This is a little late, but I have finally got over my sewing mojo funk. Happy dance happening here!! I have come to realize that January through May are difficult months for me in terms of producing final products. I tend to get stuck on one project. Great news, I rock the last 7 months though, and usually achieve my goal of 1 quilt a month by the end of the year (12 quilts).
The progress has been great so far this month!! I am super excited about moving forward. I finished a contract project a week early (pictured, folded above), which was my second finished quilt of the year. I have another old WiP at the long-armer this month, it just needed a back. Lastly, the project that should have been finished in February will be done tonight – more on that one in another post.
|NY High Line||
|Project 1 (Secret)||June||
|Medallion||July||TOP (Underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND|
|Project 2 (Secret)||July||
|Project 3 (Secret)||August||TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND|
|Graveyard||August||TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND|
|Trellis||September||TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND|
|Manicured Garden||September||TOP (Underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
|Triangle Quilt||September||Pattern Release|
|Square Dance||September||Pattern Release|
|Abstract Triangles II & III||October||Pattern Release|
|Phased Circles & Lunar Lines||October||Pattern Release|
What I have learned about myself, is I am much more productive with a fuller plate and deadlines that are not my own. Don’t get me wrong but I will still procrastinate until the last-minute. So, how do you all get over quilters block?
My motto has long been “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
I just sat down and went through all my ‘stash’ and made a list of the projects on hand – quilting and knitting – and a brief progress update. Now I am crossing them off my list (and unfortunately, adding to them!). I like your steps though. I might have to incorporate that into my list.
Very interesting about doing better with deadlines from others; I think we all have a greater “fear” of letting someone else down more than disappointing ourselves. As far as getting over quilter’s block, I just try to focus on a different aspect of quilting for a while… and then there is the reality that a deadline really helps motivate me whether I am engaged or not!
When I let myself do what I feel like doing instead of forcing myself to do something else, I find I can be a lot more productive. These things I feel like doing do need to be done sometime, and when they are done, the satisfaction carries through the motivation to do the things that I wasn’t in the mood to do before. Working a few minutes each day on everything moves everything along.