Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Thoughts, WIP's and 15 Minutes to Feed Your Soul

Yes, I'm still here!  I've had a bit of blogger's block lately.  Just don't know what to write!  Combined with a very busy holiday season there just didn't seem to be enough time.  I have been keeping up with reading my favorite blogs though, which got me thinking this morning about our new year and what we look at as accomplished.  I am thinking specifically of our craft projects.  Thanks to the fabric and pattern designers out there who are constantly tempting us with new inspiration (thank goodness!), our "to do" projects and ideas are never ending.  We sometimes can't help ourselves in starting a new project, either because we love the new fabric line and we just "have to have it" or a new gift occasion comes up in which we love to wow the recipients with our handiwork.

What we (or at least I) sometimes forget though, is why we do this, the sewing, the quilting, the crafting.  It really does feed our souls doesn't it?  It can get overwhelming, if we let it, to see the pile of unfinished projects, or WIPs calling to us.  It feels great to get them done, but I don't want to lose focus on why I sew and only see each project as a means to an end.  One of my resolutions is to enjoy each moment, every stitch, every step of the process, not how long it takes me to finish so I can start another.

Sometimes days go by where I let everything else come first and don't have time to sew.  Sure that's going to happen, but I am going to make it a point to work on something for just 15 minutes every day if that's all I have.  I deserve that and so do you. 15 minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time to work on a project, but over a week that's 1 hour and 45 minutes which some weeks is more time than I've spent sewing.

Whose with me?  I'm thinking of starting a "Little at a Time" weekly project show off so we can encourage, support, and watch each other progress. 

I'll start.  This will be the largest quilt I've made yet.  I am machine piecing but plan to hand quilt it.  I've had it put away for the last several months because I don't "have time to work on it" but I am going to work on it a little bit each day.  Even five minutes if that's all I have.

This one is for me.  I think I've only made one other quilt that is just for me.  I've been wanting to do an Irish Chain, and seeing some browns I liked on a trip to Keepsake Quilting last year, decided to make a quilt that remindes me of a "cozy cup of hot cocoa".  So far 25 blocks done; 38 to go.

Are you in?

BTW, 15 Minutes at a Time is not my original idea.  Check out Flylady's website to see what you can accomplish in 15 minutes!

A Little at A Time.....


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