I cleaned my sewing room and found 8 WIP’s!

I’ve been feeling so bogged down and harried lately with a million things to do at once and nothing getting finished until the last minute that I decided it was time to take a breath and change something. The thing that needed to be changed was the gigantic pile of fabric, paper, patterns, books, notions, tools, and lots and lots of scraps that was stifling any creativity I might have felt.

And people kept coming over like my mother in law and visiting teachers and the UPS man (although he is very welcome any time) and the first thing anyone sees in my house is my sewing studio. That means I get to chat about how awesome my hobby/job is or I get to make excuses for the disaster they see as they come in the door. Well, no more disaster excuses ladies, check it out:


Having a neat place to work really does make me want to be there. 🙂

And while I was cleaning up and organizing I found 8 works in progress (that sounds so much better than unfinished projects)! I hope that by naming them I’ll get my act together and finish a few soon. So in no particular order, my works in progress are:

  • an Emmeline bag
  • a throw quilt top that needs to be sandwiched and finished
  • a felted bench pillow
  • the next applique in our “Far Away Forest” series
  • an oilcloth ‘Honeymooner Suitcase’ (from Big City Bags)
  • a Viking ship pictorial quilt
  • a new winter coat for Chloe
  • 30 potholders for my boy’s school craft fair

At least I have stuff to blog about, right?

Now if I can just pick one and finish it today…

What are your works in progress?



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  1. Operation Christmas Child collection week is next week. My church has been accepting shoe boxes for the last 2 weeks and Sunday is my deadline. I have 4 boxes that need to be finished and packed. I still have to finish sewing two toothbrush/toothpaste kits, four pencil cases and four pocket tissue pack holders.
    Then of course, there is the Cinderella costume that has come back to grandma to fix the torn sleeve and the too small gloves.
    We bought a travel trailer last summer and I have multiple projects for it in various stages of work.

  2. Deb Stambaugh says:

    I have learned over the last year that too much clutter is a huge distraction too. I function so much better in my new sewing room where I have enough storage for my needs! So as much I love looking at studios filled with stacks of pretty fabrics and cute decorative items my stash will stay in drawers and behind closet doors.

  3. Cleaning and sorting out my sewing room. Is my christmas treat this year, so has to be good.

  4. I am focusing on smaller Christmas gift projects, but I have a number of "works in progress."
    –cleaning my sewing room
    –5 quilts
    –one set of curtains
    –an experimental purse
    –"fabric making" project
    –mending (not really sewing in my mind)
    –selecting strips for Christmas projects.

  5. Kimberlee Turley says:

    let’s see…
    – civil war style dress
    – Star Wars Amidala costume
    -Boot covers for a Harley Quinn costume
    -Elie Saab knock off dress
    -Mossimo purse deconsruction /pattern tracing

  6. PhD’s = Projects half-Done 😉 I have several PhD’s:

    2 x handbags/totes
    2 x table mats
    1 x cushion cover
    1 x owl applique piece, possibly for another cushion cover
    4 x throw to double bed sized quilt tops needing quilting/finishing
    1 x oven glove
    1 x pot holder

    I’ve been having root canal treatment recently and the pain sort of overwhelms any creative impulse 🙁

    1. Oh, forgot the front room curtains need hemming – I amde them and hung them about 6 months ago, but haven’t hemmed them ("I want them to hang for a while so that the length is right!" I said… then ‘forgot’) 🙂

  7. LaNan Eldridge says:

    I have to admit my wips are too many to count! However my Christmas list is to make multiple pot holders for family members, a Christmas stocking for our newest grandchild, 2 organizers for my mom, 1 quilt, 2 dresses, 6 pillows, crayon rolls, snap bags and that should wrap up the Christmas projects! It always keeps me out of mischief!! And a clean sewing area boosts my energy, creativity and productiveness.

  8. Michelle Fordham Holloway says:

    I have a list on a board. I work full time and have two kids, church, mom and dad, etc so it is hard to find sewing time but I LOVE IT. I work on a project, everything gets cluttered, I finish, then clean up and start my list again. I also have a book that I write down project I need to do and those I want to do. Right now I have
    1. Quilt for my bed, top only half finished from last year!
    2. Quilt for grandson, only need to add one row on top, then quilt
    3. Skirt, Shirt, bathing suit for me
    4. Baby quilt for my "foster" child
    5. Fleece jacket for me
    6. organize my bedroom and crafts, all the same room!

    and many many more. I never get anything for me finished because I need to do a project for someone else!

  9. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I like that work in progress. I have one of those in the closet, but there are two other things at least I want to get done first before going back to it.

  10. Debra Leist says:

    I found three unfinished projects last week and the bad part is they were for kids who have outgrown them. This kind of thing always makes me feel bad but I’m going to finish and donate them. That should help my quilt. I too have to stop and clean up my area once in awhile to get my creativity going again. I work in the basement so don’t have to worry about anyone seeing my area unless I invite them in!

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