My life has been so hectic lately. I hate when I get so scheduled and over-committed that I start to feel totally buried and claustrophobic. That's what it's been like lately. I have had to go out of town several weeks in a row. I show up at meetings and forget to bring half of what I was supposed to. I create lists and never seem to be able to cross anything off or else I lost the list before I even get started. Every time I start to go into my sewing room, I either get overwhelmed by the disaster of the room or I guilt myself into postponing what I want to do in order to do some cleaning around the house.
I have done the same thing with my quilt guild. There are all kinds of new swaps and challenges this year and I want to get involved in all of them.
- We also have a Quilt in a Box swap going on. We had to pick our fabric and put it in a box. Then we pick a secret block to make. We each swap boxes all around and make our block out of each person's fabric as we go along. The organizer keeps the completed blocks so they stay a secret. At the end, we are given our blocks from all of the participants and they are made from fabric we chose. We also have an opportunity at the end to have a setting challenge. Mom also helped me find some fabric in my stash for this one. In essence, it becomes a sampler with blocks made by all different people. I'm not sure I like samplers. I've never made one before. We'll see how it comes out.
I've been out of town 3 weekends in a row and this is my only free weekend before I go out of town again this weekend. DBF wants to attend an Antique Fishing Lure Show and Sale in Houston next weekend and wants me to go. I agreed although all I really want to do is stay home alone so I can accomplish something. I'm trying to develop a list of what all I can bring project-wise to work on while I'm there in the hotel.
Maybe a forced retreat is exactly what I need. Alone in a hotel room with nothing to do but work on my projects. I just have to make sure I bring everything I need to be able to accomplish them. I also have the option of driving around and visiting quilt shops in the area, of which there are many. That would be nice, but let's face it, my stash is plenty full and I really don't NEED any fabric, although I can always find some to buy. I think I'll probably try to avoid the quilt shops, at least at first. The other possibility is a trip to IKEA, and that one I will probably do. I could spend hours in there. Maybe this trip will be more stress-relieving than I expect after all.
I'd love to get a lot done. If and when I do, I'll post pictures.