Play Time

I finished the Summer quilt, making it the first item completed on the April Short List.

 summer-quilt-finished

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to see pictures of this one anymore?  That quilt started out on the January Short List.  It didn’t take long to finish, but I couldn’t seem to get to it.

Not getting to things started being a theme for the year, which was extremely frustrating.  So much so, something had to change.

I’ve tried a handful of techniques over the years to increase my creative output.  I have enough ideas to fill a lifetime, so when I can’t get them into form fast enough I get grumpy.  Lately it’s gone way beyond grumpy.  Some days I’m not fit company for man or beast.  I know this and understand that I can’t let it continue.  It just wasn’t going to work for me.

Because of my work schedule and family commitments, I didn’t think I could carve out a set amount of creative time each week.  I’ve had success with that in the past, but the extra time usually came through sleeping less.  Fatigue is such a huge factor right now that losing sleep isn’t an option.

Instead I decided to set a time each day to go into the sewing room and do something.  The magic time is 8:30 pm.  It doesn’t matter what I do, as long as I do something.  Once I’m in there I work on the current project until I finish the next step or get to a good stopping point.

I read somewhere that the hardest part of starting a running program is to put on your running shoes and walk out the door.  The hardest part of creating is walking into my creative space.  I get that.  This method removes the need to decide to start.  At 8:30, I walk into my sewing room.  End of story.

I’ve done this for a few weeks now, and I’ve finished two small quilts.  I don’t know that I can keep up that pace, but I do feel better now that I’ve finished a few things.  More later on how I’m using this method in other areas of my life.

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One Response to Play Time

  1. ruthlane says:

    Great idea for carving out time for creativity.

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