Confession time!

I have a confession to make….

I work on more than 1 project at a time….I might even work on more than 2 projects at a time….

Is that a bad thing?? I really don’t think so, and I suspect that I am not alone ;).

Some blocks from the Splendid Sampler book
Some splendid sampler blocks

I know there are some wonderful, disciplined, meticulous people out there that pick a project, collect the materials for that project, get to work on that project, and then FINISH that project, all within a very nice and reasonable time frame. Not me, no sir. It’s not that I don’t want to be just like these organized, fastidious crafters. But…. I …just… can’t…. do …it. Well, and maybe I don’t really want to~ teehee!

For me, working on only one project until completion is utterly boring. If I get bored with a project, I won’t want to finish it. So I’m better off putting a project aside for a few days…weeks…months….alright, sometimes YEARS, until I come across it and am totally excited about it again. And then it gets finished and everyone is happy.

A QAYG project!
A QAYG project

Sometimes I will come across an unfinished project and have no interest in it…maybe the colors are not my thing, or the design looks dated, and then I put it in my scrap bag that I donate. Hopefully someone else will enjoy finishing it. Or they can take the pieces apart and use what they want.

Oooh, I like these and really should finish them!
I really should finish this one!

 

You might think it’s a shame that I would leave a project so long that I don’t care for the color or design anymore. But I figure, even if I had finished it at the time I started it, I probably would be looking at that finished quilt now and be ready to get rid of it..after all, my tastes or preferences are what they are today.

The other day I wasΒ  sorting through my blanket box and found the very first quilt I ever made! I don’t care for it anymore and it is sitting in my yard sale box. But I am wondering if I should hold on to the very first quilt I ever made

My very first quilt!
My very first quilt

Being an undisciplined quilter has other advantages: It gives me a GREAT excuse to haveΒ  a large stash!

What would happen if I only bought enough fabric for one particular project, and then I decided at 10 pm on a Saturday night that I wanted to start a new project that was beckoning me. I would have to wait until I could get out and shop for the needed materials, and who knows when that might be? No, I think it’s much better to have a nice stash to choose fabrics from on a whim…not to mention the inspiration it provides me!

So, are you wondering how many projects I have on the go right now? Hmmm, even if I wanted to tell you, I don’t think I know the number! There are many, in various stages of completion. Everything from quilts that still need piecing, to quilts that need quilting. But I don’t believe I have any quilts that only need the binding ( I love doing the bindings on quilts, and won’t put that job off!). I tried to organize my quilts by what still needs doing, hoping to get more done that way, but that has proven fruitless.

So I will just continue with my merry ways…this is why some months it may seem that I am a powerhouse that just completes project after project, but in reality those quilts were all really close to being done. And those weeks when I seem to be a sloth and have nothing to show? It probably means I am starting a ton of new projects and have nothing to show off. So there you have it…the ugly wonderful truth :).

Alright, now it’s your turn to confess: How many projects do you currently have on the go? Come on, I won’t tell anyone πŸ™‚

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

P.S. Those quilts you see sprinkled throughout this post are some of the UFO’s I found in those baskets!


 

28 thoughts on “Confession time!

  1. How exciting to see all your works in progress, it makes me feel ever so better. I have project bags hanging on pegs with labels to remind me what is in all those bags. But then there are all the other projects in all sorts of containers in all sorts of “Spots” that are waiting again to be rediscovered and either loved or shared. Thank you so very much.

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  2. I am so happy to see all your works in progress! My problem is, I see something i want to do, while working on a current quilt; order the fabric (Yes, I am an arm chair shopper!), either download or order the pattern, then put it aside when it arrives. I will get to it as soon as I finish this one quilt. And, yes, next project comes along!!! There are so many “projects” in my sewing room and I can’t even remember which patterns go with the fabrics! And, in the meantime, my daughter and granddaughter find quilts that need to be done first! Lol! Needless to say, many projects going on at once! Wouldn’t have it any other way…lol!

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  3. I have a list (pretty long) of quilts I am working on, some are simmering on the back burner! I also have a list of quilts I would like to make, be it a picture for the idea or a pattern or even fabric pulled and set aside…but I eventually DO finish the quilts I start. I taught a friend to quilt and she made several projects. Picked the project, bought pattern and fabric and made them from start to finish. Then she told me she THREW AWAY any fabric that was leftover from the project. She knows how to quilt but she is NOT a quilter!!

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  4. Like you I see something that I absolutely love until the next thing comes along. I have no idea how many projects I have going right now. I have kits that I haven’t cut yet, tops that need to be quilted and others that are still in the piecing stage. I’ve made a deal with myself, I’ll complete one UFO every month then I’m free to work on whatever I want. I still have the first quilt I ever made. I was 12 years old and i hand pieced and quilted it. My stitches were crooked and a bit on the big side but I still love it.

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  5. I’m with you Monique. Lots of projects in various stages. Not all quilts though. I wanted to conquer my zip phobia so I got some cheap zips from the Op shop and the bargain bin at the local fabric store-day time shopping and not from my stash BUT some of it will get added to the stash! I did get one zipper pouch made and dare I say it, partway through another-oops another UFO. I was trying to be disciplined and finish my projects off but busyness happened and so they sit waiting for a bit of free time. And then I find something else that looks great!
    I love your first quilt Monique. It looks like you did a great job with all those star points etc.
    I get inspired by your various projects so don’t become all disciplined so that there is nothing new for us all to see

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  6. Haha I thought for a moment you were writing about me πŸ˜‚ I have the exact same feelings about my stash. I don’t like having to buy everything to start a project, and my supplies give me inspiration. My creativity can’t be planned, it comes when it comes so I need to be prepared πŸ˜‰ unfortunately I love lots of crafts πŸ˜‚ I love all your little photos 😁 and although I have a diary/journal or 2 or 3 to track my ideas, projects and BOMs, I have no idea how many there are in total, nor how many I’ve started or planned or pulled fabric for. 😁 I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not πŸ˜‚ I think I’m actively working on 8 maybe or 9, but that just means I’ve worked on them this week πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

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  7. Perfectly acceptable behaviour! I usually have a number of projects on the go too! At the moment I’ve got a quilt I need to finish (adding the sleeve and label), one in progress and I’m already designing the next one! Mx

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  8. OMG, I’m not alone. Look at how many other people bounce around from project to project. I thought I was afflicted with the attention span of a two year old and I vowed this year to finish one project at a time. But it’s driving me crazy

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  9. I’m just like you, I got bored with projects and have to stop them for a while, or I see something new and I just have to start on it. As far as fabric,I have 14 totes of fabric so that’s the first place I go shopping and then if I don’t have what I need, I go shopping.. I think most of us would fall into this catagory.

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