Another update on what’s on my sewing table this week. Piles of projects, both new and old, keep growing. This week I had two official realizations: I need three of me to try and manage everything. Or: I needed to take a break. So I did.
Both my husband and I are both self-employed. Since mid-March my husband’s business changed drastically and we’ve each been working hard to keep our both of our businesses going. (And we are so grateful we have work to do!) That said, this week I ran out of gas. I just needed to call a time-out and take a break. The mom/home manager side of me needed some time to catch up on regular life too. For some reason bathrooms still need to be cleaned, laundry done, food purchased and people fed. Go figure.
My sewing room needed some serious TLC too. The past weeks of writing a new quilt pattern, putting together kits, working on too many projects at once, etc., had taken a toll. It was time to clean-up and regroup in there too.
It felt good to take a breather, and give myself and my sewing machine some healthy space. After catching up on sleep and cleaning, I’m feeling a little more ready for some projects again. And, even though I had the table cleared briefly, new (and old) projects have crept in.
I finally started playing with a layout for my Riley Blake challenge quilt blocks we’ve been making over the last few months. The blocks are all hanging on my design wall. I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about this layout. I’m definitely going to expand it with some sashing. I’m sorry for the delay if you’ve anxiously been awaiting finishing this quilt. It’s on my to-do list for the coming week and hopefully I can share my layout pattern soon.
Whenever I share my sewing space, I frequently get questions. Here are more details:
Sewing machine: Baby Lock Cresendo. I love it with an undying love. Available at Baby Lock Retailers.
Design Wall: I bought mine years ago from my local quilt shop. You can find a similar ready-to-hang Design Wall by Fons and Porter here. Or there are lots of tutorials to make your own: Here’s a tutorial to make a permanent design wall to hang in a studio, as well as a list of make-you-own portable versions.
Quilting is my Therapy Sticker available here from Angela Walter’s online shop.
Here are a few of the other projects appearing now on my table:
One thing on my list of weekend projects is remaking some quick covers for outdoor pillows for our backyard. For the first time in 11 years we finally bought some real patio furniture. Our back deck has become my favorite quiet haven this summer. I’ll share more once the pillows are finished and everything is done. (Outdoor fabric from my local Joann Fabrics.)
Also on the list: recovering my pressing table. I love my little portable ironing table made from a folding tv tray. It’s been about 5 years since I last recovered and the canvas has seen better days.
I’m going to use this fun Lori Holt My Happy Place home dec weight print – perfect for a sewing room. I think I can get this project done pretty quickly (once I locate the whereabouts of our staple gun…)
And another on the to-do list: make more fabric masks. Now that we’re using them consistently, I decided we should have a variety of pretty/fun ones to have on hand. When we do need to go out, we might as well make a fashion statement. 😉 I’m also going to make a few more to give away to friends. I got a few fun upcoming Riley Blake prints to play with with that include a little something for everyone – flowers, bees, sharks, and some more conservative neutrals for my husband. Plus I finally got my hands on some more elastic.
You can find links to a variety of mask patterns here. Now that I’ve made a bunch, I’m getting faster at putting them together, so I can whip them out without too much thinking. I plan to use regular quilter’s cotton on both sides.
I’ll share more fabric details when they’re done.
Other projects on the table are other ongoing UFO’s including my Steam Punk blocks, cutting a few more Round We Go EPP blocks, and hopefully finishing the faded ‘beachy’ version of my Flying Flags. (Large pile of fabric for that one in a box on the floor that has been strategically cropped from these pictures.)
I had high hopes that would happen before the 4th, but nope. Not this year. But hopefully still this summer. Also missing from this picture – the Union Jack blocks which are finally getting sashing ready to head to the quilter.
Also still hovering around: the two UFO’s I dug out over a month ago that only need borders and sent off to the quilters… aaaaaand that hasn’t happened either…
… which is the reason I can’t bring myself to put them away. They’re so close to finishing. I just need to (A) Not start something else new! (this is definitely overstating the obvious) and (B) write down a physical list and start checking them off. This would also help further support action item (A).
But good news – there is something I DID do, It’s been on my list for almost a year now, since we had to move everything out of the main floor of our house following a kitchen flood last summer. I finally started hanging mini quilts back on the wall. Well, three of them at least. So I’ll at least take credit for that.
I’m hoping that posting this list of projects to do will keep me accountable to getting them done. And also provide more transparency about what things are really like around here. Sometime on blogs or social media it looks like people just magically have all of these new finishes. I’m trying to do better at documenting the process it takes.
A few weeks ago I wrote about being in a funk. I’m definitely still feeling those “funk” waves coming and going. This past week was another one of those. I’m doing better about recognizing and allowing them – not trying to resist or let them overwhelm me. Especially as so much outside of my control can feel overwhelming.
I found a couple of podcasts this week on that topic that really helped – a quick one and a longer one. Both had very practical, do-able tips. I’ll share them here in case they benefit anyone else.
Finding Peace When You Have No Control – Dr. Justin Coulson (9 minutes long)
Three Equations for a Happy Life – Arthur Brooks (45 minutes)
Be patient with yourselves. Allow yourself to step away from the things that are unnecessary if you can. Hang in there, friends! We’re going to get through this crazy time. I’m so glad we’ve got each other.