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 â€œwaiting until the last dog is deadâ€ just means waiting until the last minute. Iâ€™m not trying to kill off any dogs, and Iâ€™m not really waiting for any to die. I donâ€™t even have a dog – a couple of cats, yes, but no dog.)
Iâ€™ve always known that I canâ€™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. Thatâ€™s a lot of stitches!
We will have a new baby joining our family in June. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m pretty sure I will have this quilt done long before the baby is due.
That is, if something else doesnâ€™t march its way to the forefront and clamor for my time and attention.
Iâ€™ve found itâ€™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 â€œwant toâ€ list rather than the â€œhave toâ€ list.
Maybe itâ€™s long past time that I learn that valuable lesson of having balance in my life. While I truly love the work I do, Iâ€™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. Thatâ€™s right, tap shoes. You will find me at the studio taking lessons every Monday night for the next eight weeks.