I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I last posted! I have been doing a little sewing but just a little each day so nothing ready enough to share yet.
I took the afternoon off 2 Fridays ago and on my way home I decided on the spur of the moment to go to a quilt shop in Brenham, TX that I rarely get a chance to go to. I figured yes I have plenty of fabric/books/patterns but maybe something new would give me the inspiration I needed to get back into quilting. So away I went on my afternoons adventure. I was pretty restrained for my first trip to a quilt shop in several months. I bought a pattern. Actually 2 of the same - one for me and one for Susan. So, Susan, be checking your mailbox toward the end of the week. I think you'll like it as it's a pieced/embroidered calendar quilt that will make a nice carry along project.
I also purchased a couple dozen fall FQs. I'm not sure what I'll do with them but I had a lot of fun selecting them so I'll turn them into something fun. And I did something I've never done before. I bought a kit! I usually don't even look at them but I really liked the one they had made up in the store. It's really simple - a large cut of pretty fabric with 2 rows of co-ordinating squares around it (I'm doing mine with 3 rows to make it a bit bigger). Nothing I couldn't have done on my own without the pattern and using my fabrics but I really liked the fabric they used in their center and they no longer had it on the bolt. So I bought the kit.
I thought this would be a good simple pattern to give me a jumpstart back into quilting. Since I'm making it bigger I pulled a half dozen more FQs from my stash that co-ordinated with the others. I cut it out that weekend and I've spent the last week sewing the squares into sets of 3 a few a night. Maybe 15-20 minutes worth a day. It's not much but I'm making steady progress so I'm happy. I should get the last of the sets of 3 sewn together tonight and can get the top assembled by this weekend. Not the fastest top I've ever done but I've decided I don't have to act like every quilt is a race to finish. I can be satisfied with slow, steady progress.
I wish I had all day, every day to spend on my quilting but until I'm ready to quit work - and I'm not quite to that point yet - then I'm going to have to be happy with the time I'm able to spend. Sometimes I get caught up in the impossible "rules" and "deadlines" I set myself and forget to enjoy the process. And that's when I sit like a lump in my chair for weeks at a time and get more and more depressed because I'm not making the progress I think I should. And the longer I stew over it, the less I do and so goes the vicious cycle.
So...... No more rules. No more deadlines. No more feeling down because I can't get as much done as I once could. For now I'll work on what I feel like, when I feel like it and not feel at all guilty about not finishing projects that have already been started or not using the fabric/books/patterns I already have. And you know what? I find that since I'm allowing myself to do whatever I want what I want to do is finish up some UFOs and make stash quilts. LOL! Go figure.......
P.S. I had a picture of my loot to share but blogger doesn't seem to think you need to see it today. :-(