I’m working on a bucket list for quilting, more for my sanity to get it down on paper and out of my brain than for public consumption. The #1 item is to finish the myriad projects I’m already working on. Some are whiling away in boxes, some I am actively working on. It’s gotten a little out of control; I have eight!
Strip-pieced lone star
I’m making this from A Simpler Time (along with a Somerset Cottage print and maybe some linen), based on a pattern in Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. The Sew You Want To Quilt group I’m in at the local Viking Gallery is working on Lone Stars, so this is part of that class. We tried paper piecing them too. Yuck. I’ve made progress on one of the four stars, but I haven’t decided on what to use for the background fabric. I’m going to present a couple of choices to the group on Monday. AFD: Christmas 2011 — Fates provide, this will be a Christmas present for my grandparents. I think we’re ending the class in a couple of weeks though, so the top might be done by then. The Synchronized Squares Quilt
This QAL is technically over, but I’m not yet finished. The first row is done, but the remaining blocks are in various states of completion. AFD: Christmas 2011 — This is for a family member. I don’t normally give them Christmas presents (I generally limit those to the under-18 crowd and parents/grandparents), but I wanted to make this for them, and I generally only see them around Christmas (since I live 1200 mi. away).
- Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
To be fair, it’s not supposed to be finished for some time, but it’s indeed not finished, so here it is. Two blocks a week (more or less) means 55 weeks or 13 months.
AFD: Early 2013 — I still have a full year’s worth of two-block weeks, not to mention sashing, borders, and quilting. I’m giving myself a lot of time, because something this time-intensive deserves a lot of thought put into the actual quilting at a level that I don’t currently have equipment for. But, I do plan on having a better machine by this time next year, so we’ll see how it goes.
- The Miniatures nine-patch
I started this on a whim in February, but other, more time-sensitive projects sidetracked any progress. So far, I have a pile of nine-patches, a finished heart block that is the size of four nine-patch blocks, and strip units that need to be cut down and sewn into the remaining 70 or so blocks I need.
AFD: Valentine’s Day 2012 — That’s an arbitrary deadline as I have no specific plans for it, but it’s a year (minus a day or two) from its start. A good window, I think. I need to pull the strip units out, cut them down, and possibly use them as leaders and enders.
- SYWTQ Applique project
This was the last Sew You Want To Quilt project. We went through different types of applique. My applique section is done, but I still need to finish up borders, then sandwich and quilt it. I think it’ll finish at 24″×30″ or something like that, so a wall hanging unless I decide to make it into a pillow as the original pattern suggested.
AFD: March 2012 — It’s Easter-ish, so hopefully I can finish it by then.
- Spring QAL Bag
Not exactly a quilt, but I never completed the bag that goes with the Spring QAL quilt I finished back in May. It was supposed to be done in early June, but we got back from vacation and I never started working on it. AFD: July 31, 2011 — It’s cut out, I just need to assemble it. Sounds like the perfect project for the UMQG sew-together this weekend, but we’ll say end of the month just in case. The Bird’s Nest quilt
I started this for my mom, but then a block disappeared and I made her something else. I did buy the fabric needed to recreate the block, now I just need to finish the quilt. AFD: ? — I’m in no hurry. I’m not all-together pleased with how it is turning out. When I do finish it, it’ll probably go to charity. The Wedding quilt
This quilt was the first one I ever started working on, planned as a present for my cousin. I cut out all the pieces for the blocks and made about 10 of the blocks, but haven’t touched it since. I gave him and his wife the bargello quilt instead. AFD: ? — Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever finish this one as I originally intended it to look, but I may whip up a quick charity quilt by adding sashing to the currently completed blocks, and eventually use the rest of the pieces I’ve cut in other configurations.
And let’s not mention the other UFPs I have sitting about that aren’t quilting based…
I’m not going to make promises I can’t keep, so the words “I’m finishing these before I start anything else” will not pass my lips (or fingers, as it were. Except, of course, enclosed in quotes as they just did). In fact, I already know of a bucket list project that I’ll be starting this fall. But, I have a couple months to make a dent in this current list, so my goal for now is to reduce it to perhaps six unfinished projects.
I’m psyching myself up to limit myself to only five projects as yet unfinished at a time, ever. Don‘t hold your breath—I have a feeling it’ll take a while. I have such horrible project ADD.
Do you have a limit for works in progress, or does your list look a bit like mine?