It was a snowy day in upstate New York and instead of getting dressed and venturing out, we stayed in all day. It was wonderful. I did finish a few rows on a quilt, get the dishes done, worked on a an upcoming presentation for the NYSRA Delegates conference, and for a meeting after school this week. So I guess it wasn't a complete binge-watching television kind of day, tee hee.
It was fun to not keep a schedule, rush to get somewhere, and just enjoy the day. I'm thinking we should do this more often.
How did you spend this beautiful Saturday?
So far this month I've shared a couple projects I worked on last year and a couple I'm puttering on now. In addition to these smaller projects, I'm working on a couple quilts too. If you are a quilter and sew, could you take a moment to leave a comment below to answer this question...DO YOU WORK ON ONE PROJECT AT A TIME OR MULTIPLE ONES?
I ask because sometimes I think I should be focusing on one thing at a time but when working on a bigger project, like this John Deere quilt for instance, I like to do a smaller project. The smaller project in between allows my brain and eyes to focus on different color schemes, see a project from start to finish in a weekend, and in the case of the tissue holders, allows me to bless more people, more often.
Then I think of an author friend, Dave Fessenden's advice while attending a writers' conference a few years ago. I'm obviously a distracted artist, lol, as I am always working on a variety of writing projects at the same time. For goodness sake, while I'm looking up different sewing projects, I'm also writing different blogs and brainstorming new book and speaking engagement ideas. BUT, is all this pin-ball-machine-thinking truly a negative?
It might be, within a few minutes I forgot to share Dave's advice with you. He challenged me to write out the word MULTITASKING or was it a statement with the word multitasking in it? I can't remember which, but either way, you write it on a piece of paper. (BTW, this is a scattered thinkers way of justifying not finishing one project at a time, lol) Then he suggested I write out the same word/phrase, one letter at a time going down the paper. I think, my memory is failing me.
If Dave reads this, maybe he will comment and share this since my brain is struggling to remember. Either way, this is the point. When you simply write it out, it goes quick. If you write it one letter at a time, up and down the page, it takes a lot longer. The lesson to learn, focus on one thing, right? OR, is it okay to when sewing and quilting, to have a couple projects going on at a time?
Do you have one or more projects going on at the same time? If so, why?
One of the first things I realized last year when I started to sew again and added quilting to one of my sewing projects is this...there are a lot of useful scraps. Yes, there is also a lot of "waste" but rather than focus on this, let's think about ways to use the "left overs". My friend, author and seamstress, Terri Groh, makes good use of her scraps so I searched for Pinterest for various ways I could do the same, and bless others in the process.
In life, there are people and things we could view as waste but in truth, they are the left overs and scraps remaining. Think about it, after a conflict or poor choice, there are bits and pieces that can either be savored or forgotten. Our scraps of previous sewing projects are just the same. We need to sift through the pile and keep the positives and let go of the hurts. The best part of this process is we can remember what we've experienced, or made in the case of fabric while developing into something new and better.
When we learn from the past and choose to focus on the good pieces, there is something new to be developed or created...in life it might be a friendship, fogriveness, or peace. In sewing, and in this case...it's a travel tissue holder. A special thanks to http://hellocreativefamily.com/ for having their pattern available on Pinterest, this is the one I plan use to transform my scraps into something new and beneficial.
How do you use scraps to bless others?
For the month of December I made my dad a placemat with a Christmas tree on it, so he'd have a tree in the house. It was a little reminder for him each morning as he enjoyed his coffee of how much we love him. Something simple yet a gift that could keep on giving.
With the Christmas decorations tucked away now, it's time for a new placemat. I thought about what to make for him this time. My hope was to have something that could last him through the rest of the winter yet be encouraging and uplifting. I looked at blue materials and thought about doing a snowy scene but with Lake Ontario practically in his backyard, he doesn't need anymore snow reminders.
Then it dawned on me, what about a cardinal? A cardinal is a sign of someone you love in heaven stopping to say hello. Hmm...this sounded perfect but then on to the next challenge, to find a quilt block pattern simple enough for this beginner to make. I found one here. I'm thankful for those who share their gift to create a pattern. I'm not making the entire quilt, only one block. One symbol of love from me to my Dad and a reminder from heaven each morning as he enjoys his coffee, missing his coffee and life partner...my mom.
A special thanks to Country Junk'tion for sharing your quilt patterns with others.
"FREE Patterns are for your personal/Guild use ONLY.
Pattern may not be re-sold for profit. Finished quilts created using my quilt block patterns may be sold if a tag is attached stating “[Cardinal] ©2017 Country Junk’tion”
What are you creating this weekend?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323