Sunday, January 27, 2013

Notebooks and Plans

I love Kathleen Tracy's little doll quilts, have most of her books and patterns (Country Lane Quilts), and subscribe to her blog and her Small Quilts Yahoo group.  Earlier this month she had a post about a challenge to make 12 quilts--one a month--this year.  I liked her week by week plan although I'm not sure I could follow it consistently.  I also like using notebooks to help manage everything.  I love writing and I'm teaching myself to draw and I collect notebooks and, after rummaging through my desk, found quite a few I could use.

What would help me be more productive is a schedule although not one that goes too far ahead.  Every once in a while I come across long lists of quilts I wanted to make written twenty or thirty years ago and see that I actually made very few of them.  Oh, I've made a lot of quilts all right, but not the ones on the lists. It seems once I wrote them down I then promptly forgot all about them. 

I did organize my stack of little quilts yesterday and discovered some I'd totally forgotten about and found  others that needed to be repaired.  I also realized I didn't have quite as many as I thought because I've given so many away.  

Maybe I'll just try to think one doll quilt ahead and see how that goes.  I have a lot of interests--gardening, reading, and knitting being the most time consuming ones after quilting--and have a tendency to flit from one project to the next plus I work two or three days a week.  It's not unusual for me to be reading four or five books--fiction and non-fiction both--at the same time, working on several knitting projects--preemie hats, two scarves, a hat to give as a gift--, and, of course, quilts.  Right now I'm piecing three full sized quilt tops and have one in the frame that I'm hand quilting.  Yes, I love the process best of all but it's nice to actually get a project done once a while.  The only thing that's saving me this month is that it's January and I can't garden.  Of course, that doesn't stop me from dreaming over seed catalogs!


Blogger lil red hen said...

For a while I kept a little quilting journal with pictures of the quilts I had made. Over time I've neglected it. Last year I posted a little quilt each month; it was fun! This year I'm going for an apron a month. I also have a lot of interests and my farm work takes up time from them.

January 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

It seems I like notebooks too! I gathered them all together the other day and I have 36. lol.

February 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM  

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