Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WOW: WIP Busting

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've been in a mad dash to get my studio in order and have been labeling and sorting through the total chaos of my design folios so I can move on to new projects. I've found so many 'lost' patterns that I knew I'd stashed somewhere safe and I'm so glad to have recovered them along with lots of other WIPs I'd almost forgotten...but am completely in love with again. This is a good thing because it means I can plan my next year ahead, quilting wise.

I'm relieved to have found my original Nelke notes during this bog clean up and that means I can finally update the pattern as soon as I get a chance. I've received queries about Nelke and also have applique changes that I added afterwards as well as some border confusion which I couldn't deal with because I didn't know where I'd filed it! I did have it, but then I put it somewhere after I'd made some notes. And then I forgot about it. Oh well I'm getting there.

Luckily I found my other patterns at the same time too. You see, I have a new filing system where I catalog all my work to store it. This allows me to move on. The problem is, when I moved house 4 years ago now, I mixed up all my files and then just stashed new files wherever. I knew it would somehow sort itself all out one day and that day has finally arrived. Phew! I also found my completed Peony Pride pattern files and print outs (why did I ever stash that away??) along with my entire Vase series of wall hangings. It's been quite a treasure trove!

I'm looking forward to a week of organizing myself and that means getting almost finished patterns finished and clearing the decks for a month of wedding dress focus.

What's Your WOW?



12 comments:

  1. Happy Wednesday, Ethel! Doesn't it feel great to get organized? I'm glad you found your misplaced patterns. I spent some time last week going through a whole storage bucket full of articles and patterns I'd torn out and saved from magazines over the past decade or so. I found that many of the things I was excited about years ago now look boring, or I would not need a pattern for them anymore so I recycled those. But some of the others that were too difficult when I first saw them, I think I'm ready to attempt them now! Just need to wrap up a UFO or two before diving into a new project.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, yes I love this feeling of getting organised, I feel like a whole weight has lifted off my shoulders, it's wonderful. And funnily enough, I had hundreds of magazines - literally- which I gladly gave away during my last clear out. Tastes really do change, I don't know why I was holding on to them. Tidy and organised is good. Now, I just need to stick with it....

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  2. It is amazing how things just disappear and then reappear....

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  3. I too have many patterns put aside over the years - not like you making your own designs but those torn out of magazines and such - like Rebeca some I thought I couldn't do I know could and others not interested in.

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    1. Karen I do this with recipes and 'ideas' and whatnot and the things I find that I have kept from magazine would be a hilarious compilation - what was I thinking?

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  4. I'm so happy you have found your patterns. In particular, Nelke. I am so close to having the center medallion stitched down. Having your updates will be so helpful as I move this project along. It is turning out amazing so far. Thank you.

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    1. That's great! I know some quilters are patiently waiting for the update so I better get a shuffle on...I keep meaning to do it and then set it aside, it's been 6 months now for goodness sakes!

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  5. Reading about magazines!!!!! I have 100s of quilting mags upstairs, its really a fire hazard so this week end Im hoping to clean them out. Ones that are around 20 years old have some wonderful tips in them for start quilters. I just hope our local quilt shop will take them and pass them on. Was thrilled to see you had found those lovely designs Esther, I hope we see one soon LOL Cheers Glenda

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    1. Glenda I took a whole stack to several Op Shops and they begged me NOT to leave them, they are inundated with them - I think all the quilters were clearing out their mags at the same time :)!! I ended up giving them to my sewing circle of beginners and they loved them and also took them to redistribute among themselves and their other groups and I'm glad, I didn't need them.

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  6. Esther, I tell people that when I put something in a safe place, I now need to label it "safe place" so I can remember!
    Glad you found your WIPs and patterns! I'm sure we'll all benefit from many of them. :)

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  7. we're on the same wavelength my friend. I am in the studio today, clearing out, sorting, trying to find things and places for things. LeeAnna

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