|Finished all the straight line quilting on the tardis quilt--next is figuring out what design to fill it in with.|
Over the past month I have become more and more frustrated at how long the sewing process takes. Has it been slower than usual for me? I don't think so.
|The back--I like how it looks like a blue print.|
My reality is that I have a 3.5 year old that doesn't nap and a 1.5 year old. I decided to start running last month, which takes up a whole morning of my time two or three times a week. How is it that a 20 minute run takes 3 hours?? Pack snacks, bundle up the kids, buckle them into a double stroller, stretch, run for 20 minutes, play at a park for an hour, walk and/or run home, make another snack, shower, lunch, nap/quiet time. Three plus hours to run 2 miles. I also decided to limit eating out and focus on making homemade foods again--something that has been hard to get back into since moving in July. I'm quite happy to say that I made my goal of only going out to dinner once a week for the whole month! And my freezer is full of dinners for the future.
|A practice quilt using water soluble stabilizer (pellon 541) that I traced a design onto--it says Renee Hoffman in Gallifreyan (language from Dr Who).|
It is amazing how much time adding exercise and making food from scratch takes up. We didn't visit with friends at all until Halloween!
|Another one with my friend Andrea's first and last name.|
I guess I did have a productive month in sewing--I made two super totes (an orange one and a purple one), a small wall hanging and got a fair amount done on the starry night quilt. So I think my frustration just comes from comparing my productivity and abilities to others, and having completely unrealistic expectations of myself.
|Done with the quilting, trimmed off most of the stabilizer.|
And it comes from spending too much time on the blogosphere--instead of focusing on what I'm doing, and enjoying the process, I am reading, commenting, and writing blogs. I really like having a blog, sharing what I am doing with the community and being involved in the community. But I've gotten too involved with too many blogs, linkys, and other projects that really are starting to take a toll on the enjoyment and the process. And yet feeling left out of all the things I'm not doing, groups I'm not in.
|Almost done with this one. Need new machingers.|
Basically, I have blogger burnout and need to take a step back. I need to focus on getting the tardis and starry night quilts done, and I need to focus on finding a new balance. I'll be around still, just not as active.
|Where the starry night quilt has been since being basted.|