“There are far too many people that waste their time telling themselves that they don’t have enough time.” -Daniel Willey
When it comes to quilting, whether for personal or customer quilts, efficiency is best. I just love getting the best job done as quickly as possible. It means that I am managing my workflow and making more money for my time. Over the next few months I will be writing blog posts about how you can quilt efficiently too. Today’s post talks about how developing routines can help you be as efficient as possible.
Routines help you stay on track and prevent any wasted time. Try developing a routine for every part of your quilting process, especially the areas that you find you waste the most time. For example, I have found that one of the biggest time wasters for me is not knowing what quilt designs to use on a quilt. Nothing is a worse time-waster than standing in front of a loaded quilt with no idea of how to quilt it. To help prevent that from happening I have developed a routine that works for me:
1. After I have loaded and started a quilt, I will pause for a moment and pull out the next quilt.
2. I look over the quilt and make sure that I have everything I will need for it.
For instance, the right color of thread, batting etc. Nothing is worse than getting ready to quilt a quilt and realizing that you don’t have the right thread color.
3. After making sure I have all the necessary items, I display the quilt top.
This gets the quilt top in my mind and gives me some time to consider what quilting designs I will use on it. I like to call this “letting the quilt marinate” in my head.
Depending on the size of the quilt top, I will hang it over a decorative rod on my wall, or lay it out on the floor.
The idea is that once I am finished with the quilt that I am working on, I will have some ideas for the next quilt.
4. As soon an I finish the quilt I am working on, I take it off and immediately load the next quilt.
This is mostly just a way to trick myself to get more done. If there is a quilt on the machine, I am more likely to work on it instead of stalling.
5. Repeat again and again.
This is just one example of a routine that I have established in my business. While getting into a routine can sound boring or stagnant, that isn’t the case. Having routines for the running of your business will ensure that it runs like clockwork.
What kind of routines have you established in your quilting or your business?