Tuesday, July 31, 2012

OPAM (One Project a Month) - LITERALLY!

I finished one project this month. I changed the name on my daughter's classroom wallhanging. Is that lame, or what?

Of course, I set a new land speed record for starting projects I didn't finish:

Pineapple Scrap Quilt

Glorified Indigo Nine Patch Quilt

Merry Mayhem Mystery Quilt

August Wool Applique Banner (don't get excited, it's only fused on)

Aurifil Designer July Block

Vintage Rouge Christmas Quilt (I actually finished the July blocks, but BOM's don't count for an OPAM finish)

Halloween Panel Wallhanging for Jen's classroom (front, back and batting have been trimmed to right size - wow!)

Block 11 of my 12-block Baltimore Album (I did take it to court last week until Uncle Fester the Bailiff had to make a point of saying there will be no reading of newspapers, no listening to iPods...NO SEWING (evil stare directed at me).

Wool felt pumpkin table runner (I ironed all the wool felt I bought at Hershey for this and got sidetracked)

The Halloween embroideries project I started.

The Christmas wool applique/embroidery project that I swear I will finish before this Christmas.

I know, I know, you've all been there, done that, have the t-shirt. But as a self-diagnosed borderline obsessive-compulsive, this drives me absolutely crazy. Mind you, it doesn't stop me from starting something else, but the fact that I've got all of these projects in baskets, on design walls, in plastic ZipLoc bags drives me C-R-A-Z-Y.

And it doesn't help that I surround myself with cute little hiding places for all these projects. It actually enables me. Oooh...look at that cute little suitcase, it's perfect for the Vintage Rouge...or wow, these great magnetic close boxes are on sale at Michaels this week...what can I put in them and stack on the studio floor?

And what really doesn't help is that I get sidetracked and spend more time organizing than working sometimes.

(Case in point, the 'wool drawer', folded and arranged by color this weekend).

Sigh.  Hope your finishes are coming along a lot better than mine these days. Tomorrow's a new month. Hopefully I'll finish some of these projects before I start on something new.


  1. Ah, but looking at that drawer, everything will now be so easy to find when you do want to start something else (or maybe, whispering here, even to finish something)

  2. Whatever your stitching "passion" for a given day you have a project ready and waiting. Your wool drawer looks so enticing. Happy quilting.

  3. Thank you for showing your daughter's wall hanging. It's so darn sweet. I'm crazy over it.

  4. I can't explain it, but I have been really good at not starting anything new, except some class samples that had to be done. Other than that, I'm finishing things up. I even managed to tie a finish to a class sample and knock out two birds with one quilt. Be well. I admire that you posted all your starts in one post. That takes courage. Lane


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