Speed has never been my gift, and I should also mention that I'm a procrastinator with a capital P (I say this as I write this blog post at 11:45 PM on the evening I am supposed to post). These things I know I can probably never change, so do I just throw in the towel on this hobby that I love? Or is it possible to learn what others seem to know--how to get unstuck and get to the finish?
The internet is a procrastinator's best friend, so I went to the blogosphere to see if any quilt bloggers had any words of wisdom on the topic. It was a little hard to find many people who wrote about this, but here are a few that I found to be helpful:
- Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project blog: summed up, her advice is to honor your feelings about the project you're working on and if you don't want to work on it, listen to that instinct. Take a break, work on something that is motivating you, enjoy the process rather than forcing yourself to finish unhappily. She also suggests hanging the project on the wall so you can visualize it being finished and hopefully feel motivation for the project again with time.
- Angela Walters has a post on her blog specifically about getting stuck on choosing a quilting pattern, but I think her tips could be more broadly translated to any part of the process.
- The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady has several strategies for moving projects along including blocking off time specifically for quilting, having regular appointments to quilt with friends, and my favorite-- to just take one more step with the project (no matter how small).
- Kelly at Blue Bird Sews offers 10 tips on finishing WIP's. Some of these would be quite a challenge for me, but I guess if it were easy, I wouldn't be blogging about it!