January is for UFO's
Update: Oops! Apparently I forgot to mention that "UFO" stands for "Un-Finished Object"! Some people also call them "WIPs" for "Works In Progress" and some people say UFOs are different than WIPs (WIPs you're actually working on, UFOs you're kind of not but still want to). So hopefully the post title makes more sense now! Sorry!
I don't know about you, but once the holidays are over, I start to want to take stock of what projects I started last year (or before!) that aren't done yet. This is especially true of my quilts because they end up taking over this one corner of my workshop and blocking up the whole works! I always swear I'm only going to work on one project at a time, but it never seems to work out that way. Today I pulled them all out to look at them and get a feel for what's in the pile.
The very top of the pile was unfinished Christmas projects. I never know what to do with unfinished Christmas projects. Like the Christmas quilts for the kids (above and right). I mean, I want to finish them, but even if I do, we won't use them until next Christmas. So there's not a lot of motivation to work on them now when I have so many other things to do. But then, on the other hand, if I wait until closer to the holidays to work on them again, then there's a pretty strong likelihood that I'll be too busy with other holiday preparations and not be able to do them then, either!
It's probably best to just work on them now. You just have to promise to be interested when I'm sharing Christmas quilts in May, okay? :-)
The one that is furthest along is this one:
It was going to be a Christmas Tree skirt, but to be honest, I really struggle with the whole "tree skirt" idea. I mean, any fabric on my floor is going to end up covered with sap, needles, pet hair and dirt. I don't think I have the strength to do that to a quilt. So I'll just make this into a quilt and do something different with the tree.
I'm also only halfway through with this doll I'm making for Baby Girl from a vintage Holly Hobbie pattern. But it worked out because her grandma gave her a vintage stuffed frog and so the frog got to have the spotlight.
Next down in the pile were the quilts I was working on last summer and early fall when I was sewing like crazy to stay mentally healthy with everything going on. This is about the time that my sewing machine stopped working, and I had to start doing my patchwork on a garage sale machine I scrounged up for $10. But no quilting on that machine.
This quilt is a summer quilt for Baby Girl. It just needs to have the binding finished and it's finished!!
This is the top I made just to use all this crazy vintage-style fabric up since it's so cheery. There wasn't *quite* enough to just make a whole-cloth quilt so I mixed in some other things. I was thinking about tying this one since my machine is in the shop. I haven't decided yet.
Of course, you remember my Grandmother's last quilt. I finished my miniature replica top, now I just need my machine back so I can quilt it.
Interestingly, I also found a quilt top in the pile that I had completely forgotten about! I made it last fall, right when everything was at it's craziest. I just wanted to use up all these squares and blocks I had, so I mixed them all together, cut them all to the same size, and sewed them together. It worked out pretty well, although I don't generally use quilts this pale. I'm not sure what to do with it!
Next down in the pile were quilts I cut out last Spring for the kids but haven't done much sewing on. A second quilt for Baby Girl and two quilts for Rocket Boy.
And then, finally, at the bottom, the projects I'm stuck on.
The fabric I set aside to make pillowcases from. Do I still want to do pillowcases from these fabrics? Not sure.
The doll quilt that I made from my collection of doll quilt kits I bought several years ago. It's a really neat quilt, but more bold than I would usually choose. Do I finish it? Hang it up? What?
The granny square pillow cover I crocheted awhile back. I made the pillow sham part of it, so all I have to do is hand sew the crocheted part to the fabric part. I am pretty sure I can just do the edge, but is that right? Do I need to tack down the middle, too? And do I even like this pillow? Where in my house will it go? I'm not sure.
And finally, the log cabin I finished up early last year, maybe even before Spring. I got it all the way pinned and everything, then my sewing machine had all kinds of trouble with it. I thought it was the backing (I used a sheet and it's a little less slippery than quilt fabric) but it turns out the machine itself was having troubles. So then I was going to tie it. But then I kept stalling. I think it's because I didn't use the plain white sashing that I originally wanted to. I was trying to be economical and use up fabric I had. But I don't like the quilt nearly as much as with the white sashing. So, what do I do? Give it away and start over? Take it apart and redo it with white sashing? I really am not sure.
I should also confess that this isn't all of the unfinished projects I have in my collection. There are several more. These are just the ones I've finished or worked on in the last year and are still piled in the corner of my workshop. Guess it's time to figure out how to get them done or give them away, right?
I have unfinished projects in the house, too, that I'll share next. You know, furniture, rooms, walls....
Do you have any unfinished projects?