To list my WIPs, I had to know what WIPs I had, which meant laying hands on each one and tidying the pile. I kept seeing references to Marie Kondo everywhere, so yes, I went and checked her out and, like many, I've developed an uneasy fascination with the tiny, bouncy, eternally optomistic woman. I have not KonMari'd my whole house, but I did assess each WIP as to whether it 'sparked joy' in me.
For those of you who have ignored the Marie Kondo fad and don't know what the heck I'm talking about, basically I looked at each WIP while I was tidying and asked myself if I still liked it. Did I want to carry this into the future with me? Did I want to spend time finishing it? If the answer was no, I then dealt with it, either binning it, putting it in the op shop pile, or if it was still in pieces, putting the fabric back in my stash.
I didn't let myself get caught up in any guilt. Why should I finish something just because I 'should'? My time is precious. I'd rather spend it on something I'm excited about!
Working through my WIPs put me back in touch with my projects, a side benefit to tidying up. I have a presentation that I do about how a little procrastination is good for us. I believe that putting something away for a while lets the project 'ferment' in my mind, especially if I'm struggling with a problem. Often, I'll pull out the project again and the solution will present itself. But that method requires that I keep in touch with my WIPs, or the fermenting process bubbles out and I just forget about it entirely!
So I tidied up, got back in touch, and now I have a pile of things that I want to work on.
Of course I still want to start new things too....
'Heron Maiden' had been having a holiday in my WIP pile. It was nice to see her again and realise that I wanted to finish her for the GNZQS. So what was holding me back about finishing her? I figured out that I didn't know how to quilt the big background hill and if I cracked that nut, I'd be away again. So I printed out a colour photo and auditioned some quilting lines. They looked good and I was inspired to continue.
|You can see my quilting line design taped to the wall prior to starting to quilt.|
But if you pick up a WIP and truly wonder why you ever thought it would be a good idea, then just get rid of it! You'll feel so much better.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about your WIP pile!