Recently I’ve not been quilting as much as I’d like. The weather was so nice that most of the summer very little progress was made in my quilting room. I did help my granddaugther make a baby quilt for her cousin that was given to her shortly after she was born.
After that I had inspiration for a denim rag quilt that my son and daughter-in-law had asked if I would make over three years ago. I had agonized over making that quilt. I didn’t want it to be just like all the others I’ve seen and I didn’t like the idea of making exact duplicate sizes for every square or rectangle of the flannel backing. I procrastinated because I didn’t want to do that. Then one day sometime around the Fourth of July I had an inspiration! Why don’t I cut all the flannel backing piecing into 13″ squares and sew the demin on it? I chose to sew the various denim pieces as a rag quilt with the raw edges exposed. In the three months since I decided to make it that was I’ve only made 15 blocks. That is appauling progress. It does not take very long to make a single block and I could do several a day if I just took the time. I’m quite happy with the ones I’ve done and when I do sit down and make them I enjoy myself.
Instead I’ve been building up another interest. Since my resident author and daughter self published her first novel in December 2014 I’ve been becoming more and more active in the indie author community. At first I began this blog just to put my personal reflections into words. After reading a number of indie books and posting reviews on Amazon I decided that I could add a day of the week to post my book reviews on my blog. So I began a Friday Book Review. Then one day I got the brilliant idea to do author interviews on my blog. So I did a test run by interviewing my resident author on Wednesday a couple weeks ago. Friday I posted my review of her book which I had already done on Amazon months before. I has a slight increase in visitors and views. So the following week I did another author that I had read the first two books of her series and beta read the third. Since I had already posted a review of her first book I chose to post a review of her second on Friday after the interview. Another increase in views over my normal daily views happened.
As a result I have made it known that I am doing author interviews on Wednesday with a book review on Friday. Activity is picking up and at this time I’m scheduling interviews and book reviews well into October. I’m happy about that. I support indie authors and want to do as much as I can for them. Reading takes time, writing blog posts takes time, and for me both take away time that I used to work on quilting. At some point I will have to start organizing my time so I can do both. I enjoy both. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned to read. Quilting is a later in life love that I acquired. Had I known how much enjoyment I would get from it I probably would have begun years before. Now to balance my two hobbies.
Organization has never been my forte. Learning to manage my time so I can quilt and read, along with all the other things I need to do for daily life, will be difficult. I may have to limit my reading to two books a week. In the past week I’ve finished four books trying to catch up on my committments. Now I’m into the reading for next week and the week after that. Maybe I’ll eventually be a couple weeks ahead on my reading commitments so I can take at least a couple days a week to concentrate on quilting. I hope so. I have a lot of quilting to get done in the next few months. Many UFOs in my sewing room, projects started with a purpose that have yet to be completed.