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!


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.