Let me start off by saying that I am being a bad hostess! I still haven't made Tracy's February prize and I still haven't picked the April winner. I promise that I will pick a prize for April and post it and the winner by Friday! I've been sewing and online so I have no excuse for slacking. I think it's the weather... too much rain here!
This week, we will be discussing Leaders and Enders and whether you multitask when quilting. Do you work on one project at a time or are you better when you are juggling 2 or more?
I used to be the type of quilter who only worked on one project at a time. I would get everything cut out and start piecing the blocks. If it was an interesting block and design, I could usually get the blocks done fairly quickly and then I would inevitably stall out on the borders. Then, everything would be packed up and it would be stuck back in the stash room and something new would be started.
When I was working this way, I rarely finished anything, but was always starting something new. The only way that anything would get done is if there was a challenge going on or something had a due date since it was going to 'live' somewhere other than with me.
Last summer, I started reading Amy S.'s blog. I was amazed that she seemed to get so much done - in one week, she got like 5 quilt tops assembled! I started paying attention and realized that she works on like 3 or 5 projects at a time and it was like a light bulb went off...
Why couldn't I do that? Just work on what strikes my fancy? Have 3 projects "In Progress" and work on whichever is in the place that I want to work... A little piecing for a couple of nights, pressing and then more piecing... Sounded like a great plan!
At that time, I pulled out a few things that I wanted to work on and I cut a new project to use as a Leader/Ender (L/E) project and I got to work. My first L/E was the Split Decision. Unfortunately, once I got all of the first part of those blocks sewn together, I couldn't wait to get them all pieced so there went my L/E project!
I have been working in this fashion (3-5 projects going at once) since mid or late summer 2010 and it seems to be working out for me. I am not finding myself getting bored with anything and I think that I am having enough of a variety that I am constantly wanting to sew now. Considering all of my UFOs, this is a great thing!
Now, it's getting a little out of control though... Here's a picture I took last night of my 'Staging Area,' the space that is behind me when I am at my sewing table that holds the projects that are In Progress.
As I have been emptying ArtBins, I have left them on the Staging Area and then just been putting new projects in them. And here is what I mean by out of control...
The stack on the left side of the picture, from top to bottom, is: a couple of finished mug rugs, a Project Linus quilt that needs binding, my Midgets binder with blocks, the May UFO, the fabric for the 2011 SIS swap, and the 2010 Mystery quilt block binder.
In the middle, some miscellaneous items, rice for rice bags, the blocks and fabric from my Gayle Bong workshop, pieces for the second Poinsettia table runner, and the flannel hexagon quilt.
On the right, fabric for the Organic Challenge, dog fabric for a 5 yard quilt, Fresh Flowers fabric for a quilt and runner, the Which Witch wall hangings, and the Super Secret Quilt leftover fabric.
And not shown is the April UFO which was the Paris in the Fall BOM that I finished cutting on Saturday. Also not shown is the Star Struck that just needs borders and binding made to be moved into the To Be Quilted stack.
I think there is a method to my madness! I'm going to figure out which of these projects I want to get serious about and then move the rest back to the stash room. This part will be easier once I make my bedroom the current stash room and then all of my stash is in the new sewing room. :)
As it is, I think that my answer to the question for the week is, "Variety is the spice of life!" It's what is working for me right now. :)
Anyone can participate in the answering, just make a post on your blog and leave a link to your post below. I will draw a winner at the end of the month. If you don't have a blog, leave your answer as a comment on this post and enter your name in Mr Linky as "You Name - COMMENT."