As much as I would love to work through my Work in Progress list without adding anything else to it… the reality is that I’ve added 3 things to my list lately.
1. I’ll be quilting another quilt for a local quilter so that she can hopefully have it ready to gift in time for Christmas.
2. Remember when I asked for input on what to do with some mini charm packs? Well, Wednesday afternoon I pulled out a Chic Neutrals (Moda) mini charm pack and sewed them all together into a small quilt top that I plan to gift to my niece as a doll quilt. I quickly sew basted around the edges to secure the top to batting and backing fabric. I plan to take this as my first hand quilting project to work on while I am traveling to and from Houston for Quilt Festival next week.
3. I received my grouping of the Cloud9 New Blocks to piece into a quilt to donate this week. I think they are going to create a stunning quilt and I can’t wait to arrange them and link you to all the fantastic tutorials again.
So, while I had a list of 12 WIPs and I have completed 5 of those so far, I’ve already tacked on 3 more to the end of the list! Honestly, I said “yes” to piecing the charity quilt over a year ago, and I can’t help wanting to make and support others making handmade gifts for the holidays. Do you think I can stop adding to the list for a while??? (Yeah, I kind of doubt it, too.)
I know I shared a quilt that I was able to work through pretty quickly at the beginning of this week, but even though the quilt only too me 6.5 hours, that was spread out over 3 days. While it might be possible for me to carve 6.5 hours of quilting only time out of a day, that is really, really rare for me. And I want to be honest that not every project goes together as planned the first or second time around.
Yesterday I spent 2 hours and 15 minutes getting started on the Chakra Mini Quilt commission project (the next item on the to-do list!). I am definitely working on my #FlowQuilting free motion quilting skills, but my approach to these chakra medallions is to be pretty planned and methodical (my original attempt at more free form quilting turned out poorly, so I learned that a bit more planning for these purposeful pieces is needed for me right now). There are some parts of the first mini quilt that I will use in pretty much the same fashion, but even when I was re-creating the yellow chakra design that I wanted to re-use, I was super thankful for the ability to remove the Mark-B-Gone pen from the fabric yesterday as I was planning out the quilting design.
And to be perfectly honest, a good bit of time was just me staring at the empty outlines and trying to come up with ideas to quilt. Some ideas start out seeming like a good idea until I try to figure out how to make the quilting continuous.
Fingers crossed Olive behaves herself when I start quilting with 12wt in the bobbin. Which, come to think of it, would be a good idea to test on a sample before diving straight into this mini quilt. I’m glad I wrote this post and hopefully I will remember to do just that!
Burn out. I think we all face it in life at different points for different reasons. I am currently feeling creatively excited and engaged, but I am physically dragging. I have been exhausted and experiencing more headaches than normal which has been making me mentally foggy (leading me to write things like “truck show” instead of “trunk show” in blogs posts and requesting 5 yards of fabric instead of the 3 yards I really need…). I have been attributing that to lots of different things, like the fact that I am working on a big truck project with my husband in the evenings and weekends which is keeping me up later at night and more physically active than ever. However, I had my normal yearly physical and blood work this week, and I learned that my thyroid / pituitary gland are not currently in the best harmony. Somehow just having that bit more knowledge makes a few other pieces of information click, and I hope with just a few adjustments I can start having a bit more energy again.
I find it fascinating how life balance tips around. Learning to subtly dance to compensate instead of leaping around and capsizing the boat is still a work in progress for me, too. 🙂