Silence. A whole lot of silence. In the past two weeks I have turned on my sewing machine twice, and that was last night. A few of my favorite blogger friends have written about quilting guilt in the past few weeks, and it resonated with me deeply. I have so many things that I want to work on, but I also have quite a few things I have to make for other people. Here’s the problem. I’m behind. Like really behind. Chalk it up to losing my machine for 6 weeks at the beginning of the year, terrible timing at work, and poor time management. Whatever I call it, I’m behind. Which wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that I hate HATE hate rushing things that I’m making for other people. I want to make their projects, I really really do. However, whatever time it would take me to make it for myself – multiply it by two. Perfectionist Problems.
Which is why it’s easy for me to sit down and make an entire quilt top for myself when I have little time because I can skip the ironing, perfection cutting, obsessing, and impeccable points. Now, if I’m making it for someone else, that’s a different story. I obsess over every detail because I like them. And it’d be nice if they like me and what I make. So, this weekend is going to be dedicated to getting caught up. Really.
To ease the stress I was feeling about being so behind last night I folded all of my AMH fabric, and then realized I should have put it all in color order. whoops.
That made me feel a lot better. Fabric Therapy is real.
Then I chain stitched HSTs for 30 minutes.
It felt good to sew for just the amount of time I had, not adding extra pressure or worrying about perfect points. Sometimes it’s good to have mindless sewing … of course that means that eventually I’m going to have to iron all of those HSTs.
Do you suffer from quilter’s guilt? If you do, are you like me – do you just live in denial for a while?