Thursday 14 February 2013

From A - That Last 20%

I've spent more time than I'd like to admit this past week thinking about the ol' 80/20 Rule. Basically the idea that 80% of your outcome requires 20% of your effort and that 80% of your effort is required to get that last 20%.

Smitten Quilt Top

This theory has been once again been proven true when it comes to my Smitten quilt. I finally got the blocks pieced together last weekend. That took only part of Saturday. For sure I was going to have a finished quilt top by the end of the weekend. FOR SURE. Then I cut and attached the first border from the background fabric. When that was finished I cut a yellow border and sewed that on and then came the green border.

Smitten Border

You can see from the top photo that attaching the green border is stalled at the halfway point. I have attached the long sides but now need to finish up the top and bottom. The end seems so close but so far.

Smitten Border To Be

Once I pull myself together to finish the green border, I am then faced with the red border. After that I have to make a backing, baste and quilt this bad boy. Totally an 80/20 situation. So close but it is going to take a lot more effort to get there. Sew on.


  1. It is going to be lovely, though!

  2. I totally know what you mean! I've found that I can kind of "trick" the 80/20 rule by switching up the order in which I do things - like piecing the backing before I finish the top, so I can move straight to basting, or making the binding before I finish quilting, so that I can sew it on right away. And your quilt does look great, so all that effort will be worth it in the end.


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