It seems like much of the time, I’m sewing on a deadline. You know what I mean. There’s a baby expected, or a birthday, anniversary or graduation. When you’re in the publishing business, the deadlines have to do with issues, blog posts or contests.
When I’m sewing on a deadline, as I did for Sewful Things, above, I always wish I could be rid of the deadline. I think about how nice it would be to sew casually.
I daydream about the freedom of sewing at a relaxed pace. When I’m making something like Scarlet Spin, my frenzied head yearns for lazy stitching hours.
Even as I made All Drezzed Up, one of the most enjoyable projects ever, I wished and wished for the deadline to disappear. But recently something unusual happened. I was completely out of deadline projects.
I had declined the chance to make one of my own designs for the upcoming Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, knowing I had family visiting around the deadline. Few things come before quilting, but my only grandchild does!
And I found that when I got to my sewing space,
I was unsure of where to start.
Should I quilt this little number? It’s basted and ready to go and it would be great practice.
Perhaps I should tackle this basket. Surely you have places that look like this, too, don’t you?
This stack of magazines and patterns should be sorted and filed. That would be a good use of my time.
And of course there are dozens of UFOs (that’s quilt-speak for UnFinished Objects) waiting patiently to be finished up.
In the end I wandered around and didn’t do much of anything because there was just so much to choose from. What a waste of precious time! But I learned something important:
A deadline is the best way to get things done.
So I guess it wasn’t a waste after all!