It all started over ten years ago with a simple list of UFO's pinned to the bulletin board over my sewing machine. This became necessary when I realized I didn't even remember some of the things I'd started with enthusiasm and abandoned before completion.
Today it has evolved into a 3-ring binder. Started in 2002 I had to move it all to a bigger one this year. It doesn't need to be fancy!
It still contains my UFO's (maybe even some of the same ones!) but I've added things like techniques I want to try, gifts to be made and ongoing projects divided into categories such as Tops Ready to Quilt, Sets of Blocks and Repair Projects. Throughout the year I cross thing off and add new ideas. It usually gets pretty messy. It's a work tool.
I include pages to record monthly progress and at the end of the year I review it all and write up a summary as I get ready to start all over again with a new year.
In addition to choosing several things to prioritize, I focus on these three things each month:
- Doing some handwork - embroidery, quilting, hand-piecing, applique, knitting
- Doing something creative - no pattern, play with fabric, use scraps, try new techinques.
- Keeping my quilt collection updated - taking photos, measurements and other data about acquired vintage quilts and keeping notes on quilts I am making. This can really get away from me if I don't make a point of it.
I can't say for sure, but I do think that setting goals and reminding myself of them on a regular basis helps me get things done. I think I am more conscious of how I choose to spend my time and what to prioritize... but if not, that's okay because I just really enjoy the process.
How do you manage your quilting life?
Do you like to set specific goals for your quilting?
If so, what is your system?