Sometimes in the middle of a long project, particularly one I thought was finished several months ago, I just need a win. A finish. Something to show me I can follow through and get the job done. So this morning I ignored my revision-in-progress and made this:
Ain’t he cute?
It’s a quilt top for a wall hanging that measures 24″x24″. I cut, appliquéd, embroidered, and pieced it today. Tomorrow I’ll either go back to work on my novel or sandwich and quilt this cutie pie.
This is the first project I’ve finished (I worked on another quilt for a few hours last week) since my heart problem started back in September, and it felt good to get back into one of the things I really enjoyed before, even if I’m exhausted and sore. I relied heavily on Advil and took breaks every 10-15 min through the cutting, pressing, and piecing – all of which have to be done from either standing or sitting up in a desk chair.
I have always given away everything I craft. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe I currently own a single piece of my own craft work, and I do a lot of crafts – quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, hand-painted objects (frames, pots, etc), ribbon craft, paper crafts, and more. Maybe that, like my heart, is a sign that I spend so much time caring for others, I often forget to take care of myself.
I may just put this cute little guy on a wall in my office… but probably not. We are who we are, after all.