Time for the final task of this year’s Final Countdown — that went fast!
You have all been working hard! I can tell from the comments, the blog post links, the photos I’ve seen, and the emails I’ve been getting — and just let me say right now, I’m sooo comforted to know that I’m not alone on any of this! Whew! You are all my kindred spirits in the quilting world — haha!
For our last task, I like to take the physical labor out, since the first two are generally hard work — at least for me!
With this final task, we’ll have to engage our brains a bit, put on our thinking caps, and make some decisions (decisions are difficult for me — how about you?). Today, for our final task, we are going to:
There, I tried to make it sound fancy. What we’ll be doing is taking stock . . . doing inventory . . . gathering up . . . listing . . . un-listing . . . pondering . . . deciding . . .
Take a good hard look at all your current projects, even those that are merely on your wish list and may not even be started yet.
I’m a pile maker, but I’m also a list maker. I have lists everywhere, but the most thorough of my project lists is on my computer . . . as a spreadsheet . . . that just keeps getting larger every year. At the end of last year, I had 136 quilt projects on my list. This year (in spite of the ones I finished), as I’ve found ones I’d forgotten about when unpacking, or started more (which I do way too easily and way too often), that number has stayed exactly the same! I need it to go down — a LOT!
In my defense, that number has been much higher in previous years, so having it this low is good for me, but I still want it lower. Part of my problem is not having enough time in my longarm schedule to quilt my own quilts, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue I’m not dealing with right now.
But if you push those unquilted tops aside (all 44 of them), I still have a LOT — too many — projects going. It’s time to pull out that “ruthless” card again and go over my list with an even more critical eye than I have in the past.
Here are some of the questions I’m asking myself as I go through my list of projects:
So, if you also have a list of too many projects, and it’s bothering you, maybe you need to ask yourself these same questions?
Or conversely, if your list isn’t bothering you, and makes you downright happy, leave it alone and just keep right on working on it!
I’ll also be making some new lists for 2019, and I may share some of those with you in upcoming posts. I encourage you to make a new list and add some new projects to it, too! You know you’re gonna see something new you want to make or want to learn, or want to join in on, and that’s great — it helps you grow as a quilter, and that’s a good thing!
So this is basically a really easy task, but I’m doing it because I want my list to be organized going into the new year. I want to know what I still have left to work on, and I want to try to keep myself from adding in too many more projects before I’ve finished some of these. I’m devising a plan for that, and I’ll update you during the wrap up on the 7th.
So get out your pen and paper, or your computer spreadsheet, and have fun with your project assessment!