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Thread: Quick Fun Poll - How many WIPs do you have?

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    Quick Fun Poll - How many WIPs do you have?

    So a big HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to everyone!! I thought it would be fun to have a poll today. Even if there are already a bunch of answers, please feel free to add your numbers too!! I am going to try and compile the data to come up with some fun statistics (math geek much?? hehe) Yes, this is how I like to spend my Mother's Day. Answer as many or as few of these questions as you would like!

    1. How do you define a WIP?
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?

    I hope you'll play along with me! Here are my answers:

    1. I define a WIP as any project that has been started (fabric at least cut), but not finished (finished=I can use it).
    2. I currently have about 20 quilt WIPs
    3. I don't really have many non-quilt WIPs as I tend to finish those all at once rather than setting them aside.
    4. Most are flimsies waiting to be quilting, about 8-10 are quilts I have cut out and still need to be pieced, or I have started piecing just a bit. One is just needing binding.
    5. I would guess the most I have had at once is about what I have now.
    6. I use a spreadsheet, though I still tend to forget some of my lonely WIPs and will look through the piles to find them again someday.
    7. I probably have about 8 books and 10 patterns.
    8. So far I have probably used 2 or 3 books for quilts (still in progress) and 1 or 2 patterns.
    9. Look at my shelf every so often and remind myself why I bought them in the first place and to not forget about them again!!

    Now let's hear yours!!

    Cheers!
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    1. How do you define a WIP?
    Just as you do - cut out on up to not bound.
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    5 -
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    4, all bags
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    1 to be bound, one to be quilted, one needs borders, one just cut and one Fun and Done that will never be done. Like QAYG, but not this technique.
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    Current level
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    Note book
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?
    Patterns, maybe 10, books 100+ "Edward R Hamilton, Bookseller" is my favorite pen pal
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    no patterns ;-) and probably 10 of the books for at least part of the design
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?
    Archeological piles, by my chair, sewing machine, 'throne', bed, and also have some on shelves. We are in the process of building new bookshelves. Perhaps I'll get them into some sort of order then.
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    I have come to know myself .. if I cut it and stop anywhere in the process .. I don't ever go back .. So I only have one WIP. As for pattern and books... way too may to count. I have a book shelf and they are organized by them , bargello , paper peicing, etc. The patterns are the same way either on the shelf with the books or on its own shelf but by type.

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    1. How do you define a WIP? Anything that is cut out, all the way to ready to bind
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have? 4
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have? Too many to count....bins full
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in? One hand quilting, 3 are in the peicing process
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once? quilts-4
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects? No methoid,,,they are all out and in view..can't forget them!!
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? An entire bookshelf full of books and magazines
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project? I made about 3 quilts by patterns, and have used ideas from some to create what I wanted.
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books? THere is not method of keeping track...I jsut dig thru the shelves or piles when I want to look for something!!

    I love my quilting and it is my enjoyment..If I felt I had to be more organized, it would probably take the fun away!!

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    1. How do you define a WIP?
    There's a fine line between a WIP and a UFO.

    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    I have two UFO's (items I'm not sure I will EVER finish) and 7 WIP's in various stages.

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    One in my head. I signed up for the needle case swap and I was actually working on the design today.

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    1 is quilted and bound and I'm adding beading, 1 is a BOM and I'm in the 5th month, 1 is half pieced and I haven't decided the other half yet, the remainder are pieced and need to be quilted.

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    I have more now than I've ever had.

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    Method?

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?
    Not a whole lot. I favor books that are more about techniques than pattern books. I can get, or make a pattern anywhere - it's techniques I want to learn. I have about 40 books all told. I do have a few patterns that were purchased, and several that I gleaned online.

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    Well ... because of the type of book I favor, some of the techniques (Sally Collins Mastering Precision Piecing) have been used for every quilt I made since I got the book, other books for "special" techniques (ie Fractured quilts) I used twice. I do have some books that I haven't used yet, but plan on it.

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?
    If they're hard copies they're on my book shelf in the sewing room. If I grabbed them off the computer, they're in a folder on my PC.

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    1. How do you define a WIP?

    At my house a WIP is something that is in progress and that I'll actually get back to eventually. There are a few that may be permanent UFOs. We'll see.

    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?

    Looks like around 30.

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?

    None.

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?

    My WIP tend to be in one of two stages. They're either still in the piecing stage or they're in the flimsy stage.

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?

    Probably right now is the most.

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?

    I just keep a list in Word.

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?

    There's probably close to 100 books and dozens of patterns.

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?

    Lots of the patterns and several of the books. A lot of them are still ideas in waiting.

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?

    The books go on the book shelf and they're shelved by type, quilting, applique, scrappy, etc. The patterns are stored two ways. I have a pattern box from Clotilde that the patterns in zip bags go into and I have binders for patterns cut out of magazines.

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    1. just as you do, but only up t the completed top stage since I don't quilt my quilts
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. different stages, some just cut, some have blocks sewn but not the top, some have top complete but no borders, have an applique thats only partially sewn down
    5. What I have now, only used to do one project at a time
    6. none, they are in bags or the bin
    8. Altogether over a hundred, I choose not to count, too many, but have them organized by type, FMQ, applique, PP, traditional, asian, baby, sewing, reference
    9. Probably about 20+ for actual patterns with another 10 books for reference on certain techniques
    9. I have 2 enclosed scrapbooking boxes from micheals for my books stacked on top of each other on a rolling cart. My patters are organized in one of those colorful target fabric baskets. I use stackable artbin for all of my supplies, small rulers, notions, hoops, embellishments, etc.

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    Happy Mother's Day!!!

    1. How do you define a WIP? I used to define it as something cut and not finished. I now define at something I plan to finish and have moved all of the "trial" blocks and stuff to the "scrap" section to use in other projects.
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have? 11
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have? 0
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in? 27% sitting, 18% quilting, 18% binding, 18%planning, 9% borders, 9% piecing - i think you found another math geek!
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once? Before I changed the definition and finished some stuff...19
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects? Excel file...now I really feel like a geek! I have my swaps and deadlines listed on it too.
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? Now there's something else that can use an Excel file! No idea. And if I counted all of the magazines and catalogs with pattern ideas, the number just might be sinful.
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project? 6! Really? Only 6. Ok, so no more books and patterns! That's it, I've sworn off buying books and patterns...until I come across another that I can't live without.
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books? No method to the madness!

    Thanks for posting.
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    I had a good laugh about #6....

    1. How do you define a WIP?
    Anything that is started past the gather stage.

    2. How many
    quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    Who knows? 3 are currently on the design wall yelling at me, "Finish me!"

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    One large tote full, number unknown

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    All stages. Some blocks done, some tops done, none quilted waiting for binding (when I get that close they get finished)...

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    Never counted. Not that important to me.

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    You need to keep track? For me it would give me hives.... LOL

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?
    Maybe 50. Never counted them. Don't buy unless it is very, very special because there are so many free on the net. Hundreds of patterns/pictures from the net printed and filed in a notebook, filed by type.

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    About 1/2

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?
    In my style of bookshelves. I have crates stacked on their sides under my cutting table holding all of my quilt books, patterns and notebooks of ideas.

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    1. How do you define a WIP?
    Something I've done some work on. At least started cutting. Also quilts that need binding.
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    About 8.
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    Some need binding. Some need quilting. Lots are cut out but need to be pieced together.
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    About 6.
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    They are all over on different places. Some are in bins, some are on tables, some put away for way down the line.
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?
    Probably 40 books, 150 magazines and 50 patterns.
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    Used about 15 patterns, 1 book, 10 magazines.
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?
    Books are on bookcase. Magazines are in magazine racks I put on a shelf on my wall. My patterns are on a doo-hickey that is metal and has a long arm with 15 clasps. I just hang each pattern on a clasp. The arm is moveable so I can push it against the wall when not in use. I own two of those. I also have pattern boxes that I have different sections for different type patterns.
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    1. How do you define a WIP? started
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?6
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?2
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?different stages. Some waiting to be sandwiched and some waiting just to be finished.
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?6
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects? write them in a folder
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? do not know
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project? not enough
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?files in folders
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    1. How do you define a WIP?
    to me a WiP is a project i am actively working on- started but not finished (as in Work in Progress- progress is happening) (as apposed to a ufo which is not being worked on- of which i have 4 which may or may not ever be finished)

    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    i have 4 quilt tops to get quilted, i have 3 quilt tops in the works in various stages of completion

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have ?
    (1) a locker hooked rug i use my scrap strips for - it's an on going project
    and a table runner from a kit purchased while on vacation

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?
    4 waiting to be quilted,
    one center medallion is done- some of the border components, one i row of blocks is complete- lots to go, one stained glass applique is done-

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    sometimes i have a dozen projects going at once- other times only 2 or 3--i always work on multiple projects at once

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?
    method??? hand work (bindings, english paper piecing ect) i work on while watching baseball games or a movie with hubby or when traveling, i generally have a project to work on during breaks at work- i go into the sewing room & decide - to work on a certain one- until i either reach a point of change, finish, or tired/frustrated- i quilt in order of priority they are stacked under the machine in the order they need to be done in-

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? hundreds- maybe a thousand- books- 2 closets- and (3) 7 ft bookshelves. individual patterns maybe only 100-150 (never thought about counting them)

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?
    most

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?
    book shelves- large note books with plastic envelope pages
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Great answers everyone!! I hope some others can pop on and answer too, it'll be fun to compile all the data!!

    Rachel

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    1. How do you define a WIP? Cutting is not enough for me for quilts. It has to be partially sewn to be a WIP. Otherwise, it is still just a plan.

    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have? Mmm...Well, I have done several block exchanges. So, those have to count. I will say 6, I think.

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have? Oh, now this is hard. What do I have to count? Just sewing? Then I have 6 right now. But I have 3 crocheting and about 14 scrapbooking, several restorations, etc...I don't even want to think about them!

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in? I have two tops waiting to be quilted, three sets of blocks and one BOM I am doing.

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once? I refuse to answer on the grounds it might send me over the deep end if I figure this out. Actually, around Christmas I have had up to 20 sewing projects going at once.

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects? I don't. They are hanging in the closet for me to see or in the appropriate "on going projects" drawer.

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? Hmm....I think I have about 6 or 7 patterns and probably 15 books.

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project? All of the patterns but one and all of the books except the 4 given to me.

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books? They are on the appropriate shelf. I feel no need to track them.

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    I'm so glad to know I am not alone with my WIP's. I consider a WIP anything that has been cut out (no sewing necessary). I keep a going list on my phone -- it may not be accurate (there may be more I am not remembering),but it says I have 58. I have 3 ready for binding, one needing to have only the border quilted (I hate doing my own quilting), and the others in various stages. I didn't know there could be a non-quilting WIP!!! LOL! I think this number is the most I've ever had. (Believe it or not, I've been working on finishing some of them this year!) I have no idea how many patterns and books I have because they are not all in one place. Probably made projects from LESS than a fourth of them, but I look through the books frequently, always finding new things to put on my hope to do list. Now that I have totally humiliated myself with my honesty, I'll get back to sewing -- need to finish a pillowcase to match a quilt I just finished (the one I was working on when we had our virtual sewing Sunday).

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    I work on one quilt at a time. I finish every quilt and never start a new project until the previous quilt is finished.

    I have no non-quilt WIP.

    Why am I so different from everyone else? Is anyone else like me?
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    Once I find a piece of fabric that I LOVE, the process of a WIP is started. From there, I start the hunt for matching colors and the right pattern...not necessarily in that order. I go back and forth with several groups at once. One day I will cut, one day I will iron, empty bobbins and so forth, getting something accomplished step by step. As I keep working, I eventually see the light at the end of tunnel and and will push a little to finish the one the most far along. Right now I cannot start anything until something is finished. But.....this weekend I went to a garage sale and found some gorgeous fabric in 3-4 yd lengths. That's enough to be a back on a lap quilt. It was 50 cents each piece so I ended up with about 18 yds for $3. One particular piece has stirred my search for the next WIP so here we go again!
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    I have 3 quilts that are WIP. I have 4 other projects , embroidered place mat sets, that are WIP. I have fabric purchased in case I want to start something, (baby clothes), but until it is cut I don't count it. I have about 20 books, no patterns. I make my quilt patterns looking at the pictures, usually combining several pictures into one pattern.

    One quilt WIP is stuffed into a plastic bag. The other two are on two design walls. The placemat sets are on the sewing table, the dining room table and the ironing board! LOL
    Last edited by TanyaL; 05-14-2012 at 07:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    I work on one quilt at a time. I finish every quilt and never start a new project until the previous quilt is finished.

    I have no non-quilt WIP.

    Why am I so different from everyone else? Is anyone else like me?
    I know there are others like this too, but it does seem most of us have (many) multiple WIPs.

    Rachel

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    Interesting questions.

    Interesting answers.

    I am going to resort to the fifth amendment.

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    1. How do you define a WIP?

    A sewing WIP is anything that is cut out and in progress. I also knit and crochet and I make sure I do several rows before I put them down.

    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have?
    I currently only have on WIP in progress. I do have about 10 projects on my "to make" list.

    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have?

    I have one knitted hat and three crocheted afghans I'm working on.

    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in?

    The quilt is ready to be quilted, the afghans are in the beginning stages.

    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?

    Five

    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects?

    I keep my WIPs out where I can see them so I can remind myself to work on them when I have time.

    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own?

    About 7 books and about 5 patterns (newbie).

    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project?

    None.

    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books?

    No method, my books are on a bookshelf and my patterns are in a drawer.

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    1. For me, a WIP is a UFO that is actually being worked on - after all, Work In Progress indicates to me that progress must be made.
    2. I have 6 projects in the true WIP stage but there are at least 15 UFOs in the cabinet and at least that many "ideas" to be turned into something tangible (hopefully finished quilts).
    3. Not sure what you mean by "non-quilt" WIPs. We are renovating the house. Does that count?
    4. Most are either ready to be sandwiched or already pinned and ready to be quilted.
    5. I think this is it - 6.
    6. I really don't. The WIPs are all out in the open and I see them. I know what needs to be the next step on each one and work on whichever one I feel like at the moment. Other than that, I share pictures with my forum friends. Any more tracking turn the project into a chore - and I hate chores.
    7. Have not counted them. Let's say 3 shelves in the IKEA cabinet and 4 big binders with clear plastic sheets. The least I have is patterns - maybe 25.
    8. Sometimes I take ideas from a book. Sometimes I use a technique from a book. Sometimes I combine and mix from different books. Patterns and books for me are very enjoyable. I look at them - sometimes again and again. There is no pressure to actually "use" them. One book I use time and time again is "It's OK If You Sit On My Quilt"
    9. The books are in a glass-front cabinet. I don't keep track of what I have. I just know.

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    i have too mannnny!!! i see something new i start it then never seem to get back to it bad habit
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    1. How do you define a WIP? Started in any way such as cut fabric, and not completely quilted and bound
    2. How many quilt WIPs do you currently have? 4
    3. How many non-quilt WIPs do you currently have? 5
    4. What stages are most of your WIPs in? cut
    5. What is the most number of WIPs you have ever had at once?
    6. What method do you currently use to keep track of WIPs/Completed projects? scattered
    7. How many quilting patterns and books do you own? 300
    8. How many of those patterns and book you own have been used for a project? 20
    9. What method do you currently use to keep track of your patterns & books? Magazines by title then month and year. Books just random on bookshelf where I can see each title

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    Quite simply, I'd have to gut my sewing room and lay stuff out to answer your question!
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