The struggle to finish quilt projects is real.
I can’t tell you how often I go through my quilt studio to “purge” or find a fabric I misplaced and dig through the unfinished projects graveyard. These projects give my heart a little ping of sadness when I come across them.
It always used to start the same way, I’d have good intentions and would be excited to put together the materials for the project. I’d read the pattern and cut out the quilt. Then…. time would pass and it would sit as I bounced from project to project. Getting a small portion of each project done, but feeling a bit overwhelmed.
This is multiplied during the Holiday season each year. I always think “I need to make quilted presents for my family, maybe something as small as a pot holder to a mini quilt.” Yet, 1 month later I find myself at the checkout line at some department store such as Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods, purchasing a gift because of the stress and time crunch.
Does this sound like you too? If you struggle to finish quilt projects drop a comment below. I’d love some camaraderie in the stress of being creative during the holiday season!
Anyhoo, this sparked me to look into how I can better tackle the exciting projects that I have in my quilt room.
Here are the options I found that significantly improved my ability to get projects done quickly!
1. Implement a quilt planner.
If you’re like me, I found that there has been a rash of “quilt/project planners” on the market. At first I was a bit skeptical of the idea, preferring to use my current/ personal life planner to have all my thoughts in one place. Then I realized the value in separating different areas of your life! These cute little planners are a fun way to separate your quilting from your work/personal schedule.
Check out these options below that are super cute! I do earn a small commission from an purchase made through links.
These quilt planners can be an awesome way to organize your quilting life! Additionally several of these contain handy quilt measurement charts and special pages made to track your progress in quilting. This is especially important when you are looking to organize your projects by the size/difficulty/time it will *realistically* take you to complete it!
2. Complete Your Smallest Unfinished Project First – then move on
One of the biggest mistakes I made when it came to unfinished projects was trying to tackle the largest projects first. Ultimately this makes it more difficult because you feel slightly less motivated and accomplished. Because (if you are like me) there are a plethora of small projects staring at you from the corner. Even though tackling a big step for a larger quilt is definitely an accomplishment, it just FEELS GOOD to get a project fully done, bound, and in use.
This is why I recommend tackling your smallest projects first to get you motivated to tackle the biggest unfinished ones. This will leave less clutter floating around your sewing area and more clarity to tackle the big projects with ease!
3. Don’t Cut Into that Nice, New Quilt Kit You Bought Until ALL Your Loose Ends are Wrapped Up.
We have ALL been there. A cute little fat quarter bundle is all wrapped up with a brand new pattern just BEGGING to be cut out. Yet as you reach for the rotary cutter eager to start a new project, a stack of unfinished projects are still waiting on you!
Don’t do it y’all!! Finish your unfinished business and you will feel so much better starting that new project.
The satisfaction of starting a new quilt kit is overwhelming but it is so much sweeter, when you have all your loose ends tied up and done.
You and your stash will thank you, if you follow this rule!
4. If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Finish It.
Plain and simple. If you struggle to finish your quilt projects and bought a quilt pattern + fabric 4 years ago and it is no longer your style/jam/tooting your horn then LET IT GO! Now let’s not be wasteful, if you can scrap out the fabric and filter it through the stash or sell it online on Facebook Marketplace, do that.
Don’t waste your time working on a project that doesn’t bring you joy. If you don’t enjoy the process, than the end result won’t be as exciting as it could be. And let’s face it, it’ll be really, really hard to finish a project well if your heart is not in it!
5. Get it done.
Alright, you made it to the bottom of this blog post and it’s time for your to turn the sewing machine on and get going! Be sure and post your current project on my FB Group here!
Let’s motivate each other and get all our stuff done!
xoxo Quincy with The Contemporary Quilter