It’s been a while since I updated my project list. (It was April to be exact) After reading a post on UFO’s at That Crazy Quilty Girl, I was about to comment and thought, hmmm, maybe I should see where I am. You may remember that in this post I decided to change the terms I use to describe my status. If you’d like to see my descriptions of these categories, they’re in the original post.
Back to Lisa Marie’s questions, she was pondering the state of UFOness in the quilting blog world. She’s a start it and finish it girl and she was curious about those of us with UFO’s. I came up with these descriptions because I don’t really like the phrase UFO. It gives me the impression that the projects have been abandoned. I don’t have any in that stage. I have 1 project that I started and didn’t like. I’ve added the fabric to my stash/scraps and consider the project over. It’s not unfinished because I’ve now changed my intentions for it. I’m never going to do it, so I don’t consider it unfinished. I sometimes change my priorities. For example, I was working on the Happy Quilting QA and Mod Times QA when I needed to go stay with my grandma while she had surgery, so I put that project on hold and found a hand project that I could travel with. I’m really enjoying having a hand project, so I’ll probably continue to keep a hand project in progress. While our house was being worked on and we were staying in a hotel, I took my sewing machine to catch up on both of these. In the meantime, I needed to complete a baby quilt I had been working on. It was a combination of hand applique and machine piecing , so I had been working on it in conjunction with the two QA’s. Did I completely lose you?
Basically, I try to limit how many are “in progress” at any one time. Sometimes, I have a project come up for a specific need that has to take precedence over another project I’ve been working on. Sometimes, like with the Paris BOM, I start but for some reason I don’t want to keep going. In this one, it was because it was above my skill level at the time I started. I’ve improved since then and now I’m ready to start it up again. I kept in on my WIP list so that I wouldn’t loose track of it. If I decide I don’t want to continue with a project, then I deconstruct it back into my stash. Periodically, I stop and focus just on finishing part of my WIP list.
I like to finish projects, but I also like variety. I find that Quilt Alongs are a nice way to have some variety as typically, I can’t sit down and finish one from start to finish as I’m waiting for the next step to be posted. In between steps, I work on other projects.
So, on to my status updates. Since April when I last posted this list, I’ve completed 4 projects, added 1 project to the WTQ status, Added 3 WIP’s, and moved 1 from waiting for inspiration to waiting to begin. I think that’s pretty good considering we’ve remodeled the house and I’ve spent a few weeks out of town helping family.
WTQ: Waiting to be quilted
- Disappearing 9 patch (Maison De Garance) (still needs backing material)
- Flower Patch (fun flowers)
- Freckled Whimsy QA (12 days of Christmas)
- Simply Silly (Make Life)
- Mod Times Quilt (Finished in June) – I’m planning to quilt this one in the next few weeks.
WFI: Waiting for inspiration
- 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.
- 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
- Happy Quilting QA (Lilac Hill) – 16 blocks completed, waiting for additional fabric.
- Postage Stamp QA (Black and White Prints) – Blocks ready to assemble – need to pull a few seams before block assembly.
- Paris BOM Quilt (Maison De Garance) – 1 Block completed, 11 to go
- Freckled Whimsey QA (Happy) – Fabric Cut
- T –Shirt Quilt (old T shirts) – Shirts cut, waiting for interfacing (need to purchase)
- Star Quilt (Travel quilt/hand project) – Center star and 1st row completed.
- The Farmer’s Wife Sampler – 2 blocks done (goal is 2 blocks per week)
- Hexalong - Christmas Tree Wall Hanging – designed, fabrics chosen, ready to cut.
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)
- Denim Quilt (using old blue jeans): This was in the waiting for Inspiration category in April. It’s now slated to be a tailgating quilt. and needs to be completed by Sept 1.
- Diamonds (Brooklyn Heights)
- Woven Jelly Roll Rug (Basic Grey Basics)
- Swing Patch (Black/White/Red and UGA prints)
- Winter Moon (no fabric yet)
LIS: Lost in Stash
# Kits not started or in queue: 7
# projects (with fabric purchased) not started or in queue: 9
Completed Projects in 2010/ 2011
- Hankie Quilt
- Dino Rag Quilt
- High Light Quilt
- Easy Does It!
- Grandma’s Bouquet
- Verna Quilt
- Four Patch Dog Bed
- Sassy Slide
- Deck Cushions/pillows (completed since April)
- Oh Lollipop (lollipop) (completed since April)
- Japanese Boxes (completed since April)
- Mom’s Prayer Quilt (completed since April)