Someone suggested to me the other day that I probably had made enough quilts now
and wasn't it time to stop??
But the thing is I enjoy the process. I like the making of it,
it's not really about the finished product, although that's a bonus.
I'm not giving up any time soon!
I feel like I've had a lot of "must-dos" lately, all of which I signed up for myself
but which carry the weight of actually being responsible to get things done,
including finishing my essay and a three-hour exam to study for.
Saturday was pouring with rain here and I just decided to get side-tracked
just for a couple of days from the to-do list.
I went to my basket of projects-to-do and picked out this bundle of Lizzy House fabrics
and the Walk in the Woods Foxes and decided it was time to make another
I love having a project like this on the go.
The cutting didn't take long, but then I can just chain piece a few seams
whenever I have a pocket of time.
10 minutes mindless sewing here and there
really is therapeutic. The to-do list is still clamoring
but somehow it doesn't feel so daunting now I've let off a bit of sewing steam!
I have my wee machine on the end of the dining table,
so I can sew a bit while the potatoes cook or what ever.
People always say, "I don't have the patience" or "you must be so patient"
but I'm not patient or special or anything,
I just love the feeling of putting my foot on the accelerator and sewing up those seams.
I know, it probably makes me odd, but there it is.
It's also extremely satisfying to see the neat piles appear,
the rest of the mummy jobs need doing over and over (think laundry/meals etc)
but that little stack of completed seams sits smiling at me.
Someone the other day was saying to me "I should do something crafty"
and I said, well only if you enjoy the process.
And actually this person loves the outdoors and finds walking on the hills the thing
that connects her, and someone else said, yes they get it from the garden
and another from reading.
What about you, what do you do to quiet all the things on your to-do list clamoring for attention?
how to you find balance in your life,
what makes you relax and able to face the mundane?
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who finds the creative process therapeutic.