As part of my feel-good experiment, I'm saying yes to the stuff that feels good. One of the biggest challenges (for me) to doing what feels good is LOGIC. I can logic-away all kinds of fun stuff, insisting that I don't have time, I don't have energy, I really should spend my time on finishing those other projects instead of starting a new one. But this month's experiment is saying YES to something I know will feel good, so instead of saying NO to my newest crazy idea, I fully embraced it.

This week's crazy idea was Elise's Quilts by Christmas challenge. After a recent weekend spent quilting with my mom, I wanted to do it again. I was visiting this weekend and my mom has a great quilting set up: a big table to cut on, two sewing machines, plenty of ideas, so this was the perfect storm of inspiration and opportunity. Before I left I sent mom a link and my new quilt was born.

Love LOVE new fabric store. Unfortunately, didn't have black I needed. #quiltsbychristmas

We spent the weekend buying all the supplies, experimenting with the best way to cut triangles (we settled on this one), cutting, sewing, and ironing.
Part of my feel-good experiment: giving in to #quiltsbychristmas Details on the blog.
It felt great to dive into a new project: the endless Pinterest-searching, the fabric-buying, the cutting, sewing, chatting, charting. And you know? None of the logical reasons I had to not start matter at all. I feel refreshed and inspired for my other projects, and knowing that one of my Christmas gifts is halfway done feels fabulous.

What feel-good activity have you been logic-ing away?

7 Comments on Feel Good: Quilting

  1. Beka Buckley
    October 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm (12 years ago)

    …I just wanted to say that I think you have hit upon a great truth: that we creative sorts need to make time for new ‘hobbies’, even when our ‘day job’ is quite likely born out of an original ‘hobby’ itself. I am in the process of reorganising my multi focus points, so that some are for my new endeavour, whilst others are for the pleasure of the doing with no ‘goal’ in mind. I was finding before that I was struggling to find harmony between all these bright baubles of fun, feeling as if I was going in circles, and thusly burning out on focusing on just one thing. Now I know that at the end of the day/week I can look forward to some other pleasures and be refreshed for the following week. Your experiment is sure to proove likewise, though I am still interested in reading your ‘conclusions’ come the month’s end 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Drouillard
    October 16, 2012 at 10:23 am (12 years ago)

    Exercise. I keep meaning to join a yoga class at the Y.

  3. Tara Swiger
    October 16, 2012 at 10:42 am (12 years ago)

    Oh, Elizabeth, me too!
    Do you have a plan for saying *yes* to it? Some way to navigate what’s keeping you away?