Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Do you have WIP's or UFO's?  (For those of you who follow my blog and are not a quilter, a WIP is a "work in progress and a UFO is an "un-finished object".)  If you're a quilter, I can't image that you don't have plenty of them.  There was a time however, that I didn't.  When I lived in Missouri and I taught quilting classes, I didn't have any.  And I really didn't have much of a stash either.  I would make a buy fabric for a quilt top and then make it and move on to the next project. 

When we moved from Missouri to Arkansas, I had a double wedding ring quilt started.  I had no idea what I was doing and was "tracing around templates with a pencil" just like I had seen my Grandma Cotten do. That was as far as I got before we moved.  After arriving in Arkansas, I didn't pick up quilting until nearly 3 years later when it was almost time to move to Texas.  I didn't have a "sewing room" and the sewing machine didn't come out very often.  On top of that, I had no "quilting" friends.  All my friends in Arkansas were scrapbookers; which was fine by me because I loved to scrapbook almost as much as I liked to quilt.

When I moved to Texas I started quilting.  I needed to make a graduation gift.  And the quilting ball was rolling again.  As it turned out, here in Texas I have quilting friends and no scrapbooking friends and I haven't scrapbooked much in the five years since I've been here.  I have however, made up for lost time.  My stash pales in comparison to all my friends (although my dear hubby doesn't think so) and my WIP list is quite lengthy, including that double wedding ring quilt I started.  It is suppose to be a queen size quilt and I'm pretty sure it's just going to be a 9 block wall hanging.  Of course I'm not sure what wall I'm going to hang it on as the colors are peach and blue; not exactly trendy decorating colors today!

My goal in 2012 is to cut the WIP list in half and not add any more to it.  I challenge you to work on your WIP list too and I'm betting you will work on cutting your stash down at the same time.  In 2012 I will offer some monthly challenges and occasionally offer a prize for meeting the challenge.  Get your list made and stay tuned for more information.  Here is my WIP list right row.

1.  Very Hungry Caterpillar
2.  Summer Picnic
3.  (2) Loralie Sewing Ladies Turning 20 Around the Block
4.  Beach Divas
5.  (3) Wiscasset
6.  Dear Jane Red, White, and Blue (at least 1 row)
7.  (4) Dear Jane 30's (at least 1 row)
8.  House BOM
9.  (5) Batik Shop Hop
10.  Santa Year Round
11.  (6) Let's Play
12.  Queen and Her Court Crown Jewels BOM
13.  (7) Winter Wonderland
14.  4 Patch Posey
15.  (8) Louisa Lonestar
16.  Texas Pieced Applique
17.  (9) String Star
18.  UT T-shirt
19.  (10) Black & Red Bargello
20.  Cotton Club BOM
21.  (11) General Wives BOM
22.  Double Wedding Ring
23.  (12) Follow the Steps

Judy at PatchworkTimes.com has a UFO challenge for 2012.  You are to make a list of 12 of your UFO projects and number them 1-12.  Each month Judy will randomly draw a number and what ever that number is on your list is the UFO project you are to work on for the month.  I will have to narrow my list to just 12 so I can partipate too.  I think I will just use the odd numbered UFO's for my list so that I don't have to re-type it!  If by chance I have already completed it.  I will pick the one above or below it. 


  1. Don't narrow your list (after all if they need to get done, they need to be on a list), just prioritize the first twelve that are most important to you and work on those when Judy calls the numbers. For the rest you can either plan to do one other project each month along with the "called out" UFO or if you have an early finish in one month work on another at the bottom of the list or prioritize the rest and know that when you finish this year's stuff you already have your list ready for 2013!

    There's more than one way to skin a "To Do" cat!

  2. Great list! I can't wait to see how you do with it! I bet you knock a bunch off your list!

  3. I like that your shirt (in the banner picture) has a crown on it. Miss Queen you have a pretty big list and a good plan to go along with it. Good luck with your list. I'll be cheering you on!

  4. Vivian, You are so right. I will do that. And I laughed when you said there is more than one way to skin a "To Do" cat. My mom would say that!

    Linda, the crown on my shirt was an iron on that I picked up at Joann's Fabrics and Crafts. Easy and inexpensive!

    Thanks to all of you for the encouragement. I'll keep you posted each month in 2012.


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