So did you make any resolutions this year? Have you resolved to use up your fabric stash or finish all of your ufos?
I know I need to make a few resolutions. One is to quit waiting until the last dog is dead to work on projects. (Incidentally, the phrase “waiting until the last dog is dead” just means waiting until the last minute. I’m not trying to kill off any dogs, and I’m not really waiting for any to die. I don’t even have a dog – a couple of cats, yes, but no dog.)
I’ve always known that I can’t make a quilt in a day, and I have to admit things got to be rather ridiculous around my house while I was making quilts as Christmas gifts for the grandkids. I was sewing so much that I had to clean and oil my sewing machine every week. That’s a lot of stitches!
We will have a new baby joining our family in June. I’m happy to say that I am already working on the quilt. I need 42 blocks, and 16 of them are completely finished. Another 12 are under way and only need the yellow strip sewn to the side. So I’m pretty sure I will have this quilt done long before the baby is due.
That is, if something else doesn’t march its way to the forefront and clamor for my time and attention.
I’ve found it’s too easy to put off the projects I want to make in favor of the ones I have to make. Perhaps I need to resolve to set aside time every day or at least every week that I can spend sewing on the “want to” list rather than the “have to” list.
Maybe it’s long past time that I learn that valuable lesson of having balance in my life. While I truly love the work I do, I’ve found I have a terrible time clocking out because I work from home. I need to change my workaholic tendencies.
So here are my resolutions for the coming year:
- I will work less, and I will play more.
- I will make time to work on projects that I want to make just for the fun of it.
And in the spirit of playing more and working less, I have bought these. That’s right, tap shoes. You will find me at the studio taking lessons every Monday night for the next eight weeks.