Submitted by Christie Frey.
Sometimes the smallest thing can motivate. Recently I was taking a quilting class at Sisters Quilters Affair. The class was a Tula Pink Mystery class. At the start of class, Tula said “Some of you will get this quilt top completed in class today.” “Some of you” – the challenge was delivered, and my naturally competitive spirit kicked in…I want to be one of the “some.”
At about the 1:30 hour of class, an additional carrot for completion was added. One of the gals in the class was an employee at the Stitchin Post. She had several store samples of fabric wallets made up in Tula Pink fabric. She gave the 5 wallets to Tula with the comment, “Hand these out however you please.”
At the 2:00 hour, one gal had indeed completed her quilt top. So, what did she receive besides a classroom chorus of oohs and ahhs. She also got one of the fabric wallets. A second person finished. She received a classroom full of praise, photo op with Tula and a fabric wallet.
It was not hard for me to figure out what I needed to do. You got it…I was motivated by that free fabric wallet. I began to crank away, my Juki humming at amazing speed.
But an interruption occurred. I asked Tula, “How did you get started quilting?” Fabulous question, and her answer was so interesting. Since I was the one who asked the question, it was only polite for me to stop sewing and listen to her answer. Yet, it did cut into my production time. Would I get the top done in time? Would I receive that carrot of completion, the free fabric wallet? Once it was appropriate, I returned to seaming my strips of fabric. I was going so fast that people were even commenting. I just smiled and kept my head down and pushed that fabric through as fast as possible.
Well, at 3:15 I did it! My quilt top was completed. I was doing the happy dance, got a picture with Tula Pink and the free fabric wallet. That silly prize made all the difference for me in getting my project done.
What about you? What motivates you to finish your projects? Is it because it is a gift for an event on the calendar (that baby quilt in time for the baby shower?) Or is it because you want to share it in our monthly “Show and Tell Inspirations” alongside another friend who did the same project. Or is it so it can be in a quilt show? Let us know in the comments below.
Our motivations often drive us to completion. I have to laugh sometimes at how small the prize can be that gets me to the finish line.