Somewhere in December I decided that I needed to do something in 2012 about my Work-in-Progress Problem. The problem being 1. I can’t stop adding more WIPs to the pile, and 2. I never seem to take any projects OFF the WIP pile. So I started tossing around the idea of aiming to do 12 projects over the course of the year. I often have ideas like this, but I don’t very often work up ways to make them happen. You know how goals are supposed to be S.M.A.R.T.? Specific, Measurable, Something, Something, and Time-Bound? I’m not very good at working those bits out. But the lovely ofenjen at Sewhooked (and Fandom in Stitches) worked that loose idea up into something more specific and created a flickr group and a Facebook group and graphics (see above!), which you can read more about here. And now there are other people participating in the idea too, including quite a few of the regular video posters at Talk to Me Tuesday. All of which is pretty exciting.
More exciting, for me personally anyway, is the sheer thought of actually completing 12 projects. Twelve projects that I’ve been sitting on for, in some cases, years. I’m an easily distractable crafter. I like to start new things; if it’s shiny, my eyes are drawn towards it. But it’s just not sustainable. I can’t house dozens of unfinished projects. I hate being asked what I’ve made and having to say Not Much. So here’s my twelve projects for 2012.
I should say, also, that what I’m calling “Done” varies pretty wildly based on where the project is currently at. I don’t want to be too demanding of myself, and thus not accomplish anything, so I’m trying to be realistic about what I’m likely to finish on any given project this year. If a step is in brackets, that means it needs to be done, but I’m not counting it as part of my goal for the year.
January – Double Wedding Ring Table Runner
This is a project I started in 2005 (I think!) and intended to give to my mom. I was living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the time and took a class at Periwinkle Quilting with a friend of mine. She finished her top (done in black and brights) straight away, but mine sort of languished and then languished some more.
Edited to add: Finished 13 February 2012.
What needs to be done
2. Repair (I know there is at least one split seam…)
February – Mermaid Mod Times Quilt top
This is one of my newer projects, something I started around this time last year. It was part of a quilt-along at Twin Fibers, but I had a genius plan to make mine almost four times larger than the baby-sized sample. I think it’s great looking and I want to have it finished definitely, but it’s sewn together with a million y-seams and it just takes a while to make progress. Also, because you add each piece individually, rather than adding rows, adding each new piece means dragging the entire finished quilt top along to the machine for every seam. Frustrating!
This isn’t a very up-to-date photo as I’ve actually got the first half of it pieced with aqua tiles expanding it out to a much larger size than it appears here on my design wall.
What Needs to be Done
1. Finish piecing the top
(2. Baste, quilt, and bind… or send this one away to be quilted, then bind it.)
March – Poppy Quilt
This top has been complete for quite a while, a year at least, but I want to send it away to be quilted because I don’t think I could do it justice. (Actually, I know I couldn’t. Not right now, anyway.) My part in finishing this one up will be pretty small, just binding it once it’s back, but first I need to find where I put the backing material so that I can send it away. (And I need to get over my fear of the telephone and call a local long-arm quilter about it…)
What Needs to be Done
1. Press the top
2. Find, press, and sew together the backing fabric.
3. Get top and back to a quilter.
April – Pink Bento Box Charity Quilt
I do have more blocks than this photo shows, but this gives a good enough idea of what the project will be like. I can’t recall how many blocks I have, but I hope it’s either 16 or 20 so that it will make a somewhat decent sized quilt, as I intend to donate this one to charity. At my work we always do fund-raising for four charities, including Breast Cancer Research, so this quilt once finished will be raffled off with any proceeds going to that fund. (I hope in future years to create a quilt for Prostate Cancer research, another of our fundraisers.)
What Needs to be Done
1. Piece additional blocks if necessary (I’d like it to be at least 5-ft square, for a lap quilt.)
2. Piece together top
More later or tomorrow, once I fish up some old photos of some more projects… or you can watch my video where I jibber on about all twelve projects, archived in this post.