Hello and happy Friday! First, thanks so much for all of the positive support on this year’s Scraps-Along here at A Quilting Life. I’m super excited about it myself and believe we will all be able to learn from each other and stay motivated throughout the year (if you missed hearing about the scraps-along challenges for 2020, you can find all of the details here). Today I’m sharing 10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting. These ideas will help make sure you’re organized and ready to begin your best year of quilting.
10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting
Whether you use all of these ideas or just a few, here are some proven ways to jump-start your quilting for the new year!
1. Do a Quick Clean Up of Your Sewing Area
Don’t let this first one scare you away, lol! This is just a general clean-up and straightening to give you the space you need to work. If you’d like information on a more thorough sewing room cleaning plan, you can see this post. For now, though, just make sure your ironing surface is clear, there is space clear where you sew, and you have a place for cutting out projects.
2. Make a Supplies to Buy List
This is a simple task that shouldn’t take too long. Check your sewing and quilting supplies. Do you have enough thread? Do you have sewing machine needles? Could you use some batting or rotary cutting blades? Whatever you might need, add it to a list so you can stock up when you’re at the quilt shop or find a good sale on notions.
3. Make a List of Your Works in Progress
This is a project I do each year. I keep all of my previous Works in Progress lists together so I can easily move the ones that are still unfinished to the new year’s list. And I also add anything I’ve started throughout the past year that isn’t finished yet. You can find a great printable Works In Progress list from AllPeopleQuilt here.
4. Make a Bucket List of Projects
I also keep an ongoing Bucket List of projects I want to make. I was able to cross a few off that I finished in 2019. But of course I’ve added some new ones. It’s okay if you end up changing your mind about these projects. Having an idea list is a good thing to have. All People Quilt also has a great printable bucket list of projects if you are looking for inspiration. Find it here.
5. Give Yourself a Yearly Challenge
Challenge yourself with at least one thing. Learn English Paper Piecing. Make a string block. Make a pineapple block. Or just challenge yourself to clean out the closet in your sewing room. But give yourself a challenge.
6. Plan Time to Sew and Quilt
This one sounds simple but is so important. Are Saturday’s your best sewing times? Or are evenings best for you? Perhaps you might want to set a goal to sew something small each morning before you leave for the day. Whatever works best…think about it and schedule sewing and quilting time.
7. Set a Monthly or Quarterly Sewing/Quilting Goal
Next you’ll want to set a small goal. Some people like to do this monthly while others prefer quarterly goal setting. This can be something simple such as “Keep up with Moda Block Heads 3 each week” or “Make a baby quilt to donate each quarter.” Write it down and put it in a place you’ll remember to review it (more on this later). For a post with helpful tips on setting quilting goals go here.
8. Set a Monthly or Quarterly Organizing Goal
Now set a monthly/quarterly organizing goal. Again…this can be something simple like cutting up project left overs for your scrap bins. Or it could be to make a list of all of the specialty rulers you have and where they are stored. Little projects will add up throughout the course of the year.
9. Decide on a Place for Your Lists
Decide where to keep these goals and lists you’ve made. If you don’t know where they are, you won’t be able to review them regularly. So put them on a bulletin board, in a planner, or in your phone. Just make sure you can access them easily.
10. Decide on a Review Schedule and Time
A lot of the steps above require regular review. Decide if you’d like to do that weekly, monthly, or quarterly, and put those review times on your calendar. And remember, it’s okay if you don’t keep on track all of the time. Just having these plans figured out and in place will help you–and if you miss a week or a month, you can just start where you are.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that some of these 10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting will make their way into your sewing routine to help you get organized. Now the fun part–let’s get sewing and enjoy quilting in 2020! Thanks so much for stopping by!