Thursday, October 17, 2013

Creating Order

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. 

Sometimes I just have to be stern with myself in order to get things done.  I have been working on several things and I really need to get them finished so that I can do a number of other projects.  One of the things has been getting a large quilt entirely free motion quilted and I will be taking it off the machine this afternoon.  Yeah!!!  Next I need to get it bound and a sleeve added for hanging added.  It's not mine but I have to get it finished so I can get some others quilted.

The other thing I have been working on is re-configuring my sewing studio.  Since I was adding an embroidery machine things had to be shifted and moved.  In order to do that MANY things had to be put away, moved and sorted.  Then there was that cleaning thing that had to happen too.  Progress has been made and today I will turn on my new machine for the first time AFTER the quilt is off the long arm.  I made myself a reward system so that I would GET IT DONE.

There are NO before pictures (that would be showing you my dark side, just imagine the biggest mess you've ever had in your sewing space). I will take some after pictures and share them soon.  I can't wait to learn how to use my new machine.  I need to find time to take a class or two for sure which will mean driving to the other side of Atlanta and take the whole day to get there and back.

My life hasn't been all work and no play.  We attended my grandson's Christening.  He wore the gown I made for my youngest son 27 years ago.  Would you like to see a post about it?

I've been reading my way through The Mortal Instruments series.  I've finished the first four and am about to start the fifth.  If you are a Twilight fan you would enjoy these.  I had not heard of them until the first movie City of Bones came out this summer. I put them on hold at the library and have been going through them like candy.  I am a fast reader but I usually don't do it during the afternoon.  That's my studio time.

Now to share a little eye candy.  I bought a little thread at the quilt show last month.  Most of it is YLI which I love to use.

How do you make yourself finish projects that you have been procrastinating about?  Do you have a reward method or are you just able to finish them as they come to the top of your 'to do' list?  What's your secret for getting things done?

Linking with:  Really Random Thursday


  1. Congrats on all that organising. I sometimes persuade myself must finish projects before I start new ones...sometimes I just don't finish :(

  2. I wish I knew how to persuade myself to finish projects before starting new ones! If you find out the secret please let me know :)

  3. I am doing projects helter skelter. I need to set up a reward system.

  4. The organizing is such an endless task! I do tend to set up a reward system to make me finish.

  5. I get frustrated sometimes with a project. I just leave it out and I keep looking at it eventually I do come up with a solution. Also if I look at it like one that needs binding and put it on the couch, I will pick it up and put 5-10 inches worth of stitches in it. My reward when I finish my binding, my mug rugs for a swap, and quilting on my table runner? I get to work on something else for a while!

  6. This is what happens to me.. I see a super pattern and just have to try it...but after I accomplish how to put the thing together..then I kinda get bored....find something else...move on..the vicious cycle continues. WIP, UFO's whatever you want to call them..waiting...waiting...

  7. Sometimes the old tricks don't work... but I am big on rewarding myself and that works best!

  8. I HAVE to do the reward system. Can't wait to see your new organized sewing space.


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