Hey there fellow sewing fools! I have a question for you. How do you manage your WIP list? Or do you even keep a list? I am here to admit to you that sometimes I am very diligent about it and then sometimes I get so overwhelmed I can’t even keep up with the list of things I haven’t done yet. Currently I am at 29 unfinished personal projects and counting. That doesn’t include class and pattern samples that I need to get moving on. Eek!
In an attempt to gain some control and clarity around my list of unfinished projects, I have gotten my spreadsheet of projects out, dusted it off and I thought I’d share with you the information I keep track of. I try to keep two sheets updated, one for unfinished projects and then an archive of those that I finish. So here are the items:
All Sewing Projects
Project Name: Sometimes this comes from the quilt pattern, fabric line or combination or something I just make up.
For?: Who is the project for? Is if for someone or home or a holiday?
Due Date: If there is a due date it goes here. Maybe it is a gift or something I am making as a class sample.
Pattern Name: If I am following a commercial pattern, it goes here.
Pattern Source: If it is in a book, the book name. For commercial patterns, I add the shop I purchased it. If it is something I found online, I add the website.
Fabric Selected: Yes or No
Fabric Purchased: Yes or No
Cutting Stage: Not started, In progress, Completed
Piecing Stage: Not started, In progress, Completed
Long Side and Short Side: I enter the length and width in inches
Backing Long Side and Short Side: This is a formula that adds 6″ to the quilt top
Backing Selected: Yes or No
Backing Style: Pieced, Solid
Back Done: Yes or No
Batting Selected: Yes or No
Batting Cut: Yes or No
Quilting Thread Selected: The name of the thread and color
Quilting Style: Hand-guided Custom, Hand-guided Edge to Edge or Pro-Stitcher
Binding Selected: Yes or No
Binding Prepared: Yes or No
Bound: Yes or No
Quilt Label Done: Yes or No
Quilt Label Added: Yes or No
Date Finished: This one means it is time to celebrate and move it to the archive list!
I’d love to hear how you track your projects.