Friday, April 25, 2008

Up and down, ebb and flow, wax and wane...

Want to see the quilting I've gotten done this week? Really? Here ya go!

Not too impressive, huh? Actually here is a much more common scene from my sewing area this week...

This is our cat Xerxes looking at me saying "What? Not going to sew today? That's OK, I like sitting by this window best anyway!" I felt kind of bad that I haven't been sewing, but then I got to thinking, you know, I think all quilters (or anyone with any kind of hobby) goes through these times. You know, "down times". Times when for whatever reason you just don't 'feel it'. I know I go through these every once in a while. Right now I am just at a motivational low. I think its just a natural thing. I think maybe it has to do with the change of seasons too. Spring has finally burst out all over here in Ohio, and I am just aching to get out and enjoy as much of it as I can right now. So while my sewing has slowed down, my running has picked up. I actually went running on one of the trails that runs next to a river here with one of my friends from work. And while there were no wildflowers just yet, everything was so green and beautiful. The beauty made our 4 miler just fly by. I really have to learn to carry my camera more often because I really wish I had a picture to share with you. I'll have to remember one next time. I'm sure we'll go back because my friend said he really liked running there.

Then there's the yard work. Today I got to get out and trim down the shrubs between our house and our neighbors, trim up the rose bushes, and trim some stray branches from one of the smaller trees on our property. I have to admit I can tend to put off working out there, but once I get going, I love it. Not to mention that I love the way a nice, neat, freshly groomed yard looks. Hopefully we will get out to get some flowers this weekend or next :cD

The final baby quilt went to mom-to-be on Monday afternoon. She really liked it. I'm so glad! As funny as it sounds there is always a little part of my that is afraid of a reaction like "Oh, that's nice" then it just gets set aside. I'm sure many of you can identify. We put so much effort into our creations, and nothing can hurt more than an indifferent reaction. Well, for me anyway. I think I am going to try to work on something this weekend. I have that swap top to work on, and I'd really like to get some more blocks done so I can get a feeling of what my idea on paper will look like translated into fabric. I want to give myself enough time that if I don't like how its turning out I can go with plan B and still have it done in time.

Well, another weekend approaches. I have lots to do to get ready for it, so I will just finish up by wishing you all a great weekend and warm country wishes!!


Needled Mom said...

Don't you think that the time element is also responsible for the low motivation? When the weather is so nice outside and there is so much to do, it's hard to make time to go into the sewing room. I always hate to do my sewing in bits and pieces.

I agree with your sentiments on giving a quilt away that will probably remain folded away. The new baby blankets are all so soft and plush that I think people tend to snuggle babies in those instead. I know that people like to "treasure" the homemade quilts when we all want them to be "loved" instead. Oh well. :)

Jacquie said...

The yard and the beautiful spring weather have reduced my time in the sewing room as well. A break is sometimes a good way to get refreshed and develop a renewed motivation. For now, enjoy your running and the outdoors.

QuiltedSimple said...

Springtime is here in Wayne County - and I know it has cut into my sewing time big time. I figure if I get an hour in every couple days, I'll be doing good.

I've been one of the "off" mom's that always preferred the handmade quilts to use with my kids, rather than the store brought baby blankets. I used well every quilt or knit blanket we got - and still have them all - a little more worn, but much loved (in fact, my son at 5 still drags around the blanket that was made for him - it is his constant companion) and the store brought ones have long since passed on to other homes.

Glad you had a good run - enjoy your weekend.


Barb said...

If 'we' could just grab hold of the cutting mat, rotary cutter and sewing machine and pull them outside it would be the PERFECT scenario ~ but oh well in the meantime we just have less time at the machine and spend more time in the beauty outside! Love the pretty cat sitting patiently and waiting, saying "come on I am waiting", creatures of habit they are :>)!! Have a great day!