Today I’ve got a mega-old, finally-finished, WIP (work-in-progress) to share. This was a block of the month I started over 10 years ago. A few weeks ago I was digging around my sewing stuff and found all of the pieces in a plastic bag.
As I pulled it out to look at it I realized how close it was to being finished. All of the patchwork blocks were done, as was the center portion with the leaves and the scarecrow. The only thing holding it back was the inside checkerboard border – pieces were cut – they just needed to be sewn together and the outside borders added.
I was in a fall-ish mood and was taken with the sudden desire to get this puppy out and finished. And finished before the end of Fall. This Fall even.
As I mentioned, this quilt was a block of the month pattern at the shop where I worked at the time, American Quilting in Orem, Utah. When pulled out the fabric for the remaining pieces for the final two months’ fabric I found a paper with the date for that block – May 2006. (yes, it’s been that long…) And then I realized the reason why this got so close to being done and then put in a bag and ignored for 10 years – I had a baby 3 1/2 weeks early in April of 2006. And with three other little kids on top of that, pretty much everything got put in a proverbial plastic bag and placed on hold at that point. lol.
So, needless to say, I’m giving myself a pat on the back for getting it out and done and crossed off the (miles-long) WIP list. And offering encouragment that there’s hope for any other 10-yr-old WIPS out there too.
A big shout-out to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting for the custom quilting job that enhances the quilt so much!
And a shout out to the local pumpkin patch for the festive backdrop for taking pictures.
I know someone will want to know about the pattern for this quilt. It was designed by Amy McClellan as a BOM for her shop and is available still from American Quilting. You can see Amy’s other cute patterns here.
And if you’re looking for motivation with your own WIP’s – you might want to check out Maker Valley’s printable WIP spreadsheets. There’s just something extra motivating about making a list and checking it off!