My friend Thelma (Cupcakes 'n' Daisies) is a very focused person. I love how organized she is, and how she mostly limits herself to working on one project at a time. She also often gives me pause to think on things in myself I would like to improve. Make that things in myself I would rather were more like Thelma.
Because you see, even though we are friends, we are very different in our approach to projects. I tend to have a ton of things going on at once, and I thrive on the creativity and "buzz" I feel when I have multiple things pulling at me simultaneously. More is more. However, my sewing space is often a disaster, with project boxes and half started things draped all over the place. (Witness my recent Scrappy Trips strips hanging off the arm of my rocking chair for lack of any other surface to put them on).
Thelma picks a project, organizes her space and her materials carefully, and embarks upon working on it. She sticks to it until it is finished. And ta da, she has beautiful finish after finish. I want to be like that, and even picked my word of the year to be "Focus". I am afraid that this leopard may not be able to completely change her spots though. But you know what? I am coming to see that there may be a sort of compromise I can come to. As Thelma said in a recent post "Having a plan and place to execute my plan makes me feel like I am accomplishing something".
Today I spent some time organizing my sewing space and finding proper project boxes for the current things I have in process. At the very least, the exercise gave me an overview of what all I have in the works. At least two projects are 95% finished. Truly, maybe it isn't so bad. If I can at least put the brakes on starting anything new. My problem is that I get these ideas for smaller projects that I figure I can fit in between the larger ones, and I never seem to be able to say "no" to launching into them. I believe I have made five or six table toppers recently instead of plodding along with my blinders on sticking to working on my larger projects.
So here is a recap of what I have on my sewing plate.
Long Road Home. Get those rows sewn together and this baby is done. Come, on. I am almost there.
Hill Country Baskets. I just had to set this aside. I got so weary of making all those endless baskets. I vow I will finish up my blocks and get this one completed. It is beginning to weigh on me. I need to get it out and try to feel the love again.
Red Pineapple. Scrappy Trips. These projects are those that I will pick up from time to time and make eight or ten blocks. In a few months I should have something to show for my work. Blogger Girls BOM. I am keeping up with my two blocks a month, but am thinking I should maybe start work on the lattice/alternate blocks so I won't be spending the entire month of May doing that!
Hope this wasn't too boring a post. It sure helped me see what I have in the works and how I need to be spending my time. And I am not even going to think of the things I started last summer that are still far from done: Birdie Stitches, Dresden Plate, Granny Squares...