Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday - The List Grows

My list of UFO's continues to grow at an astronomical rate.....

Here's what happened.....

I was going through every nook and cranny of the house where I have fabric stashed searching for more and more fabrics for my Vintage Valentine Quilt.  And during this frantic search I came across two abandoned/forgotten about projects.  Uh oh.....

The first one I found was  Zelda's Fancy Witch Hat by Crabapple Hill Designs.....
Crabapple Hill halloween embroidery
 It's supposed to look like this eventually......
Crabapple Hill halloween embroidery
And as you can see......I'm actually almost done with it.  I think this one might get promoted up to the Official Work In Progress Category (we'll just skip the Back Burner category) because I actually have a chance of getting it done by Halloween.

And the other one I found is this Gift  From The Sea Quilt that I think I started about 7-8 years ago.
Quilt Pattern by Verna Mosquera for the Vintage Spool
I didn't take any pictures of my actual blocks because they look So. Darn. Bad.  This was the first complicated applique pattern I've ever tried and it basically ended up being an experiment in testing out every applique method that exists.  It's worse than one of my "Monet Projects" actually looks like a mess close up AND far away!

I kind of don't know what to do about this one.  It's halfway done.....but I'm not sure I want to finish it.  I almost want to make an entirely new one using entirely different colors (oranges, aquas, lime greens) that match our current decor.  (The first one that I'm halfway through is the exact colors and fabrics in the original quilt seen above).  What do you think?  Have you ever completely abandoned a project when it's halfway done?

And the other thing that happened during this frantic fabric stash search was that I became convinced that I was going to run out of fabric one day and run out of quilting projects one day.  I know.....don't rational mind does realize that if I spent the next 20 years sewing for 8 hours a day I probably wouldn't be able to finish all the projects that I already have on my list.  And my rational mind also realizes that two of the three bedrooms of our house are basically FULL of fabric.  But rational thought doesn't apply when you're looking for fabric.  And I came up with ideas for about a zillion more projects that I just HAVE to make as I was searching through all of my fabric.  And I started making more of my little "Ready To Go" boxes full of fabric for some of them.  Double Uh Oh!
And if you saw my post the other day you know that I've actually made some progress in Hooterville and I started machine appliqueing the beaks and feet.  And I'm also more than halfway through the hand quilting on my Granny Square quilt!  But all progress came to a screeching halt yesterday when I woke up with a horrible knot/spasm/angry muscle thing in between my shoulder blades.  It's one of those knots where I can't turn my neck to look at something....I have to turn my whole body.  But an hour and a half long massage tomorrow morning and a four day Staycation that starts tomorrow ought to make that knot run for the hills! are this weeks stats.....

Finished Projects:  ZERO! 
Active WIPs:  6  - That number was 5 last week!
-Living Room Quilt:  No Progress
-Granny Square Quilt:  More than halfway done!
-Hooterville:  Started blanket stitching the beaks and feet!  Yay!
-Dollhouse:  No Progress
-Teeny, Tiny Hexie Project:  Almost Done!

-Zelda's Fancy Witch Hat
Next In Line:  Vintage Valentine!
Back Burner WIPs:  4
Ready To Go:  22 - That number was 12 last week!
Must Make:  10 - That number was 6 last week!
New Projects:  Umm.....this involves math.  I think I added 16 new projects to the list.  Do the long lost projects that I just found count as new projects?  If they do the number is now 18.  I think I need an intervention!
Forgotten/Abandoned Projects:  Hmmmm....what will I find hidden in the nooks and crannies next week???

Happy Sewing,


jane said...

Yes, you really can throw away a project - i have even thrown away a book or two in the middle of reading it -- i just didn't like it - and i wanted to make a statement by throwing it out. It is an acknowledgement of your right to Just Do It.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow.....that Witches hat is excuse me, "Sew Fabulous." With the season here soon, you should definitely float that one to the top.

Spoolhardy Girl said...

I just recently tossed a project! It was difficult at first but then I just thought I don't want this ugly thing on my shelf anymore, taking up space that could be fabric storage. So, out it went! Very therapeutic. :)

green23 said...

Yes. You can throw away a project or better yet gift it to a quilting friend.

You should know you are making me feel better about my WIPs :).


Malott said...

Wow.....that Witches hat is excuse me, "Sew Fabulous." With the season here soon, you should definitely float that one to the top.