Thursday, 13 October 2016

Works in Progress


Lately, I've been trying to take stock of my work and actually admit to myself how many projects I have on the go at this moment in time. I then sigh, put them back where I found them and carry on with a current favourite. This is not good! I know for many of my fellow quilt bloggers, documenting their UFOs (unfinished objects for the uninitiated) and owning up to them encourages them to get working and get stuff finished, so I thought I'd give this a try. Here goes…




I bought this gorgeous EPP pattern called Perpetual Spring, from Flossie Teacakes as a summer project. Even though it's my go-to project beside the sofa, I am making very slow progress – though having just got into Scandi-noir series The Bridge I’ve realised it’s impossible to sew and read subtitles at the same time! It may also have something to do with the colour... I'm really not a pink person! So I'm planning on adding some orange and yellow flowers into the 'bouquet', and as friends on Instagram have suggested, maybe even some lime green!




This next one is an idea that’s been rolling round my head for a while and I’ve finally got it cut and sewn. Unfortunately I can’t show the whole thing here, as I’m over the moon to say this cushion will be featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine next year! Yay!! Though I will be developing this curved hexy idea into larger blocks and playing with the layout soon.




Another EPP project – do you see a running theme of unfinished projects here – is one which some of you may have seen at the Harrogate Quilt Show. Not one for standing still, this was my ‘portable project’ for that weekend. Now the piecing is complete, I really need to get this sewn onto a backing and get it quilted!




Then of course there’s the projects that haven’t seen the light of day in a while… a second version of my Side to Side pattern using Kona Solids, a new pattern based on HSTs, my Triple Goosed cushion using this fab foundation-pieced pattern from Jeli Quilts, and my recent adventure into curved piecing... I’m not going to even mention my La Passacaglia! 

Ah well, at the end of the day, I think I would much rather have too much to do than have nothing at all, I know these projects will get finished one day, just maybe not yet :)
How do you deal with your UFOs? Do you leave them out where they can't taunt you, or do you hide them away in the 'one day' pile? Please let me know, if only to tell me I'm not alone! 

This week I'm linking up with these great parties:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts 
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt 
Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts 
Building Blocks Tuesday at Quilter in the Closet 


36 comments:

  1. I think your projects are gorgeous! I say don't worry about the number of UFO's, just keep a steady progress of doing something!!

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    1. Thank you Vicki, I totally agree :)

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  2. Gorgeous projects! You know, if you really don't care for the pink on the Perpetual Spring project, you could send them my way - just kidding!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Midweek Makers!

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    1. Haha Susan, I think I just needed a break from the pink! :) Glad you like them though!

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  3. I LOVE your hexies and curves project ! I'm looking forward to seeing it in Love Patchwork and Quilting. You're not the only one who struggles with UFO's ... I've hidden some of mine in the back of my closet ;-)

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    1. Thank you Sophie, I'm so glad you like my new project, I'm loving it and wait ti play with different layouts! It's so nice to know I'm not alone :)

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  4. I also have lots of UFO's. It is so easy to get distracted by a new project! So far, I have resisted the urge to start an EPP project, but after seeing your projects, I may have to give in... Thanks for showing off all of your eye candy!

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    1. I'm so pleased I may have inspired you to get into EPP, I warn you now, it's highly addictive!! But also pretty relaxing and good for you, well that's what I tell myself anyway ;)

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  5. I am in awe of your curved piecing! Visiting from Slow Sunday Stitching.

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    1. Thanks very much Carole, and thanks for stopping by x

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  6. I love all these projects. I've been working away at my UFO's this year. I chose one to work on at a time until it's done. I try to only have one new project per month and work on my UFO. I always have one hand project too. So if neither of the other two projects are handwork, then I'll have three on the go. In my mind, as long as I'm moving forward it's a good thing.

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    1. Ah yes Ariane, well said, as well as we're moving in the right direction... it's the distractions that get me! :)

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  7. No, you are definitively not alone. I have an EPP started in 2011 and it's patiently waiting for borders. Almost done but just almost. I keep track of my UFOs. I am ADHA and OCD so I start projects on impulses a lot. I write down the size of the pieces it takes to make a block and pin it to the sewn block less I forget. Then I write about it in a spreadsheet. The blocks are store in bins but the spreadsheet can be found in a click or two. Now that I have a blog, I take lots of pictures and link these to the spreadsheet so I know exactly where I'm at with every projects. It might sounds a lot of work but it's quite simple. And very effective. I discovered a "side effect" to this system; it keeps me from starting too many project. I haven't started another EPP project yet because I want to finish the 2011 one first.
    I soooo love your star! You have to sew it to a backing. You can't hide this beauty in a closet. People need to enjoy your wonderful work. Good luck with your goals. ;^)

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    1. Oh, you are so kind, thank you! I do like the sound of your recording of your UFOs, sounds very organised! Good luck to you too x

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  8. Your unfinished projects are beautiful! I make a list of my unfinished projects then decide which ones I want to try to finish this winter. I normally try to finish the almost finished ones first, easy gratification. I won't try to finish all of them this winter, some are long term projects. There is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes I just need to be in the mood to work on that project. I agree, they'll get finished sometime. Blessings, Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

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    1. Oh yes, I do like some easy gratification! And you're right, I guess the more projects we have on the go, one is surely going to fit the mood we're in at that time! Thanks for stopping by Gretchen x

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  9. Beautiful work, the circle in the hexie's is brilliant!

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  10. Despite saying you are not a pink person, they are absolutely gorgeous. I love your star also. So beautiful.The blue circle and the quilt with the quilting started are very pretty also. Actually they all are. You have to finish one or more of these!

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    1. Thank you so much CathieJ, don't worry, they will get done... sooner or later! Thanks for stopping by x

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  11. Your EPP projects are beautiful. They do take a bit of time and it sometimes seems like nothing is happening, but you are doing amazing work! Congratulations!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! You're right, they do take time, but there's nothing wrong with that, right! :)

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  12. "Perpetual Spring" looks like origami, or at least something very Japonesque. I am too faint of heart to even contemplate trying it . . . but your curved hexies are very intriguing. Good luck identifying and tackling your UFOs.

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    1. Thank you Naan, the curved EPP on Perpetual Spring really are much easier than they look, I was pleased to find out! :)

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  13. You have some lovely projects! I too have many UFOs and even lose them in my craft room so they hang around for years! I'm the same whether it's sewing, felting or crochet!

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    1. Oh, I didn't even think about looking in my one-day box... I think there may be a black hole in there! :)

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  14. Gracious, you've got the most beautiful unfinished EPP projects laying around of anyone I know! I love the pink "Perpetual Spring", but the orange and a pop of green will liven it up! :)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I can't wait to make more flowers now so I can join them with the green!

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  15. Your makes are beautiful the start is stunning

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    1. Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Your ufos are stunning, I love the colours on your star shaped one, absolutely gorgeous

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    1. Thank you so much Lucy, you're very kind. x

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  17. I ignore them, and start something else. Sometimes I take pictures for Finish Along posts, but that doesn't seem to result in the motivation to get them finished. I'm not avoiding them so much as coming up with newer ideas faster.

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  18. Mine come out ONLY with permission. ;)

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  19. I love your pink flowers... I'd be tempted to work on those only :)
    I keep my UFOs hidden in the closet, but keep my list handy and try to focus on making progress on one of them each month.

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