Wednesday, 15 January 2014

There's something lurking in the woodshed

Having alluded to the WIPs of shame in an earlier post, I thought I should have a good old rummage and get everything out in the open for all to see. I am slightly scared at the prospect, so let's take it slowly.

1. Meadow quilt. No progress since the last report. This one hasn't been lurking for very long at all. Shame quotient 2/10.

2. Migration quilt. My lovely bee mates have sent me beautiful blocks and I really need to get off my arse and do something with them. Shame
quotient 1/10 (they've only just all arrived).

3. Kids pjs. I bought the flannel in October. They keep asking when they will be ready. Endlessly. Shame quotient 9/10.

4. Yarn for some hats. These were meant to be Christmas presents but the recipients have no idea. Shame quotient 4/10 (mostly relating to the money spent).

5. Refraction blocks. I've had these bee blocks for a while. Say no more. Shame quotient 6/10.
creased much?

6. Scrappy trip-around-the-world. Made last year during the #scrappytripalong frenzy. Top finished. Backing bought. Needs basting, quilting and binding. Shame quotient 5/10 (I'm not sure how much I like it - that's part of the problem).

7. Lizzy House Rose star quilt. Lurky lurky lurkity lurk lurk lurk. Shame quotient 7/10 (get your bloody finger out, already!).

8. Hope Valley modern cross quilt. Oh god. This one has been in the works since Hope Valley was new, so about three years I guess. So long ago that I didn't have a blog. I've made 56 blocks and the remaining 27 are about half done. There are several problems with this quilt: (i) I hate making log cabin blocks so much that I would almost rather chew off my own foot; (ii) I've totally gone off the idea of making quilts using a single fabric line; and (iii) I used the backing to make a dress. Shame quotient 1/10. Sucking the life out of me quotient 11/10.

And then there are the things that I haven't started yet but that I've committed to making (like bee blocks, samples for the Village Haberdashery shop window, something for the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge, a new quilt for the great nephew to replace the one that got lost in the post... you get the idea).

So tell me, why do I spend hours each day faffing about in the internet when I should be getting my arse into gear? I think I need an intervention!

41 comments:

  1. Your 'shame quotient' is inspired - this is exactly the sort of psychological weapon I need to shift me into action. I think your Hope Valley quilt will be really lovely when it's finished - and much better than chewing off your own leg. Love all the LVs in your Meadow quilt too - can't wait to see this one all finished and quilted up. Your list looks very do-able for a champion quilter such as yourself - assuming you don't get waylaid by other fun stuff of course (here I can hang my head in shame too)

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  2. Shame quotient, I love it. Maybe you could torch your Sucking the Life Out of You quilt (post pics) - or possibly just make it into a 7 x 8 and give it to charidee. It was a worthwhile learning process but life's too short and it will make someone very happy as is.

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  3. These are gorgeous!! I'm so excited to see them finished!

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    1. Me too, but don't hold your breath ;-)

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  4. 56 blocks is enough for a quilt right? HV is one of my favourites ever! Why not just piece together what you have and stick a border on. Then Bob's your mothers brother as they say! Also, shame quotient... LOL.

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    1. I could, but I made them in batches of each print so have hardly any oranges/pinks made. It would annoy the pants off me!

      Glad you got a giggle from the shame quotient ;-)

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  5. I love the idea of a shame quotient! If you're not happy with the project anymore why not pass/sell it to someone else? I know there's a lot of time already invested, but if you're honestly unhappy with them and really don't want to finish maybe handing them over to someone else who will love them is the right thing to do?

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  6. WIPs of Shame still has me rolling and now there is a "Shame Quotient"?!!!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!

    In all seriousness though…if certain ones no longer inspire you, maybe you could donate them your guild, or another group, who could finished it up and donate it to a charitable organization. I dunno. Less shame on your shoulders. ;) I have a couple of quilt tops that no longer inspire me and I think I'm going to do that with them. They've been in my closet for two years or so. :/

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  7. Oh I cant help feeling responsible for the unfinished rose star quilts in blogland, now you see whay I kept mine tiny!
    I like your trip around...what are you using for backing?

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  8. We are all the same - we have lurkers and lingerererers but I know YOU CAN DO IT!!! I don;t think I've ever seen you Lizzy House star one!!!

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  9. I do love a quotient. Aria's been working on equivalent fractions, haha. So, I say chuck the one with a sucking the life out of quotient. I bet you could sell those blocks via a quick mention in this space or on IG. Sell them to someone who will love them. You get money and peace. Win-win-win.

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  10. You could alternate those HV log cabin blocks with solid blocks of HV? .. .If you have enough fabric. It would make piecing the top together much faster. And we must have had the same lightbulb moment 3 or so years ago because my mother is the current owner of a Hope Valley modern cross quilt!

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  11. I love your list and as I read I kept thinking 'I wonder what the shame quotient is for some of my WIPs?' then decided to ignore that thought as it may lead to a blog post similar to this *wink* I love Rachel's idea of selling the HV blocks- you could put the money aside for when you get out of fabric rehab. I'll make the orange/pink blocks for you, if you like, but you'll have to wait a few months as I'm not really up to much machine piecing/rotary cutting at the moment. If you reach June/July and you've still got them then shout and I'll help. Oh, and maybe I should edge away from LC blocks as my bee block of choice..?!

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  12. i second rachel's suggestion to just sell the hope valley blocks. i think if it's really sucking the life out of you the best thing to do is get it out of sight. and i'm sure someone on IG would snatch those up in a flash. i think they're gorgeous and it would totally be me if i didn't already have too many projects sucking the life out of me.

    also, your meadow quilt is so beautiful i can't stand it. obviously i'm hoping that's the project you finish first.

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  13. Oh, I was expecting something nasty in the woodshed, but instead there's lots of good stuff ;) I was going to say what Elizabeth said and for go the log cabins and make them as 'normal' blocks. Could your refraction blocks be the quilt for your nephew? :)

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  14. If you don't want number 8, send it to me and I'll turn it I to a charity quilt.

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  15. I'm on my way, fully prepared to intervene........

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  16. There are some fabulous things he...that are so nearly finished, think how good you will feel once they are finished.

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  17. Oh get the Hope Valley finished you shameful wench, it's Hope Valley gawd-dammit!

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  18. I think you need to crack in with those flannel PJs. Or do like me and save them till next winter. It is nearly spring after all.

    And I'll join the queue to take the hope valley off your hands ����

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  19. Nothing too shameful there. You should see my pile of WIPs :)

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  20. well don't look at me for intervention...I'm too busy with my own arse wrapped around the internet...

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  21. You sure have bared all with a shame quotient. Which one will you finish first? Will the shame quotient have more weighting? Can't wait to see the next move. Di x

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  22. Loving the shame quotient rating! That and the naked backed quilt...

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  23. Your scrappy trip around the world is wonderful, just a bit on the traditional side for you probably! Loved reading this post--too fun.:)

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  24. Oh man, shame quotient... I may need to adopt this.
    I think you need to finish the meadow quilt first, just because that whole "no one else has done it, but I did!" thing would be a strong driving force in my case.

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  25. O.M.G where to start? Hope Valley?? Love it! Scrappy trippy? Love it! And you will too once it is finished. Mine is basted and waiting for quilting needles to arrive as forgot to buy some :-/ I won't go on as I love everything - so get your finger out...great list and love the shame factor!

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  26. Where to start? Definitely the PJs for the kids, gets them off your case :)

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  27. I love the scrappy trip and hope valley crosses! Why dont you morph the crosses. make it a disappearing into the vortex quilt. Add some color and swirl em up . The scrappty trip you will love when you finish. Mine is in the exact same state

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    1. Oops sent before I finished. As far as shame quotient..I have about 20 block sets and tops unfinished from 1993-6! I finally finished the Star Trek block swap quilt from 1994 for my dad last fathers day.

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  28. I'm in no position to judge, but I'll say it anyway, shame on you for not getting these finished! ;o)

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  29. All over that shame quotient. I'm totally stealing it. Have you thought about giving your Hope Valley blocks to someone who will enjoy finishing them up and making a quilt from them? Or you could just put them in a random arrangement or line them up in a strip and leave a lot of negative space... I have to figure out what I'm doing with my own closet of shame, since I'm moving, soon, and they won't be able to come with me. Not enough space, too far to lug/ship.

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  30. love all thoes flying gees -- you have some great projects going on.

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  31. Definitely do something with those geese as you made me do them !!! I'll do half the hope valley if you do the other half - that's a good offer isn't it. And you could always send the scrappy trip to Jude for bee blessed or offer it to someone to finish off for siblings together if you really don't like it

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  32. I am so late here, so behind on reading blogs. I would make a smaller quilt with the hope valley or arrange them with loads of white and call it done. As for the rest, I think you will be quilting a lot this spring, as you have a lot of lovely tops or almost tops there. Me too.

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  33. Ummm you work in that shed, can't you type and sew at the same time? ;-)

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  34. I'm afraid to take note of my WIP, although my guild is doing a (War on WIP) this year so hopefully that will help get things in motion. I love the shame quotient concept. I'm thinking like you I need to get my WIP out in the open.

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  35. Hilarious post - a sense of humor is critical!

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  36. I have a WIP from early 90's; I think we all need a bit of intervention when it comes to the Internet.

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  37. Don't feel to bad Charlotte - and happily you reminded me of a song I love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjfa_RB6Pc

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  38. "I hate making log cabin blocks so much that I would almost rather chew off my own foot" Now you've gone and done it! Coffee all over my computer!! LOL and just so you know, that was not the only part of this post that had my giggling out loud! :) thanks for the morning smiles! No worries, it will all get done in due time :)

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thanks for making my day!