That Mizfit is something else! Thursday morning she challenged us with the question, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
I was surprised at how quickly I answered that question. My answer was, “I would quit my job and become an art quilter.” I read that blog post before I left for work on Thursday morning at 5am, and I thought about it all the was to work . I kept thinking about it during the day periodically.
And what I thought was this. I am not really 100% ready to quit my job yet. But what is keeping me from working more consistently on my art quilting NOW? And I knew right away that there were two things I could change. First, I could clean up my work area, and keep it cleaned up. Having it cluttered keeps me from working when I have bits and pieces of time. I have read several articles on this recently in art quilter magazines. How artists tend to be messy and unorganized, but if you will take the little bit of time to keep an area clean and organized, you actually can get a lot more accomplished and actually be more creative.
The second was this, and it is a biggie. I need a table that the sewing machine can set down into, that is the correct height for a short person like myself. The truth is that it is very uncomfortable for me to quilt for any period of time at all, and so I just don’t do it. I can sew just fine, but the quilting is a pain, literally. I have toyed with this idea for years. And I actually had a custom cabinet being built when the guy decided he didn’t have time to finish the job. ANYWAYS, because of Miz’s question, I looked around on the internet again, and I am ordering a table! I am so excited.
Have you all been keeping up with Pastaqueen’s travel blog? LOVE IT! She also has inspired me to take some more concrete steps towards travel in my future. Of course the fact that she ate all that great food AND lost 4 pounds is a motivating factor–haha! But this morning she mentioned something that resounds with me, and I think I will make a move to cut back again on my work hours–she and a friend talked about “the French philosophy of working to live, not living to work.” I would still make plenty of money for my simple needs, and it might give me a little more time for my quilting. I might also not feel quite so pressured when I am needed to help out my dad and his wife in the Bay Area. Maybe I might even live in a tidier house, and be able to rake the yard once in a while…
On the weight/food/workout front, I am happy this morning. I worked out with Vicky on Thursday (because of being gone on vacation) and if you will recall, my weight was up 3 pounds that day. I have been diligent with my food since then, and worked out on Sunday even though it was my only day off, and my weight is back down 3 pounds this morning. I am happy and hopeful once again.
Thought I’d better share a little quilting in this post about inspiration. The top piece is a close-up of a quilt I shared before, so you can see the threadwork I do. It is of my little place in the woods with the stream and waterfall. The small quilt below is just something I like to do–the same fabric grouping that I used for the other quilt, but just an abstract set into a beautiful print.