I’m really interested in getting your input today on how you differentiate between a Work in Progress (WIP) and Unfinished Object (UFO). I’ll share my thoughts here in the post, and let me know how you view the difference in the comments. These community discussions usually create really rich and interesting comments, so be sure to take the time to leave your thoughts and read the comments of others, too!
When I think of a Work in Progress, this is what I think of:
- A project that is already started.
- If fabric is pulled, but no cutting has started, it hasn’t really started, so it’s not on my mental Work in Progress list.
- A project that I have worked on in the past year.
- The Old School Block of the Month is a great example of that for me this year. I am making one block a month, so it’s an active WIP.
When I think of an Unfinished Object, this is what I think of:
- A project that I have started but not worked on in the past year.
- My definition of “year” is a bit loose: it could be calendar year or 12 months. To be fair, I don’t tend to work on multiple projects at once, so having UFOs is a lot less common for me personally, so I’m a LOT more fuzzy on this definition.
Which brings me to the heart of my question: how do you classify very specific projects that you know you won’t be working on frequently? The mini quilt pictured above is a mini quilt that I pieced years and years ago, and I’ve been adding hand embroidery / hand quilting detail to it, but only when I travel. It’s my go-to project for when I know I’ll be on an airplane. And, honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve worked on it. I guess by my own loose definition above, it’s an Unfinished Object. But mentally, it still just feels like a WIP.
Does the mental classification of WIP versus UFO matter to you? How do you differentiate between the two? And do you think my long term handwork project a WIP or UFO?