Here’s a sign that readership of the club’s newsletter is up. I must pass along a letter I received recently from out west, and I don’t mean Cologne, MN.
The CAQC newsletter is fabulous. I also find The Scribbler’s column delightful. Although we’ve never met, I think you are a quilting goddess and I’ll tell you why. I get so motivated by all that you do. You finish quilt after quilt as well as take care of your spouse and children. I’ve heard that you teach too. I imagine that your classes are always full. You are a wonderful writer. Do you have a book in the works yet? How do you do it all?
Your biggest fan,
Alex Anderson from California
You betcha, Alex. I’m glad that you wrote, but you forgot to mention that I have also whittled down the number of projects on my WIP list. I’m tremendously proud of that because my list helps keep me organized and on task.
This is how my list works for me and maybe it will help you too. First, make your own WIP list. 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. 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 until another is finished.
My biggest thrill is moving a project up the ladder to the next category. 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. If that method can work for me, it can work for you.
After all that, go through all your projects. Pull out any piece 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. Alex, please study these instructions carefully and get back to me if you are confused. I’ll be happy to answer more of your questions.
Definitely tongue in cheek,