Monday, February 1, 2021

15 Minutes to Stitch Weekly Recap



There aren't any pretty quilt photos to show you this week, but I think this beautiful sky shot will suffice.  It was taken earlier in January. We got about three inches of snow yesterday and the snow is falling again today. It is beautiful, but we don't walk when it is slippery anymore to protect Zeus.

 I have been trying to bullet journal.  I mostly started because I have seen a lot of beautiful bullet journals on Youtube and I really liked the art. I am sure you will get quite a laugh out of my dinosaurs. I know I did. 

This is my habit tracker. I like these the best because it helps me keep track of my daily quilting, but I added a whole bunch of other trackers too. I started this in December and didn't keep track in January so this is for the last week of January and all of February. I figured if I added a lot of things, I would be more likely to check in at the end of each day. I don't expect to get them all filled in every day. 

I've always thought it would be a good idea to put all my notes in one place, and this book will help do that.

Bullet journaling is about productivity and living a life of purpose.  I waver back and forth in extremes about whether I want to plan my life or be more flexible. Now I am reading Ryder Caroll's book and it is very inspiring.

2021:  Weeks 5 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

This week, I set up the Opal for adding on to the shirts quilt. I had to clear off the sewing table, get the extension table from storage and put on the walking foot and thread, etc. 
I sewed on the additional row on the shirts quilt. I safety pinned it to the quilt so it will stay safely out of the way as I work on the other two layers. I want this extra row to look like the others, with no sashing so I didn't quilt it before adding to the quilt. One day, I will make a small quilt using the potholder method of joining blocks so I will learn how to do it, but I didn't want to do that with this quilt.
I trimmed the backing fabric so it is a straight line. I will be trimming it a little bit more because I really like the new backing fabric I chose. If the additional fabric is bigger than a sliver, then it won't look like an afterthought or a mistake. 

I also cut the fusible fleece and backing for the Quote Quilt to size and pressed the fusible to the backing. I want to get the Quilting Lady properly in place before I baste the front to back of that quilt. It is tempting to add more history to the quilt, but I have decided the history has to end at 2020. I will probably be add some more applique to the quilt, but I can add them after the quilt is sandwiched.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 31 out of 31 days
Success rate  = 100%
If you look at the habit tracker, you may say that I didn't quilt all 7 days, but I allow myself to make up for missed time in this 15 minutes tracker, as long as it is during the same week. I have to do this because when I work, there are times when there is a lot of overtime, and it didn't seem fair to me to punish myself for not having time to quilt. Plus, if I tried to quilt when I should have been sleeping, I would hurt myself or make mistakes, and be tired the next day.

This week, there were big tasks that took more than 15 minutes and I took that extra time on some days. The other days, I took the extra time other projects needed.
The habit tracker is helping me to try to get me to do it every day. Hopefully on the days I am not working overtime, I can get better about quilting every day.

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Robin said...

Interesting concept, I like keeping track of what I do each month. Right now I just have a little journal I write the quilty happening each day. I don't put down how much time I spent sewing, I write down what I worked on. I mainly am keeping track of how long it's taking me to hand quilt the project on the frames. I started it December 26th. I did enjoy your dinosaurs. . .

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Ah yes, journaling. I was so good about it for 15 years and then poof! I love your dinosaurs! You have once again inspired me.

Kaja said...

I like the idea of a bullet journal - and yes, your dinosaurs did make me smile.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I like your trackers and I really like your "productivity and living a life of purpose" definition - that's how I see using a bullet journal too. Trackers can either be overwhelming, or really help establish good habits.

Kate said...

My ability to journal comes and goes. I started one for 2021 and have ignored it this week. I should pick it up again. It's always fun to see how others modify the 15 minutes to stitch to fit their unique life situation. What you do makes sense if you have no control over when and how much overtime you have to work. Good luck with all your stitching goals for this week.

Tanya said...

I've really enjoyed Bullet Journaling though I'm not sure I've gained any productivity... I tried to order Ryder Carrolls book LAST JULY and was told they'd let me know when it was sent. And they told me it was delayed in October, and then again in December. Can you believe the next scheduled delivery date is DECEMBER 2021!!! I had to look twice at that date! I'll probably get hold of the book faster by waiting til I get to the States again!

Mariss Stevens said...

Your bullet journal is very striking and I love your dinosaurs! Am also impressed with your time tracking schedule for quilting

Rose said...

I really thought I had commented on this...could not believe I have missed so many posts...ah, well... I have some good reading. It is good that you could cut off enough of the backing fabric till it did not look like it was what it actually is!

On my crumb quilts sometimes I just use whatever...the one I am working on now the back is really, really ugly. but I got the yardage at a great price. I had to add some 'filler' to make it big enough. And I used pieces I had got that scraps where you pay $5 for a bag...or in this case I think they were a bit highter.