I started quilting in the Feb/March of 2010. I keep thinking that can’t be right, that it had to have been earlier than that but according to my blog, it was 2010. I’ve been reading everyone’s stories about WIP’s and UFO’s and out of control stashes over the last year. It’s left me wondering how to describe some of my projects. Are they WIP’s or UFO’s or just started or something else all together? After reading this post at That Man Quilts?, I decided he was absolutely right. Not only do we need some more acronyms, I’m going to make up/define my own. Below are the acronyms I’ll be using, my definition for them, and what projects fall in each category. Some are borrowed, some have merely been defined as I wish, and one I think may be my own.
WTQ: Waiting to be quilted
I send a number of my quilt tops off to be quilted mainly because of their size, every once in a while because I’m scared to try on my little machine. These are complete quilt tops that simply need to be quilted either by me or by my wonderful LA quilter.
- Disappearing 9 patch (Maison De Garance)
- Flower Patch (fun flowers)
- Freckled Whimsy QA (12 days of Christmas)
- Simply Silly (Make Life)
- Mom’s Scripture Quilt (needs binding only)
WFI: Waiting for inspiration
These are quilts where I have either a concept, materials or even a partially started quilt that cannot be completed at this time because I’m waiting for the aha moment that brings my vision and the quilt together. For the three below I have the materials, and a beginning concept, but something is just not falling into place for me yet. So these are patiently waiting for that inspiration that I know will come. (By the way, this is not a catch all category for me. It applies in very specific circumstances like these below. Just because it’s started and not finished doesn’t mean it goes here.)
- Butterfly Quilt (using Grandma’s appliqued blocks): Concept/Layout is designed, applique blocks are complete. The inspiration needed is for my filler blocks. I’m still searching for the perfect material. I keep thinking I’ve found it and when I cut a few blocks, I realize it’s not right.
- Denim Quilt (using old blue jeans): I have the denim, I’ve looked at patterns, but I think I’m wanting to do something more original. I’m still working on the concept for using all the pieces I saved.
- Dress Shirt quilt (using DH’s old dress shirts): Again, I have all the fabric, just working out the concept of how to use it.
WIP: Works in Progress
My WIP’s are those that I have at least begun cutting fabric and am actively working on.
- Happy Quilting QA (Lilac Hill)
- Postage Stamp QA (Black and White Prints)
- Paris BOM Quilt (Maison De Garance)
- Freckled Whimsey QA (Happy)
- T –Shirt Quilt (old T shirts)
WTB: Waiting to Begin
These are projects that I want to do and have queued up to do once time permits. Either I already have the fabric for the project or I’m so excited about it that it’s on this list anyway.
- Four patch Dog Bed (Stash)
- Deck Cushions/pillows
- Oh Lollipop (lollipop)
- Woven Jelly Roll Rug (Basic Grey Basics)
- Diamonds (Brooklyn Heights)
- Swing Patch (Black/White/Red and UGA prints)
- Japanese Boxes (no fabric yet)
- Winter Moon (no fabric yet)
LIS: Lost in Stash
These are projects I planned to do and so I bought the fabric or the kit, but it’s still sitting in my stash, lost among all the potential projects that I could do. These are just the parts of my stash that were earmarked for a specific project. I’ve somehow never gotten around to working on them or slating them in my waiting to begin queue. Ultimately, they may end up as some other project from what they were originally slated for as I keep forgetting about them. Right now, they’re merely Lost in my Stash.
# Kits not started or in queue: 7
# projects (with fabric purchased) not started or in queue: 9
I think any list of things to be done should be balanced by a list of things already done. Since I’m actually quite surprised to realize how much I accomplished in my first year of quilting, I’ve listed my completed projects below.
Completed Projects in 2010
- Hankie Quilt
- Dino Rag Quilt
- High Light Quilt
- Easy Does It!
- Grandma’s Bouquet
- Verna Quilt
- Four Patch Dog Bed
- Sassy Slide
I’m glad I’ve taken the time to categorize my quilting projects. I’ve realized while doing this that I have a number of projects I can blog about. And here I was thinking I was all out of stuff to talk about.