Tuesday, August 6, 2013

10 Minute Tip

(based on a pattern by Edyta Sitar)

Sew a Row, just one row, that's what I've been doing with this quilt. It's been on the design wall for weeks now. But there is slow and steady progress! Every day, I just sew one row, more if I'm lucky, but one is all it takes. Anything more is a bonus!

Every quilt is time consuming, and every project worth finishing will require commitment. But trying to finish it all this week, or even beating ourselves up for everything that is left undone, is just counter-productive. Why do we quilt? Hopefully, because we love it. Because we find joy in the process. I know I quilt because it feeds my soul. I also know so many quilters who seem to have "guilt" over their project that are not finished. They feel so badly about what the HAVEN'T done that they can't enjoy what they CAN do. Seriously? Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? My theory is that every little bit will eventually add up. If you take ten minutes to give yourself the gift of stitching, eventually you will have a finished quilt. Those ten minutes will pass anyway, why not reward yourself with an activity that brings you joy? Don't you deserve? I'm sure you do!

So if you just take a few minutes today to sew, and a few minutes tomorrow, and a few minutes the day after that... it will add up. Now go on...

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

5 comments:

  1. Thanks again for reminding me what is really important.

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  2. You don't have to twist my arm! Off to sew I go!

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  3. I so agree. People get too bogged down in the guilt of ufo's and then quit sewing altogether. Quilting should always be a guilt-free zone and the little bits add up way faster than you'd ever imagine.:)

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  4. You are so right!! I tend to critizise myself for all that's left ondone and how I'm NOT making progress on the four (4!!) projects I'm working on....
    I re-thought my stratagy though; work on one project 'till it's finished and than go on with the next one. I just can't work on so many things at once.
    But still, every time I spend time on the laptop like now, I always feel a bit guilty for not quilting.... Silly, I know. Quilting should be a joy, not a chore. You are right....
    Off to sew now!!!

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  5. Great tip! You are exactly right! Thanks for the reminder.

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