Stitching (Instead)

So you guys know I’ve been trying to finish up abandoned projects and use up yarn that’s been languishing in my stash for far too long. I’ve made some progress. It’s kind of satisfying, if I’m being honest. I do like finishing things.

But if we’re talking about unfinished projects, there’s one that I can’t ignore. The Grand Kahuna of WIPs. The White Whale of UFOs.

One major project that’s been languishing for far (far, far, far) too long.

It’s been in my studio since… before we moved (almost 7 years ago), and honestly, probably several years before that. If you told me this was a 10-year-old project, I would believe you.

And the ridiculous part? It’s probably been about 75% finished for the better part of a decade.

It’s my monster quilt.

It’s huge- about 80″ square. No idea why I picked that size. It’s not a standard bed/quilt size, and it’s freaking huge! I don’t know where I got the design, or if there was a pattern, or why I picked the colors I did (yellow is not a color I usually gravitate to…). But, I know I put the quilt top together, made the sandwich, basted the layers together did about half of the quilting before I got bored/distracted and forgot about the quilt. Every few months/years I’d see it in my closet and go, “Huh… I should work on that,” then forget about it again.

At the beginning of quarantine, I really started to buckle down on this project, alternating hand-quilting a square or two with working up a baby sweater sleeve or a few inches of scarf. It’s coming along, I’ve only got about 9 more squares to go (plus the edges and sewing on the binding… but let’s not dwell on that yet).

It’s a satisfying project, but if I ever say I want to make a quilt again, maybe don’t let me…

Have you ever actually finished a ridiculous unfinished project?

2 thoughts on “Stitching (Instead)

  1. Cheryl

    I’m retired now and have a double bed sized quilt top that I pieced in high school.

    Sewing on a binding is doable but quilting (by hand or machine) it has always seemed too daunting! At this point I’m considering tying it using embroidery floss or crochet cotton and maybe including small colorful buttons on the backside.

    Those last bits of finishing always seem the hardest to me – and I have the stash of almost finished projects to prove it!

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  2. Sue H-m

    No, I have not. I graduated from high school in 1979, and I know for a fact that my freshman Home Ec sewing project is still unfinished and still lurking somewhere in the shadowy regions of the my parent’s house.
    It is quite possible that invading squirrels have used it for nesting material.

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