So how did I do on my list of UFOs/WIPs?!? Here is the same mosaic that started with 2013:
|Tracking Progress on the UFOs/WIPs from the Start of 2013|
- The red check marks are finishes--for a total of 7 (I hadn't included the photo of the Oh My Stars Challenge that was completed early January): Fluttering and Voluptuous Vortex; Koi Fish One Block Wonder; McCalls Mystery Quilt Challenge; Black and White Slashed Quilt (which was started 4 or 5 years ago--so one of my oldest UFOs); Butterfly One Block Wonder and Run for Color.
- The yellow Ps are projects where I made progress but unable to complete (top left to right).
- The Dresden Quilt has since been redesigned, reassembled, borders added and is layered and ready for quilting
- Twister quilt squares are now sewn into rows that need to be assembled before twisting
- Rainbow Vs quilt top now has a variety of fabrics purchased to audition for borders
- Black Opals & Ribbon Candy (broken dishes block) had so many assembled HSTs that I had enough for 2 quilt tops! So I went to work finalizing the sashing fabrics with a warm version and a cool version, added borders, layered and more than halfway FMQed. I was really hoping I would be able to finish both before the new year but I am stuck on how to FMQ the center hour glass shapes and borders. So hopefully these won't be on my UFO list for much longer!
- The grey ?s are 3 projects that I am still deciding whether to even pursue as I am no longer in love with these projects, hate the fabrics and/or have little interest in completing. I just need to lose the guilt and decide whether to donate them as they are to Philanthropy or finish them and then donate them to Philanthropy?!?
- That leaves 4 more projects that sat in my studio untouched this year:
- Dixie self portrait was tucked away in a drawer as it was simply too painful for me to work on after we lost her in early January
- Kool Kaleidoscope quilt is layered and queued up for quilting
- Bella Roma paper pieced quilt is just so intricate and I have set it aside until I have the FMQ skills to do it justice
- Crazy quilt is also tucked away as it is just lower on my priority list.
Finishing up old UFOs is only half the equation. I also had to either resist new project temptations (ha ha ha) and/or work quickly to finish up newly started projects so they did not add to the pile of UFOs. Which route do you think I took?!? Let's see how the new projects fared:
|Fresh New Starts & Finishes from 2013|
Each of these finishes have been posted earlier in the year. It should be noted that for the first few months I held on strong with regards to resisting new projects until April arrived. One of my college friends was expecting her second daughter and I simply had to make her a baby girl quilt. But I managed to start and finish it in just one weekend, so there was no lingering UFO/WIP--just a mere distraction from tackling all those UFOs. That quick project opened Pandora's Box and I was soon starting a myriad of new projects but worked hard to keep them from becoming a future UFO. In fact, 31 projects were started this year, with 27 finishes and only 4 projects will be carrying over into 2014 for an 87% completion rate!:
|2013 New Projects that are WIPs|
Starting top left and going clockwise:
- Double Wedding Ring: I need to rework a few of the sub-units for better matching seams, before I can assemble rows/columns. Design and color-wise, this one has quilt show potential, so I want my workmanship to match.
- Free Motion Quilting Sampler: This is the free pattern that accompanies Leah Day's Free Motion Filler Volume 1 Craftsy Class. In my attempt to find a more efficient way of assembling the blocks, I accidentally sewed the strips to the wrong ends and chose to trim off those seams rather than rip, yielding slightly smaller blocks but not a huge issue. At this time, the blocks are all assembled into 7 or 8 rows and just need be assembled, add borders and layer for some fun FMQ filler practice!!
- Butterflies in Free Motion: This was one of the workshops from PIQF. I finished fusing one of the butterflies in class, but wanted to do 2 more to do the full pattern. Since PIQF, I have traced all the patterns onto fusible and just need to fuse/assemble the 2 remaining butterflies, add borders and it too will be ready for FMQing!
- Hummingbird Quilt: this was started in Kathy McNeil's Feathers are Flying workshop. I loved the fused hummingbirds, but wanted to do something different for the background, so I have since created the grid background, 3-D flowers and need to sort out the 3-D vines and order of assembling/quilting before it is complete.
I am pleased with my progress this year and find the studio is less cluttered with UFOs haunting me daily. As I did not completely eradicate my UFOs, I may carry this resolution into 2014 as I'd love to lose the guilt of unfinished projects. I will also try to be thoughtful when starting new projects, but there simply is no cure to my Quilter's ADD! :-)