Scheduling my time and being organized have always eluded me. When I find something that interests me often that something will dominate my time. I’ve always been a reader, since I learned how to read. Reading my escape even as a young girl. Don’t get me wrong I am one of those fortunate people who grew up in a loving and happy home. However, being rather shy, I never had many friends my age. Generally just one person at a time would be my friend. So I needed an outlet for entertainment. That outlet was reading. Escaping into many worlds, places and the lives of many people both real and fictional took me to places I’ll never see, places that don’t exist, and just a few places I’ve been to. My world view greatly expanded because I read.
Then a few years ago I found another hobby that I enjoyed. This activity allowed me to express my own creativity. When my granddaughter was born I wanted to make her a special gift. I had seen a picture of a tumbling blocks quilt but couldn’t remember where or how it was made. I didn’t even know the pattern name. So I decided, I’m a smart lady I can figure this out.
What I made was NOT a tumbling blocks quilt, but it had a similar visual effect using squares and chevrons. I had no idea that “Y” seams were not for beginners. It took me three months to finish my first crib size, more or less, quilt. I am still proud of that quilt even though it it is full of fabrics that are not 100% cotton, the seams are not quarter inch, and the batting is from a fleece blanket, and the back is part of an old percale sheet. I tied it because I didn’t know the first thing about quilting either by hand or machine.
About ten months ago my daughter self-published her first book. Thus began my introduction to the world of indie authors. Since then I’ve become quite involved with the indie community and have been reading, reviewing, beta and alpha reading, interviewing authors, promoting, and encouraging authors with the courage to write and publish their work. As a result, my quilting has taken aback seat.
As winter is fast approaching my desire to get back to quilting is increasing. There are several projects I want to finish, but this late in the year I know I won’t get them all done before the end of the year.
Because I’ve devoted so much time to reading and supporting indie authors I really don’t want to pull back, but I do want to finish some quilts. So, allocating my time is going to be necessary. That is my conundrum. I’m not very skilled at doing that. No matter what I do, if I’m enjoying it, I lose track of time and the next thing I know, the day is done and I didn’t get everything done.
So now I’m off to try to learn to schedule my time to both quilt and read.
Have a great week!