How do you do as much as you do? I was asked that question in a forum yesterday.
Let me tell you, life is much quieter and less busy than when we had 15 people in the house. Can you imagine the shopping, cooking and cleaning for those little poppits… so nowadays its a breeze really.
I was talking about some of my textile art projects to a group once and I was asked the question “how do you get as much done as you do”
I was about to answer when a woman from down the back called out. “We all have real lives yours is only quilting” I was taken back. This lady, also a teacher, has often done this to me in public. Even down to correcting the way she thought I should pronounce words “we don’t say it that way in Australia” and many other things right in the middle of a presentation. !!!!!
Sure, Quilting is my life and I work hard at it… but so are my family, the Grandies, my friends and my students. I’m just lucky to be focused and well organised at doing stuff…. nothing more, nothing less. I approach everything that way.
In saying that I have worked on at least 3 projects today, done the household stuff and then we’re off to a pub with my siblings to see a band. But, I have put in the hours on the Bayeux that I set my self each day. So that means, the Giraffe, now called “Geraldine” is not finished. I have to fit everything in around her.
I began by placing her on a linen strip of fabric that was already hemmed from Ikea.
Then I auditioned a border and cut the linen smaller and when I looked at it again, and I really didn’t like it. I wished I had left it as it was. Has that happened to you?
The only alternative was to put the cut quilt top back onto another strip of Ikea fabric. I now have a double layer under Geraldine. She’s well padded. I want to leave the sides open because its already hemmed and it will give the piece another dimension. Sometimes these ‘fly by the seat of you pants’ situations work, sometimes not.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing with my siblings and Geraldine was given a break as was my precious Bayeux.