Wednesday, 8 February 2012

WIP Wednesday No. 14

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the number of unfinished projects lying around the house? It's hard to write a blog when you feel like you're making absolutely no progress.

I had limited myself by saying that I'm not allowed to start a new project until I've finished all the ones in progress but there are so many there that I'm still making very little inroads. The new vow is that I will pick one project and work on it until it is complete. No mixing it up, no taking a break and doing something else, just a concerted effort to finish up this pile of WIPs.

I'm going to bring the projects out of the closet so I can see exactly what there is to do:

Mum's Sofa Quilt

This quilt has been finished, quilted on the Gammill, trimmed and waiting to be bound for weeks. Time to pull my finger out and get it done!

Strawberry Patch Quilt

I started quilting this quilt in August! August! It won't take much to get it finished and I can't wait to see it done. Hopefully it will be done before next summer!

Pear Tree Quilt

My Pear Tree fabrics by Thomas Knauer arrived and they are absolutely gorgeous! Although this isn't, technically, a WIP because it isn't yet started, it is high on the list of priorities. To enter the competition you had to promise to make a quilt for the charity Bumble Beans Basics.

I quickly drew up this design with a woven foreground. I didn't want to distract from the fabrics and some of them are quite large prints so I thought this would showcase them well. I'd like to get it done by the end of March so it's high on the list.

Block of the Month

The only odd-one-out on the list is my Block of the Month project. I won't be doing all of these at once but I will make sure to get them done at the beginning of every month.

Wedding Ring Quilt

Another quilt with a deadline. I received my save the date card (well, it was actually a save the date Facebook message - they're on a budget) so it needs to be done by August. At the moment I have 8 curves pieced. That's not good progress.

Hex-a-long Quilt

Eeek. I'm not sure my willpower will last out this long. If I get all the other projects done I might allow myself to do this in tandem with other things. I may get sewing machine withdrawal symptoms if I can only hand piece for months on end.

Vinatge Quilt Restoration

This is a silk heirloom quilt handed over by a friend of my mum's. There are patches where her naughty husband left a biro with the lid off. When the ink was cleaned off, the colour came out the silk so I've been commissioned to appliqué something on the top to hide the bleached patches.

And finally....

Here's the pile of pre-cuts I have to make pretty things out of. I'm not allowed to touch them until everything above is done. If that isn't motivation, I don't know what is!

Phew! That's a long list and it doesn't even include all the many knitted items I've started since I started at Woolaballoo. At least I can work on those at work. Hopefully I can post soon with some real progress.


  1. Oh my goodness, bind that quilt and then it will be out of your hair and brainspace!! Usually I don't have many WIP going at the same time, but right now I have two and it's driving me CRAZY! Good luck whittling down your WIP list!

  2. I find that when I have too many projects to finish I pick a new something that is real quick so I can start and finish it in a short amount of time. It is a reward and you know "you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar". After just making a few pillowcases and some burp cloths I found I had the energy and enthusiasm to drag my UFOs out of the closet. I absolutely love your Pear Tree fabric collection. It is gorgeous! Don't be so strict with yourself that you delay starting it til your peak of desire dips and your excitement wears thin. Oh, and I like your safety pin background,too.

  3. Oh, Jill! I love your post and projects and I think your idea is a great one! I'll have to follow your lead :)

  4. I think I can see those shot cottons sitting in that box up there, they are such gorgeous colours, aren' they? I'm tempted to do some hand sewing with them I have to say.

  5. I'm trying o reduce the UFOs (or PHDs sounds more intelligent!) too, but not lung too well!

    1. Let's try again, without spellcheck's help, eh? The PHD reduction isn't GOING too well (!) I try and have hand sewing for family / car / tv time as well as machine sewing projects. I love the design for the pear tree, how are you going to make the blocks?

  6. I don't like lots of WIP's. It makes me get all edgy. I keep a hand project and a machine project and maybe an extra. That's all I can deal with!