This milestone also got me thinking about all of the projects I've blogged about but never finished. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with it all: keeping track of it and while being influenced by other ideas and my own creativity.
This inspired me to actually inventory all of my WIPs to see just how bad it really was. I knew I had a lot but I was truly shocked by the number when I was finished. Want to know how many? Ten? Twenty? The correct answer is 35. Yes you read that correctly, thirty five WIPs -- anywhere from sketches and fabric bundles to just needing binding and a hem -- currently live in my sewing room.
That's bad. Really bad. But what makes it worse is that most of these are things I've started for other people, to celebrate milestones and accomplishments, which haven't yet made it to the intended recipients yet. For me, that defeats the purpose of making. I make because I love to but I also because I love to gift the things I make to people I love and care about. By not finishing these projects I'm really doing a disservice to those people. That's not okay with me and it needs to change.
I have set a goal of finishing up all of these WIPs in the next year. To keep myself accountable I'm going to share each of my WIPs here over the new few weeks and create a page for tracking the progress of each one. I'll blog about my progress and keep track of my finishes so that I know just where I stand. If I get really creative, maybe I'll create a button and a link-up if anyone else wants to play along.
Antique Black and White Mini Quilt
I picked up this fun antique mini quilt at MQX a few years ago (maybe two) and thought it would cute finished as a mini quilt to display on the wall.
It just needs binding and a good press.
Blue Moda Hourglass Wall Hanging
I found a charm pack of this Moda collection called Hearty Good Wishes at some point this year. It quickly became simple hourglass blocks but then dissappeared into one of my sewing boxes in what I'm sure was a mad attempt to clean up one day. I've been looking for it all summer. This was supposed to become a lap quilt for a friend who had a death in the family.
It just needs to be sewn together and have borders added.
Peach, Rose, and Plum Bee Blocks
I requested these colors in one of the first bee's I participated in back in early 2013. At the time they were supposed to become table decorations for my pending wedding, then a quilt to remember the day but the color scheme was scrapped and I never did anything with them. Earlier this year I pulled them out with the intent of making them into a baby quilt for a friend.
I need to piece the name of the baby, piece the top then quilt and bind.
Pink, Grey, and Yellow Bee Blocks
I started this sampler quilt back in February 2014 as part of several Bee Swaps. There are 26 blocks in total. I purchased border, binding, and backing fabric this past spring.
It needs to be pieced, have borders added, and then quilted and bound.
I started these as a quilt for my cousin who was graduating high school. I liked the blocks and the colors but didn't like them for him so I abandoned the idea in favor of a different approach (see the next line). I may make more blocks to finish this off into a baby quilt or small lap quilt. The fabrics are already cut. I just need to find them and sew them up.
Modern Double Cross Quilt
I can't share a picture of this quilt yet because it's a gift. I just need to finish piecing the improv top and then have it quilted and bound.
So there you have it. The first six WIPs. Only 29 to go.