No, don't freak out, I'm not really in JAIL! Lol.
But this morning I pretended I was in jail in order to force my brain back into the deep concentrated mode I need to be in for free motion quilting large projects. For the last 3 weeks my brain has been so disconnected and distracted by everything going on that I barely quilted at all.
Cycles like this tend to feed one another. The more you think "I'm too busy! I'm too busy!" then the more busy you will tend to become. I also find if I am constantly repeating to myself "I have no time to quilt!" then I will invariably have absolutely no time to quilt.
I had to reprogram my noggin this morning to remind myself that James is out of school. It was 6 am and no one was awake, there was nowhere I needed to be, and nothing I needed to do except quilt.
I shut the door to my quilting room and pretended I was locked in jail. I can't get out until this job is finished!
But today, this kind of forceful reprogramming of my morning quilting schedule was just what I needed. I quilted for 4 hours straight and when I finally left the room, I finally felt calm and collected and satisfied with my work.
This translated to feeling far more ready to interact with my family. I've worked hard at losing the destructive feelings of guilt when I quilt for long periods of time with the door shut. Today I came upstairs ready to make a snack, play some games, and talk to James and Josh about our weekend.
While cycles can be hard to pull out of, this is definitely a reset method that works for me. Long periods of quilting remind me how much I love this activity and how much I want to do it every single day.
Which is a great way to feel when I'm just getting ready to take Duchess Reigns back off the wall and begin the next phase of that quilt. If attitude is everything, I'm in the right place to take on this next challenge!
So what about you? Have you been out of the loop with quilting this month and are trying to get back on the ball? Link up with us and share whatever you've quilted (or wish you'd quilted) this week!
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Let's go quilt!