The Usual Outcome: Good intentions that usually don't result in patchwork derailed by a thousand other tasks more pressing. Sigh.....no pun intended.
I mentioned in my last post that I'm already working on my next BOM program with Marcus. At the moment, I'm fortunate to be working with brand new fabrics, a new design, and I'm sewing! Wonderful. Most of the time, my day isn't like this. No complaints....honestly! Well, kinda. I never forget how blessed I am to have this job, so I'm not complaining about that....but, as a quilter, I long to piece patchwork everyday. Get my fix....feed my soul. You know! You get it. But like most of you, our busy schedules don't always allow for that precious time spent with fabric, needles and sewing machine.
As I was sewing yesterday where I do my best thinking, I'm feeling pretty good and loving it. I have a bag of 1" scraps pinned to a bulletin board just behind my sewing machine, and another with tiny Nine Patch blocks I make with those 1" scraps. The scrap bag is bulging. The Nine Patch bag is pretty empty. I L*O*V*E tiny Nine Patch blocks. I want to make them by the thousands. I have about twenty....because....no time.
As I'm sewing and thinking, and say to myself...oh come on....can't you find 15 minutes each day to prepare the blocks and sew them? A little time? There's got to be 15 minutes somewhere that you can do this! YES....I know there is, and you know what will make me find the time? Being accountable. When you sew with friends, you're more accountable to keeping up so as not to disappoint them, right? Works for me, anyway...and it's a whole lot more fun.
So....as I'm sewing and sewing, I'm thinking and thinking, why not ask you all to join me? We can find Scraps of Time to sew Scraps of Fabric a little everyday. What do you think? Are you game?
Here's what I propose.....we make a commitment to each other....nothing official, no blood drawn and smeared with an official oath or anything, just a cyber pinky swear that we're in it together. We all sew what we want a little everyday. I'm not asking you to make a thousand 1.5 inch Nine Patch blocks with me...no, no. Prep and sew whatever fills your heart. You can be accountable to me, and I will be to you.
Once a week, I'll show you my progress and report how I'm doing. I'll post on Instagram and Facebook as well....if there's something fun to show you. I won't bore you with how many scraps I cut today, but updates here and there, which are necessary for the accountability part of my commitment.
If you're feeling like this is resonating in your heart and want to join the fun, post photos of your accomplishments to #ScrapsofTimeScrapsofFabric where we can all see what we're sewing.
I feed my soul with the stitches I sew......truer words were never spoken!