WIP: Forgotten Projects

If you float around the blog-o-sphere and read quilting or sewing blogs, you’ve probably come across the acronym WIP. It stands for Work In Progress and it means exactly what it says. A WIP post is sharing a quilt or sewing project that you’ve been working on and it’s not done.

I find sharing projects that aren’t done and in the process of becoming something else a positive thing. It’s motivation to keep going. People share what they are working on and also share their stories. And knowing you aren’t alone in the sea of unending projects, is comforting.

But today I want to share a different kind of WIP. A project that is not only in progress but it has also fallen by the wayside. Those projects that got started, something got in the way of finishing them, and BOOM!!! Years later they are found in a pile of fabric with no idea HOW it got there.

In my new found motivation to sew and get things done around my crafty center, I decided to take advantage of the WIP Wednesday and dig through my stash to find those lost nuggets, unfinished, forgotten projects.

This first project is fairly recent, as in I remember starting it and I even wrote about it. It’s called the Fresh Pears Table Runner. It’s a simple pattern with a pear applique. I picked a Moda pack with some cream, red, and black fabrics and got pretty far into making the runner itself. I also had some nice mellow lime-olive green fabric to cut my pears out of.


But then my brash self got too far ahead and messed it up during a Friday Night Sew-in.

Fright Night Sew-In: What Have I Done?!?

This project has been buried. I was so frustrated with the way it came out that I shoved it aside and haven’t looked at it in years. So I dug around and got lucky. It was all put together in a baggie, waiting for me to return!


The only issue is that the instructions are no longer with it. And it was just printed on a simple piece of white paper so it could be anywhere. Or it could have bee tossed. The desk I was originally using for my quilting back then has been repurposed a few times over so I have NO CLUE where those instructions went to.

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Looking back at my original post, when the whole thing came together, there was a hitch in the center of the four squares. Turning it over, I could see why. The seams were all pressed in different directions and when the four corners came together, they made a jumbled heap of fabric that didn’t work together. Some were turned under, others were hitched in the opposite direction making the whole thing buckle. It wouldn’t lay flat no matter how hard I tried!!

So I pulled out my seam ripper and worked everything apart. I also noted that my hurried style had left this project in a few different stopping points. I had strips cut but not sewn together. I have squares of four strips ready along with pairs of squares already joined. Then I had scraps and raw pieces just floating around in the baggie.


Such a mess!!! After pulling apart the one big square, I set about to press all the seams open and make life easier on myself. My next steps will be to finish sewing all the squares and then pressing the last seams open so that everything is ready to join up into bigger squares. And if I can find the instructions, I hope to have this project done before the year is over.

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Along with that forgotten project, I also found a batch of rows all sewn together. I knew it was a moda charm pack but couldn’t for the life of me remember which one. Then I found it! It’s the Moda Lollipop kit.

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I have no clue what I was planning with this set but it would seem to be ripe for a nice patchwork quilt. One charm pack has been all sewn together in rows of four with two random pieces left over. I pressed the seams on this project and laid everything out to get a good bird’s eye view of the whole mess.


Pretty cute, I’d say. I will need to do the same with the second charm pack to make it big enough. I’m thinking just a big messy patchwork quilt with a border, backing, and binding. Nothing too fancy. And maybe I won’t quilt the top but instead will tie it down.

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Lastly was this gem. It’s an eBay purchase with the best of intentions. From the emailed receipt attached to the baggie, it’s a Bear Claw pattern in red and black. This thing is an assorted mess. There are four bags of fabric in different states of completion: one completed square, some partials squares, bits and pieces of other soon to be made squares and then just random bits.

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Again, this was bought with the best of intentions in the heyday of my stash building and fabric buying. Had I started to work right away on this project, I bet it would have made more sense. But now, years later and in the chaotic state that it is in, I’m baffled. I mean, where does one even start with a project like this? I don’t even have instructions in hand so I’ll be left to searching the web for a general idea of what to do. Although, with one completed square, I can probably piece it together.

To say the least after my long winded post, I have a lot of work already in front of me. I’d say with patience and time, I could have a few projects finished before the end of the year without starting anything new. There is enough here to keep me busy for a long while!

As if I wasn’t busy enough, I finished The Book Thief and I moved onto a new book in progress, A Vision in Velvet. LOVE this little series! It set in San Francisco (probably my favorite city) and it has magic and vintage clothing and mystery. All fun stuff to read!

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24 thoughts on “WIP: Forgotten Projects

  1. Go you on pulling out those projects! I’ve been trying (fairly unsuccessfully) to do something similar. Hope you can figure it all out and get some of those things done. It always feel so good to finish something!

    • Thanks Valerie! I figure I should do it NOW before I go any further and create MORE forgotten projects! Knowing my tendency to start something then toss it aside, if this is all I have for now I’m pleased! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Right? And you think you’re being all organized with the baggies and keeping everything together but it works against you because it becomes SO EASY to put away only to be forgotten! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I enjoyed reading this and liked seeing all of your quilts in progress. I can relate to this – the art of starting a sewing or quilting project and putting it in a bag and setting it aside when a “better” project comes along. I have a quilt I started years ago with small 1 1/2 by 3 in., I think, strips and really need to get back to it. It is suppose to be for our bed. I am pretty good about finishing my clothing sewing projects just not the quilts or sometimes bags that I start. I did recently finish this Noro shawl I started knitting last summer and got it done about a month ago – pleased with that. Have a great day and I look forward to seeing your finished quilts.

    • I agree. There are projects that I’m more comfortable with (making bags for example) that I can whip up quickly and with confidence that it’ll be completely in a timely fashion so I tend to put away other projects in favor of those. That means the other stuff goes lost and becomes forgotten! Poor forgotten quilts!

  3. Good for you for taking out those WIPs. In our quilting group, they would qualify as UFOs until you started working on them. As quilters, I’m sure the vast majority of us have WIPs and UFOs. There can be many reasons for putting them away, such as frustration, loosing interest or even not having the skills to finish it. I have 4 or 5 projects that I put away in the last few years because I knew that one day I would learn to free motion quilt. I’ve been practicing on some new stuff, but eventually I’ll be confident to take out those UFOs and make them WIPs!
    Love that series too! Have you read any of Victoria Laurie’s books – she has a couple of series that are really fun.

    • Ahhh I haven’t heard of Victoria Laurie but I instantly Googled her and it TOTALLY looks like a series right up my alley. I’ll add her to my “to-read” list on Goodreads and I’ll have to check out a book of hers at the library. Another fave series is by Heather Blake. It’s called the Wishcraft Series. Very adorable.

  4. There’s something very liberating about completing unfinished projects. I’ve got a couple of scrap potholders that I should finish, and now you’ve inspired me to do so. Having just finished my granddaughter’s quilt, I did take a day and trim a basket of scraps into manageable strips and sizes, and sort them. It’s not an exciting thing to do, but it did make me feel good to get it done. Good luck with finishing those projects! ~ Nancy P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment on Emma’s Quilt. 🙂

  5. I have come across parcels like this before. Sometimes it is the too hard basket to sort them out. Well done for attempting to finish them

  6. I thought I’d cleared out my UFOs last year but they appearing. Not as many as before but more than I remembered leaving undone. Good for you for working on them.
    I read The Book Thief several years ago and enjoyed it, too. I will have to find A Vision in Velvet. Thanks for the tip.

    • The Book Thief was amazing. Totally intrigued me, made me think and also made me sob. So so good! This mystery series is really adorable. And true, those UFOs come crawling out of the wood works sometimes. You think you’ve got them all and BAM! Two more appear!

  7. Each of your WIP projects looks like they will make great quilts. So glad to hear you are keeping a good attitude about patience and perseverance. I always press my seams open. You just reminded me of another reason why that is!

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