One of the best ways I have found of forcing myself to make something is to make something for someone else. I can't tell you how many UFO I have for myself and my immediate family. Every now and then I take on a new project that is for someone outside of my family. Usually an online swap. This forces me to get something done because there are deadlines and someone on the other line I wouldn't want to disappoint.
My all time favorite swap is the DQS (Doll Quilt Swap) hosted on Flickr. A mini quilt is totally doable in tiny quilting sessions. But smaller doesn't always mean easier! I like to try out new techniques, blocks, or patterns on my DQS swap quilts. It's a fun way to try something new without commuting to a giant sized quilt. Plus if you need to scrap the project it doesn't feel like a waste of precious fabric.
For my last little quilt I decided to go with paper piecing. I've only done pp maybe four times. So I decided that was enough practice to tackle an advanced block with curved flying geese and sharp little points. SO I decided on a fun NY Beauty block. Ha, ha! It was definitely a learning experience, but in the end I think I did all right.
And I decided to add a bunch of quilting to detract from the not so great piecing :) When in doubt add more quilting!
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