Trust me on this

If you’re going to set a project aside in the middle of piecing it for 6+ months, you need to put all the info you need to resume work with it.

I SO want to start another project, I need to be loading another top to quilt, but with JudyL as an example, I decided I needed to finish this top. Unfortunately, I didn’t mange to jot my cutting instructions down….

….and it’s only partially cut out…..
….and I had this project in 3 different bins….and it’s not a project I’m doing from a book BUT there is a chart in one of my HUNDREDS of books that will quickly tell me what size I need to cut my block and from there I can figure out the rest…..

…..only I can’t find the book anywhere….I have books in 5 different rooms …on shelves …in stacks on the floor….but finally after an hour I find the ONE I’m looking for….
….trust me, if you’re going to stop working on a project before you’re done piecing it…keep your book or instructions with the rest of your project!


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21 thoughts on “Trust me on this

  1. I have gotten so when I buy fabric for a specific pattern or when working on a project, I make a copy of the pattern and keep with it. Even just a picture of the finished project and where to find the pattern-book, magazine or one of my notebooks full of patterns. That way if I don’t get back to it I have all the info. I know I should have shared this alot sooner for you. A day late and a dollar short!

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  2. I lost a ruler and guess what? I had packed it with the project I was using it with! Like you, I have things spread out over my space 🙂 Glad you found your book you needed.

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  3. Yikes! Been there, done that. 😛 In one case, it was a mystery quilt that produced 24 blocks. A couple years later I decide that I want it to be 25 blocks so I can set it 5×5… I ended up measuring all the pieces in a finished block, adding a quarter inch to the measurements to guess what I’d need. 😛I’m really hoping that by switching to project bins for all my quilting from here on will prevent me from scratching my head and wondering what in the world do I need to make it into a completed quilt?! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous

    Oh, I can feel your “pain” because I have done that TOO many times. Perhaps that’s why I have so many UFOs!! Karen made a good point about making a copy of the pattern and just keeping it with the unfinished project so you don’t have to search. I, too, have WAY too many books/patterns/magazines and part of my 2009 “resolution” list was to get that under control. I’ll NEVER make all those quilts … I’m focusing this year on simplification and that would be a great place to start! It’s a nice looking quilt, Mary … please share it with us when you get it completed! Keep warm!! We’re freezing here in Pittsburgh!!Flatlander (Linda)

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  5. i’m so glad you found it! I started to put all the fabrics, instructions etc in a gallon size ziplock bag when i squirrel stuff away .. i don’t do that b/c I’m awesome ..i do it in self defense b/c of the cats and family that just loves to grab scrap pieces of paper, write on them and wander off with them .. so in self defense – it gets packedso glad you found it!!!hugsg

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  6. Yep guilty, and admitting to doing it :-/! I have finally realized that my memory just refuses to hold the UFO and WIP knowledge that I am imposing on it, SOOOOOOO knowing this I am NOW finally trying to organize and put things together that belong together… patterns, fabrics and partially finished blocks ~ UGH GUILTY! Is there a name for people like me, I am lowering my head in shame?

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  7. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt!! If your books and magazines are anything like MINE…it might be faster to measure the pieces in the already finished blocks so you can re-start without hours of searching. On the up side….it looks real good so far!! Lori in VA

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  8. I think you hit on something that everyone struggles with at times! Myself included, although I now do like some of the others, pack my book or instructions and ALL the fabric related to that project together in ONE bin. And when I finish the project, all the rest of the fabric can go back into the ‘general population’of stash–you ought to hear the hoots and hollers when that happens! LOL

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  9. Been there, done that! I can so sympathize with you. I learned my lesson the hard way, too. You think you will remember the book you used, but no! Glad things worked out for you.

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