Sometimes I get discouraged or baffled about a piece and fold it away in a large plastic tub. And then I forget about it. Last week I emptied the contents of that tub to try to find some fabric I swear was in there. I never did find that fabric, but I became reacquainted with four incomplete projects. I finished one, “In the Summertime,” shown below. Another, “Lost Heart,” I think I found a way to make better. And the other two I returned to the tub to await inspiration.
Quilters often talk about their UFOs, projects that stalled for one reason or another. I thought I’d call mine IPs for in process. Since I don’t usually follow a pattern, it’s my call for when a quilt is done. “In the Summertime” was created in an online class on circles and was “done” insofar as quilting and edges, but it just looked puny. So I mounted it on a quilted rectangle and added beads. If I had pulled it out of the bin a month ago I might have finished it differently.
My point here is that there is often no one “right” way to realize a quilt unless you’re
obsessed with intent on following a pattern exactly. Try setting aside your IPs and revisiting them after at least six months have passed. You may find a way to give them a second chance, even if you cut them up and use the pieces in another project.