Happy May! I’ve been working on my quilting to-do list for four months (and a few days) since setting my goals on New Year’s. (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.) April was a busy month for me–lots of traveling, late work days, and beautiful weather. But not as much time sewing as I would’ve liked. I have a hard time keeping up with something that seems like a “extra” activity in my life when all the other duties of life set in. But I did make some real progress on my quilts and have fresh motivation to get things done now that spring is 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 took a little break from my City Sampler quilt. And although the picture above doesn’t look impressive, it’s a stack of the 60 of the 100 blocks I have done and squared off. And I already chose my fabric for the last 40 blocks, so I’m ready to cut and sew when the mood strikes me! Since choosing fabrics was one of my biggest obstacles for this quilt, I’m excited I’m done with this step.
I got three of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along blocks done. I’m addicted to making these! Lots of little pieces and lots of scrappy goodness, and each block takes around an hour to make, but it’s so fun and rewarding when you get a block done. Check out everyone’s blocks on Instagram if you need motivation or ideas (search: #apqquiltalong). I have a bunch of the strip sets and four-patches made, too, so the next blocks should come a little faster.
I have four blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. The May block is on my weekend to-do list. I look forward to this quilt every month. It’s a quick block and is so fun to see how it’s all going together as I add more to the quilt!
All I have left on my Passion 48 is the binding. I’m making a super scrappy binding, since it will really stand out against the black borders. I have a bunch of tiny pieces cut out and am starting to sew them together. It’s a time-consuming project, but I think it will really add something to the finished quilt!
The Welcome Home door decor from Quilts and More Spring is finally done! I still need to buy a few buttons to sew on, but I couldn’t resist the urge to hang it up! The next one in the series, the summer door decor, just hit newsstands, so I’ll be starting on that soon.
I have some tips for keeping your motivation going when life gets busy. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Schedule it into your day. Work and life get busy. Sometimes the thought of squeezing sewing in after a long day does not sound appealing–especially on days when the weather is nice. This month, I made an effort to go into work 30 minutes earlier each day, so I could use the extra 30 minutes at the end of my day to sew. Making a conscious effort to set my alarm earlier and reward myself with creative time after a productive day was just what I needed to keep my motivation going.
2. Mix it up. It’s hard to keep yourself interested if you’re working on just one project or if you’re only cutting/only sewing. In order to make sure I can make progress on something, whether I have 10 minutes for cutting or a few hours to sew binding on, I keep a variety of projects in different stages, so I can always work on something that fits my time-commitment and mood.
3. Make it (more) fun. I’m a huge fan of combining hobbies when possible. So instead of making time to watch my favorite TV show AND time to cut my fabrics, I do them both at the same time. Or take some applique to the beach so you get some fun in the sun at the same time you’re making progress on a quilt. It’s amazing how time flies (and how much you get done) when you can enjoy all your favorite things at once!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.