Saturday, 3 March 2018

Practicalities: Time Management for Quilters

Most quilters would take more time for their craft if they could. The reality is, for most of us, there are plenty of other commitments – like employment and family – fighting for our attention, so finding time to quilt comes down to making time for it. Here are some tips how.
This is an abridged version of our Practicalities feature in Issue 21 of Make Modern. To read the full article, get Issue 21 now!

interrogate where your time goes

We all get 1440 minutes in a day, the key is to look at how you’re spending your time. Block out the essentials then commit to spending some of the time leftover sewing.

schedule it

Once you’ve worked out what free time you have, it’s time to make some of it sacred sewing time.
This might mean finding time to attend a quilt group or class, or committing to time each day or week in front of the machine.

plan your projects

Having multiple projects on the go isn’t time effective as you lose time working out where you were up to and finding supplies. If this is you, it’s wise to take some time to assess your current WIPs, work out where you’re up to and develop a plan to work on them in a logical manner.

don’t over commit

Be realistic with how much time you have for quilting. Be mindful of deadlines – quilt related and rest-of-life related – and only commit to what you can actually complete with your sanity intact.


It'd be nice to have huge spaces of time to block out for sewing but this isn’t always realistic so learn to multitask. Start a hand sewing project to stitch on your commute, or if you love your TV shows, watch them as sew. And quilting and kids aren’t mutually exclusive: set up a space in your sewing space for the kids to play alongside you as you sew.

take babysteps

Accept that you mightn't have large blocks of sewing time and look at the progress you can make in small blocks of time instead. If you’re organised, you’ll find that these small blocks of time
can lead to big results. Try it - set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get

don’t sew when you’re tired

It’s so tempting to carve out a bit more sewing time at the end of a long day. Give it a go, but when you start making silly mistakes, it’s time to call it done. We're all responsible adults here, and it’s
important to make sure you don’t trade sleep for sewing too often – it’s probably not a viable excuse when you’re falling asleep at work.

put down the phone

Honestly, phones are such a time suck! It’s scary how much time you can waste staring at a screen – and that is time you can spend sewing. 

less = more

Having less of many things can mean more time for quilting. Less other hobbies or time
commitments, fewer supplies to organise and keep tidy, less WIPs and projects on the go – if you
can cut back on things like this, you can carve out more time for sewing.

Make Modern Digital Quilting Magazine Issue 21

Check out more from Issue 21 of Make Modern here.

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