I have whittled down the number of projects on my WIP list. I’m tremendously proud of that because my projects used to number in the high 50s just a few years ago. One helpful tool is my list which helps keep me organized and on task.
In case you are not aware, WIP stands for Works In Progress. I like acronyms and I have a few more to help describe the status of my quilting projects. Notice that I don’t call my projects UFO’s or UnFinished Objects. My feeling is that UFO has a negative connotation. I’m trying to keep negativity to a minimum in my life.
At the top, I list my projects that are QUIPs. That means QU-ilting In Progress. I never have more than one or two in that category. Next on my list are TIPs, meaning that the Top Is Pieced. I have many of those. The third category is labeled BANDs. These particular quilts have either no border at all, or the Borders Are Not Done, in which case the project is stalled because it needs BAND aid. BANDs are not to be confused with BUCs, another term for Blocks Under Construction, the fourth category. And last but not least are the PINS—Project Is Not Started. This last category is special because I can not start a project from this category until I have another finished.
This is how I like to use my list and maybe it will help you too. I take my list when I go fabric shopping. Looking at all those projects helps to either curb my spending or make better purchases. The fabric gets used faster rather than languishing in my stash.
My list helps me to remember things like when I started a project because I date my projects as well. Seeing exactly which projects are “aging on the vine” can be the impetus to finish a project.
My biggest thrill is moving a project up the ladder to the next category on the list. In order to make that happen, I have to work on a quilt daily or almost daily even if it is only for 10 or 20 minutes.
On a side note, I use my list to entertain my friends. They saw it for the first time three years ago at a retreat. They just about fell over backwards laughing about it too. Yes, they’re still my friends and I will make converts out of them someday.
In the meantime, I’ll try to convert you. First, go through all your projects. After that, make your own WIP list. Pull out any piece(s) that you will never finish. Make a pile and label it, DNR for Do Not Resuscitate. Move the DNRs out of your house. (It’s okay if you move the fabric back into your stash.) With those projects out of the way, you will have more energy to concentrate on the good stuff.
You can do it,