Saturday, February 2, 2019

Schedule for 2019

I've updated the schedule information on the right side of the blog site. Since this is only visible if you go to the blog from a PC, I thoughts I'd include a post about the important dates. The dates will also be in the mailing information you will receive (or maybe have already received). Please remember that the dates are when he quilt should be received by the next quilter, not when you should send it. Give yourself time for the quilt to travel to its destination.

  • Center block should be mailed and received by the next quilter no later than February 28, 2019. Please send Laurina a photo of the center block before mailing (via email, not to the blog). Please post to the blog when you send or receive yours.
  • Center-with-one-border should be mailed and received by the next quilter no later than April 4, 2019. Please post to the blog when you send or receive yours.
  • Center-with-two-borders should be mailed and received by the next quilter no later than May 9, 2019. Please post to the blog when you send or receive yours.
  • Finished quilts can be mailed to their owners whenever you wish, but received no later than June 13, 2019. Please send Laurina a photo of the finished quilt before mailing (via email, not to the blog).

I know that sometimes we all struggle to get a round done and into the mail. For me, a little planning makes all the difference. I know that every round I will be sending to someone in a different country, so I always aim to send to the next quilter 2 weeks before it is due. If I'm running late, I still have a week for it to be delivered.

With 5 weeks between each round, I like to plan my work like this week by week (I always check my calendar in case I have other commitments and need to squish or expand my schedule):
  1. Quilt arrives - put it on the design wall and stare at it for a few days. Pull some fabric and make a pile.
  2. Start designing - draw some ideas, play with shapes, narrow down fabric choices, and draft/source patterns. Sometimes I know immediately what I will do, other times, it takes a few false starts before I know.
  3. Do the work - this is the fun part, hopefully my planning means that I know what I'm doing!
  4. Packed up and ready for the post (or not, if I'm running late).
  5. Relax.
I know that everyone works differently and that's what makes life interesting. BUT, it's the responsibility of each and every one of us to stay on schedule so that the next quilter doesn't need to rush through and maybe not do her best. I know that in the Northern hemisphere, vacation time can be a problem - I'm hoping that by finishing in the first half of June, this won't cause us trouble (and think of me heading into the winter months, even if we have a mild one).

Please let me know if you're having any issues - we all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of quilting. If you need to drop out or need extra time, it's okay as long as I know. We are an understanding bunch and there is always someone willing to pitch in to help another quilter.

No comments: