I make lists. Lots of lists. I’m the type of person that adds to a list just so I can cross it off the list. I like to see that I completed something. I like to look back at my lists and see what I accomplished. At the beginning of each new year, I like to create a list of the quilt projects I plan to finish. Generally, the list gets longer and the finishes are fewer. I seem to spend a lot of time creating lists and less time doing what’s on the list.
Last year, I didn’t make a list. In fact, I haven’t been working off a written list all year. Instead, I focused on my current project and worked on it until it was done, then I moved on to the next project. In 2016, I completed 3 baby quilts and 1 queen size quilt, from start to finish. I made progress on several other projects. I also stitched up several items for my grandchildren: baby burp cloths, baby bibs, baby blankets, doll clothes, and lined curtain panels. I also didn’t post much on my blog. Seems I get more done when I stitch and avoid the blogosphere.
Lately, I hear more & more quilters are trying to downsize their stashes and complete UFOs, WIPs, or whatever you call them. I’ve been trying to do that, as well, but find myself obsessing about the particulars. I can be a perfectionist. But, I’ve decided I need to jump in and just do them. I can’t take too long making a decision. So, now that I have caught up on current projects, I decided to jump into a WIP and get it done.
I picked up a table topper I put together last September, from a kit I bought several years ago. I bought the project so that I could try my hand at a scalloped edge treatment. I spray basted the top, batting & backing together and started quilting. After stitching around an inner border with a walking foot, I started free motion quilting organic designs. In no time, the topper was finished. I marked the scalloped edge, stitched the line, and trimmed away the fabric edge. A couple rows of echo quilting along the scalloped edge and I’m ready for the binding.
Well, I’m feeling pretty satisfied with my progress and excited to have a finish in sight. Makes me want to pull out another project and get it done. So, meet me back here next week and I’ll show you what I’ve accomplished. And, maybe after several more weeks, I’ll begin to see a dent in those UFOs and WIPs.