This is the last 15 Minute Challenge report of 2011. Looking back, this challenge started for me back in February, when the lack of progress on my quilting projects was beginning to frustrate me. Surely I could find 15 minutes every night to sew. How can it be so hard to find my way up the stairs to the sewing room to do something I really, really like to do? Actually, really, really need to do to maintain some sense of sanity in my crazy world of work deadlines and family stuff. I really am a nicer, saner person if I get a daily dose of fabric handling (there must be something to the rumor that fabric gives off mood enhancing pheromones). I started 5 new quilts this year, finished 7, and am close to finishing 2 others. I'm pretty sure that challenging myself to spend those 15 minutes sewing each day is a big factor in having made that much progress.
For whatever reason, having to report my success or failure to my blog buddies each week was a good motivator for me. More often than not, the fact that I had to write a report was the sole motivator getting me up those stairs some weeks. (Doesn't that sound pathetic?) So the 15 Minute Challenge will continue in 2012. Rules for 2012 are the same as they were for 2011. Spend 15 minutes a day, or as many days a week as you think you can routinely manage, doing whatever art/craft (depending upon which camp you are in on that subject) project that brings joy and sanity to your life. You decide what activities count. So if organizing your stash is needed, you can count that as your 15 minutes. If shopping for some fabulous fabric is needed to start/finish a project, you can count that.
So let's wrap up 2011. Did you get those Christmas gifts sewn and under the tree? I did better than expected on the finishing gift front. Geisha became a finished top, the label was added to the Texas Twilight and Flurry was finished. I had really good (though rushed) week.
Christmas Eve was the only day I didn't manage to find time to sew. It was filled with last minute Christmas shopping and other family activities.
Did your sewing time become present wrapping time, baking time or family time (all very valued activities this time of year)? Share how your week went by linking up below.