Thursday, January 5, 2012

WIP Inventory & Skeletons

After I wrote my first WIP Wednesday post of 2012 yesterday and checked out some of my fellow WIP'rs, I noticed that many of them keep a sort of tally at the end of their posts.  Something kinda like this:

This Week's Stats
Completed Projects
New Projects
Currently in Process

I love making lists and am one of those people that once so many things get crossed off the list, I have to rewrite what is left onto a new list.  Yep, I'm one of those people.  This got me thinking that I probably should take stock of just how many WIP (works in progress) I do have...which is kinda frightening; because as I'm writing this I FEEL like I have ALOT of unfinished things going on.  But then again, one doesn't really know until they take stock of what is hanging around.

The other thing I'm wondering is when does something stop being a WIP...and I don't mean when it's complete (that's obvious).  What I mean is when is something an eternal WIP or WIP Skeleton, as I'm calling it.

It's inventory time, people...walk with me.

------------------ Works in Progress -----------------

Snapshot Quilt
Top is Pieced...Yes
Quilting & Binding...No

String Block Quilt
made with blocks from the Simply Strings Bee members
Top is Pieced...Yes
Quilting & Binding...No

LouBee Quilt
Top is Pieced...No
I love these blocks as my LouBee girls from the STLMQG made them for me.

Small Plate "Innocent Crush" Quilt
Top is Pieced...No
I have made pretty good headway in finishing the blocks though

Blue/Yellow Improv Quilt
Top is Pieced...No
I do pull this out routinely and make another block or two.

Mod Mosaic Quilt
**Sadly this never got off the ground properly, as I only received back 5 of the 12 blocks
I sent out as part of a Quilting Bee that ended last year; but I will finish this one day, even if it's just compiling the blocks I do have into something small.**

Linen Quilt
Top is Pieced...Yes
**This was meant as a gift and while I have the backing and thread ready to go.  I'm questioning my choice to use linen as the's literally 95% of the top.  I'm envisioning it to be a shifty mess; but I'm probably not giving it a chance.**

----------------------- WIP Skeletons ----------------------

Que the music...dun, dun, dun

Orange/Brown Quilt
**This was supposed to be a Shower gift for a co-worker like 7 years ago.  This was back when I was quilting very sporadically (like every 2 years) and hated everything that I made because the quilting never looked right.  I have since been introduced to a Walking Foot (duh!).  This top measures approx. 36 x 48 in and is completely pieced; but I think that's where our relationship is ending.  It coincidentally is sitting in the same plastic tub with its WIP Skeleton in crime below.

Improv Quilt
**So, I had made an improv quilt for a fundraiser (sadly don't have a single photo of it) and loved it so much that I wanted a similiar one for myself; but in a different palette  I remember being super-excited with my fabric selections and thrilled with the first 2 "blocks" I did; but then life kinda got in the way.  I packed it up, years have gone by and here it is sitting in a plastic tub and I hate it**


Do you have some eternal WIP skeletons around your house?  I'd love to hear about them. what to do with the 2 WIP Skeletons above is the question.

As for including my tally list in future WIP Wednesday posts...let me think about that one for a while.  Maybe making this visual list is enough for me right now.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Finish of the New Year

Okay, so technically I have been working on this the last few weeks in December; but coincidentally the binding was finished this morning, January it kinda counts. 

When my Sister's Fiance', who is like the world's biggest Harry Potter fan, jokingly mentioned that I should make him a Harry Potter Quilt, I don't think he realized that I'd actually follow-through.  I mean, who really makes a Harry Potter Quilt...and especially one that doesn't "SCREAM" Harry Potter.

I found Owlsea's Pattern for a Hogwarts crest and did some intense paper piecing.  I did enlarge the pattern though, as the original was only going to finish at 5", mine is about 10".

While I had the key feature finished, I had no idea what I was going to do with the rest of the quilt.

Finally, I came across this quilt in my Flickr Favs and after consulting with my Sister, we both agreed that I was on the right track. 

So, I give you my take on a Harry Potter Quilt.

Oh yeah, did I mention we are having wind gusts up to 30 mph today

And of course as an added bonus, I stitched the "Deathly Hallows" into the quilt too.  I'm not gonna tell him about that, let's see how long it takes him to find.

He'll be in town this coming weekend for a late Christmas and will find this waiting for him.

Oh come you wouldn't wrap a Harry Potter quilt like this? 

Happy New Year!!!