I am often asked how I get so much quilting done. In reality, I don't feel like I get enough done but I have some tips that help me use the time I do have to maximize my quilting. Here's my take on time management: we all have ALL the time there is, the same 24 hours, so figure out what you want to do with your time and then figure out how to get it done. We are all busy. If we had to wait until we could find 3 or 5 or 8 uninterrupted hours to begin, we would never get anything started or done.
My first tips for quilters:
1. Have a design wall--this helps me see what I'm working on and keeps me motivated to keep at my projects. Yes, I do have way too many things going at once but don't we all?
On the far upper left is a block I started in a workshop with Marjan Kluepfel, about 10 years ago. The dragonfly wings are Angelina so it's safer to lay flat--and I will finish this one someday. Out of sight is out of mind so I like having things visible on the design wall. There are MANY projects behind the closet doors that haven't seen the light of day for years.
2. Have an ongoing machine piecing project ready to go. For a long time I was working on a four-patch project and am happy to say the top is done and headed to the quilter this week.
Quiltville Blog. If I had planned to make this quilt non-stop, as one big quilt project, I would have gone crazy--working on it over time, creating "units", was an easy way to get it done.
Here is the stuff I have just to my right at the sewing machine:
On the far right are these two little containers, full of 1.5" cut squares, light and dark. These are cut from scraps of every project I've done. As part of cleaning up after a project, I cut pieces into the sizes needed for whatever leader/ender project I've got going:
Lori Smith. I cut the templates, traced the background, prepared the strips of brown for Skinny Stems, and prepared the brown basket shape for reverse applique' of the handles. All the fabrics I plan to use are in a large tote bag, ready for me to select from once the stems and basket are in place.
I start back to full-time work tomorrow and will have very little time to prepare projects for the next four months. Having things ready to go really helps me a lot. I'll have more tips for you, about once a month, so check back.
And see what other people are working on at Judy L's blog. A lot of folks are snowed/iced in this weekend so I hope much quilting is underway.