As January speeds past, I find myself still lingering in the Holiday Season, tucking away the last of the decorations, and trying to catch up on all the things I thought I’d have time to tackle during the break. Instead of finishing the last of my homemade gifts, I got sick, and farther behind, and the temptation now is to put off my quilting and sewing projects and to find every excuse to wait until spring. Or worse, add them to my pile of UFO’s that may or may not ever be finished. Am I alone?! I sure hope not!!!
The weather has been cold but beautiful, so I have no help there...no rainy days to keep me indoors. Demands of work, family, home, and pets (I got a new kitten just after Christmas), have left me with three Christmas projects unfinished and a mad rush to purchase something to replace them as the gifts I intended.
I’ve decided not to be disappointed and I will not feel guilty either. I’m turning it around to this new spin: finish all three projects and be that far ahead for next year’s Christmas List!!
So I’ve put aside an hour three times a week to work on the projects, more time if I can spare it. First I’ll bind the two small quilts that are trimmed and waiting, and then do the detailed negative space quilting I’ve got left on the third table top square quilt.
I’m making it a game. Finish the two closest to done, so I feel like I’m making good progress. Like paying off credit cards, or dieting, any positive accomplishment urges you on to keep up the good work! We’re goal oriented beings for the most part. Might as well use it. Then I’ll do the more challenging job, and use the negative space quilting as a learning project to try a few new designs and expand my skill set. I wouldn’t have had time for the extras if I had finished this quilt for Christmas. I’m making the situation into a good thing.
Besides, January is the best month of the year to learn new things. Your mind is fresh, resolutions are made, and with a new calendar in place, we feel up to the task. Also, in most parts of the country, winter is still keeping us house-bound, and it’s good to have something new to learn to keep us sharp.
I would also like to suggest that if you don’t have any UFO’s lying around to finish, or any new learning project you’ve been dying to try, that instead you do a few simple and fast projects with immediate gratification. I’ll have a few quick and easy project tutorials on my YouTube Channel over the next couple of weeks to give you some ideas. But there’s nothing better than starting AND FINISHING a few small lovelies to get the year moving in the right direction.