Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fabriholics Anonymous Linky Party: WIP List

After recent threats of interventions and storming the stash, I'll admit to having a problem.  I just love to sew.  This year I started with a New Years resolution of using what I have - whether it be patterns, books, fabric or magazines.  And I've done a pretty good job of using just about everything... just not really finishing much.  I haven't considered finishing things a priority - it's been a relatively stressful year, with plenty of ups and downs - and I've found the brr of the sewing machine and the thrill of a new cutting blade have been great stress relievers.  I have loved the freedom of this past year, however all good things must come to an end!

I  need to get some things finished.  And I probably don't really need to add all that much to my stash... so maybe time for a stash diet.  Sounds like I need to join Jess from The Elven Garden along with Rebecca from Making in their 2014 Stash Diet and WIP Windup.  The theory is that if we spend a little bit less time buying new and exciting fabric**, we might be more tempted to finish up those projects we have already started or bought fabric for.  You all know there are always plenty of those aye?

As a first step, we need to identify exactly what is on the WIP pile.  Gulp.  Are we ready for this?  Loosely grouped into categories but in no particular order... a bit of a walk down memory lane...

The circles

Jelly roll Basket/Sampler

Two WIP's Turns into One Quilt

The Japanese ladies (fundraising project)

The Robots and Rockets (fundraising project)


Tokyo Subway

Modern Sampler

Tillies Lane *

Seeing Squares *
Bluebirds and Berries... or is it Birds and Blueberries????

Taupo Tiles

My Tweets

Flower Pots - Kim Mclean

Layer Cake Vase Quilt

The Piglet Quilt

The extraordinarily large hand blanket stitch applique quilt that I can't find a photo of :0) so I'll put a picture of my kids - Xmas 2011

Friends Mystery Quilt

Noel kit (not even opened yet!)

Can't even remember the name of this one, but I think there is just one block left to stitch

Giant Chevron

Reunion Playground

Modern BOM

Giant Star



Modern Applique - hand quilting

Fabric Piles (desperately) waiting to be started:
Koi bundle from Fabricworm - There's a Square In There pattern

Double trouble Adornit FQ bundle from Fabricworm - star pattern from Elizabeth Hartmans book

Wrenly fabric bundle from The Country Yard - project undecided

Bird/floral/solid bundle - project undecided

Disclaimer:  there is no guarantee that this is all the projects that exist in my sewing room and surrounding area.  

* I admit to a few other projects that were started as plodders... and I plan to continue plodding as time and circumstances allow (such as the Single Girl and Flowering Vine quilts) although I have listed Tillies Lane and Seeing Squares... which are also plodders.

** While I do promise not to buy new and exciting fabrics - I am not promising to buy new and non-exciting fabrics.  Solids or background fabrics essential to the construction of said projects may be purchased, without failing the fabric diet.

Do you have a problem??



  1. 26 unfinished quilts- are you mad? You are NOT, I repeat, NOT to cut into those four fabric bundles! You have enough UFO's there to complete one each fortnight for all of 2014! Only if you get them done will I give you permission to cut into those! Are you in love with them all, or could some find their way to new homes? That might help you sleep at night? Good luck... I think you need it!

  2. Great post - made me feel SOOOO much better about my WIP pile. Although I have yet to sit down and count my pile out - so I can pretend that your problem is bigger than mine ;)

    1. You should see some of the other ladies lists... makes mine look like the baby version. Not that I have a problem with having a huge list of WIP's, at least I can't complain that I don't have anything to do!

  3. I think you modern applique should find a new home. Perhaps in a city a bit to the south... with a Scottish friend... Maybe???

  4. Wow this has to be the longest post ever...!!! hehe, I don't think I would be brave enough to show everything that I am (supposedly) working on!!!! Good on you :-) ..and good luck!

  5. so, so many amazing projects here! I hope you make a good big dent in them. maybe if I'd started using all the fabrics I have waiting, I'd have as many wips as you do! lol. at least you are started on the road. I really think the 6 months is going to fly by and that we won't really notice much because we'll be so busy with what we've already got. good luck! and see you around. =)

  6. Amazing things on that list! Wishing you luck as I know I need it's well!

  7. I love that you have pictures for your WIPs -- Nice visual for when you get them all finished!!

  8. It is kind of scary when you take pictures of your projects that are either in progress or you have all the fabrics for. It was an eye-opener for me. Good luck.

  9. Just found this page on your blog! You have made a dent already haven't you. I know you have been working on some of them anyway from the posts I have read. Keep up the good work