Posts Tagged ‘PIPs’

Incremental Progress Is Better Than Nothing

June 26, 2019

I’m in the middle of projects just now. It’s great that I’m still working on the PIPs (Projects In Piles), but it doesn’t lead to stunning photographs. Still, I am making incremental progress and can prove it.

This is the first time in ages that I’ve done machine quilting without worrying that I’ll knock a thousand piles from the table to the floor. Now there are only a few hundred piles on the table. This is progress.

I no longer have to do the Sewing Room Shuffle to get from the door to the sewing machine. There is a clear path for my feet, despite the fact that I brought in a large plastic zippered bag of fabric that I had been storing in the garage for a lo-o-o-ng time (on floor, far left, top photo).

Best of all, I have maintained a clear space around the outlet. It’s not a lot of progress, but it’s better than nothing.

Luck and wisdom!

Sailboat Block

March 13, 2019

One of the Progressive Projects had us doing individual blocks of houses or transportation. This sailboat, although lovely, didn’t fit in the quilt I envisioned with the other blocks. I kept it aside for “the perfect project.” Now it is one of my PIPs (projects in piles), and it will be made into something.

I read that humans like pictures of meadow-like landscapes surrounded by trees because we evolved in that environment. I prefer seascapes to meadow-scapes, but the palm tree fabric gave me the idea of combining the two views. The next problem to solve is how to quilt it. I’m auditioning phrases that incorporate the word ocean or sea so I can use this for the Challenge assignment, “Use Your Words.” Getting double or triple duty out of one block would please me out of all proportion.

Luck and wisdom!

Decision Tree for the PIPs

March 6, 2019

I jumped into a new PIP (project in piles), and both succeeded and failed. While the part of the project I worked on went as the instructions promised, the product isn’t what I expected. Now I have to make choices, and I think a decision tree will be useful not only for this PIP but all the others.

My plan was to make a bunch of new tote bags from a collection of brocades. The good news is the bag turned out exactly like the pattern. Actually, this is astounding news. I can’t remember the last time I followed a new pattern and ended up with a replica of the picture in the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand all I was seeing in that picture, which is why the good news is also the bad news.

The tote bag is pretty enough, and well-made enough, but it isn’t functional enough for me. The handles don’t feel right, and it isn’t as large as I thought it would be (yes, I read the dimensions before I started – don’t ask me why I expected something different). So, I’ll spend the next few days on my decision tree, deciding whether to abandon the project entirely and fold my brocades into a different project or use a different pattern for more bags. Whatever happens, I’ll probably call this particular PIP finished. The beauty of decision trees is you can follow at least one branch to a conclusion you find satisfying.

Oh, drat, that’s a new project – a quilted decision tree!

Luck and wisdom!