15 Minutes To Stitch





Finding time to sew, knit, do handwork, etc is sometimes difficult.  The desire is often there, but with the different roles we all fill in a given day, sometimes it's hard to find the motivation and/or energy.  I created this challenge for myself many years ago when I was having an energy crises and the climb to the sewing room was just not that attractive most evenings.  For some reason having to confess my failures on the blog was the motivation I needed most days to get convince myself I'd be fine if I'd just get to the sewing room.  

If you want to play along, just keep up with how many days you find time to stitch and then link up each Sunday to share how well you did that week.

4 comments:

DawnyK said...

What do you think about planning tasks? I needed to add custom borders and a flange binding to a quilt pattern and needed to figure out the pieces to cut and directions to cut them. Does that count? I needed to read through the pattern and draw out a sketch of the fabric pieces. I'm thinking that counts, but updating the Microsoft Project Plan for the quilt is not; I would count that as computer time. Thoughts?

Frédérique said...

I need to spend more time in my sewing room... ok, this year I will do it! Thank you for hosting 15 Minutes!

Rose said...

I have found your blog through High Road Quilter. I will ask you what I ask her...in your 15 minutes, do you include choosing and cutting fabrics or just actual stitching? Or do the individuals decide what they want to include. Also, does the 15 minutes usually lead to more time sewing?

I used to have all my stuff in the basement, and like you dreaded going up the stairs, I hated going down there where I could not see outside. Now I have a room where I can look out, but still don't do as much sewing as I would like.

DawnyK said...

An answer to Rose's questions: we each choose what 'counts'. I include all project activities: choosing fabric, pressing, cutting, measuring, even cleaning my sewing machine. Sometimes, I can only see far enough to clean my sewing machine so the next day's 15-minutes is more inspired. I frequently start with the goal of 15-minutes and then find that 40-minutes has passed by. It's a wonderful and easy way to keep making progress. Also, I set my goal at a low 50% of the days so that I feel good about every time I work on my projects. Even if I miss a few days in a row, I still make my target and always feel good about sewing. Also, I can be discerning and sew when I am at my best and skip an evening when I am not feeling well enough to do a good job. Hope that helps! Enjoy!!!