|Gift bag fabric...|
Another recent project - cushions for my eldest son for his birthday. I didn't have to worry about the fabric. My son chose and bought the fabric LONG before his birthday. He wanted invisible zip closures, a technique I'd done on many occasions, but not for many years. It was the invisible zips that caused me to baulk. All I needed was a quick Google search and I remembered how to insert the zips. I did finish this set of six cushions in time for his birthday, but the last cushion was sewn at the eleventh hour.
However, a second set of four cushions for the same son didn't get done in time for his birthday. This set of cushions will have piping around the edges. Why on earth I thought I'd be able to start and finish four piped cushions in one night beats me!!! All I managed was to cut one out and do the zip. Next step is to cut out the bias for the piping. And that's where I've stopped - at the cutting out stage.
|Photo to remind me which colour to use for the piping on each cushion...|
Sometimes I start a project OK, but then I stall part way through - case in point - my robot quilt. I began this project months ago and it should have been long since finished. I enjoyed doing the scribbly stitching for each robot, but not so appliquéing the tiny shapes. All nine blocks are finished. I've added strips around each and now it's time to join them together with sashing. Yep, I've stopped at the cutting out stage again.
Ha, ha... there's a pattern here. You can see that I'm not overly keen on cutting out. Part of the reason is that I usually have to clear my desk, to make enough room, before I can cut out. But it's more than that. I'm actually not very keen on the cutting out stage of the sewing process.
If only I could wave a magic wand and have all the preparation done for me, there'd be a lot less procrastinating going on around here.
I've found that the best thing for me is to devote an evening to cutting out - several projects cut one after the other. If I'm really organised, I bag each one with all the bits and pieces needed to finish the project. Perhaps that's what I should do tomorrow night - cut out and gather all supplies for the gift bags, cushions and the next stage of the quilt. And while I'm at it, I think I should do the cutting out for a few of the smaller projects that are swimming around in my head.
Having everything cut out and kitted ahead of time should definitely help to make me more organised, but it won't totally stop the procrastination. When faced with a new, or forgotten technique, I need to start the research earlier rather than later. Not sure what I can do to tackle this part of the problem, but it's something I do need to work on.
My time management skills could also do with some improvement. Just ask my family. I'm late to everything!!! I'm a reasonably organised person, but my sense of time is almost non existent. I suppose that's why I leave sewing projects till the last minute.
Do you procrastinate over sewing, or do you love all stages of the process?