I craft for way more than 30 minutes a day, but I still feel like this #30for30crafting challenge that Jess from The Crafting Geek set up will be extremely beneficial for me.
When talking about my creative process I mentioned losing momentum on projects and leaving them unfinished. This happens way more than I wish it did, so I’m going to use this challenge as an opportune to revive some of them.
For at least 30 minutes a day I will set aside my current project and pick up one of these almost finished WIP.
I finished all the squares for this months ago and I even figured out a layout and started joining a little. But joining granny squares is not my idea of a good time, so there are a million projects I would rather work on.
This one isn’t as bad because there isn’t any joining involved since it’s a giant granny square. I just kind of lost steam and haven’t been interested in working on it. I really don’t have that much more to do, so I think if I start devoting little increments of time it can get finished.
Joining hexagons for my quilt
I love making hexagons, I find basting to be extremely relaxing and satisfying. But I don’t love the process of joining them together. I was originally going to wait until the end but decided it was probably best for me to slowly join over time so I don’t drive myself insane in the end.
French knot color wheel
I could have easily been done with this by now if I kept working on it with the same fervor as when I started. I love how this looks and I want to finish it so I can hang it up, I just have been distracted by other things! But 30 minutes of French knots fills up quite a bit, this piece is pretty tiny.
Originally I had set a deadline for myself with this, but quickly realized it should just be an ongoing project. I’m sure eventually I will declare it finished, but I am nowhere near that point right now. I’m enjoying adding new colors and trying out new stitches. I like working on it but always reach for something that has a more definite end to it, something I can see more progress on.
Are you taking part in the 30 for 30 crafting challenge? Even though it’s a few days into June, it’s not to late to join in! There’s a lot of fantastic projects at Instagram if you search #30for30crafting
Jessica Burns says
I hadn’t heard about it yet, but it might be a good idea to get me kick-started on finishing my many WIPs. I might have to fudge though – I only work 3 days a week, but the days that I work, I’m gone for 14.5 hours (I work 12s, which are really 12.5s + whatever I need to finish my charting, and the commute isn’t awful, but it isn’t great either) – so I may have to do extra on my days off to make it even out. (The days that I work, there isn’t time to do much other than shower, sleep and make my lunch and feed the cats and give them a little attention).
That sounds like a brutal schedule! I think adjusting the time spent working is totally fine! I think the general concept is just to get people working consistently towards a goal. I’ve been amazed at how much I already feel like I’m accomplishing!
Those are ALL very cool projects. I agree about hexagons–love basting them, hate joining them! I have so many sitting around waiting for me to do something with them. lol 🙂
Yeah, my boxes of hexagons are a little out of control. It feels good to get them joined together! I’m doing them in smaller batches and then I’ll join those together after to make things easier to handle!
Jessie Stracener says
Thats a neat idea.
I thought so! I’ve been surprised at how much I can accomplish in only 30 minutes. It’s a nice goal to get me working on stuff I’ve been neglecting!
Jessie Stracener says
Yes! I am going to apply this concept to my blog this month and see how that goes.
It really could work so well with any task! It’s such a small amount of time that it makes it easier to deal with tasks you might otherwise be avoiding!
That’s a really good idea – I forgot that I had a 2014 calendar panel until a couple of weeks ago, if I do 30 mins a day I might get it finished in time to actually use it! I’m also doing far too many Frosted Pumpkin patterns, and have a mountain of other WIPs
I have a 2014 calendar panel too! I should really get started on it! Let’s both do that!