Isn't it ironic (cue up the Alanis Morissette CD on perma-play in my car in 1996) that creatively it can feel like we either have a million ideas for projects clamoring to be made or no ideas at all? When I'm having a flood of ideas, I like to take a moment to quickly sketch some of them to keep those ideas from flitting out of my head as quickly as they flitted in. Too many times I've had a great idea for a quilt while in my morning shower and said, "Self, write that idea down as soon as you are no longer dripping wet", only to respond with "Oh, Self, you are such a nag. Certainly you will not forget an idea as brilliant as this one. No need to write down that which is truly unforgettable." Get dressed, eat breakfast, pack lunches, goodbye kisses, head downstairs to my sewing room ready to set great idea into motion. "Idea? IDEA??? Where did you go?!?" Sigh...
Like jotting down flashes of ideas, I find that it helps me to list my upcoming projects. This helps me to prioritize and identify timelines to keep me on track. Now, that's not to say that I don't occasionally sweep my current project unceremoniously to the floor to start cutting into a new unplanned project that needs to be made now, now, now! But maybe a little digital planning and accountability would help me to be productive and focused. And if that digital accountability comes with prizes, so more the better.
So, what am I planning to FINISH this quarter?
I'm getting close on this one so it should be a home run hit for me and an easy item to check-off.
I also want to finish the binding on this little beauty for my soon-to-be-opened Etsy shop. More on this sweet little baby quilt to come!
I LOVE the Cosmo Bag by Amy Butler, like beyond. I have made at least 3 of these wonderful "Yep, I'm a mom and I am responsible for toting around everything everyone in my family might possibly need at any given moment" bags. I ordered these lovelies from Hawthorne Threads before the holidays with this plan in mind. I am a bit torn; I want to make it for my shop, but I am so smitten with these fabrics that I am tempted to keep it for myself as my last Cosmo bag which I've been using for well over a year is in need of a replacement.
I also plan to turn these lovelies into a baby quilt for the shop. Had to have the "Rain, rain, go away" print from Cotton + Steel since I live in NW Washington. No, it doesn't rain here everyday, but in the winter it might rain most of them. I am still undecided as to the pattern. I was almost fully committed to using half-square triangles (HST), but then I saw this sweet quilt by Jeni Baker and am tempted to alter my plan.