Just this morning I saw something about how taking a break from your normal quilting practices can actually spur on creativity and new inspiration and ideas.
I have experienced this very thing! I have also found that by doing quilting for others and trying to incorporate their "thing" into a quilt or quilting expands my comfort zone. Blocks of the Month and Sew Alongs are also a good way to stretch your inspiration as well as try new techniques on for size. 😉
It may very well be the reason that I am rockin' and rollin' through the quilt orders that I have had recently.
The Brand quilt top is done and the wool batting is on order.
So I have moved on to the last of the original custom orders... another t-shirt quilt. This one is for a friend that has been involved in TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) for many years. Sue was among my friends that made the magnetic prayer boards.
She loves the color purple and anything Red/White/Blue . I'm not sure what focus fabric I will use for the sashing strips and borders, but I'm sure an idea will come together that will seem just perfect for her.
Those magnetic prayer boards were inspiration for another project that I led the Women's Ministry group in at our church. We are getting ready to begin a new study and so we made personal prayer journals that will be utilized with the study when we start next week. Our journals are as varied as our personalities...
Which reminds me of how each of the blocks that have been shared from the Santa Fe Trail Sew along are equally as diverse and different.
Wendy Tuma shared on her blog about her blocks... You should check it out! She lives not far from the land mark Maiden Rock in Wisconsin. Marion Russell made mention of this point of interest in her memoirs so Wendy took inspiration from the scenery for her Double Nine block and then took a "field trip" to do a photo shoot.
So all of this inspiration and creativity has actually kept me from doing some of the computer tasks that I really need to to get to.
I have patterns to write out for the Sew Along in addition to the TOPS quilt to assemble... oh, and I have another baby cowboy quilt that arrived recently.
My customer, once again, created each of the cowboys to represent individuals in the family. Those great-grandbabies are so lucky!
It is time to get back to my To Do List! I am list maker... A friend recently shared that she has discovered that it helps her to make lists as well. And she has adapted the idea of tackling the task that she most dreads FIRST... Because after that everything else is easy. Seems like a good idea, and sometimes I will do that.
But I tend to prioritize by how long a task will take, compared to how much time I might have available. I hate leaving things half-done. But, of course, if there is a deadline that item gets more attention, well in advance, because I hate working under pressure!
What is your strategy for tackling you To-do's?
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