Set yourself up for sewing success during the holidays by planning ahead! Plus, hear an interview with Susan Cleveland.

September 07, 2020
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Organize Projects for the Future

September always marks the beginning of holiday season for Lindsay Mayland. It’s when she starts swapping out quilts for her fall ones, planning gifts to make for family and friends, and starting to sew new Christmas décor. It’s also when all the progress she's been making on UFOs, quiltalongs, and other projects totally stops, because life gets too busy. So, it won’t hurt to spend a little time re-evaluating a plan of attack for the rest of the year.

If you’re in the same boat as Lindsay, here are the steps she's using:

  • Look through all closets, drawers, storage containers, etc. to make a list of every project you're currently working on, as well as UFOs. Make sure all the projects are still organized and you have all the needed supplies. Try this free project tracker!
  • Make a list of all the projects you need to get done before the end of the year. This could be things like charity quilts, quilted gifts, or holiday décor. Put deadlines next to each project, so you know exactly how to prioritize my sewing.
  • Organize you space and the projects to help you accomplish more. Clear your work space of any projects that aren’t urgent, so you have room to make progress on more important things. Start gathering fabric and supplies for the important projects and organizing them into storage containers.
  • Plan your schedule to your advantage. Find a little extra time in your schedule to make daily progress on your projects. This will keep you from last-minute sewing and panicking.

Sweet, Quilty Home: Week 10

This week is our last challenge for our Sweet, Quilty Home program. This week’s challenge is to get your projects organized, so if you tackle some of these steps this week, you can share your progress with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetquiltyhome. We had a blast during these 10 weeks seeing everyone’s pictures and sharing tips on how to make your home a beautiful place to relax and be creative.

Getting Sewcial

Lindsay also had the pleasure of chatting with Susan Cleveland of Pieces Be With You. Susan is an award-winning quilter, respected teacher, and designer of tools that add really special touches to your quilt! During the interview, Susan explores the challenges of teaching during a pandemic, decorative finishes on quilts (see her gorgeous quilts here), and tips for binding. She also shares about her most popular tools and books, including the Piping Hot Binding and Prairie Pointer tools and her new Dynamic Dresdens book.