It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas? Well, not really! Although you may not have to look far to find Christmas movies to watch these days as part of the Christmas In July season, you still have plenty of time to finish up (or start) some great holiday décor projects and gifts.
Most quilters have learned to embrace a few critical terms in their quilting life – UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) and PhD (Project Half Done), but we have plenty of time to get ourselves organized before the holidays are upon us. Organization is one of the most popular topics among quilters – we all want it and few of us feel we have it! So, let’s take a look at some ways to organize your holiday projects.
Quilters seem to develop their own organization methods, mostly based on time, space and budget. One key thing you will hear from all sorts of “experts” is to take what seems like a huge task and break it down into manageable parts, so let’s focus just on organizing holiday projects and gifts.
Write It Down
Try making a list of all the projects that you have underway. You may want to note which are for yourself/your home and which are for gifts. Next, think about who you would like to make a gift for, and write that down as well. This list may cover individuals, but also some general gifting categories like “teacher gifts” and “hostess gifts”. This is now your master list.
Go through your list and put your projects in order by priority – which ones are needed the soonest, which are the easiest to finish, what’s going to take the longest, etc. Whatever method will work the best for you.
This also might be the time that you want to sit back and think about additional projects and gifts that aren’t even started yet, and make some plans for those so they are included in priority order. Think about setting some goals of when you want to have each finished if that will help you along the way. If those goals will cause extra stress, just skip that step! We’re trying to remove stress here, not create more.
Getting Your Act Together
Now might be a great time to organize those projects that you have already started. Whether you use plastic scrapbooking boxes, clear shoeboxes, bags, baskets or trays, whatever you have handy that works well for you. Having everything for each project together will be a big time saver for you down the road. Take the time to make sure you have all the supplies together, including your pattern. Even if you only have 15 minutes a day to devote to your sewing, you will get much further if you don’t have to spend that time searching out what you need.
Is there a way that your GO! cutter can help you finish your projects faster? Maybe you want to cut all of your bindings and get them ready now – like a promise to yourself that you will get there! Personally, I used to hate the binding process but it has become one of my favorite parts. I love knowing that the binding is wound up in my project basket waiting for me to finish!
Do you have any appliqué projects on the list? Get those shapes ready to go now for future use, and don’t forget those great free embroidery downloads. If you aren’t making an AccuQuilt pattern, is there a die that you can use to get a similar look more quickly?
If you are looking for some inspiration, here a few great patterns for holiday gifting!
GO! Traditional Stockings
Think about all of the fun gift giving possibilities with our GO! Stocking die. They can act as gift wrap, place cards, home décor and more. What a fun way to give someone a gift card!
GO! Scrappy Heart Mug Rug
How fun and simple would this be for teacher gifts when paired with a fun mug and a coffee gift card.
GO! Scrappy Heart Mug Rug Pattern (QP12-DMSe)
GO! Ornament Hot Pads
Here’s a great gift to spruce up any kitchen for the perfect hostess gift. They are lightweight and would be easy to ship off to any friend or relative.
GO! Ornament Hotpads Pattern (PQ10679)
GO! Strippy Catch-All Basket
These may be great for holding quilting supplies, but they could hold almost anything – and they would be a great way to use up some scraps at the same time.
GO! Strippy Catch-All Basket Pattern (PQ10430)
These are just a few suggestions, so be sure to check out all the great free, downloadable patterns at www.accuquilt.com for more inspiration to help you get into a Christmas project making frame of mind. Just think how great it will feel to be ready to GO!