A little early for New Year’s resolutions, I know. But I tend to organize my mind pretty rigidly into weeks, months, years… So I’ve already been thinking quite a bit about “2014 quilts.”
When I think about 2014 quilts, I think about how much I don’t want to finish (most of) my WIPs.
(Click the images to go to the posts about these quilts)
I’m trying to figure out why I don’t want to finish these quilts and what to do about it.
2014 will be my 3rd year of intense, obsessive quilting. I can’t believe how far I’ve come, especially this year. I have learned so much and worked so hard and had so much fun getting here!
But once in a while it’s good to reassess how things are going:
- Are you making quilts you like?
- Are you still having fun?
After my reassessment I’ve made 2 decisions about 2014:
I’m going to finish most of my WIPs by making them into baby quilts. I will finish the green and white Christmas quilt as planned because it’s almost done. I’m not going to do the red and white one at all. (Anyone need any 2.5 by 6.5 inch solid red?) I’m definitely not throwing anything away. Some cut pieces will go into my scrap bin. At this point I don’t think I’ll have to scrap anything already sewn together, which is good. I’m just going to scale back the size of some projects and call them finished.
When all (ALL) of my WIPs are off my list, I’m going to try a new 2-part strategy:
- I want to try to focus on just one quilt at a time. I’ve realized that I get more and more tired of projects the longer they hang around. Probably you more-experienced quilters have realized this lesson long ago! I won’t be too strict with myself if it’s in my best interest or the quilt’s best interest to have a break. But I definitely think having 5, 6, 7… 10 quilts going at once is making me unhappy. I want the freedom to join quilt-alongs and start exciting new projects without WIP guilt.
- I’m going to use the fabric, patterns, and ideas I’m excited about right now because that can change so fast. I want to use my fabrics with reckless abandon, knowing that the next great fabric line is always around the corner. Have you seen this or this?
I’ve also been thinking about quick quilts vs. true modern heirlooms. But I think that probably deserves its own post.
How many WIPs do you? Do they bug you late at night?