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Oldest Work In Progress

March 17th, 2010

Hmmm…I’m a new quilter with so many works in progress….But, the oldest??  I’d have to say is my very first quilt. Pictured here.

When I firstOldest WIP started working at Stitchin’ Heavn in 2005, I was lucky if I knew how to thread a needle in a machine. Shoot, I didn’t even own a machine… Well, the shop hosted an employee retreat at the Bunkhouse and we all stayed for 2 days, Memorial Day Weekend, I think.  Anyway, I learned how to piece for the first time with my newly acquired New Home sewing machine, given to me by Deb.
 My quilt is small, maybe 36 X 50 or so.

When I was finished, I was so thrilled that I had just made my first quilt. Even though, I learned then that your corners should match, you should press, and my blocks were puffy…hee hee….. I didn’t feel like ripping it apart and it is now and still, just a quilt top. I’m afraid that may be my little quilt’s fate or maybe I’ll just continue to call it my WIP. 

 What is your oldest work in progress? Why? Leave us a comment and then share yours on Quilter’s Daily to join in on the blog along!


  1. Bradie 's creative mind says

    It’s pretty Niki! What an awesome boss Deb is! You are a lucky girl. :)
    Bradie Sparrow

    March 17th, 2010 | #

  2. Judy 's creative mind says

    The quilt a friend talked me into starting at Christmas a few years ago is the oldest WIP. I didn’t know anything about quilting, she did and said she’d help me, but then she moved away and I’m still learning enough to go back to it…….slowly getting the knowledge necessary to continue…

    March 17th, 2010 | #

  3. OhThatPaula 's creative mind says

    My oldest WIP’s are:
    26 year old Knitting thatinherited from my mom. She started a Sampler afghan I have 5 afghan squares (sampler blocks)… I have yet to learn to knit.

    20 years ago I started to make little Trolli doll Costumes for my Daughter when she was in kindergarten (she’s 25 now) oopsie.

    Eleven Years ago I started a paper piecing quilt… there it sits… and I have about 20 other WIP’s :roll:

    March 17th, 2010 | #

  4. Sharon Knarr 's creative mind says

    handpieced endless circles, 9 blocks done and sewed together, consisting of pieces less than 2″, all the rest is cut out, was for my son and wife but they got divorced, started in 1995

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  5. helenmarie 's creative mind says

    my oldest WIP would have to be my Sunbonnet Sue calendar quilt. I started it with a class at the LQS maybe 4 years ago??? I finally finished all the applique last year and pieced the top together. The thing that is holding me up now is adding the prairie points around the center before the final border. I’ve got just the top done. Still have 3 sides to go. maybe this year!

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  6. Patsy Beaubouef 's creative mind says

    My oldest project is 11 years old. It started out as a 4 block wall hanging mystery quilt. I decided to make it a king size quilt in two colors. When the mystery was revealed the block was a broken star block, 16″, with 12 triangle composed from 6 half square triangles and one solid triangle. It took thousands of half sq. triangles. Needles to say, I don’t care for mystery quilts any more.

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  7. Dee Winter 's creative mind says

    Oldest UFO? Well, my EGA group is 30 years old and I started a sampler quilt the 2nd year in existence. The blocks are made, 12″ squares, 5 blocks by 6, and sashing, hand quilt as you go, I have it put together into a big quilt, quilting the connector strips. Earth tone colors, pieced and applique, been with me now through a divorce, move, marriage, 8 grandkids later, it’s still waiting for me to finish it. And I will, someday.

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  8. Laurel 's creative mind says

    My oldest WIP has to date to the early 70′s. I started 8 pointed stars in a 12 inch block size. There wasn’t much available in cotton fabrics back then and I selected groups of fabric that would make the stars in three shades of two color calicos. The points were color on white, inside of that was a ring of white on color and the center was again color on white that read as a mid-tone of the other two. After completing several stars I started thinking about what to use for the background. A light background would make all of the points disappear and a background of any color would match the colored diamonds in at least one of the stars. Those 2 color calicos are verrrrryy 1970 and I can’t quite get excited about them now. I think the best solution for the background problem would be to limit the number of stars made in the background color and simply accept that those stars will fade into the background. But I have so many other far more exciting works in progress.

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  9. Sandy 's creative mind says

    The oldest unfinished project is the first quilt top I made, back in 1995. The 4-patches, cornerstones and sashing are perfectly executed, but the colors don’t “sing.” So, I quickly moved on to something more exciting.

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  10. Silent Scrapper 's creative mind says

    I’m a fairly new quilter, so the oldest WIP is a quilt as you go table runner that I made for my secret sister last year. Finally put on binding last week, and will hand bind it when I have the time. But as for other things, non-quilt related, would be the granny squares I’ve been crocheting, trying to use up whatever yarn I’ve got left from years past. I’ve got lots of projects that I’ve started years ago and never finished. Some I’ve had to throw out. Oh well…:roll:

    March 18th, 2010 | #

  11. Susan 's creative mind says

    My oldest WIP is the first quilt I made. I took a class when I lived in Mesa Az in 1983 or 1984. The instructor was Nancy Brennan Daniel and the pattern was “Log Cabin in a Day” by Eleanor Burns. It Stilllll nneds to be bound. I love the quilt–guess I’ll put it on my to do list.

    March 19th, 2010 | #

  12. Judy C in NC 's creative mind says

    My oldest WIP is a Christmas quilt I started approximately ten years ago – all stained glass – and somewhere along the way I got the bright idea to quilt each block as I go. I have no idea how I am going to finish unless I improvise and change the pattern. Still procrastinating on this one.l

    March 23rd, 2010 | #

  13. Gene Black 's creative mind says

    You should really finish that quilt. It is gorgeous! The “mistakes” are not important. Finish it and enjoy it. Or send it to me and I will finish it and put it on my sofa! hehehee

    My oldest WIP is a quilt top that was probably the second I made then realized that it was WAAAY too large to free motion on my home machine. I need to ship it off to be long arm quilted.

    March 28th, 2010 | #

  14. Niki 's creative mind says

    LOL Thanks, Gene! I “might” finish it one day… So when are you gonna show off your WIP? I wanna see it!

    March 28th, 2010 | #

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