Today is the last day of 2021. Tomorrow is the perfect time for a fresh start. If you are like many quilters you may have a goal to bust through your scraps and stash in 2022. If that is the case. Then I’ve got you! These 5 strategies are sure to help you achieve your goal.
Strategy 1 Tidy Up
First, clear off all flat surfaces. A clean slate is a great place to begin. Put rules, books and fabric in their rightful home. I love the ruler rack my dad made me. It makes my easy to find. So I don’t spend precious sewing time searching for the right ruler. You can buy a similar ruler rack. Keeping you productive and creating this year.
I like to keep my rotary cutter, seam ripper and marking tools in a cute mug. If a mug is not your style you may like one of Oh Sew Organized tools. As far as fabric organization goes I like this method. It enables me to find and use my stash easily. But use whatever method is best for your.
2. Scrap Busting Tools
Having the right tools makes busting through your scraps quick and easy. I find that a flying geese ruler is great for scrap busting. It enables you to cut squares, half square triangles and quarter square triangles all from the same strip. If it’s in your budget I recommend an Accuquilt Go. It’s a fabulous way to get your scraps ready to use. Watch for tutorials on how to best use this great tool to bust through your scraps.
3. Leaders & Enders
Always having a leaders and enders project going is a great way to use up your scraps and stash. Plus before you know it you’ll have a free quilt.
4. WIP Management
Once you’ve cleaned off surfaces you may want to assess where your various projects are at. I have a free project management sheet. This valuable tool will help you see where all your projects are at a glance. Enabling you to discover what you would like to move forward. Based on your mood and need. Sometimes I’m in the mood to piece. Other times I feel a little hand work or binding is more in order. Having each projects stage of development enables you to choose what to work on quickly. Getting you busy creating more and wondering less.
Keeping a journal of ideas is another way to help you create more. I make my own. I use composition books that have graph paper in them. So I can doodle and plan blocks as well as quilts. Sue Spargo has a fun one. As does Lisa Bongean. You can also use a Pinterest board to get more quilt ideas.
Here’s a little video to recap. Hope this gets you going. Wishing you lots of creativity and fun sewing in 2022.