Thanks to a productive weekend quilting retreat with lots of friends, I've used 31 yards during the first month of my "use it" challenge! What a great start!! That success is generating lots of momentum for me!
Since I returned home, I've made the backing for a queen size log cabin made with another of Marti's Log Cabin rulers and a large variety of fall prints. I put the border on it this weekend and when I got home, plunged into the shelf of "big cuts" and found the perfect backing fabric -- lots of it too.
I also spent some time machine quilting two small pieces for an exhibit in March and April -- more about later. Everyone there made progress on projects! Some were cutting out new projects that have been "sacred piles" in their stashes, others finished quilt tops, and others got back to works in progress. One gal layered up 5 tops and has a good month of quilting ahead of her.
If you can't get away for a retreat, set aside an afternoon and focus on what is at hand for the entire time -- I often say that it takes longer to get started than it does to finish. When I make progress on a project, it generates positive momentum that is a big boost mentally as well as bringing me closer to a goal. And before I leave the sewing room, I always plan and layout what I will do next. That plan will make it easier to start up again no matter how exhausted I am when I have the time to sit down.
Time to sew!!