Tuesday, June 25, 2013

15 Minute Challenge - The Year so Far

It's the last Tuesday in June.  The year is half over.  I didn't really have any goals for the 15 minute challenge this year other than making a commitment to keep doing it this year.  Out of the 175 days in 2013 we've had so far, I've found 15 minutes to sew 150 days.  That's 16 more days than last year.  Has it made a difference?  I've finished 4 quilts to date and started 6 new ones, versus finishing only 3 quilts all of last year.  So it's been a productive year so far. 

It's easy to gauge something you can count, it's harder to assess something you can't count, like improving your creativity.  We are half way through the 12-step guide to fostering your creativity.  So far this year we've covered:

1.  Setting a schedule 
2.  Have a dedicated space to sew 
3.  Talk about your quilting
4.  Become an observer 
5.  Explore other creative interests
6.  Collect inspiration

Out of all of those, I've probably done best at setting a schedule.  If we are home, I'm usually heading to my sewing room by 8 PM to get in an hour or so of stitching.  I'd like to find some time to do more photography, that interest has languished a bit this year.  Getting more interesting and "better" photos of my quilts has come to the fore, so maybe I'll work on that for the next few months. 

So how did you do this week in finding time to sew?  My business trip last week was my only impediment to getting some stitching time each day.

But 5 out of 7 days definitely not shabby.  How about you?  Did you find some time to stitch this week?  How about fostering your creativity?  Has there been anything that you've taken to heart from the fostering creativity themes?  

1. Pat
2. Thea
3. Julie in GA
4. Kate @katiemaequilts
5. newsurfiegirl

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thea said...

Great week! Mine was a complete bust. I need to buckle down and make time for sewing. Creativity-wise, I think becoming an observer is the thing I'm working on .. seeing what's around me and what's out there; figuring out what I like and what I want to do.

Lori said...

Chuckling--I like the 12 step process. its hard to have progress if you're not sure where you want to go!

Julie in GA said...

I think finding time to sew 5 days out of 7 is great, especially with a business trip getting in the way. Keep it up!

Pat said...

I don't understand how you can get so much done with your schedule. Great job!

Shay said...

Your yearly stats are looking very impressive -both your finishes and daily sewing tally. Good stuff !

seabreezequilts said...

Congratulation you have been successful.

seabreezequilts said...

Congratulation you have been successful.

lesleyworth said...

Fantastic job for the first half of the year! 4 finishes is great!

audrey said...

Great topic. I enjoyed linking back to the Fostering Creativity post! Every little bit helps out doesn't it!