To All the Plans I’ve Had Before….(an ode to unfinished projects)

Today, the string of my pants came out.

So…I began the search to find my bodkin (more on this tomorrow).

Of course, it was not in my regular sewing box…it wasn’t in my junk drawer…it wasn’t at the cottage…it wasn’t in a lot of places.

I took a deep breath and went to the storage room.   I keep a lot of great things in the storage room, but there are two boxes…two boxes that have followed me for 30 years (as you can tell from the mauvey fabric).   To find a bodkin, I knew I had to look in these boxes.










I didn’t find my bodkin.

But, I did find all of my unfinished projects.

In honor of this “find”, I submit to you my “Ode to Unfinished Projects”  (If you wish to sing this out loud [and you should] sing to the tune of  “To all the girls I’ve loved before” – the Willie Nelson version…..)

To all the plans I’ve had before

And stuff that traveled through my door

I hope I get to you

Bed Pillow Doll made by Kendra and Mike's Great Grandma "Granny" R

Before the years are through

I started this for Mike when we was a baby. He's in his 30s now. Too late?

To all the plans I’ve had before

I just about had this finished for my daughter, and then she was 30. So, unfinished, I gave her to Luci. I still need to make her shoes

(New verse)

To all the projects I’ve begun


Quilt squares made by my Grandma W. I want to make them into pillows...someday


And stuff I bought to get it done


I fully intend to make a pillow and blanket for Luci's American Girl doll - the sheet matches the one in her room



You live within my heart






This was Grampy's T - Shirt. I was thinking it could be a pillow some day



But, I don’t know when I’ll start






I made a shirred pinafore for Kendra when she was little and thought I would make this ornament. Oops



A project that I’ve had before






My friend, Jody, and I started these when we were still in our early 20s. Jody, this would be a GREAT gift for your new Grandson!! As for me...well, there's time yet..right?




The winds of change are always blowing






I made these for my Grandma S about 40 years ago. She always had them in her kitchen, and then my Mom had them hung in her kitchen. I would like them in MY kitchen, but need to clean and reframe....someday



And every time I try to start





This is a fairly recent project.'s spring...I can't possibly work on this now...right?



An old project that needs sewing





I started this quilt 25 years ago. I can't remember if this was going to go to Ralph and Trish for their wedding or Jim and Denise. Seems to be a moot point



I seem to miss important parts





I have a perfect frame for this counted cross stitch...I just can't seem to find my directions



(Final Verse)

So as you projects wait for me





I'm not sure, but it looks like the stitching is done. I think I just need to frame it..or something



To find my muse and get artsy





Mr. H. has LOTS of old T-shirts, but doesn't like to get rid of them (he is sentimental that way). I promised him I would make a quilt from all his old T-shirts. At this point, I could probably make 10 of them.



I swear I’ll get to you




I have NO IDEA what I was going to do with this.



Before the decade’s through





Granny R. showed me how to do Swedish Huck Cloth Weaving. Seriously, I am also done with this afghan. But, what happens if I don't like the colors any more?



To all the plans I’ve haaaad beeee fooore.

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(2) Comments and (2) Replies

  1. Sue Lobsiger | April 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply

    Well, I just had to burst into hysterical laughter!!!!! I have seen most of these projects in progress! The blue quilt is the same fabric I used to make the quilt for my parents….that, oh by the way you taught me to make!
    I remember a time when we went to JoAnn’s fabric and you purchased a HUGE amount of fabric for many projects…did you ever use????
    Not only are you a talented crafter you now write lyrics……….what a Hoot!!
    For all of you crafters, notice the organization of the embroidery thread……mine on the other hand is wadded in a ball tucked away in my “unfinished project box” yep I have one too…..somewhere……….
    I unfortunately do not pocess the organizational skill set that my best friend has…………’s to all the unfinished projects that we ALL have. Someday we’ll get to it 🙂


    • Jill H | April 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply

      I know. It’s embarrasing, right? It’s possible, just possible, that my zeal in organizing the stuff I need for projects just might, just might be the barrier. Oh, well.

      As for the fabric, when Mr. H. and I got married, I had to get rid of much of it. Otherwise, there was no room for his T-shirts!!!

  2. amyreichbach | April 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    I laughed till I snorted. I have many of these same projects in my closet (not as well organized as you…but still)

    Here’s a toast to the best of intentions, and a long life (with all our faculties) so we can get to them eventually.

    • Jill H | April 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply

      Sadly, that’s my problem. I spend so much time organizing, I never really get to the project…..Oh well….

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