Flitting From Project to Project Before Lock Down

Yep! Here in England we are just a few hours away from the second lock down of the year. This was announced on Sunday so there’s been a fair bit of last minute purchasing going on before all but essential shops close for four weeks. Of course, online shopping and click & collect services will continue so really there’s no need to rush around in a panic…

I’m trying to keep common sense thinking to the fore but often failing. I’m very grateful that this morning happened to be the fortnightly women’s Bible study held by our Church (on Zoom, of course). It’s good to have the grounding of Biblical truths to dwell on and learn from in these times when it’s too easy to get caught up in the minutiae of the moment forgetting this is all happening in just a tiny fragment of eternity.

I have to admit my thought processes have been particularly scatty over the past few days. I’ve not been able to settle to sewing, yet in the wee small hours last night I found myself planning another patchwork project! At least figuring quilt math in the dark and quiet got me back to sleep in double quick time! This morning I went into my sewing room all set to work on this new project (like I need another project!) but got distracted straight away by the piles of fabric scraps left on the cutting table…

Well! That got me back to sewing anyways.

Before the Zoom meeting I got those stray scraps stitched together and added them to the partially finished Scrap Vortex blocks. My cutting table now looks more orderly and my design wall more colourful. For this week that counts as a result!

The project I lay awake planning revolves around a pack of eight fat quarters I bought online in the last lock down. I had an idea for them then which is no longer floating my boat.

Melange ‘Misty Morning’ fat quarters on a grey background (I’ve tried to tone down the blue cast but the grey is still looking too blue/grey in this photo)

In fact I wonder why I so often fall for the temptation of pre-cut fabric packs? I always dither about how to use such packs to best effect, so they tend to stifle my creativity rather than inspire BUT a curated collection of fabrics always looks so attractive on a shelf 😀 Is it just me or do you notice in photos of other crafters sewing rooms stacks of beautifully arranged fabric bundles glowing brightly among perfectly colour-matched notions and curios? To quote Queen, ‘Is this real life? Or just a fantasy?’ 

Oh! My goodness! My thoughts are flying around like I’m experiencing a prolonged caffeine rush! I will bring this stream of consciousness nonsense to a close very soon I promise! I feel so sad for young people who have had to postpone wedding dates, cancel much needed holidays or are struggling to find employment. For me lock down doesn’t bring many disappointments: the main one is not being able to have direct contact with my parents and other family members (no indoor mixing of households permitted 🙁 ); the final class of the Beginners Course has had to be postponed, I feel for the students who are so close to completing their first quilts and will now have to wait; I was enjoying the social aspects and sense of purpose working a few hours each week in Purple Stitches provided, hopefully that will recommence in December or the New Year.

On a final thought-flit: I would love to be producing more patchwork patterns. I have almost as many pattern UFOs as quilt UFOs. To write patterns more efficiently (I could hardly be less efficient!) I really need to grapple with Adobe Illustrator rather than getting frustrated with the limitations of Microsoft Word. Hum! Maybe it will do my flutter-by mind good to apply it’s limited capabilities to learning new software? Or maybe I’ll just end up eating a lot of chocolate and throwing my laptop out of the window 😀

Anyone else going a bit loopy this week?

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers.


6 thoughts on “Flitting From Project to Project Before Lock Down

  1. Lockdowns are frustrating for me in a different way. I am an essential worker, so I haven’t experienced the fun of staying home and sewing. I do see ups and downs for both the essential workers and those staying home. I am blessed to still have employment, but I do wish I could be blessed to stay home! What a crazy, messed up world we currently live in. 🙂

    I buy fat quarter packs just for the purpose of petting and decorating my space. Ha, ha! (I don’t know what to do with them, either, but I will figure it out one day.) My space, by the way, is not immaculate and color coordinated. I don’t expect it ever will be. 🙂

    • Hi! Laura. It certainly is a mixed up world for us all – just in different ways. I’m used to being based at home but not used to my husband and son being at home all day every day or to having my regular reasons for going out not happening anymore.
      Your essential working is always so busy and must be even more so since so much shopping is happening on line now. We see so many delivery vans going up and down our road each day along with the regular ‘Postie’.
      As for having a perfectly coordinated, pristine sewing room I think I’d find that as inhibiting as a complete mess! Most things are best kept to a ‘happy medium’ I think!

  2. I do see many “professional” YouTubers with shelves of precuts– Strips, charms and fat quarters. I always think, “Ha! She can’t decide what to do with that bundle, either!” I don’t feel so guilty about precuts bought 6-7 years ago 😀

  3. Looks like you are making lots of crumb fabric. I would almost love a lock down…….just for the chance to stay home….but also if that would get the virus under control! I am a care giver though for my mother so I do have to go daily to take care of her needs.

    • Hi! Marsha. It is best to look for the good in each situation we find ourselves in. I know I’m very fortunate to be able to spend lock down in a warm home with enough income to pay the bills and buy a few sewing treats too. And I’m trusting this lock down will keep people like my parents safe from the virus and stop hospitals getting overwhelmed.
      Family carers like yourself play such a vital role not just for your loved one but for society as a whole. Without carers like you our countries would be shockingly inhumane as more and more individuals become isolated and unloved.


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