You are invited to join me for Project: Done.
What is it?
We have hosted the SSQ Finish Along for the past few years and we’ve just given it a little shake up and rejig. It’s now going to be known as Project: Done
It’s a way to have a focus on your unfinished projects and to have a group of friends to cheer you on to complete those projects.
The goals and methods are pretty much the same, you can read about that more in this post from last year.
Why Project: Done?
I felt like it was time to rename the event and I do often refer to the stuff we work on as projects, and our goal is to get them done… so we are hereby renaming the Finish Along to Project: Done. I imagine everyone saying in their mind when they complete the project, “Project: Done!”
SO what is project: done
Project: Done is an event where you can publicly declare your intention to complete or make progress on a certain project or 2.
We have changed the process a little this year and we are working month by month. This means you might be planning to work on a project for a few months, then have a break, then pick it up again. It also allows for some variety in what you focus on and the change can refresh your creativity.
Basically each month we aim to complete or make progress onsomething from our UFO or WIP pile. We all have them and they are begging to be completed, and we all feel so accomplished when we complete a project.
What kind of projects are included?
You can make any project you like. Whatever craft you are enjoying and have an unfinished project of, you can nominate this project for Project: Done.
To be really clear, you can do any project you have, quilting, cross-stitch, applique, garment making, embroidery, whatever you have that is not yet complete, let’s put it on the list. You can always save others for another month, or plan ahead. Our goal for Project: Done is not to be overwhelming or stressful, but a help and encouragement to set aside time to complete some long standing (or recent) projects.
How Does Project: done actually work?
Some solid work by you and sharing with our social media crafty family for accountability and encouragement.
We also encourage you to share the pictures of what you are working on so we can all see you progress and cheer you on.
How can I find pictures of what everyone is doing?
Please use the hashtag for Project: Done so we can find your pictures on social media.
You are also welcome to join and share your pictures in The Sunflower Garden, our Facebook community group. We would love for you to join us in The Garden to get lots of encouragement and perhaps ideas and help with completing your projects.
So who keeps me going?
You do! (with cheering in the background from us)
As you make a public announcement that you intend to complete or advance Project ‘X’ in a certain month, we hope you’ll feel the sense of accountability and some added drive to finish the projects you share with us.
In short we (your crafty family) will be a source of encouragement and cheer you along as you work on your project/s. It’s well known that when we commit publicly to completing an action that we are more likely to actually complete that action.
Also as you see the project growing and getting closer it becomes a self motivating thing as you are so close to completion, go on, do that last seam, stitch, button, etc…
What do I need to do?
At the beginning of each month we will all share a Start post for the project/s we intend to work on. We can post a picture of our project and briefly mention how far we are going to get with them. For example, I will complete the flimsy (quilt top) of a particular quilt, or I will finish the baby blanket I an crocheting, etc and so on.
These can be posted in your Instagram account or in the thread on our FB page or your own social media pages. Please use the hashtags #ssqProjectDone #ProjectDone2023 on social media so we can see your pictures.
During the month, we encourage you to share a progress post of your projects being worked on. You might see reminders from us on our page. Remember to use the hashtags #ssqProjectDone #ProjectDone2023
hooray project: done!
At the end of each month we will remind you to share a picture of the completed or progressed project/s. Again using the hashtags means we can find the picture easier. #ssqProjectDone #ProjectDone2023.
So there is about 3 pictures per project; Start post, progress posts, one or more completed project post.
OK, I’m totally joining in! What do I do now?
Start thinking of which project/s you want to finish and consider their priority for completion. Would you like to be able to use that quilt as a gift in June, then maybe it should be earlier in the year, need that embroidery for Spring next year, work backwards to give yourself time to peacefully work on it, got a gift for Christmas, probably best to add that to September or earlier.
Consider what you might need to be able to complete the projects, have you got the fabric, thread, tools you need to finish the item? Gather your supplies. Go on, you’ll thank me later.
Where can you find me online?
To help you…
WE HAVE CREATED A YEAR PLANNER AND PROJECT SHEET FOR YOU TO USE FOR EACH PROJECT SO YOU CAN DETERMINE YOUR STEPS TO COMPLETION AND THEN TICK THEM OFF WHEN THEY’RE DONE.
Project: Done Individual Project Sheet and Year planner Download
Consider your coming schedule each month. Think about what you have going on outside your craft area and be realistic with what you can achieve. We all feel better if we can say Hooray Project: Done each month instead of having life get in the way
So, Will you join me? Let’s get some Projects Done!
We’re kicking off as soon as you can think about your projects.