I have so many projects going at the same time, that I had to find a way to stay organized. I’m a compulsive list maker and I love setting tasks and checking them off. Knowing this about myself, I got a little notebook and dedicated a page to each of the 12 quilt projects, the Learn To Quilt Series and the needlecraft projects I have going. In the back of the book I made a weekly schedule of what projects would get priority on any given day.
Every time I work on a project I make little notes in my book about what I did and what still needs to be done. It’s a quick visual to see how on track I am. Today I worked on the Cat Quilt and when I went to write my notes, I saw that it has been weeks since I worked on it. I made sure to schedule out some time this week to finish the project since it is so close to being done.
This book is also a place to sketch out ideas for how I want to layout the projects. Here’s part of the 1930’s Hexagon Quilt page with ideas for how to group the flowers:
I’m still playing around with the layout, and it is nice to have somewhere I can gather the notes.
Even though I am only accountable to myself, part of me feels that writing down project goals is the only way to stay on track. Sadly, I have gotten a little off track with all my projects except one. I am completely obsessed with the 1930’s Hexagon Quilt right now. After weeks of tediously sewing the flowers, I have reached the fun part of the project- putting everything together. I still need to make more flowers, but I want to know where I am right now with what I have.
Here’s the progression:
Step one- make the flowers
Step two- put them together with the “paths.” This was taken last Wednesday.
Step three- Keep on keepin’ on. This was taken this afternoon after 4 days of intense sewing.
Seeing it all come together is so exhilarating that it is all that I want to do. I just want to keep working on it so that I can see it completed. But, I have a deadline coming up on the Baby Quilt. That baby isn’t going to wait, so I need to get cracking! I’ve made the 1930’s Hexagon Quilt, my “reward” project. Provided that I accomplish my sewing goals for the day, I can spend the rest of my project time on the Hex quilt.