Quilt Strategies to Bust Boredom

I love to piece. I love to make blocks. I love to applique. But when it’s time to sew everything together, I am not a happy quilter. I dread sewing blocks into rows and then sewing all the rows together. It’s boring, but

I have a strategy! Right now I’m working on this quilt from McCall’s Quilting, September/October 2008 (one of our sister publications).

rowbyrow Quilt Strategies to Bust Boredom

Row by row (one each evening), I'll get this baby together!

It’s called Merry-Go-Round; it was designed by Sandy Klop. You may know her as American Jane. I had so much fun piecing it—I got kind of carried away. It’s larger than I realized, so when it went onto the design wall I knew right away that sewing it all together would bore me to tears. So, my plan is to sew together one row each evening. I’ll be done in less than two weeks, and the pain/boredom won’t kill me!

Do you have a strategy you apply to quilting? We’d love to hear about it in the comments! Stay tuned for more strategies from Quiltmaker in the posts to come.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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6 Responses to Quilt Strategies to Bust Boredom

  1. I second the books on tape idea, less distracting than tv and then I always think of that book when I see the quilt.

  2. Peg Spradlin says:

    I listen to books on tape whenever I’m piecing multiple blocks that are driving me crazy with their sameness. It helps pass the time, especially if it’s an interesting book narrated by a good speaker.

  3. Leona says:

    I like assembling the rows. I usually run into a creative glitch when I am making a quilt for someone else who picked fabrics that are out of my realm. I love the hexi quilt that you are working on!

  4. I try to keep a couple of projects going at once that are most likely in different stages of completion so that I can work on a step that will keep my attention. I also try to do something every single night, too! :)

  5. floribunda says:

    I feel the same way about assembling blocks and rows. Maybe you’ll find that doing one row a night is so tolerable that you’ll be able to do two instead! I always have a few projects going simutaneously so I don’t get so hung up on the tedious parts.

  6. Kim says:

    I have started one of these, but the design wall I had at the time was too little. It got put in the “someday” pile – where good projects go to collect dust because I have lost interest.

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