Most important and foremost is to know myself.
- First off, my crafting is a hobby and a means of expression for me.
- Being organized makes me more creative – not less so.
- Trying new things should be part of the equation.
- Liking the process and not just the product should also figure in.
- I am a list maker and like a visual show and reminder of my accomplishments so having a TA-DA list per Katie Fowler’s An Artist’s Journey through Wonderland is every bit as important as having a TO-DO list.
- I like to write and take pictures so keeping up my blog is a positive. Having people comment on what I do gives me a lift.
- Make my binding when I make my quilt top so I avoid frustrating delays
- Organize beautifully so I can see my stash
- It’s never too late to repurpose abandoned projects
- Allow inspiration; do not avoid shows and stores for fear of overbuying
- Quilt in a group can be interpreted as quilt guilds or online networking
- Stitch in time whatever moments I can grab
- Regular inventory; stroke that fabric and remember what I’ve got
But what does effective mean to me in my world of quilting and crafts? The wisdom of self-knowledge, a TA-DA list, and effectiveness guides all combine to boil down to one goal for me.
These gentle reminders, roughly correlated to those seven effectiveness guidelines, will help me attain that goal.
- Organize only for the frustration free joy of finding what I want when I want it (1, 2)
- Take a serious look at those UFOs and assess my true level of interest (3)
- Buy for aesthetic appeal, not bargain price, thus avoiding guilt and buyer’s remorse (4)
- Enjoy my blogging. Comment regularly and generously on other's posts (5)
- Leave projects in progress out to continue in a moment, for a moment (6)
- Refold and admire my fabric to my heart's content (7)
Hmm. But how do I measure success in this goal? I guess I will just be HAPPIER!
Sharing these thoughts with other quilters at Let's Bee Social #210.