Keeping up With the Joneses

Do you read very many quilt blogs? I do. I have 146 blogs loaded into my Google Reader account, and every day I read/skim through many of them. It’s a way for me to see what other people are working on, what fabrics people like, and learn new techniques that others generously share. I enjoy the blogging process!

One thing about reading quilt blogs that bothers me: YOU DO TOO MUCH! How do you make so many quilts/purses/table runners/pillows/pincushions/tote bags/and more? I usually have a few things going at one time. I like to have something to hand quilt on when I’m in the mood. I enjoy doing embroidery and applique’ by hand, so there is usually a project or two that falls into this category. I like machine piecing, and there is a project on my table downstairs waiting for me. I MAY finish two or three projects this year. That’s all. If more is accomplished, I will be proud of myself and it will be close to a miracle. This is a busy year, with my youngest son and his fiance’ getting married in July, and parents who need caring for in their twilight years.

So… how do you do it? How do you squeeze in all that sewing in the midst of life? What is your secret? REALLY, readers would like to know. Could you please leave a comment below and tell us how you accomplish what you do?

I have mentioned before that I use iGoogle.com to keep organized. Here is a look at my “to do” list. If you look closely, you will see right in the middle of the list my 2007 BOM Quilt. At the bottom is my Christmas Siggie Quilt. That’s from 2008, and is a DJ siggie exchange quilt. I have the blocks. I just have not touched them since I received them! I would work on them if I had more time. But I have other projects that seem to rise to the top of the list.
That’s how I work through my projects. Please share your process!
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5 thoughts on “Keeping up With the Joneses

  1. I also track a lot of quilt blog sights. I love to see what others are doing. My quilting area is in the family room of our house. It isn't a seperate space that I goi off to and close the door. I have teenagers and need to be around to monitor Computer usage and general referee duties.

    I have a couple rules: 1) Get the housework done (quilting shouldn't have guilt attached to it) 2)Only work on things that I enjoy and 3) Keep the troops happy

    Some days I get a lot of sewing done and some days the troops and the housework get first priority.

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  2. I don't have any great tips, Caron, because I'm in the same boat as you! Or maybe a few boats behind you … haha.

    I'm an at-home mom with only one 14-month-old little guy, and I even have my own sewing room all set up ready for me to jump in and sew anytime I want, but I didn't even finish two quilts in 2009. So, I'm interested to hear others' responses as well.

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  3. I have a full-time job and three kids ages 13-9. I get a few things done, about as much as you Caron. If I had a 14 month old I bet I would get less done! A toddler is so active.

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  4. Well, let's see.
    1.) Very little TV watching.
    2.) Do smaller projects.
    3.) Say “no” to quilt requests (I offer to teach them how to quilt instead, so far, no takers.)
    4.) No secret pal this year (that took lots of time last year.)
    5.) Have goals
    6.) Participate in the OPAM (one project a month) challenge, which forces me to try to get something done every month.
    7.) Always remember that finished is better than perfect.

    Susan

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  5. I think I have it easier maybe than some to make room for my quilting. My elder mother lives 2 hours from me and plenty of siblings around to check in on her so I don't need to do that on a daily basis. My grandchildren live hours and hours from me and my girls are grown. It is just hubby and I at home, we are both in our mid-50's and have it fairly easy with him being semi-retired and me stay at home. We travel and stay home. I do not belong to quilting guilds my time is my own. I usually work on 4 to 6 projects at a time it seems and try to finish that many a year, most of my work is by hand. I am not a perfectionist and think done is better than perfect. I just enjoy what I do.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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