Get YOUR Quilt Life Organized!

The Quilt Notebook

 

Good Morning, Quilters!
I’m not by nature a very organized person.  I write lists and leave them in my purse.  I plan my day and then lose my calendar…

As a consequence, I THINK about organizing all of the time.  I constantly ponder: How to consolidate my efforts and be organized once and for all.

One thing I really wish I had started when I was a newbie to quilting is a QUILT NOTEBOOK.

Two years ago, I started The Quilt Notebook Series and it was very popular….Now at popular request–

I’ve organized it all in one place…

Step-by-step…

At the end there are several suggestions for “Journal Entries” in your notebook.  While most of our quilting will be spontaneous–we love this fabric–or a new pattern comes our way–I think it pays to spend a little time thinking about creating at least a few quilts that will stand the test of time!

The Quilt Notebook1.  The Quilt Notebook-Start Today!

2.  Take Note

3.  UFO Page

Quilt Notebook, Aurifil Thread

4.  Establishing Priorities

5.  Jumpstarting Works in Progress

6.  Twelve Essential Skills Every Quilter Should Know

Quilt Notebook, Sulky Thread

7.  Create YOUR Skills Inventory

Add Journal Entries

teacup and glasses still life

8.  Why Do YOU Quilt?

9.  Why Do YOU Quilt II?

10.  What Makes a Quilt Timeless?

11.  What Will YOUR Quilts Say About YOU?

YOUR SUGGESTIONS

What about YOU?  Do YOU keep a Quilt Notebook?

What works for YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to reblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

Overwhelmed? Try the Quilter’s Notebook Cure!

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

After a very busy September, my sewing room is a mess, my quilts and fabric are everywhere and I feel totally overwhelmed!

Ever feel that way?

I have just the cure—

THE QUILT NOTEBOOK!!!

We haven’t talked about The Quilt Notebook lately, but with just 90 days left in 2016–I’m turning to my Quilt Notebook to get me on track again.

First thing–Do an Inventory of all of your quilts including kits and projects with patterns and fabric.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Next, choose The Big Three–your priority quilts for this year--(I chose four quilts)

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

 

Then make a list of the next few steps to jump-start the project again.  Keep the steps simple and easy–so you will be able to accomplish them in less than one hour.

Avoid writing steps like “piece the top”–It’s too daunting.  Instead, break it down–like “piece the orange blocks”…

One of my quilts is such a mess, I listed “organize” as one of my next steps.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

I have 30 quilts-in-progress…and I’m not even sure where they will go…

MEASUREMENTS PAGE

I added a “Measurements Page” to my Quilter’s Notebook.

You can find quilt sizes in any reference book–but that doesn’t mean the quilt will fit YOUR BED…(Don’t ask me how I know!)

Mattress depth, personal preferences, quilt design–all affect the size of the quilt.

One of my tasks this week is to measure all the beds in my house to determine the perfect quilt size for MY beds.  I will also add the measurements I like for MY table and the size of the quilt rod that hangs in my bathroom.

Add pillow sizes if you plan to make any pillows.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

TIPS FOR STAYING FOCUS

In addition, I added a few tips from one of my favorite books…Manage Your Day to Day 

  • Creative work first (Actually, exercise first…)
  • Reactive work second
  • Best energy for creative work
  • Establish creative routines
  • To Do List:  3 things
  • Hard edges:  Deadlines improve work time

We’ll talk more about these tips in coming weeks….

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy
Manage Your Day-to-Day

DO YOU NEED A LITTLE MORE FOCUS?

After my “Quilt Notebook” exercise, I feel better about my quilting life and all the projects!

If you are feeling overwhelmed—here’s a short task list for this week:

  • Update or make a new “Projects List” in your Quilter’s Notebook.  (Be sure to date it!)
  • Pick The Big Three quilts–your priority quilts
  • List 3-4 small tasks for each of The Big Three quilts
  • Add a “Measurements Page” to your notebook–list all the beds you’re likely to make quilt for and start taking measurements

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

What about YOU?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your Unfinished Projects?

How many UFOs do YOU have?

What are YOU going to do to jumpstart your creativity today?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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Finally-Focused, Lori

at least until next week….

L

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!