Getting more time to quilt – in our crazy, busy lives this can pose a real problem. People have emailed me recently asking me how I get so much time to quilt each day. I don’t have any more time than you do. However, I have learned to be a very good time manager and multi-tasker. We must make each minute count. Here are some simple things to help get more time to quilt each day.
compare what you get done or not to anyone else. None of us have the exact same responsibilities, schedules, or lives. Do what you can do. Remember that quilting is supposed to be fun.
get discouraged. Look at Pintrest, quilt shows, Facebook, magazines, books, etc as ideas for yourself. Look at the colors and patterns and enjoy.
keep several projects going simultaneously. I try to have a project in cutting stage, another in sewing stage, another in binding stage. Also, one that can be completely by hand like English paper piecing or applique.
always keep the sewing machine maintained and threaded so it is ready to be used whenever I(or you) have a few minutes. Keep a project that is ready to be sewn beside the machine (right now I have a stack of tumbler blocks ready to go). I keep a container with all the pieces cut (and pinned) there ready to be sewn.
use assembly line sewing if possible.
set a timer for small amounts of time to sew. Even 5, 10, or 15-minute blocks give you a little more done on a quilt.
limit social media and TV time. If you are not good at this, set a timer and be firm with yourself about stopping when the timer goes off.
limit time talking on the phone, especially if you cannot multitask while visiting. I iron and sort fabric while on the phone. I put the phone on speaker while cutting.
keep a small project and supplies in a bag always ready to go along. While waiting on the doctor, picking kids up, at the airport, at breaks between meetings, etc work on a project. Small amounts of time add up quickly to a completed block or project.
Quilting should be fun. Even a few minutes each day brings enjoyment into your life. Have a wonderful day.