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!

 

Start Today!

Free Motion Quilting, Fonts

Good Morning, Quilters!

TODAY  is our motto in our challenge #theinboxjaunts #losethosefatquarters!

This week we are Running (or Swimming, or Biking, or…) For the Roses. 

There’s still time to get in the challenge and win the beautiful Rose Quilt!
Free Motion Quilting, Fonts

Set goals and begin today!  No excuses!

Here’s a couple of great articles on goal setting:

Success:  4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals

MindTools:  Five Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting
Free Motion Quilting, Fonts

I think the two most important things are to make goals you can and will keep…

Don’t break the promises you make to yourself!

And  Start TODAY!

Happy, Healthy Quilting!

Lori

PS…After you exercise, try a sampler of FMQ lettering!

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!

Exercise or Quilt? Open Line Friday

Walking, PhotographyGood Morning, Quilters!

For several months, I’ve been thinking of writing about this weighty topic…the dilemma we all face every time we have a few spare minutes…Exercise or Quilt?  Quilt or Exercise?

So a few weeks ago, when several of you had a conversation about health and exercise in the comment section, my percolating plan came to a full boil.

For nearly twenty years, I worked as a physical therapist and saw first hand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

While there’s a lot of evidence that quilters (and others with hobbies) are generally happier...

We want to live long enough and be healthy enough to finish all of our UFOs!

The best way to do that is to push away from our computers and our sewing machines and Move More!

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Next week, we’ll start an initiative to help each other maintain a reasonable quilt/exercise balance.  There will be challenges, contests (with prizes-of course) and more.

For now, I would love to hear your thoughts…

Do YOU spend too much time sitting (quilting, blogging, photo-processing, like me?)

Are YOU up for a new challenge?

Are YOU ready to move more?

And of course, every social media campaign needs a “hashtag”.  Let’s brainstorm ideas…I’d LOVE more suggestions!

#theinboxjaunts  #stepandstitch  #quiltfit

Walking, PhotographyOne more thing…over the weekend, think about YOUR personal fitness goals and how you could move just a little more

I’m really excited and I hope YOU will join me!

#HappyFeet

Lori

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!

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