How a Simple Sewing Day with Friends Can Energize a Quilter

Have you ever lacked ambition to get working on a quilt project or maybe finish some UFOs?

For the past few weeks I didn't have the excitement to work on my projects. I had so many things going on, and pulling me in different directions, that quilting was near the bottom of my to-do list (just ahead of pulling the garden weeds).

I hadn't seen two of my quilting friends since the beginning of May and decided I would invite them over for a sewing day. Last Monday I sent them a message and we were all available that Thursday.

Just a few days to plan, but easy enough with the 5 steps listed below.

1) FOOD: We were beginning at 10:30 A.M. so we planned a lunch. We each chose to bring something to share. Teri would bring fruit, Gloria chose vegetables and I would make chicken salad. (Bonus:All the ingredients I needed were on sale at our local grocery, so I bought them on Tuesday,  which happened to be senior discount day.) I made the salad the night before our sew day.

2) SEWING SPACE: We sew at my dining room table. I cleaned the parts of the house we would be using. (Cleaning the rest of the house cleaning could wait for another day.)

3) SUPPLIES: Make it easy for friends to tote just what they need for sewing. The night before, I got out the ironing board, iron, big cutting mat, rulers and cutting tools. I plugged in the extension cord and surge surpressor near the table.

4) PROJECTS: We could work on whatever we wanted to sew. I had a quilt and nine hotpads to bind. I got the supplies for the projects together the day before.

5) JUST BEFORE ARRIVAL: I took out the plates and cutlery for lunch, the counter-top would be the serving area.

When my friends arrived, we were able to get the machines set up and start our day of sewing fun. For 7 hours we sewed, talked, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch! The time flew by too quickly.

I got my projects done and Teri and Gloria got a good amount of larger UFOs going.

It was great to have some friends join me to sew. The preparation spurred me into action and my neglected projects were finished in a pleasantly short time.

Do you quilt with friends. How do you plan a sewing day?

I am linking up with Meadow Mist Designs Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup for May. Click HERE to see what others have finished in May.


Needled Mom said...

It’s always more fun to stitch with friends. Looks like you all accomplished so much too.

Cheryl said...

Looks like you had a fun and productive time!