Wednesday, August 24, 2011

waste not

Things are heating up for me, work-wise, and the stitching time is going to be limited for the next few weeks.  But I just had an interesting experience during a blissful stolen hour, making a block for week 13 of the Farmer's Wife Quilt-along. 

As soon as I made the conscious decision to devote some time to sewing -- to turn away from the constant stream of work-related e-mail and the many, many tasks related to my book manuscript -- as I was setting up my sewing machine on the dining room table,  pulling out my box of FWQAL scraps, my rotary cutter, and my mat, a wave of pleasure swept over me.  It felt so familiar and so lovely to be doing just what I was doing.  I think I need to sew even -- or especially -- when I'm so busy and stressed out!

So here is Block 92, Waste Not.  I paper-pieced it, removed the paper but have not pressed it...forgive the wrinkles please!


Today's experience was just a reminder to choose wisely what I do with my "spare" (HA!) time.  Messing around online isn't very therapeutic, but sewing certainly can be. 

I think the next sewing item on my agenda is the basting of my little one's new green-and-pink quilt.  The top has been complete for a couple of months now, and I think that it will feel really good to get that project done!







4 comments:

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's very easy to get sucked into spending 'spare' time online catching up rather than stitching - I admire your resolve in ignoring work matters for a time and doing something you enjoy!

Linni said...

lovely, wrinkles and all...:)

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

Sewing, definitely a stress buster. Great looking block too.

quirky granola girl said...

i get sucked into flickr and the blogs when i'm stressed. just looking at pretty blocks usually chills me out. but, sewing is even better. your waste not block is lovely. i don't usually think of paper piecing as "waste not" but those skinny little bits in that block are so lovely.