Current Projects – January Update (26 Projects)

I told you I was going to change this post to reflect the progress that I have made on the 26 Projects List. I really only have two “really old” UFOs left on my list – the Pointillist Palette and the Tarts Come to Tea. The others are old, but they have a different feel to me. I may be kidding myself, but that is what is in my head right now.

I am really pleased that I finished the Attack of the Hexies top and am feeling like I have made a huge leap forward.

Still WIPs

  1. Aqua-Red SamplerFrances and I are stalled. She has been talking about getting back to it. I am thinking about the next tutorial., because I can write it without her, though I am not that motivated.
  2. The Tarts Come to Tea: I still haven’t worked on this since April 2011, though, periodically, I think about working on it.
  3. Pointillist Palette #4: Fourth is a series of 6 quilts; needs tiny square patches sewn together. I still haven’t worked on this, though, every once in a while I think about using some of the squares as leaders and enders.
  4. See: needs satin stitching. Small, also a possibility for finishing before the end of the year, though with all the cutting I have done recently, perhaps not so much.
  5. Self Portrait: started in 2006 at a class at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia. I like the piece, but don’t know where to go from where I am. Mouth? Hair? The attitude I need to have is that I can’t ruin it; there is always more fabric. Possibility for abandonment.
  6. Under the Sea: class project; like the design, but not the colors much. Possibility for abandonment. I have to face reality.

Ready for Quilting

  1. New:* Wonky 9 Patch: needs quilting and binding. I am still thinking about quilting this myself and I am thinking about it more and more. I am wondering how far apart I can quilt it so that it has some drape. (Not on original list)
  2. Infinity blocks: blocks sewn together into a quilt top, borders on. Back and binding made; at the quilter.
  3. Spiderweb: Top is together, binding is made. This is at the quilter.
  4. New:* FOTY 2012: top, finished. Back and binding are complete; at the quilter.
  5. New:*Star Sampler: Top finished, back and binding finished; at the quilter. (not on original list)
  6. New:*Fresh Fruit: Top finished, back and binding finished; at the quilter. (not on original list)
  7. Flower Sugar Hexagons / Attack of the Hexies – Top finished 1/12/2014: I finished the top, back and the binding on January 12. It is ready to be taken to the quilter.

In the Finishing Process

None in January.

In Process
I decided that I had better put in an ‘In Process’ category. The difference, at least in my mind, between ‘In Process’ and ‘UFO’ is that I am actively working on a project that is “In Process.”

Hunting and Gathering

  • Spin Wheel: really not started, but supplies gathered. I probably have enough fabrics and just need to decide to start.
  • Windmill quilt: Still hunting and gathering. I will use a grey for the  background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
  • Stepping Stones #2 using Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern: made two test blocks, but still in the thinking stage while I decide on the background colors. I want the contrast to be good.
  • Super Secret Project #3: working on color choices.


Nothing so far for 2014

Last update for the 26 Projects List. Read it. There’s some interesting stuff there.

I thought you might want to take a look at the first list I made, the one with the 26 Projects. I started the list in October 2011. I have made progress. I plan to stop this post when I have no more projects from the original list to write about. I wonder when that will be?

*New – Project started after I started working on the 26 Projects list


Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Current Projects – January Update (26 Projects)”

  1. “I think about working on it” – That totally counts. For me, the decision making process is the majority of the work. 🙂 I’m being serious.

    Thank you so much for posting your progress. It’s very motivating for me and makes me feel not so alone with my massive UFO list.

    I also found a way to help motivate myself: I can only start a new sewing project (not including gift items) when I finish 3 UFOs! It’ll be very tough, but I think I can do it.

    1. OUCH! You are hard on yourself, but I understand the motivation. As I said below, the list doesn’t prevent me from starting new projects, but it does prevent those projects from languishing. The biggest problem I have with old UFOs is that I am no longer interested in them. I have to finish them while the interest is still there. Creating this list helped me figure that out. It also helps me not lose track of UFOs that may have been stuffed in a corner. I’d love to see your UFOs. Do you have a set on Flickr?

  2. You know, after reading several of these posts of yours, I’ve started thinking perhaps I should do the same. I don’t have too many UFOs but the ones I do have are languishing a bit. Perhaps, like has happened with my progress on Craftsy classes, posting a list and keeping it updated on my blog would keep me mindful of making progress, if nothing else. And yes, “thinking about it” definitely counts!

    1. I find it motivates me to be able cross things off the list. It also helps keep me on task, if I am floundering around for something to do. It doesn’t not prevent me from starting new projects, but it does prevent those projects from languishing. The biggest problem I have with old UFOs is that I am no longer interested in them. I have to finish them while the interest is still there. This list helped me figure that out.

  3. I looked at my UFO pic group on Flickr and have already finished two of those projects!

    Ahem, yes, I have started some more in the meantime, but I am happy!

    Congrats on your strategy to list your projects, I’m so glad it works for you!

    1. Thanks! It does work, but I had to have the will as well. Some of those older projects were not-quite-but-nearly hell to work on. Good for you for finishing some projects. My list does not prevent me from starting new projects–and I don’t want it to prevent that. Quiltmaking is fun and I’d like it to stay fun.

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