Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

On the Horizon

Denizens of "The Creepy Room"

[That's what my teenager calls my storage room downstairs, and while nobody else finds it creepy at all, the name stuck. Several people have actually reported seeing a ghost cat on that level, though. . . ]

Oct 4, 2012     I was an incorrigible process quilter for some 20 years, rarely finishing what I started because I gravitate to large, complicated quilts and my attention span for given colors/techniques/etc doesn't last as long as it takes to make such quilts. Additionally, I was severely hampered by hyper-activated internal demands for perfection. Fortunately, blogging has helped me evolve into a finisher, and I've worked out a good rotation system to hold my attention while finishing many quilts every year. It's amazing how rehabilitating it is to internalize the concept that "Finished is better than Perfect." We don't mean that sloppiness is acceptable, but that your best reasonable effort is absolutely fine when you're not working on a show competition piece. 

As I finished unpacking "The Quilt Storage" from our cross-country move last night, I labeled and itemized each and every kit and project that has accumulated over the decades (there are SEVENTY-FIVE that have never even been started!!!! 75~!!! What's With That??!!) Got those suckers listed here on my blog - pride be damned. This list and the sharing of it is how I keep the progress moving. I aim to chunk away at them over the next several years. It'll be slow going for another 18 months, until I finish my masters, but at least it's moving forward instead of stagnating and growing worse. The really funny thing is, after listing these last night, I saw Lynn's post at "Sewin' Wild Oats" talking about just this thing.  Gotta love Quilty BlogLand and its invaluable inspiration for creativity, technique development, AND productivity.

In the end, I'll have a really great legacy for my family, eh?  ;D

Sep 28, 2015     I've been asked by several people why I don't just give away or sell all the decades old kits and fabric sets that I'm determined to finish. The answer is that I wish to honor the money that was spent from our family's budget. We all know I could never sell the kits for more than a tiny fraction of what I'd bought them for. I don't limit myself to ONLY working on these projects, because that would drive me nuts: I do have current interests that I like to explore at times, like modern quilts, art quilts, and personal designs. But actually, it's rather fun to revisit the tastes that my younger self liked. Most of them have changed as I have changed and the times have changed, so it's an interesting journey.

Those Who Had Already Been Abducted - The First UFO list, from Jan 2011
(Start Point: 58 - partial cross-thrus mean they've been finished to the flimsy state. These are projects that were already in progress at that date, and were never included in the NETY list as they had been touched at the time that list was made.)

1. Selvages BOM (renamed BBQ with the Squadron)
2. Mermaid Fantasy
3. Listen With Your Eyes
4. Frog Lily for Marissa
5. Quiet Rebellion on the Pond
6. Medieval Illumination Coat of Arms
7. Beachwalk
8. Hunter's Star Class Piece
9. Hunter's Star the Way I Wanted
10. Quilt for a Cause: Legacy
11. 2009 Christmas Exchange
12. 2010 Christmas Exchange
13. Once Upon a Star
14. Stepping Stones
15. Scott and Lynette, Still
16. Hearts for Kelly
17. That Poor Forgotten Orphan from 1994. <~~ My very oldest UFO

Those Who Were Rescued and Are Living Full Lives:
(finished quilts that were on my initial interventionist UFO list that was inventoried Jan 2011)

1. Ode to Mr. Singleton  Started ~2009, Finished Dec 2010.
2. Kelly & Kerry’s Yuckies  Rescued mid-2010, Finished for her Jan 2011.
3. Kelly’s for Kelson  Rescued mid-2010, Finished for her Feb 2011.
4. Wagon Wheels West for Dad Started late 2008, Finished Apr 2011.
5-7. Bama Bound quilts Started ~1995, Finished May 2011.
8. Katie Loves Chris Started 2009, Finished May 2011.
9. Wheelchair quilt Started 2010, Finished Jun 2011.
10. Around the World with Mr. Hernandez – his Started Feb 2010, Finished July 2011.
11. Around the World with Mr. Hernandez – Heather’s Started Feb 2010, Finished July 2011.
12. Sailing with the Flying Needles Started Aug 2010, Finished July 2011.
13. 13 Gags at 11 Started June 2009, Finished Aug 2011.
14. What a Hoot, Devon! Started 2010, Finished Aug 2011.
15. Lori’s Irish Butterflies Started Fall 2010, Finished Dec 2011.
16. Marissa’s Moment – pillow sham Started Feb 2010, Finished Jan 2012.
17. Patriots in Petticoats Started Jan 2011, Finished Oct. 2012
18. Unicorn Dreams Started Dec 2008, Finished Nov 2012.
19. Wagon Wheels West - mine Started late 2008, Finished Dec 2012.
20. Synergistic Windmills (Heather's) Started Jun 2009, Finished Jan 2013.
21. Marissa's Moment of Caprice Started Feb 2010, Finished Jan 2013.
22. Wheelchair Quilt 3 Started 2010, Finished Feb 2013.
23. Wild Rose Cottage Started Spring 2010, Finished Apr 2013.
24. Dragonfly Party 1 Started early 2009, Finished May 2013.
25. Dragonfly Party 2 Started early 2009, Finished May 2013.
26. Devon's Earth Monkeys Started Jun 2009, Finished Aug 2013.
27. Piñata Pizzazz Started mid 2008, Finished Oct 2013.
28. Kelly's 1930's Finished the last 15" of hand quilting for her Nov 2013.
29. Kelly's Joseph Smith Quilt 1 Partially pieced by her early 2009, Finished by me Nov 2013.
30. Kelly's Joseph Smith Quilt 2 Started early 2009, Finished by me Nov 2014 (The Year of my Thesis)
31. "The Snooty Sisters" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Feb 2015.
32. "Koo Koo Puff" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Feb 2015.
33. "Twinkletoes" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Jun 2015.
34. "Tweedle Dee" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Jul 2015.
35. "Tweedle Dum" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Aug 2015.
36. Kelly's "Be Attitudes" Pieced and embroidered by her 2008, Quilted and finished by me Sep 2015.
37. "The Clampetts" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Sep 2015.
38. "The Nerdles" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Oct 2015.
39. Kelly's "Strolling the Block" Pieced/stitched by her c. 2008, Quilted and finished by me Nov 2015.
40. "The Doodles" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Nov 2015.
41. "Tootsie and Rumples" from Sea Breeze Started mid 2011, Finished Feb 2017.

Those Who Wish to Be - aka "NETY List"  (Not Even Touched Yet)
These are kits and fabric sets that were never even touched when we moved - additional to the original UFO list found below ~!
Combined start point Oct 2012: 90
Incorporated into the work pool so far: 32
Flimsy status: 12
Finished: 2

 1    Batik1 – Simply Fun - in the mix 2/14
 2.  Batik2 – Faceted Jewels - in the mix 1/14
 3.  Batik3 – Dove in the Window - in the mix 3/15
 4.  Be Attitudes
 5.  Beachcomber - in the mix 9/15
 6.  Bella Garden
 7.  Big ‘n Bold (Renamed Secret Garden) - in the mix 4/17
 8.  Big Sister, Little Sister - in the mix 3/17
 9.  Bliss
10. Brown Mosaic II

     11. Celtic Wave
12.  Cheddar & Poison Green
13.  Chubby Chicks - in the mix 6/13

14.  Climbing Lanterns - in the mix 9/13
15.  Coraline (purchased summer 2012)
16.  Decadent Victorian
17.  Empty Nest Syndrome
18.  English Garden – 1
19.  English Garden – 2
20.  English Garden – 3
21.  Feathered Goose
22.  Floral Abstract
23.  Flower Patch

24.  French Braid (Renamed "Plums in November") - in the mix 11/13
25.  Garden Friends - onto the BOM rotation 10/14
26.  Granny’s Attic
27.  Heart and Home - in the mix 3/14
28.  Holiday Tidings - in the mix 11/13

29. It's a Hoot - in the mix  4/13
30.  Jovial - in the mix 10/13 -  finished Feb 2015.**

31.  Let’s Build a Snowman - in the mix 12/12
Martha’s Holiday Spin - in the mix 12/13
Mary Englebright Colors
34.  Misty Mountain Pond
35.  Monticello Blue
36.  Monticello Pink

37.  My Tweets
38.  New Moon
39.  Oceanic Waves
40.  Oceanica
41.  Ode to Mr. Singleton – Heather’s
42.  Pastel Sister 1
43.  Pastel Sister 2
44.  Pastel Sister 3
45.  Patchwork Party
46.  Patchwork Party Spring 2009
47.  Patchwork Party Fall 2011 (Fall All Around) - on BOM rotation 3/17

     48. Reflections - in the mix 11/15
49.  Rolling Star
Saltbox Harvest - in the mix 10/14
Set Sail - in the mix 7/13
52.  Simple Pleasures (Renamed Daisy, Daisy)
 - in the mix  5/13
53.  Spring pillowcases
54.  Springtime
55.  Star Crazy - onto the BOM rotation 1/15
56.  Strawberry Delight  ???
57.  Sugar ‘n Spice
58.  Sunshine - in the mix  3/14
59.  Sunshine & Shadow
60.  Symphony
61.  Synergy
62.  That Bad Boy - Back in the mix  3/17 (ER on Veteran's Day 2011)
63.  The Cat’s Meow
64.  Thistlepods
65.  Tulip Garden (flannel) - in the mix 1/15
66.  Tuscan Sun
67.  Tuscany Terrace 
- in the mix 6/13
     68. Verna (use Amy Smart's pattern!)
     69. Valley of the Kings
70.  Wind and Waves
71.  Windmills
72.  Winter Wonderland
73. Woodland Stars
74.  Woodland Stars Winter Fun (summer 2012 Connecting Threads)- in the mix 2/15
75.  You Must Be Croaking 
- in the mix  3/13
76.  Kelly’s 12 Rows of Christmas
77.  Kelly’s Gingerbread
78.  Kelly’s Scribble Monsters

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. More wrestled out of a basket they were lurking in??
77. Laurel Burch Ornaments - Dec 2012 & finished Dec 2014.**
80. Christmas wreath project
81. Christmas Apron panel
82. Christmas Tree door panel
83. 12 Days of Christmas Storybook panel
84. Village Charm Christmas vignettes
85. Origami Christmas Tree
86. Minky Stripes - in the mix 4/17 (for Camp Hobe, H2H quilt)
87. Finca Candy Set
88. Pick-A-B #3 - in the mix 7/15 (renamed "How Do You Take Your Tea?")
88. Raspberry Lemonade - or Battenberg Cake- in the mix 2/14
90. Quilt of Valor Orphan

Those Who Are Rumors -

(Or, Things I dream of doing some day)

My Tweets
Double Denim Wedding Ring (like Rachael's here)
oh, my!!  An Elephant Swoon (look how awesome Karily's work is)
Jingle Belle
Sarah's Revival
Patchwork of the Crosses (like Joan's)
Hidden Garden cathedral
Henrietta's Whiskers
Roll, Roll Cotton Boll
Orca Bay
Easy Street
Baltimore Christmas
Baltimore Halloween
Ladies of the Sea
You're Such a Romantic, Jane
Jane's Gone Wild!
2nd-Gen Circle Play
Willow Tree Reproduction
French Kiss - Fig Tree pattern - (something like Angela Nash's here)
FMQ small Christmas quilt bases (like Lori's)
Medieval Satin FMQ Spread (blow-up of Cindy's block)
Chatelaine - Medieval Town inspiration
Flavin Glover log cabin
Tail Feathers BOM (old one - pattern here)
Flying Geese - (Jackie's)
Something like Cynthia's Ball Maze quilt - (here)
Grit's "La Passion" Hexagon quilt - (here)
An Image Quilt in the manner of Jenny Bowker - (here)
A Birds & Beauties quilt - something akin to Sophie's two projects hanging together here
A circle quilt like Sharon's - here
A red-based spider web quilt
Wild and Goosey scrap quilt 

The following lists include the items from the NETY list up above that have been incorporated into the work rotation, as well as every new project that I have started. Highlighted projects have not yet been finished. Partial cross-throughs indicates finished to the flimsy state.

2012 Projects - 4/13 waiting to be finished
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)    **(Completely from stash)
 *Let's Build a Snowman Dec 2012, needs blanket stitches
 *Laurel Burch Ornaments Dec 2012 & Dec 2014.
**Scoot,Santa! 1 11/2012.
**Scoot, Santa! 2 11/2012.
   Kashmir Aug 2012, kitted
 *Affairs of the Heart Aug 2012, long-term hand work project (on hold)
**Hawaiian Etude 7/12-2/13.
 *Coral Encounter Feb 2012, flimsy
   Amaretto Cottage 1/12-3/13.
   Heather's Hearts 1-11 2012.
   Marissa's Hearts 1-11 2012.
   Devon's Hearts 1-3 2012.
   Snowy Day in the Woods 12/11-1/12.

2013 Projects - original NewFO plans at this post, 14/26 waiting to be finished
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)   **(Completely from stash)

 *Martha's Holiday Spin   Dec 2013 - center complete, needs borders
 *Holiday Tidings Dec 2013 - flimsy
   Modernology  Dec 2013 - flimsy
 *Plums in November   Nov 2013 -  quilting in progress
 *Jovial Trees   Oct 2013-Feb 2015.
 *Climbing Lanterns   Sep 2013 - top sewn, ready for 3D lanterns
   Top Secret: Heather-Bear's Graduation   Sep 2013-May 2014. 
   Celebrating Heather-Bear's Graduation   Sep 2013-May 2014.    
   Allison's Graduation   Sep 2013-May 2014. 
   Circle Dance   Aug 2013, some blocks sewn
   25th, Baby!  Aug 2013 - Oct 2014.
 **Flight Commander   Aug-Sep 2013.
 *Setting Sail   July 2013 - central area finished, needs borders
 *Tuscany Terrace   June 2013 - kitted
 *Chubby Chicks  June 2013 - chicks fused 
  Whoooo's Your Mama?  (fabric gift from Devon) June 2013 - Flimsy
 *Daisy, Daisy  May 2013 - Flimsy
   Marissa's Restore Innocence Project  Apr 2013.
**Hello, Moon!  Apr 2013 - Needs borders
 *It's a Hoot!  Apr 2013 - Flimsy
**Owl & Pussycat Book Tote  Apr 2013.
 *You Must Be Croaking  Mar 2013 - Frogs pieced
**Baby English 1.0   Feb-Apr 2013.
**5 Valentines  Jan-Feb 2013.
**Run, Kitty, Run!   Jan-Jul 2013.
**Hounds' Blues   Jan 2013.

2014 Projects - original plans at this post, 19/23 waiting to be finished
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)   **(Completely from stash)   ***(Commission)

  **"I Stole the Baby!!" Dec 2014. Gift for Scott's office
  **Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery (renamed: Starry Eyed over Grand Illusion) Nov - Flimsy
     Sew Spooky Oct  - Flimsy
    Wind in the Whiskers Oct  - current BOM rotation
  **Lily & Blake baby set Oct-Nov 2014.
    Leaded Glass Oct - Flimsy 
   *Garden Friends Oct - current BOM rotation
   *Saltbox Harvest Oct - Flimsy
    Devon & Kyle Sep - free motion quilting in progress8
     Fireflies In the Meadow Aug 2014 - Mar 2015.
***Lori & Aliya Jul  - Flimsy
    American Picnic Jun - kitted
    Fiesta Mexico Apr - long term hand-work tote project, first block
    Asian Garden Apr - big areas need joining
 **Baby Claridge  Mar-May 2014.
    Boomerang Mar - Flimsy
   *Sunshine Mar - kitted
     Anna's Mountains  Mar - washed/ironed
   *Simply Fun Feb - kitted
   *Raspberry Lemonade Feb - needs borders
     Bohemia Jan - Flimsy
   *Faceted Jewels Jan - kitted
     String of Pearls Jan - Flimsy

2015 Projects, 14/30 waiting to be finished
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)   **(Completely from stash)   ***(Commission, no purchases)

         Miss You, Love Mom 1/12 Dec 2015. Sent to Dev & Kyle
         Miss You, Love Mom 1/12 Dec 2015. My copy.
         Bonnie Hunter Allietare! Nov- flinsy
    *Reflections Nov- washed
***Miss Kitty - 3 Selvages Hotpads Oct. Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty Oct. Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Kitty Shuffle Sep-Oct. Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Travel Shoe Bags Sep. Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Receiving Blanket Sep. Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Jaycee's Messenger Bag for Kelly Sep. Henry Glass designer challenge
  **Baby Craddock 1.0 The Adventure Begins Sep 2015.
    *Beachcomber Sep - kitted
***Miss Kitty - Kitty Titty Power Aug-Oct.  Henry Glass designer challenge
***Miss Kitty - Emma for Kelly  Aug. Henry Glass designer commission
    *Pick-A-B #3 - Renamed How Do You Take Your Tea Jul- flimsy, needs stitcheries
  **DOD Americana 2015 Renamed Scott's Air Force Retirement July 2015-March 2017. 
      Fire Island Hosta Apr - brand new kit untouched
      Five-in-a-Row Mar - Ordered some awesome blue for a charms pack I was given. washed
      Gray Square Scramble Mar - Have wanted to make this for at least a year; depression purchase.w ashed
      Spanish Tiles Mar - I've wanted to make this forever and "Petals and Plumes" was perfect for it; another depression purchase. washed
      Evening Stroll - Renamed Sunset Bears Mar - I need this in my powder room; yep - seriously getting emptying-nest blues!
  **Semper Fi, Combass Mar - Aug. stash-supplied except for Marines fabric    
      Parasol (I confess, I bought a kit that enchanted me) Mar - cutting.
    *Dove in the Window Mar - kitted
  **Firehouse 1 Feb - flimsy
    *Woodland Stars - Winter Fun Feb - kitted
  **Baekjul Boolgool Feb - Jan/16.  GIFTED TO MASTER JAY KUK LEE
    *Star Crazy Jan - in BOM rotation   
    *Tulip Garden (flannel) Jan - kitted    
      Fancy Me a Rainbow (Christmas fabric gift from Heather) Jan-Feb. 

2016 NEWFOs, 3/20 waiting to be finished
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)   **(Completely from stash)   ***(Commission)  ^(gift to me)

***Tudor Outfit Father of the Groom   Nov-Dec. 
***Renaissance Gown Mother of the Groom  Oct.-Dec.   
***Tudor Groomsman Doublet, Shirt, and Pants - Tyler  Aug-Dec.    
***Tudor Groomsman Doublet, Shirt, and Pants - James  Aug-Dec.    
***Tudor Groomsman Doublet, Shirt, and Pants - Aaron  Aug-Dec.    
***Tudor Groomsman Doublet, Shirt, and Pants - Joseph  Aug-Dec.     
***Patrick's Groom's Outfit  Aug-Dec.    
***Tudor Outfit Father of the Bride  Aug-Dec.    
***Renaissance Gown & Overgown Mother of Bride Aug-Dec.    
***Heather's Wedding Gown!!  Aug- Dec.    
***Tudor Bridesmaid Dress - Macey  Aug-Sep.     
***Tudor Bridesmaid Dress - Devon  Jul-Sep.     
*** Tudor Bridesmaid Dress - Marissa  Jul-Sep.    
     What a Hoot, Marissa!  Apr-June.
        Safari Minky Stripes  Apr- 
        Fancy Forest  Mar  - kit I would regret always if I didn't get for later - flimsy
***Lucy's Bo Peep for Helen  May-May.
    ^Lucy's Signature Quilt Top  Feb   A finished top, gifted from Helen for Bo Peep work
  **Miss You, Love Mom 2/12  Jan - Feb. Sent to Devon & Kyle
  **Miss You, Love Mom 2/12  Jan - Feb.  My copy

2017 NEWFOs, 
                 *(Taken from my NETY storage)   **(Completely from stash)   ***(Commission)  ^(gift to me)

  *Minky Stripes  (for H2H 2017, Camp Hobe - flimsy)  Apr - 
  *Secret Garden (was Big and Bold) (flimsy, stage 1) Apr - 
    Down the Rabbit Hole  (irresistible 2017 BOM from Sarah Fielke)  Mar
  *That Bad Boy  [This is the one I'd been cutting out on Veteran's Day 2011, when I sliced my finger badly and Scott had to take me to his Hurlburt Office to put stitches in. Half of the pieces got misplaced and were not found until this month's massive spring cleaning.]  Nov 2011; Mar - 
  *Big Sister, Little Sister  Mar - 
  *Patchwork Party 2011 - Fall All Around (kitted and on the BOM rotation) Mar - 
    Who, What, Where  Feb.  (Scott's Valentine to get me back into my quilting)


Laura said...

bloody hell!!! and I thought my to do list was bad!!!

LynCC said...

:) Seriously, huh?!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

How I can relate... and laugh! I can't bear to tally up my projects in waiting, I just keep some shelves in my stash that are basically untouchable because I bought them at some point for some project. I did start and finish 2 of them in the fall but some things are better left unknown!

Roslyn Atwood said...

OMG I am just OCD enough & ADD that this would totally overwhelm me! I thought it was bad when had 23 UFO's. I do have a few kits and a couple of things in process & a couple needing binding[the last two I quilted this past week] hmmm what else oh I know my car quilt project and my selvedges. That is all I can cope with still stay sane.