I don’t know about you, but life just seems to get busier and busier. I always thought that the children growing up meant there was more free time, but it seems I’ve swapped educating my children for working full time alongside running my own business. Working at a college means I get to have regular holidays but during term time, life is pretty hectic. The one week half terms are gone in a flash and I can’t wait until the longer holidays to get my quilting fix. Not only is there work, other family and general household ‘stuff’ means time for quality sewing always seems to be at a premium. I was getting withdrawal symptoms and, with workshop commitments looming, I knew I had to find a way to fit in some sewing time.

This last week I’ve finally found a solution. I’ve found I can snatch a 15-30 minute gap for sewing before I go to work. Little by little, those small segments of time add up and very soon, you get to see progress. A cushion and a quilt appear.

There is a trick to getting the most of these few minutes of sewing, you need to have everything out ready. My sewing machine is set up, my rulers, cutter, scissors, fabric and everything I need is to hand. In the morning, in the few minutes before I leave for work, I can just jump on and sew. Sometimes, I have only have a few minutes spare but, because everything is just there, I can easily join a couple of blocks and progress is made. In a week, I’ve pieced and quilted a cushion cover and, from the remaining fabric, put together a small quilt top. Everything is set up so I can jump on to piece the back and before long, the quilt will be finished.

I know there are lots of you out there that have very full and busy lives. How do you fit quilting into your busy schedules? If you have any tips to share, I’d love to hear them.