Monday, November 29, 2010
What are you addicted to? Food, exercise, sex, reading, etc. Well, I've found out I'm addicted to quilting and this has to slow down. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon sewing and piecing on 2 different quilts. The bad part is I'm already designing more quilts to sew in my head even as I'm still working on the last one that isn't finished yet. It finally struck me that I'm addicted and I have to slow down. I want to love it and keep sewing but I have to have a purpose for each project as well.
I'm nearly finished a really cute puppy dog quilt kit that I'm planning on giving my granddaughter for Christmas. That is a good reason to work on it! I'm nearly done with the top and all of a sudden yesterday, I stopped and went back to a Christmas wall hanging featuring the Three WIse Guys (It's really cute too) and decided to attempt adding the batting and backing and machine quilting it. I have one more row to machine quilt on it and then last night, I sat and sewed sequins and beads on it to embellish the guys! I love it and it is so fun! Maybe I can just sit and embroider and sew beads on the 3 wise guys at night. I used to do embroidery and cross stitch too and I have a stash of beads I cut off of a sweater!
So what is my problem? I realized I have no place to hang the Three Wise Guys when I finish and it is a Christmas Decoration. Can't give it away as I have too much money in it. I did see that I could probably tack it to the wall above my bed during the holiday. Then I thought, maybe I could post it on ETSY.com and try and sell it as I do have an account on there with nothing listed. I would ask $100 which would cover the cost and then I could do something else.
What is good is that I have realized that I can't continue on this way, spending money on quilting and all my time in the little bedroom sewing away. I have to have balance in my life. This is a pattern I have of delving into a project big time and then realize I have to fit other things in as well. Kind of like when I started Sparking. I spent hours each day perusing the site and racking up points and then I realized I had other things to do as well. Yesterday, I drove to meet a client and she was unable to make it. So as I was leaving, my car started to turn towards Joann Fabrics and then I smacked myself and said I didn't have my coupons with me and didn't need anything anyway so I went home and back to sewing.
Tomorrow starts the new WW program so maybe I'll get into that as well. The good thing is that I have snapped sense into myself and now I know I can plan what I quilt and not have to do it every day. I crochet afghans since I was 18. I have made afghans for everyone I know, all my relatives, etc. Now I'm into friends. It takes me 2 to 3 years to finish one sometimes as I only work on them when driving long distances in the car and sometimes at night. So I don't usually have them sitting around. Last year I finished one while at Disney World and gave it to my son's sister-in-law right then and there. She was thrilled as she had been coveting one since I sent one to her Mom.
So now I'll have to plan my quilts. I signed up for a Block of the month program next year that is a large King Size Quilt. That can be my son and wife's Christmas Present next year and I'll have all year to work on it. My niece is having a baby so I'll make one for her. Then I'll get into my stash of free fabrics from my samples and do that. So I can slow down and plan a little and move my addiction to something else, like WW or exercise or cleaning the house or yardwork, etc. . That would be good for me. I could also learn simple plumbing techniques. I stopped up the garbage disposal Thursday and hubby couldn't fix it. Plumber just spent 10 min here and got it fixed for $95. Oh, well. Later.