Planning To Quilt |

How do you make a quilt?

Block block, stitch by stitch. Even “Quilt In A Day” took a while, and there was a plan.

If you could schedule it, how long would you sew each week? Will it be an hour a day, two days a week? Or is the better question, “When are you not going to knit?”

Whether you’re sewing for fun or as part of a business, most of us have to consciously make time for sewing. And yes, there are products that can help you do just that.

Quilter project outline from C&T Publishing.

CT C&T Quilter Project Diagram

Quilter Project Planner – Everything you need to dream up, plan and organize 12 projects. This book includes the outline/timeline of twelve projects.

Each project has a space to enter the following information:

  • Building and cutting notes
  • Quilt layout – pattern, designer, block size, etc.
  • To-do checklist with dates/notes for plan, fabric selection, assembly, backing, etc.
  • List of required fabrics and supplies.
  • Quilt label information.
  • Fabric samples – description, amount of quantity needed, etc.
  • Page for drawings and notes.

The Quilter Project Planner is just a way to keep track of everything you need for a specific project. Use it when starting new projects, or to get work in progress back on track. It’s an excellent resource for keeping relevant project information in one place. And when you’ve finished your twelve projects, this is a great record of your quilting journey.

CT Chery chart

Quilting Life Planner and Workbook Your Guide to Getting (and Staying) Organized by Sherry McConnell.

This is definitely more of a comprehensive “outline” with chapters on:

  • Thinking and Meditation exercises
  • Monthly Planner – Liked it? mention it!
  • Quilting Systems
  • Plan It – The Basics And Set Your Goals For The First Three Months
  • Fabric and scrap management
  • Inventory – Pattern Inventory, Ruler Inventory, Specialization Concepts and Tool Inventory, etc.
  • BE ORGANIZED – Organize your sewing space, simplify storage, etc.
  • What and Where – quilt stocks and seasonal decor, home decor project ideas.
  • Review regularly – how often should you review?
  • Giving and giving
  • Your journey and your legacy
  • home organization systems

And finally, to sew the embroidery.

CT . decorative art outline

decorative embroidery art project outline by Christen Brown for C&T Publishing. This book is almost a mixture of the first two books, it combines the planning of a specific project with long-term goals.

Classes include:

  • Why plan?
  • My Year – Creative Goals, My Action Plan, Small Project Score, In Progress Log, 12 Project Score, 12 Project Wheel
  • Project Planning Worksheets
  • Tracking logs – class tracker: guilds and stores, class tracker: online, stitch with friends, holiday projects tracker, gift tracker, future project ideas.

Will a chart make you better at managing time? better organized? No, unless you open the chart and commit to using the lessons in it to your advantage. Can you achieve the same goal with a laptop? definitely. But only if you already use it to list projects, track progress, and take notes about the project.

When it comes to setting and achieving goals, one of my favorite books is Atomic Habits by James Clear. The other part of the title is “An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Habits.” The key is to change the way you think about good and bad habits, and then use that to change to achieve the goal.

Planners, journaling, vision boards, or simply making lists – I think it’s all about finding the method that works for you. Then stick to it.

We’re back Friday with a group/project that will put your new scheduling skills to the test. One block can be made in two different sizes, with some tips on keeping the project organized, and how to break it down into smaller pieces. Make two blocks a week, and by the end of the year, you’ll have enough for a large quilt.

We’ll plant a quilt, one block at a time, and little by little, you’ll gather the stitches.

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