As we revealed in episode 204, I’ve been writing a book applying engineering and process improvement theories to quilting and sewing. While that’s going on, I’m going to be posting weekly tips here on the blog to give some quick hits to do things faster and better in the sewing room.
This week’s tip about breaking down the process into Achievable Moments, the “AM” in “P/AM”. Because I don’t have a design wall, I have to work from a design floor. With 3 cats, 2 kids, and a dog, the design floor is not particularly stable at any given time. As a result, I have a harder time putting together on-point designs since I can’t leave them out all the time during assembly.
I find if I can get a diagram of the quilt and two colors of markers or highlighters, I can break the quilt diagram into chunks. This may be groups of 3 blocks in a row, or a 2×2 layout, or some other unit that I can put together that repeats within the quilt.
It’s also easier to overcome the mental hurdle of “make 6 units of 4 blocks” than “assemble a whole quilt top” since the psychology of having a clear goal makes it seem much more achievable than “make a quilt”.