Piece the 36-patch quilt top Complete 24 Christmas wonky 9-patch blocks Complete Hocuspocusville block #3 Sew and install drawstrings for my drawstring bag
In a previous post I talked about how great the goals were because they gave me a direction for my sewing. There were many times this month when I was bored or agitated and the sewing list gave me a fool-proof plan-- I didn't have to waste time deciding what to do. Instead, I just did it.
What I didn't realize at the beginning of the month was how much work I had assigned myself. Each of these goals took a lot of time and effort to meet, but I managed to do every single thing on this list and then some. I don't think I've been this productive since the summer!
So what did I learn?
I learned that I didn't need to approach the list in order. Instead, I worked on bits and pieces of projects throughout the month. Doing it this way kept me from getting bored and frustrated but it also allowed me to accomplish quite a bit.
I also learned that I need direction. This list kept me off the internet. I didn't spend as much time browsing flickr and reading blog posts as I normally would have. I haven't talked much about it here, but the inundation of blog posts, photos, tutorials, quilt alongs, swaps, giveaways, and popularity contests is absolutely draining. For me, the internet creates a stressful amount of pressure and sucks the fun right out of sewing. Setting these goals gave me a purpose and allowed me to once again enjoy my hobby.
I learned that success is a powerful motivator. Crossing items off the list motivated me to keep moving to finish more projects. Obviously that worked for me. With direction and motivation I finished one huge project, almost finished another, and completed two small projects. Pretty soon I won't have anything left to work on.
What's next? I have a few goals in mind for February. Stay tuned.