It’s official. 2014 is half over! And I have to say I’m proud of how much creative time I was able to schedule into my past 6 months. Making a larger effort to take time to work on my own projects (rather than just gifts or work) is not only relaxing and expanding my creative boundaries, but is also pushing myself to learn new techniques and discover more about my own quilting style. (Find out more about my goals this year in my resolutions blog – read it here.)I was able to get a lot done in June. This month I’m taking a week long vacation and play to give work and sewing a rest to enjoy my family and the beach! I made pretty lax goals for this upcoming month, but hopefully I can continue my momentum on these projects!
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 Summer)
I got 10 more blocks done for the City Sampler quilt, finished off the light green bunch. Only 20 more blocks to go! Can’t wait to get this one crossed off my list and on my bed! (I blogged about these 20 blocks and about color choice tips. Read it here!)
I got four more of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along blocks done. I have some darker reds and oranges coming to help balance the Irish chains a bit more. These blocks take about an hour each (unless I work ahead on some strip-piecing). I love the process of picking out the fabrics that go together, but it’s hard for me to do more than one every few days unless I have a lot of extra time on my hands. Only 11 more blocks to go! Check out everyone’s blocks on Instagram if you need motivation or ideas (search: #apqquiltalong).
Seven of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done (I snuck the July one in before writing this blog)! Each month I’m loving this quilt more. As I lay each new block done and take a picture I’m so surprised at how it’s coming together and balancing the lights and darks of this quilt (especially since I deviated from the instructions choice of prints).
I finished the Welcome Home door decor from Quilts and More Summer (except sewing on the buttons…they’re just posing in place for this picture!). Since the Fall issue doesn’t come out until August, I get a month off from this project while I work hard on the others on my list!
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.