I've faced this dilemma at every stage as a quilter...as a beginner, as a more
experienced quilter, and as a designer. So...since I've been pondering this topic a little lately I thought I'd share some of my thoughts with you!
First, make a list of works in progress.It always seems to come back to this. But as I thought about it, it really is important to know what you've started and still need to finish. I actually have lots of my works in progress projects that don't really have deadlines...they are projects I want to work on over a long period of time, so I'm not worried about finishing them in the near future...it's just good to keep them in mind. You might even find a work in progress that you decide to finish in a different way than you originally planned...be open to changing up a project here and there!
Look through what you have.Go through your fabric, your scraps, and even your patterns and books. See if anything just jumps out and demands to be started! Sometimes I have great projects ready and waiting to go, but I've just forgotten them over time. It also helps to make a list of these projects as you come across them. They might not end up being your next project, but it's also good to have a list of things you've been thinking about.
Decide on a skill level for the project.Are you looking for something fast and fun? Are you looking for something that requires some precision? Or are you ready for a challenge. I actually like working on projects at all of these levels. I feel like sometimes I just need to do some mindless sewing...it's good for the soul, you know...but then at other times I'm ready to increase my skill level and work to improve.
Browse for ideas.Read blogs...look back at posts you've saved or kept unread for some reason. Browse Instagram: look back through the posts you've liked. Search Pinterest pages for quilt ideas you've already thought about. Walk through your house and try to think about projects that you might want to make for a specific area of the home. Think about upcoming birthdays and holidays--it's never too early to start planning for those!
Once you have a project in mind: choose fabrics!Think about a color scheme and background options. Do you want to use brights or muted tones? Do you want a scrappy quilt? If you have any bundles or pre-cuts think about how you could use them for your project...and then add in some other fabrics for variety!
Have fun!Now, go get started on your new project...it's waiting for you!
I hope some of these thoughts and ideas have helped you...and if you have any other ideas to add, I'd so love it if you'd mention them in the comments.
Thanks so much for stopping by!