Sunday, May 10, 2020

Three Weeks of Stitching

I've missed some weekly recaps so this is three weeks worth of stitching.

2020:  Week 17 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

Since my job disappeared for the entire calendar year due to school closures this spring, my employer offered me another stay at home that pays about 70% of my pay.  This week, I had finished the training and was actually doing this job.  There is a lot to remember and this is like a customer service job where you talk to lots of people who are anxious. While they are all nice to me, I picked up a lot of their anxiety, and with my anxiety about the newness of the job, and getting used to a new schedule, it took me a while to adjust.

This quote used to mean something different before COVID-19.

As a result, I decided to not push myself on the stitching front and was able to get one day's worth of stitching in. My perfect record was shattered, but it would have been shattered even if it had been a normal year, so I am not disappointed about that.

15 minute days this week -- 1 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 111 out of 117 days
Success rate  = 95%

2020:  Week 18 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I managed to get more stitching in this week.  I misplaced the patterns I had saved for the quote quilt.  Instead, I focused on making straight stitches, meditative visible mending that I had decided to do last year on a curtain that shredded when I washed it.  I blame a sharp curtain rod. You can see its other half in the background.

A lot of the embroidery on the quote quilt uses two strands of floss and a skein comes with six strands.  I can use additional strands elsewhere in the quilt, but then there are strands left that are long enough to use, but may not be long enough to complete the row or motif.  Instead of trying to save them or having anxiety about having enough, I decided to sew them into the curtain.

While the result is not pretty, this meditative stitching did heal my spirit and calm my brain.

15 minute days this week -- 7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 118 out of 124 days
Success rate  = 95%

2020:  Week 19 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

This week, I decided I want to make a mini quilt, to reward myself with a finish for the month. It doesn't feel right to start a new project yet, so I pulled some orphan blocks from October 7, 2010.

The picture was taken in 2010. Hopefully I will have good progress to show you in a not-to-distant future post.

15 minute days this week -- 7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 125 out of 131 days
Success rate  = 95%

Happy Mother's Day!


Robin said...

Glad your staying busy. Starting a new job would cause me some anxiety for sure. I hope making the mini quilt will give you a lot of pleasure.

Ann said...

I understand where you're coming from. There's a lot of anxiety around. No wonder. How kind of your employer to have another job for you - even if it doesn't pay as well. Good luck.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I'm happy you showed some Iris blooms. I don't have any now and miss them.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Thanks for checking in, you've been mighty productive, I would say! Here's wishing you a peaceful week, stay positive, this too shall pass. Your Iris are gorgeous!

Kyle said...

Lots of stressful changes, but glad things are settling in.

cspoonquilt said...

Sorry, I missed wishing you a Happy Mother's Day! Looks like it was full of Blue Skies and Sunshine! And I think that quote of Ananis Nin is so true!!! take care!

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Tanya said...

I hope you get used to your new responsibilities quickly. I guess it was nice that you were offered an in house job even though the pay is less... I hope you and Zeus are sheltering down comfortably...