A few months ago I looked over my goals and my project list and was completely overwhelmed!! Oh man! How would I ever accomplish everything I had before me?!
Then suddenly, like a superhero sweeping in to save the day, “Never fear! Intention is here!!”
One talent I have and am basically the expert at is coming into a room and looking around thinking, “hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what should I work on now?!”
Not a great talent if you want to take advantage of time. And especially not good when you have many life responsibilities to juggle and more things on your plate than any one person could possibly do alone.
But alas, here I am stuck in this conundrum. While I value the development of our talents, I think that this is one talent I would prefer to let wither by the wayside.
Planning with Intention
I’m not sure if I read this somewhere, or if it was inspired by something else, but either way, I came up with a plan. I’ve noticed in the past when I have just the right amount of things I need to juggle and just the right amount of not-enough-time-to-do-them-in I become insanely productive!
While I’m not bumping against any deadlines just yet, I realized that I should take those same balancing tools I use when I am under the stress of looming deadlines, and apply them to my every day life.
Here are some of the steps I’ve taken to add intention and efficiency to my quilting projects:
- Make a list of all the projects that are priority.
- Make a list of the steps for each project
- Group all the steps that are the same for each project together.
- Start at the beginning and complete each step for all the projects at the same time.
- Keep going until the steps are complete.
This 3rd step really is the core purpose of all of this! Cutting out as much transition time as possible! Whether it’s getting my project out or putting them away, getting organized for the step I’m going to work on next, or even just the mental transition of changing focus from kids to quilting.
I want to be able to come into my sewing room knowing right away exactly what I’m going to do and be able to start doing it!
Here’s my wire rack that is under my sewing table. I have 2 projects on each shelf, 4 projects total.
A few months ago I cut out all of the fabric for 3 of the quilts (minus some of one quilt – I want to get most of it together before I decide on the final fabrics to use).
The 4th quilt, top left, took longer to cut out. It’s a king size quilt of Anna Maria Horner prints for my bed. I cut out ~81 larger squares and 164 5 inch squares and that took a long time since there are no repeat prints used! I’m so excited for this!! And will have a pattern for it at some point. This will actually be the third quilt I’ve made with this design/pattern without actually writing up the pattern.
The mountain of fabric as I started folding it back up last night. I’m so excited to finally have this cut out!
Chain piecing paper piecing literally hundreds of templates at once! I like to listen to audiobooks as I sew to help break up the monotony of the process. It’s especially monotonous when you’re making these many quilts at once!
I will say though, these blocks only have 6 sections at most, so they will be finished pretty quickly! Thank goodness. 😉
Having a clear plan of what I’m doing, what I’m working on, and the steps I need to go through to get there has helped so much to make my quilting process so much smoother and efficient.
Now I just need to come up with a structured plan (with end goals or desired habits in mind) for when I look at my phone or get on my computer! Those are HUGE time wasters!