Right now I’m working on a queen size quilt for my brother– that is all in 3×3 squares. That’s 3 inches by 3 inches. And it’s mind numbingly boring to cut out all those squares! I know anyone who has quilted knows what I’m talking about.
So, here’s a small list of ways to make it less boring:
- Music! Get some fun, peppy music playing and rock out!
- Enlist a gullible friend (or spouse) to help. Not only is it fun to have another person to talk to, but the work can go twice as fast.
- Put on a favorite movie that you’ve seen enough that you won’t need to be actively watching it.
- Give yourself goals and rewards. Tell yourself that after you cut 50 (or however many you want) squares then you can have a chocolate or something.
- Take periodic breaks to stretch or do jumping jacks. I get so sore if I’m not paying attention to how I’m feeling. I like to pause after an hour and do some simple yoga to get my muscles stretched out.
- Listen to a podcast or YouTube videos.
- Have a cat. This will definitely not help you get the squares cut, but will keep it from being boring! My cat loves to sit on my fabric when I’m trying to work on it.
- Once you have enough squares to do this, start laying out the design. Even though you aren’t done and will probably have to pick them up again, seeing the design taking shape is always a little energy boost for me.
- Call a friend or family member and have them on speaker phone to talk to while you work. Make sure they know what you are doing and are okay with it though- you don’t want them to feel like you are ignoring them.
- Change of scenery! If you are lucky enough to have nice weather and a patio, take it outside! Or take it to a different room or even a friend’s house (if they are okay with that). Switching up the location can make it a little more fun and gives a little burst of energy. Just don’t take it to a movie theater 😜
- Bonus thought: grab your favorite drink (non-alcoholic for safety… you are working with sharp tools after all!)
I have always found it ironic that in quilting we spend so much time cutting fabric up into little squares just to sew it all back together again.
Do you have any suggestions on how to make cutting squares less boring? Please share!