WIPs – we all have them right? Those half finished projects lying in tubs, buckets, boxes in the dark reaches of closets. Sitting there, taunting us, emanating guilty feelings whenever we work with something new, fresh, or fun.
Why do so many of us feel guilty over those piles? Why are they considered different than the fabric sitting on the shelves unused? Or maybe your fabric stash taunts you as much as the stack of WIPs.
Recently, I counted up all the started, partially finished projects. And the number was a little shocking, and a little embarassing. 24. 24 started projects. Just laying in various states around my apartment. Some are fully completed tops, just waiting for quilting. Some are pattern pieces waiting for the courage to sew together (I’m looking at you Weekender). Some are barely half started – a few blocks made, a few more pieces cut, but hours and hours away from being finished. This doesn’t even count the fabric earmarked for “maybe someday” projects.
And why is there that little voice in my head saying 24 failures. 24 failures to finish. 24 lack of commitments. Each one of these started and unfinished items provided me joy at one point, provided a little bit of fabric play therapy, provided a small escape from the pressures of “real life”, so why are they adding pressure now?
Do I need some sort of WIP support group? Maybe, if it involves cookies. Will I ever finish all 24? Honestly, probably not. Will the number keep increasing? Hah, of course it will. Does it matter? No, not really, not to me. I’d like the number to be a little smaller, a little less daunting. I’d like to see my ideas come to fruition. But until the magic elves show up, I’ll work on them when I need that particular bit of therapy. Need to work on a yellow project? Yup, I’ve got one (or three) of those. Want to work on an improv, can’t mess up project? Yup, I’ve got one of those too. Really want to practice some FMQ skills? Well, I’ve got a few tops available. Options are nice. But, to provide a little more accountability to myself. If only so remember what my options are, and get that little high from crossing things off a list, here’s my WIP list:
1.) Tetris, quilt top
2.) Penny patch, quilt top
3.) Tie it on, quilt top
5.) Rhubarb Crisp, piecing
6.) Yellow Strings, piecing
7.) Bright Wonky Log cabins, piecing
8.) Wonky Cross, piecing
9.) Made fabric Triangles, piecing
10.) Seaside Improv, piecing
11.) Sliced 4-patch, cutting, piecing
12.) Ships and stars, planning, cutting, piecing
13.) Farmer’s Wife, 56 done, ##? to go
14.) Crazy 9-patch, new direction to go in
15.) Gypsy Wife, maybe catch up with QAL
16.) Lobster Quilt, piecing
17.) Simply Solids top, thinking
18.) Sparkle punch mini, binding
19.) Fix of Husband quilt, quilting
20.) do.Good top, finishing
21.) Yellow dresden, needs quilting
22.) Simply Color HST, piecing
23.) Retreat scraps top, cutting, piecing
24.) Hexacabin mini, piecing
Also, I just added the Truth Tea button to the side, so if you feel I’m completely off my rocker, and need a high dose of “finish it up already”, let me know. Though, I will caveat with this – I already know my pictures are horrible. 😀 A new camera is on the way for my birthday present.
Linking to WIP Wednesday, of course!