Finding the Time to Quilt

With a job, kids, and a home to care for, how do quilters ever find time to work on their projects?

-- Set aside 30 minutes to an hour of time to do nothing but quilting. During this time refuse to do anything other than guiding the needle and thread through the layers of your quilt. Try to keep yourself relaxed and your breathing steady. You'll find the work going quickly, and your energy returning for the rest of your day.

-- Take the time for yourself. Learn to say "no" to others and place your needs on the priorities list. It may be difficult to get used to at first, but start asking family members to do some things around the house.

-- Let the older kids and your husband cook simple meals, run the vacuum, dishwasher, or washing machine, etc. Or relax your idea of a clean house (what doesn't show doesn't have to be cleaned!).

-- Know your work personality. Are you a morning person or a night person? Arrange time in the evening if you're a night owl. Are you the type of person that concentrates on one task at a time - or do you need the stimulation of multiple projects to energize you to action? Do you need long periods of unbroken time on one project, or are you bored silly working that way and get more done by doing a little of this and a little of that throughout the day.

-- Spend one night a week cooking. Make up a few dishes that just need to be reheated during the week, things you can get more than one meal from. Wash and cut vegetables for lunches, salads, etc. Later in the week it will just take a few minutes to throw together a meal.

-- Nap time is sewing time. Head to the sewing room, and don't let anything distract you -- like house cleaning. When they outgrow naps, let them play on the floor near you with bits of fabric scraps and empty spools.

-- Quilt in front of the tv. An hour or so in the evenings with family, even if you only sew during commercials, will add up.

-- Institute "Sanity Nights" or "Mom's Night Out". Take a class, join a guild or club, and go to regularly scheduled meetings to work on your projects.

-- Don't spend your quilting time writing web pages!

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