M’s Quilt – BEHIND SCHEDULE – But I’m OK With That

Let me get this out there in the open first thing. I’m behind schedule. I wanted to have M’s quilt quilted, bound and finished before today. Didn’t happen.

I could tell you a million different reasons why I let things get in the way and all the unforeseen interruptions that occurred. But I’m not going to waste your time or mine doing that. What I am going to say is that I own it and I’m OK with it. Things come up. Things happen. I’m tired of fighting the flow and taking it out on myself when I don’t meet my own expectations. Do you ever do that?

OK. So where am I in the process? I am a bit over 1/2 way finished with the quilting, which I decided to do wonky echo quilting (using King Tut #918 thread) instead of wavy horizontal or vertical line quilting. Once the quilting is finished, I will apply the binding which is a randomly pieced scrappy binding made from the colors/fabrics that were used to make the M and accent strip. The binding has already been pieced and prepared, so it is ready to go (a PLUS!). I really like the look of the variegated thread on the solid navy background. I can’t wait to get it finished and wash/dry to see it all crinkly.

I think if I push myself and work really hard I might be able to get it finished today. But if I’m being honest, I need to admit that I already know that’s not going to happen. (See where I’m going with this self-honesty thing?) With all the uncertainty in the world right now, virtually EVERYONE is under incredible stress. That includes me. I was never a particularly fast quilter to begin with. Stress makes me even slower. You know what? That’s a perfectly normal response to stress.

SEW. What am I going do to help myself so I don’t revert to Perfection Paralysis and allow M’s quilt to join my UFO pile? I’ve decided I’m going to lower my expectations of myself–and of others. I’m going to stay true to my personal values but I’m also going to cut myself–and others–some slack. This is all new territory we are in and no one knows when it’s going to end. Sew. YES, I’m going to sew, quilt and work at a healthy pace, allow my process to just be. It will BE imperfect and I’m going to celebrate that because I AM IMPERFECT. I’m going to take breaks when I need to go for a walk. I’m going to spend time with and care for our chickens, goats, and seeds I’m starting for our garden. I will make frugal but tasty and nutritious meals for my family every day. I’m going to take care of myself so I can “be there” for Jeff (husband) and Jacob (son who is a college student finishing his semester online from home) and 3 adult children serving active duty in the military. I’m going to do my very best to be kind, extend love and encourage others. I’m going to look for the good and I believe I’m going to find a LOT of it everyday.

When I feel myself getting sucked into negative thinking and doom & gloom, I’m going to come back here and read this post to remind myself how to get back on/stay on track.

No matter what the situation, giving up is never a good answer. We can always choose to tweak, adjust or even change course entirely. But as long as we remain honest, stay responsible for our own choices and keep moving forward, we retain our own personal power and dignity. With that there is peace and satisfaction at the end of every day.

OK. Enough about me. How about you?

What are you going to do to take care of yourself and keep moving forward?

What do you think about M’s quilt so far?

As always, I absolutely value and appreciate constructive comments and sharing. Please remember that in order to protect the blog and my readers from hideous spam posts I must approve each comment that is submitted. I have numerous responsibilities, so sometimes it takes a bit for me to get to reading and approving posts. Thanks in advance for anything you care to share. It means a lot to me.

6 thoughts on “M’s Quilt – BEHIND SCHEDULE – But I’m OK With That”

  1. Thank you Anne! This project is giving me some ideas for how to use variegated threads on solid fabrics in the future. Hmmmm…

    Thanks again for taking time to comment. I really appreciate it. Also, thanks for making/donating that military quilt. As a mom of 3 Active Duty Military Grown Kids, I appreciate your kindness, generosity and effort so much.

  2. Tracy, I am loving your choice of a multicolor thread for the quilting on M’s Quilt. A couple of years ago I used a multicolor (red, white & blue) thread to quilt a military quilt I was donating and everyone who saw it thought it was great! Like M’s quilt there was a lot of blue in the quilt top so the colors really stood out.

  3. Hi Sunny! Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, I’m familiar with Lori Kennedy. She is an amazing domestic machine freemotion quilter. Sooo super talented. Thanks for sharing the link. Sending you love & germ-free virtual hugs and smiles.

  4. Thanks so much for your note, Cindy! I’m so glad you got the care you needed and you’re recovering now. Yes, we must enjoy life. We’ve got this moment. <3 Sending you love & germ-free virtual hugs & smiles.

  5. Finally, someone with the right idea. Why does everything have to be done to others expectations, or even more so to our own incredibly high expectations? The world’s not going to stop revolving around the sun just because we stop to do the little things that we need to live a full and happy life. Truthfully, even before the virus, women were stressing themselves out to meet their own expectations. I tend to be like you. I make this imaginary timeline about what I should have done and by when. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s not healthy for you. I ended up in the hospital a couple of weeks ago because I was trying to move into a new apartment, with very little to no help. So I couldn’t breathe, I was really short of breath, but that wasn’t because of any issues with my lungs or ❤️. I was wearing my oxygen the way I was supposed to. To make a really long story short, I was severely anaemic and have the beginning of congestive heart failure. So, I vacationed in the hospital for two days while I got four units of whole blood and an iron infusion. So, take it easy on yourself. Go for a walk if it’s nice out. Spend extra time at the dinner table with your family. Easter Sunday, do your own kind of service to remember what a great sacrifice was made for us. If everything isn’t perfect, laugh about it. Enjoy life! Jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

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