On Friday in the Strange Leaf design I mentioned coming to a new realization with my quilts that I enjoy the process more than the actual finished result.
I really wanted to talk about this more and the realizations that have come about in the last two days.
See, typically when I get started on a new quilt I rush, rush, rush with each step. It doesn't matter whether it's for show or just a bed quilt. I'm always rushing through each step.
Take for example The Duchess. This quilt is a wonderful example because I rushed through the design, rushed through the marking, rushed through the quilting and of course, made a million mistakes along the way.
And the thing I failed to realize at the time is that the fun part, the part I could focus on and really get into was the process of MAKING the quilt!
So for the last 2 days when I've walked into my sewing room, I've walked in with a focus not to finish, finish, finish something, but to simply enjoy the process.
Amazingly enough, when I've stopped my relentless obsession with finishing, I've actually managed to finish quite a lot!
The difference is that this time I was stitching on these projects because I felt like piecing, binding, or basting, and not because I HAD to.
Yesterday I sat down and finally put the binding on this Christmas quilt:
Pieced up this quilt for James and got it basted this morning with his help:
And finally finished the last stitches of hand binding on this printed wholecloth while watching a movie:
Even as I was clipping the last threads from these projects, I realized that in 2 days I've accomplished more in my sewing room than I have in a month.
And best of all - I enjoyed and appreciated every single minute of it!
The more I read about happiness and contentment, the more I've come to realize that it's truly a state of mind. I am happy when I choose to be, especially when I don't allow all the stress of life to weigh me down.
I've also realized my happiness is also extremely tied to my productivity level. I love to create, whether it's a new design, a new quilt, or a new pattern.
But it's not the end result I'm really after, but simply the process of applying stitches to fabric.
So I'm off to quilt these two kid quilts and a few new designs. It's a wet, rainy day here in NC and it's just the perfect kind of day to spend behind my sewing machine free motion quilting!
Let's Go Quilt!