The Design Studio Blog


June 22nd, 2016 by Suzanne @ Camelot

Congratulations to our Winsday winner: Higgins Smith


This week we hosted a Fat Quarters GIVEAWAY of the Mixology collection on our Facebook Page. We wanted to know:

How many WIPs or UFOs do you have and how many should we really have?

I think Cathy has the most with 106 UFOs… Thank you so much for your honestly!  We all feel so much better right?  When I moved my design studio from the quilt shop to my basement, I realized how many projects I had running.  I stopped counting after 20 and I decided that I had to bring it down before moving as I was also cutting down on my space in the process.  So I did the unthinkable!  I looked at ALL my projects and ditched a few.  I either put the fabrics back in my stash, gave the blocks to other friends who wanted them in their own projects or quilted the projects as is (so it’s a throw instead of a King Size quilt, a place mat instead of a Throw…. who cares!  It’s finished).

I ended up with 6 projects and kept an extra one that I called my challenge! Meaning that it’s way over my comfort zone but we need these once in a while.  I realized that some were in the draft more, some in the cutting, then piecing and assembling.  And whenever I would have some spare time, I could run downstairs and pick a project depending on my time available.  Believe it or not, most of my projects were all ready to be quilted in 4 months.  I found that being organized and not overwhelmed by the number of projects got me more focused and doing what needed to be done.  I now feel more confident that I can make AND finish projects…. ok that challenge piece I haven’t even looked at yet… but that’s OK.

I really LOVE what Debbie Grubb wrote: “That number depends on the person, too. If you can handle having them stare you down, go for it!”  That is an excellent point!  My friend Anne can have a tone of projects running all at once and it doesn’t scare her at all.  She told me that during the winter she works on all her projects and has some in various stages to fit her mood.  But come summer time, she has them all done as she will pick the perfect day to sandwich them all.  She hates that process and so if she is going to do one, might as well do them all.  Then she will spend the rest of the summer quilting and adding the binding only to start all over again in the Fall.

Some of you also asked what WIP and UFO meant and we also had a few comments talking about PHDs, so let me break it down for you:

WIP: Work In Progress

UFO: Unfinished objects

PHD: Project Half-done

Whatever you plan to do is now all up to you!  Enjoy the summer and keep on working on your WIPs and UFOs.


Higgins Smith: I hope you will enjoy your Fat Quarter Bundle.  If you can please email us your mailing address, with phone number, to  by June 29th, 2016.  We cannot wait to see what you create with these fat quarters.  Please send us a picture for our Fan Friday blog!

And a huge thank you to everyone who entered!!

Stay tuned for next week’s Winsday…

Happy Sewing!


  1. June 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm, Mary Jones said:

    So pretty. Love pink and brown.