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March 20, 2019
Time blocking leads to better productivity from Professional Quilter

Have you looked at the calendar and wondered how you can possibly do all you have scheduled? I used to feel that way until I made a simple discovery.

Time blocking!

Time blocking is a method of allocating or pre-assigning time for specific activities throughout your day. It helps me keep my day and life more balanced. I accomplish more because I have structure to my day, I can focus on a specific task with a high value, and I am able to manage interruptions. I am the one in charge of my day. Here’s how to do this ...

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March 6, 2019
Do You Suffer From Smorgasbord Syndrome? from Professional Quilter

Someone recently shared in our Members’ Studio that she was trying to tackle too many tasks in one day. She added that she tended to overestimate her available time. That meant she was moving uncompleted tasks from one day into the next day’s list. The end result was making new lists and wasting time and energy. She was not alone with this confession, confusion, and remorse.

I refer to this as the “Smorgasbord Syndrome.”

As a child, I can remember my parents saying that my eyes were bigger than my stomach when we had big family celebrations. I didn ...

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January 22, 2019
Best Time-Saving Tips for Quilters from A Quilting Life

Best Time-Saving Tips for Quilters

Hello! We woke up to a power outage that ended up lasting over eight hours, so the day didn’t exactly go as planned. I was grateful it happened on a day we had mild temperatures, though. And while I wasn’t able to sew, I did get my floor mopped and took a nice walk. Today […]

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November 19, 2018
What can you do in 3 ½ minutes? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I love finding little pockets of time throughout the day. A great example is the 3 ½ minutes that it takes to cook my steel-cut oatmeal. What did I do this morning in that 3 ½ minutes? I made my lunch, ran to the laundry room for more paper towel and prepped the bacon for cooking, took my sewing machine to the front door for Monday sewing, went downstairs and brought up my Monday sewing bag which I had forgotten to bring up when I came up earlier. Oh, and I let the dog in!

Amazing what you can get ...

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October 5, 2018
Too Tired to Create? Open Line Friday from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Yesterday, Faye admitted that sometimes she’s too tired to sit up, but still wants to be creative–so she stitches in bed! I laughed out loud because it was so ridiculous… But then I remembered, I started quilting … Continue reading

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October 3, 2018
Finish the Year Strong from Professional Quilter


It’s  the beginning of October and, if you are at all like me, you’ve look at the end of the year and at all you want to accomplish before then. It could be trade shows, new patterns or programs, a rush to get your sales where you projected. And, then, of course, the holidays  — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah — will be here before you know it. What happens is that you end up with a massive to-do list. You either dive in, get distracted by more to add to the list, end up overwhelmed, or shut down. Regardless ...

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September 5, 2018
Say No to Busy from Professional Quilter


Have you ever been rushing around trying to get things done and at the end of the day realized you didn’t accomplish what you really needed to accomplish?

Yes, it felt great to check those things off your to-do list. Your studio was clean, you posted on Facebook and Instagram multiple times, and you felt like you got so much done. After all the list was full of check marks or crossed-off items. It was proof.

But did you really accomplish the important things that would move your business or your life forward?

In all likelihood the answer is ...

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August 15, 2018
Creating white space from Professional Quilter


As artists, we understand the need for white space. White space is the space between design elements and also the space inside the design elements. Without white space, which truly doesn’t have to be “white,” everything would run together. Imagine if there was no white space in this type. It would all run together and be confusing, to say the least.

The amount of white space you include varies based on your design decisions. Your goal should be to balance design elements, organize the content for ease of use, and to allow a place for the eye to rest ...

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August 10, 2018
Thoughts on Getting More Done from A Quilting Life

Family Tree Quilt by A Quilting Life in Clover Hollow fabric

Hello and happy Friday! August is well under way which means that summer is slowly coming to an end!  It seems like summers really do go by more quickly each year for me.  Just as I get used to a slower, more relaxed routine it seems it’s time to start gearing up for the busyness of the fall season!  And this fall is going to be pretty busy here at A Quilting Life!  But I got caught up enough over the past few weeks that I’ve been able to take some time to brainstorm about how best to ...

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April 25, 2018
Move the Needle in Your Creative Arts Business from Professional Quilter

For many of us, moving the needle may have different connotations, especially since so many who read this blog sew. Today I want to talk about moving the needle forward in your business. All of us get stuck. Sometimes it’s just a simple tweak that can get the machine moving again. Sometimes it is something bigger that you need to do to move your business to the next level. Here are nine ways that will help get you moving and bring in cash to your business:

Be clear about your goals.

Know where you are trying to go in ...

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April 6, 2018
Trying Something New from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've just signed up for a new social media scheduler and today I'm testing it out. I never thought I'd have to work with something like this, but lately I've been feeling stretched thin when it comes to social media. 
I'll reach the end of the day after a full day filming, sewing, quilting, writing, designing, and then look at my phone and think "Uhhh! I have to post to Instagram and Facebook too!"
Sometimes this is just one thing too much. I feel sucked into these platforms and while I love seeing what everyone ...

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February 21, 2018
Let’s take 15! from Professional Quilter


Do you ever look at what others have accomplished and think you can’t possibly do that? We all have that comparison gremlin to contend with. Do you then fall back on your standard excuse? I just don’t have time!

I’m going to challenge you on that.

I wrote about “you management” as opposed to “time management” a few weeks back. Today I want to share a simple concept that might make a difference in your day.

Let’s call it Take 15.

I know that you can find 15 minutes in your day. It might mean taking ...

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February 7, 2018
Is time managing you? from Professional Quilter


If you are like many people, you decided to get a better handle on your time this year. Some people call this time management. How is that working out for you?

Funny thing is that we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Some of us just do a better job of managing ourselves. We really can’t manage the time. Here are five tips to help you do that.

Know what your time is worth.

Your goal as a business owner is to turn your time into money, so I think you should know what your time ...

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