Well, we’re almost two months into 2014, so I’m checking in on my quilting to-do list. (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.) I’m still wishing I had more time to quilt, but I’m happy with my progress. It’s a little overwhelming at first to work on five projects at once, but it’s motivation for me to get my butt moving and finish one of these up soon!
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (I’ve made a few blocks in 2013. See them here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Passion 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (in Quilts and More Spring)
I’m 20/100 blocks into my City Sampler quilt. And I have all fabric picked out, which was a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Sometimes it’s the little things that keep you from working on a project, and fabric choice was one of those things for me. Now that I have that off my mind, I can get started on cutting and sewing! (See my blog about it here.)
My progress on the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along is a little slower. I have about half of the fabric cut for the whole project (and if you’ve seen the materials list…there’s a lot of pieces). I’m trying to pull fabric from my stash so it has a very scrappy look, but I may have to bit the bullet and buy a fat quarter bundle to get this moving!
I have the first two blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. This is my first BOM and the anticipation of waiting for the next block is killing me! I usually have the block finished on the first day of the month because I’m so excited!
I bought all the border and backing fabric for my Project 48 quilt. And I’ve started on the binding. I’m doing it very scrappy so it’s taking mea bit. I can’t wait to get this crossed off my to-do list. I’ve been working on it for more than a year and am ready to hang it up!
The spring wall hanging from the current issue of Quilts and More is coming along! I just need to finish appliqueing, add a border and some embellishments, and get it quilted! There’s another one coming in the summer issue, so I’ll start on that as soon as it comes out!
I have some tips for making process on your own quilting to-do list. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Resist the urge to add. There are always more projects that come up that I would love to add to my to-do list, but I know if I do, I won’t get the ones on my list done. And my goal for the year was to complete projects, not start more UFOs. I save the projects, so I can add them if I get really ahead on my list, but right now, I think of them as part of my to-do list next year!
2. Overcome obstacles. If you’re not making as much progress as you like on a quilt, think about what’s holding you back. Is it choosing fabric? Is it sewing blocks together? Is it calling your quilter? Once you identify the problem, set aside time in your schedule to work through it. When you overcome the obstacle, it should be easy quilting and a much more enjoyable process!
3. Set mini goals. At the beginning of the month I write down the least amount of process I want to make on each of my goals this month. Sometimes it just involves cutting all the fabrics and sometimes it’s making 40 blocks! No matter how small or big the goal is, I work toward the mini goals each day. It keeps the to-do list feeling attainable!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.