I've been following "crafting" blogs for a long time "behind" the scenes. I admire all of you and the work you produce! Sometimes I would post comments but most of the time I would just sit and admire everyone's creativity at work longing to be able to accomplish so much in what seemed like so little time. Where do you all get sooo much energy? How can you finish so many projects sooo quickly? You must work all day and night to get things done!
I soon learned about WIP! Who doesn't have projects waiting to be tackled? If you're a crafter, quilter, scrapbooker, etc, you have several of these on the go at any given time. And if you don't, you belong to an elite group I call "The Faithful Finisher". UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) is what I used to call my closet projects, those that were stored there only to be forgotten for months, years even. I much prefer the term WIP (work in progress); it seems less harsh.
I've started to tackle some of those "monsters" in my closet last week. Reminiscence was started in 2000!! YIKES! It's time to get back to the sashings; all the little 9patches are done, they just need to be sewn together. But it'll be far from over once they're sewn to the applique blocks. The outside borders have lots of applique and these are not done either!
In my defense, the years 2000 & 2001 were tumultuous years for our family with several moves, so getting some needle-turn appliqueing done was my way of relaxing and working out some problems and coming up with solutions. Does sewing give you that "space" in your mind where you can fix any problem that comes your way?? I once told my husband that if he sees me at the sewing machine for long periods of time, this means I'm working on something that is bothering me and to let me be until I solve it! Must be that I finally worked out what bugged me in 2001 because this quilt went to the closet!! Or was it that I started working again and didn't have as much time?? Whatever the reason, this is a WIP, no longer a UFO, and I need to get it finished.