Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Work In Progress Round Up and 2017 Goals

When the new year starts, I find it incredibly motivating to sit down and review my current WIPs and let them inform my creative goals for the coming year. Between all my different hobbies, I currently have ten unfinished projects: 

Christmas Scrap Quilt: In 2013, I received the book Sunday Morning Quilts as a Christmas gift. On Boxing Day, I grabbed my red and green scraps and started making a Candy Coated quilt from the book. I really love this quilt, but only seem to work on it during Christmas Break. Each year I add more green and red scraps to the project box, so when it's finally finished it will incorporate several years of scraps. I'd like to make more progress this year, but I don't expect to finish it. 

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month Quilt: Started in 2015, this top was finished in 2016. I hope to complete it in 2017. Next I need to buy batting, backing and binding fabric. While I've really enjoyed working on this quilt, its unfinished state has started to weigh on me. 

Scrap Vortex Quilt: While I love the look of this quilt, I don't love the process of it. I find that I make the most progress on it when I have access to my mom's design wall and room to spread out. In 2016, I finished three of the five planned rows/columns. I hope to finish this in 2016, but it's not at the top of my queue. 

Chaos Quilt: What's at the top of my queue? I have the top of my Chaos Quilt finished, and the backing and batting purchased. My plan is to baste this at my next sewing day at my mom's house. It's small enough I may be able to finish the quilting in January. 

Basic Black Mini Virginia Leggings (not pictured): One of my goals in 2017 is to use up or get rid of my fabric apparel scraps. They are taking up too much space in my sewing nook. I printed off the pattern for Mini Virginia Leggings in my daughter's size and already cut one set out of scrap fabric. Next step is fitting, which depends on my daughter's moods. No rush on this one. 

Bento Bags (not pictured): You can never have too many fabric gift bags. I have a couple started that didn't get finished before Christmas this year, and I cut out a couple more. This year, I'd love to make fabric gift bags throughout the year and not do a marathon gift bag push in November and December. Here's hoping! 

Vintage Kitsch Boneyard Shawl: I started my second Boneyard Shawl in August, then set it aside during the West Knits Mystery Knit Along. It's currently my purse knitting, but will soon become too large for that. I'm still enjoying it, due to the speckles, so there's no rush to finish it. 

Building Blocks Shawl: I was super excited about this shawl while the West Knits Mystery Knit Along was going on, but lost my motivation as soon as it was over. Knitting with fingering weight yarn is so slow! I'm going to try to finish this shawl early in 2017, so I can focus on my other shawls guilt free. 

Smooth Move Shawl: After receiving a set of interchangeable knitting needles for Christmas, I just had to cast on something. You know, to test them out. This is my current favorite knitting project, but it will have to wait so that I can finish my Building Blocks shawl. 

Temperature Blanket (not pictured): I was making great progress on my 2016 Temperature Blanket until summer hit. It was just too hot to sit under an afghan, even to work on it. Now that knitting has taken over from crocheting, I'm not sure when I'll get back to this. 

Wow. That's a lot of WIPs for me! Hopefully I'll have fewer WIPs by the end of 2017. 

2017 Goals 

This year, my goals are less strategic and more tactical. In the next year, I want to accomplish the following: 

Make 6 Quilts 
    Finish Chaos Quilt 
    Finish Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month Quilt 
    Finish Scrap Vortex Quilt 
    Finish and start 3 additional quilts, any size 

Make 18 Garments for myself 
    3 Skirts or Pants 
    3 Cardigans 
    3 Dresses 
    9 Shirts 

Make 3 Shawls 
    Finish Boneyard Shawl 
    Finish Building Blocks Shawl 
    Finish Smooth Move Shawl 

Make 24 Gift Bags 

Use up or throw out fabric apparel scraps  

1 comment:

  1. wow. What a bunch of beautiful wips! Don't they made you glad you're a crafter, even if the finishes are slow to come sometimes? Awesome goals. Wishing you an inspired year!