Submitted by Liz M.
There are many terms for projects that are partially completed: Works in Progress (WIPs), Unfinished Objects (UFO), Projects in Grocery Bags (PIGs) and others. If you have been quilting for awhile, you may have accumulated a group of projects or patterns that need some work to finish them up.
I have been quilting for over 40 years (wow!) and have quite a collection. Most of my WIPs are completed tops that simply need to be layered and quilted. They have not been finished for a few reasons: my piecing skills surpass my quilting skills, I enjoy piecing and starting new projects! I also have a number of projects with many blocks completed but not assembled. I see new blocks or techniques and head off in their direction.
Recently, I was cleaning my sewing space and unearthed some of my WIPs. I counted 8 quilt tops ready for layering/quilting, one partially finished top and several groups of blocks. These are in addition to patterns and fabric in the “to do” stack. Hmmmm-time to make a plan.
The blogosphere has multiple ideas to work on our project stash. They include One Monthly Goal (OMG), One Weekly Goal (OWG), Finish It Up Friday, UFO Busting and One Thing Challenge. I considered each of these and decided I would start small with the One Thing Challenge hosted by Amy Ellis: https://www.amyscreativeside.com/2019/05/06/one-thing-challenge/ Her suggestion is to make a commitment to doing one thing a week, even if it is only 10 minutes of something.
I dug out the hexagon quilt I have been working on for years and realized I had less than a quarter of the top to finish. In the past two months, I have worked on it each week and I finished hand piecing the hexagons this week! The next step is to find a border fabric and then appliqué the hexagons down. The final decision will be how to quilt it! My goal is to finish this quilt in 2020 which should be doable if I stick to the once a week commitment.
How many WIPs do you have? How do you organize your WIPs? Do you have a system for working on your WIPs? What suggestions do you have for other quilters? Please leave your ideas in the comments below!