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Trina's Tips for Dealing with Mind-Numbing Tedium

Because no matter how much you love quilting, sewing together 169 3 inch squares is definately tedious.

caterpillar quilt in progress

1. Work in small batches. Sew for ten minutes, wander away and read for a while, sew for a half an hour or so, go play with the girls, sew, clean the kitchen. If you try and do it all at once, you'll go mad.

2. Put on a movie, but not too good of a movie. Something you have seen five million times but still like is optimal. Then it keeps you entertained but not completely distracted.

3. Audiobooks. I like ones that I've read before and enjoyed. That way I'm not completely lost if I miss a few sentences.

4. Hire a four year old to ask you every ten minutes if her quilt is finished yet.


balloongal said…
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. I love the last one.
Joybeth said…
I just finished catching up on your blog, I think I want to start sewing again.

I love everything you do, you are amazing.
debbie said…
I have a 4 year-old I'm willing to hire out.

How do you keep Ellery from messing up your sewing stuff, pushing the pedal, etc.?
Indie House said…
I like to set goals like assemble three blocks and then take a break or watch tv series that I love but have seen all the episodes before.
Katie B. said…
It has to help the tedium to see how great the quilt is turning out!

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