Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Plans, Goals and Works-In-Progress

It's been awhile since I've updated this blog. As I noted when I started it, its primary purpose is to allow me to communicate with other quilter/bloggers. However, like other quilters I would like my blog to eventually serve as a record of my quilt projects as well.

I discovered blogs in late 2007 and they have served as inspiration and encouragement for me ever since. At that time, I was bothered by what I considered to be my lack of "industriousness" because I did not feel I got my projects done quickly enough, if at all. To that end, I gave myself a challenge in 2008 to try to complete one project a month (although said projects did not have to have been started in the same month as completed). Seeing so many bloggers post their Works In Progress lists and pictures of their ongoing projects and finishes, I was really inspired to "stay on task" with my own. As a result, I did get eleven projects done last year - a new record for me even if I did not ultimately meet my goal. I hope to show those projects in upcoming posts.What last year's experience proved was that it was possible for me to focus on my projects if I made it a personal priority. This year my desire is to maintain the same level of focus to successfully pursue my projects and hopefully even complete them in a "reasonable" amount of time although I don't have any specific "number to complete" goal. I am more concerned with not letting myself get bogged down when a project is a little harder than expected or put it aside indefinitely when it takes a turn I didn't expect. I can accept when a project has gone as far as inspiration will allow at the moment and needs to be set side for awhile or if it has served a purpose and need not be finished. My other goal this year is to get more comfortable with my machine quilting so that step does not indefinitely delay the finish of a quilt.

With that in mind, I've updated my blog to include my lists of Flimsies (completed tops awaiting backing, batting, layering or quilting), Works In Progress, "Hussies" (HSY-Haven't Started Yet but have all or most of the fabric and the pattern or design) and the dreaded WISPS and UFOs (Works In Slow Progress and Unfinished Objects) that currently clutter reside in my work space. Hopefully by year's end I will have crossed a few items off my lists although there are some finishes (like the Autumn Double Wedding Ring) that will be more significant to me than others.

I have learned over the years that each project, whether completed or not, is another step on what has been a glorious quilting journey and I look forward to them all!

On the design wall: WIP: Alex's Basket Quilt


Elaine Adair said...

Pretty cute basket quilt, Vivian!

Hey, some days you accomplish a lot, some days, NOT so much, but enjoy the ride, whether it is short or long! Glad I found you. 8-))

Kucki68 said...

I always like the look of those small baskets. One of these days I will try applique!

Renee said...

Hi Vivien... thanks for stopping by my blog. I see you have just begun this blogging thing.... it can be quite fun, but best of all it serves to connect us all.

I live in Mt. Vernon, so we are practically neighbors! I have another quilting friend who also lives in the Bronx.

Maybe we can all meet in person one day!

Purple Pam said...

Welcome to Blogland. It is so fun. I like your baskets. I have wanted to do that pattern, but not found the time yet.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vivian, I'm Teri, a fellow Bronx quilter. Renee (from Mt. Vernon) told me of your blog. It's nice to "meet" you. I love what you're doing with the basket quilt!