Motivated by fractions
Whimsy is finally seeing some steady progress. I started quilting it on February 26, had a little flurry of activity, then promptly slowed to a crawl. There were long periods of inactivity and I even lost my quilting callous on my left index finger. Summer was only partly to blame.
Last month I decided I really needed to focus on getting this finished, but it wasn’t until the last 4 or 5 days that I really hit my stride. This has happened before. I start enthusiastically quilting a quilt, then the enthusiasm peters out and the quilt languishes, getting worked on only sporadically, until suddenly I become very focused again to finish up.
Today I figured out what triggers the push to the finish. It’s all about fractions. Really! The quilt as a whole is rather overwhelming, but getting past the halfway mark, then the 3/4 mark, and so on, makes the finish seem within reach and I start to obsess about reaching the finish line, so to speak.
In the case of Whimsy, this weekend I realized I had over two thirds of the green triangles quilted, and if I could get 3 more of the small pinwheels done then I would have less than half of those left to do. Today I pushed on to get another large pinwheel done so I could say that 3/4 of those are done…I will be settling in to finish that pinwheel as soon as I post this!
Once I get to this point, I can also guess how many hours of work are left, which helps me set a more or less realistic goal of when I will have the quilt finished. That helps motivate me too! Right now I think I can finish in about 3 weeks...if I can commit to one hour a day of work. No pressure!