So today is Wednesday and this is supposed to be the day that I share about the fantastic projects I'm working on in the studio.
Unfortunately, things are not exactly going as planned this week. Between the wonders of Labor Day throwing everything off by killing my Monday, James's cold which turned into my cold, and an entire afternoon of working on the revised quilt store page, let's just say the quilt studio ended up being the last thing on my list.
And I really can't stand that.
I've sworn from the start of my professional quilting life (which started only approximately 6 months ago!) that I would never get so busy, or travel so much, or get so distracted and stressed that I could not do the most important thing - actually make quilts!
But here I am, struggling to get into my studio long enough to clean it, let alone actually stitch anything in it.
Of course, reading that last sentence, many of you might think that I'm a super clean quilter who must dust before she sits down to sew.
That would certainly be a silly self imposed limitation to creativity!
What I truly mean is I must clean the stacks of design papers, piles of fabric, miscellaneous tools and notions, and a handful of kid toys off my table, sewing machine, and chair before I can even sit down to try to quilt something.
I'm a pack rat - a horribly unclean, unorganized person who somehow manages to exist with my desk cluttered with papers, my table covered in fabric and thread, and my general work day punctuated with the question "Why can't I be more clean?!"
But what can I say? I work well in organized chaos. I can find what I need, take notes daily, find the notes I took 3 weeks ago on a scrap of paper that might end up being a bill, remember the note as I pay the bill, and life goes on without a hitch.
But lately my unorganized work day has also been punctuated with pleas of "Why can't I go quilt?!"
I've sworn, time and time again, that I absolutely positively would not get so busy I couldn't actually quilt, and here I am struggling to find time to finish the show quilted quilt from the How Do I Quilt This? Series.
So Josh, in his wonderful new role of my partner in more than just marriage, but also business, has designated himself as my Time Management Instructor Extraordinaire.
Breaking up the day into blocks of time, listing my priorities (quilt first, ask questions later), and planning ahead for future projects will hopefully stop this kind of thing from happening again.
So while this week hasn't gone as planned, I know I'll get back to the studio soon, with time to spare between cleaning off the sewing machine and actually quilting a new quilt.
Now let's all go find our sewing machines again and go quilt!