I can’t believe it’s April already! Three months (and a few days) into 2014, so I’m checking in on my quilting to-do list. If I could describe March in one word, it would be busy. Work was busy, life was busy….and I was really busy making progress on my quilts! (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.)
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (See all my blocks 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 60/100 blocks into my City Sampler quilt (there’s 20 pictured above). This was my main project for March and I pushed hard to get so many blocks done. It was also a nice perk to clean out some of the fabric I’d been hoarding for this project. My work space is cleaner and I love all the techniques I’m learning in this process. I can’t wait to finish all my blocks, but I need to spend a little more time collecting the right fabric for the last 40. I might take a break on this one for a month, so I can finish strong! (See my blog about it here.)
I got ALL my fabric cut for the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (and yes, it looks much less impressive after you stack it neatly). I spent a lot of time looking through other people’s Instagram pictures of their Quilt Along quilts (search: #apqquiltalong). I was so inspired that I pulled a few late nights and got all the pieces cut. I’m so excited to start sewing these together!
I have three blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. The April block is on my weekend to-do list. As time goes on, I’m so happy I added a BOM project to my to-do list. It’s minimal time commitment each month, gives me something to look forward to, and is a nice change of pace from the largest quilts I’m working on.
I got the borders added to my Passion 48 project! I think I’m going to do my own quilting on this (I’m still deciding between hand- or machine-quilting). I can’t wait to get this quilt done and hung up! It’s been one of my UFO’s for so long and it’ll take a lot of weight off my mind to finish one of the items on my quilting to-do list!
Unfortunately, I made zero progress on my spring wall hanging from the current issue of Quilts and More! It’s completely shameful, because I still have a winter wreath on my door. This will be my main priority next week! Plus, the summer wall hanging is coming out in the Quilts and More issue at the end of the month, so I can’t start it until the spring one is done!
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.