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Finding Time to Quilt

Finding Time to Quilt

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re not quilting as much as you’d like because your life has gotten hectic and you just don’t seem to have the time, keep in mind that you can still make great progress on your quilts by snatching 5 minutes here and 20 minutes there. 

Try some of these tips to reclaim some quilting time:

  • Get up 30 minutes earlier or stay up 30 minutes later to get in some quilting time while everybody else is in bed.
  • Do handwork while waiting at doctor’s offices, soccer practice, while waiting to pull the cookies out of the oven, or as a passenger on road trips.
  • Save time cooking by making double batches and freezing some for a quick meal later.
  • Clean your sewing area.  You’ll save time if you don’t need to dig or shuffle things around to find what you’re looking for.
  • Get your family to help with housework, freeing up sewing time for you.
  • Consolidate errands so you spend less time in the car.
  • Leave your sewing area set up.  It’s hard to sew when you have to set up your machine every time.  Find even a small area you can keep set up and ready for sewing whenever you have a few minutes.
  • Prepare for chain piecing by cutting out block pieces or arranging them in stacks ready to go.

If quilting is important to our happiness and creative spirit, if you miss it when you don’t quilt for several days, then it’s important to keep up with it.  Try these tips or come up with some others that work with your own situation the will allow you to quilt a little every day.  You’ll be happier and you’ll make more quilts, too!

 

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