In my previous post I did a little exploration of the nature of deadlines in the context of preparing a craft stall for a village show. In this follow-up post I’ll share the fall-out of getting past that deadline!
First there was a heap of unsold quilts and bags to put back into storage *sigh* and re-post in my Folksy shop.
Then, as I wound down and discovered the short-term pleasure of not having a deadline to meet, my thoughts turned to…SORTING! Maybe unconciously I had been ignoring the piles of things around the house and the lists in my head that were crying out ,’Sort me! Sort me!’? Suddenly and quite unexpectedly sorting was the order of the week. I began at 6.30am on Sunday with the mini mountains of fabric offcuts, overflowing baskets and piles of trimmed wadding heaped around my sewing machine. As I worked my way through, two new fabric storage categories emerged: ‘Bright scrappy bits’ and ‘muted scrappy bits’ destined one day to become Scrap Vortex Quilts.
The next bit of sorting involved settling down on the sofa with my tablet and sorting through my Pinterest boards. I’m not a Pinterest junkie but I do find it a really useful online resource. My first boards were initiated by my daughter in the run up to her wedding but since then the themes have inevitably turned to patchwork & quilting. I used a board to keep together ideas and information as I planned this blog and one of my latest is just a useful pinboard as we shop around for kitchen appliances! It is so handy to be able to keep a picture and a link to any item of interest found as you are reading or browsing online – I’d definitely recommend having a Pinterest page! Camilla has some useful do’s and dont’s for Pinterest users.
Oh! Boy! Then there was sorting my bedside table… Books accumulated over a couple of years and mostly unread had become a burden and were part of the reason I’ve not been reading anything from beginning to end. Now some are sorted to be given away, others are in a box under the bed – ‘out of sight out of mind’!
Still to be sorted: My in-tray (I know, it’s a disgrace!)
And the ‘categories’ list of this blog has got a bit out of hand and needs sorting…
But this week hasn’t all been about sorting: I have, of course, started some new P&Q projects!
So the legacy of this recent deadline has been quite a bit of satisfying sorting and the realisation that I’ve come full circle – I need to set new (realistic) deadlines for the remaining areas of sorting and for the new projects or none will be finished!