate the speaker for not being precisely clear on the technique she used in a quilt she's shown? Do you ever get the opportunity to stand at the end of a workshop and rate the experience from 1 to 5 stars and tell the person, to their face, that you though their class "was like watching paint dry?"
I often get emails in solid caps, screaming at me about anything from using polyester thread to the way I press seams open. The people that do this kind of thing are absolute scum and they know they can write anything they want without ever being called out in person.
I consider my reaction to this kind of thing a constant work in progress.
Sometimes I manage to read something and look at it logically and remember that everyone has a right to express themselves, no matter how stupid and belligerent they sound.
Other times I react with equal parts anger and sadness, raging against the jerk that has ruined my day.
Regardless of how I react today, I know this will always be something I deal with online. There will never be a week I don't tick someone off for something I've done or not done perfectly. This will always be an unfinished project.
One day I might find the perfect solution to nasty people and finally have a solid reaction in the bag where I don't let a person's hurtful words reach all the way to my heart.
But until then, this is an unfinished project I'm just going to have to chip away at until my skin gets as thick as a rhinoceros!
Let's go quilt,