Submitted by Liz M.
I have been staying home since March 13 due to Covid-19. I had great plans for how to use my time and listed out projects to complete. I made some progress each day but did not spend hours quilting as I had originally intended. Rather, I have spent time reading, enjoying my favorite blogs, sewing a bit, walking outside daily, FaceTiming with family and watching the news. I admit to feeling guilty that I was not being more productive.
One of the blogs I follow shared an article that helped me put those feelings into perspective. It’s from the blog, “Wit and Delight” and you can find the article by clicking here. I really enjoyed her message of “you do you”. Each of us processes situations differently and there is no right or wrong reaction to them. There are several good suggestions that helped me focus on the positives of this stay-at-home time.
My small quilt group did a virtual meeting this week and it was so great to “see” each other and what everyone was working on. Some members were very productive, most of us have been sewing masks and several of us shared that it was hard to focus on projects and move them forward. Hearing that some of my friends were feeling at loose ends helped me recognize that I wasn’t the only one!
I looked back at the blog post I wrote in November 2019-Works in Progress. I am writing down my One Weekly Goal and giving myself permission to spend this time in a way that works for me. Masks, finishing the backing for several tops, practicing free-motion quilting, hand work are all possibilities.
Today, the sun is out. I have the windows open and the birds are singing. I am in my sewing room tidying up. I started with a pile of fabric and sorted it into its respective color bin. In doing so, I discovered I had too many fabrics to fit one color per bin. Some of my procrastination can be attributed to the large amount of fabric I own and too many choices. I decided to edit my stash so I have one bin per color. (Maybe 2 bins of black and white fabrics). I have started a box to donate to the MPS auction in the fall and I gave a stack of fabric to my neighbor to sew masks.
What are you working on? How are you “doing you”?