The other day, I was ironing 45 freshly sewn seams and thinking “If I can just get through these, I’ll be onto the next step and I’ll enjoy that”. Then, I realized that I’d probably be thinking the same thing during the next step…and during the next step. Lately, I feel like I just want to get things checked off my to-do list, and I’m not enjoying the actual act of sewing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating it either. I just have very little time to sew. When the kids are awake, I am with them, and when they are asleep, I am rushing to get projects done.
If someone asked me what I love about quilting, my immediate answer would be, “Because I love to sew, of course.”, but is that the real reason? I started wondering what aspect of quilting draws me into it so obsessively.
I think there are various reasons people love quilting:
- They love designing the pattern and/or planning the fabrics.
- They love sewing.
- They love seeing the completed project.
- They love gifting their work to other people.
- They love the social aspect of sharing and looking at other’s work.
Now, I will say I love quilting for each and every one of those reasons, but the sewing part has been lacking lately. I’m torn between slowing down to enjoy the moment and being productive and driven. My ultimate goal is to have a nice, little, home business established once the kids are in school.
What aspect of quilting drives you to continue to create? Do you think there is a way to enjoy the moment while also being a prolific quilter and full-time mother?