We all have skeletons in our closet, right? Some might be bigger than others, but we all have little things we are not proud of. Well for me, one of those skeletons is covered in quilts. I actually I think I heard it give a muffled cry from under a large stack of quilt tops that fell on it. Today is the day, I'm ready to air all my quilty skeletons in hopes that during the next year I can give them life. I think I actually made this same declaration last year, but I mean it this year, and I hope you will join me.
For purposes of my own quilts I have made myself three categories, UFO's (unfinished objects), WIP's (works in progress) and Kits (quilt kits), and define them as follows (you may define them very differently than I do):
UFO's--if you are an unquilted quilt top and you live in my house, you are a UFO. Sorry, just a fact. Unless you went from my Viking Sapphire straight to my Sweet Sixteen, you have been skipped over for some other shinny object or squirrel. It's not that I don't love you, I just think we need a break from each other.
WIP's--if I have chopped you up, or started stitching you together, and have left you abandoned in a plastic tote due to a distraction or maybe I'm waiting on more instructions to finish you, you are a WIP. Some things must marinate before they can cook.
Kits--you are fabric that I purchased with a specific end result in mind. You are my fantasy quilts. I pull you out occasionally and drool and pet you. I hope that one day I will turn you into a finished quilt. No WIPing and no UFOing.
Now that that is out of the way, I created myself a step one, in gaining control of my problem. How can I hope to finish the quilts I have, if I'm not honest with myself and acknowledge how many there are and what they are? So that is where I begin.
I made myself a list in excel of all the quilt tops laying around the house (both mine and David's) that need quilting. I also took pictures and measured each quilt. I realize that might seem like a lot of work, but now, I know what is out there, its size and can see a quick picture to jog my memory. Fifty-five quilt tops (ranging in all sizes) is a lot to remember. You read that correct. 55. I haven't listed them here on the blog (that would take forever) but I will slowly introduce them to you over the next year.
They live on the top of this bookcase or...
on top of this tote if they are already basted. Well, Wayward Transparency isn't basted, but I was too tired to climb a stool to the top of the bookshelf.
I've also made a list of my WIP's (it's much smaller)
- Dog Gone Cute Quilt
- Sugar Skull Quilt
- Sewcial Bee Sampler (quilting along with Sandra)
- Medallion Quilt (BOM)
- 2017 Aurifil BOM
- Moda Modern Building Blocks
- Spinning Friendship Stars (guild exchange blocks)
- Orphan blocks from Pat Sloan's 2014 Globetrotting
And now, I'm going to let you in on my fantasy quilts, the ones I hope to be making soon (some have been with me for a long time)
- Strawberry Social Quilt
- Layercake Sampler Quilt
- Deer Panel
- Christmas Tree Panel
- Woodruff Quilt
- Cabin Fever Quilt
- The Great Outdoors Quilt
- Technicolor Galaxy
- A Craftsy Kit I can't remember it's name
- A secret project for a blog hop
So that is the state of my sewing projects. Did I miss anything? Probably. Am I going to beat myself up if I have? No. I'll just add it to the list and move one. The point is to have fun and create finishes and I'm really looking forward to that. I am going to release any guilt I feel for creating such a mess of projects.
So how did you fair in your hunt for your UFO's? I hope your numbers are smaller than mine (okay a little part of me hopes someone has more than me). I look forward to working with everyone in busting our UFO's!