Tuesday, November 26, 2013

15 Minute Challenge - A Month of Moods

Monday didn't go exactly as planned.  I ended up at work for a couple of hours, so ended up getting a rather late start to my sewing day. Then when Drama Teen got home from school she asked for a girls "early dinner" out, I agreed.  We've not been able to have our weekly girls night out with all her practices.  So my sewing session ended at about 4, with about an hour more of stitching later than evening. 

I managed to make a start on the Starburst quilt, got a label sewn onto another quilt, the binding cut and partially assembled for Mon Ami.  So it really was a productive day even though turned out not to really be an all day sew in.  

Overall it was a productive week.  

I managed to stitch six out of seven days, one of my better weeks recently.  

It's the last Tuesday in November (scary thought as that means December is almost here), so it's time to wrap up this month's theme of using mood boards to foster your creativity.  Mood boards are collage of colors/images/text often used by designers to convey a look or concept.  Last week I showed a mood board for the Starburst quilt.  After doing a bit more looking in the stash, I updated the board to include some other potential stash fabrics as well as mock blocks. 

I can see where this might be useful if you don't finish a quilt immediately and it gets put away for a while.  You'd get an idea what you were contemplating at the time if you kept the mood board with the project.  It's definitely a design tool I'm going to explore further.  

One last note this week.  After two years of the 15 Minute Challenge posts, I've decided not to continue the challenge in 2014. The challenge has been very good for me and I've met some very lovely people through all the challenge link ups.  But it's starting to feel stale and I'm ready to move on to something else.  At this point, I don't have any thoughts on a replacement challenge, but something may come to me in the next month.  There will be 5 more challenge posts in December, the last being on New Year's Eve.  I'll have to think of how to end the challenge with a bang, so I hope you'll stick with me for the last month.   

So how did your week go?  Did you find any time to stitch?  Link up below and share you success or challenges with time management.  

1. Julie in GA

2. Melanie J.

3. Kate @ katiemaequilts

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Julie in GA said...

It sounds like you had a very productive Monday even though it didn't end up being the whole day as you had hoped.
I'm sorry you have decided to discontinue the 15 Minute Challenge. It has really helped motivate me to find at least a little time each day for quilting.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I truly can't wait to see this Starburst quilt come to life in the colors you have proposed!

Shay said...

Dinner with DT sounds like a worthy swap for sewing. Sounds like you crammed your Monday full of other things too!

seabreezequilts said...

I have been a bit remise in the 15 minute challenge lately, but I have been fitting stuff in when I can but the enthusiasm isn't there at the moment. No deadlines so there is no push for stuff to be done. I've been having lots of quality time with Squid lately too visiting markets and we both have been enjoying the one on one girly time that the boys don't seem to get they have plenty of boy time in the footy season.
The 15 minute challenge has helped me to remember to do a little bit each day so I will miss it even though I haven't been a regular lately.

Marti said...

I'm sorry to hear you are stopping the 15 minute challenge. I feel that I've let you down with my sporadic participation.

Kate said...

I understand how hard it is to come up with this stuff, but I've really enjoyed the monthly themes this year. You've put a lot of thought and effort into this - thank you!

Lynne said...

I, too, am thinking about whether I want to run a Linky party next year. The Year of the Finished Project will be over (without all the UFOs being completed) but I have my mind set on learning new techniques next year. I'm considering a combination of UFOs and new techniques called "Something Old, Something New"! On the other hand, I feel like my blog is getting stale and I'm wondering whether its time to call it quits!