On Monday, I was listening to the January 6th APQ podcast on my iPod on the way home from a day of outreach. In this episode, Pat Sloan interviewed Jennifer Keltner and she discussed the "48 Hour Challenge" issued to the staff of American Patchwork & Quilting last year. In this challenge, they HAD to take an hour out of their work week every week to work on a quilting project, for a total of 48 hours over the year.
Okay, so .... follow me here... one thought led to another, and it occurred to me that I could fit an hour of quilting into my day (pretty much every weekday) before work. Instead of surfing facebook and watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, I could spend one hour drinking my morning mug o' tea, listening to the local CBC morning show on the radio, and devote that hour to working on a UFO.
I also decided that I would only work on the UFO for ONE WEEK -- although I will carry over to the next day(s)/week(s) as long as I like, until it gets boring again. And then switch to a different UFO the next week.
So, I started with the top of the pile with "A Grateful Heart". No sense in over-thinking this. I had about 1/4 of the blocks pieced, and a stack of FQs set aside to do the rest. I'm not sure exactly why I lost interest in this project. Tuesday morning I made this block:
Today I made three 4" Economy blocks, and some HSTs and flying geese. Tomorrow I have another 12" block in the plans.
I started this sampler project about four years ago. It's from the Winter 09/10 issue of McCall's Quilting magazine.
Weekends generally get some more dedicated sewing time, and I will allow myself to do whatever I want - - recently I've been enamored with small sewing projects that I've seen on Pinterest, but I'm not sticking to any hard rules for the weekend.