A Post from Kayla:
I had a blast at the quilt retreat reunion last August. I got very little done of my own but I just loved hanging out with all of the quilters and getting to know people with similar interests. It was just as much fun for me to work on my own projects as help other people trim and iron so their projects moved along more quickly.
I can sew pretty well and have some complex quilts under my belt, but most of my time is spent on needlework. It was interesting to be part of a new culture of quilters instead of the Ravelry crowd. One thing that struck me is the terminology we use for projects we are working on.
Quilters seem to have such guilt over “Unfinished Objects” or “UFOs.’ While knitters complain about “cast-on-itis” and sometimes have challenges to use up our stash instead of shopping for new yarn, I feel like there is less guilt involved. We call our items “WIPs” or “Works In Progress.” It’s not that we’re not working on something, just that we’re not working on it right now.
I like to have several projects going so there is always something to keep me interested. I know Mom gets a lot of questions about how she gets so much done and I think it’s because she does the same.
Currently in progress I have:
- Fussy cut floral drunkard’s path quilt
- Fussy cut I Spy quilt
- Baby block shirt quilt
- Crazy quilt
- Knit doily
- Baby Friedman knit blanket
- Surprise crocheted afghan
- Girlfriend’s cardigan
- Wool + Honey pullover
I enjoy having options ready. I’m slowly collecting fabric for some of my projects and I enjoy the hunt. Some projects are super challenging and I turn for them if I need to zone out. Others are very easy so I use them if I want to watch television or travel. I’ve realized that heavy gauge crocheting hurts my elbows so I can only do a little at a time. I like switching between different crafts.
Try thinking of your projects as Works In Progress instead of Unfinished Objects. It’s so important that making is relaxing and enjoyable, and no one needs an extra to-do list.