The other night, I did something that was absolutely exhilarating. I actually went in to the studio and made a quilt block! Why is that so exhilarating, you ask? Well, I made this quilt block after work. That is something that hasn’t happened in a very long time. And I can’t tell you just how stoked I am about it!

The Old Days

Back when the kids were young, I did most of my quilting in the evening after work. Once we had dinner, homework was complete and baths were taken, the kids would go to their rooms to either go to sleep or play. I would clean up the kitchen and head to the studio, where I would spend hours every night with my sewing machine. 

In 2005, though, I went back to school full time. Being a single parent who works full time and goes to school full time really cuts in to your free time. The studio stood silent and empty most of the time, and I dreamed of the day when I could return to the comforting sounds of the sewing machine singing my children to sleep every night. 

The More Things Change …

In 2006, I graduated from college, and in 2007, I bought a house. I set up the smallest bedroom as my studio, with dreams of one day turning the huge game room in to my studio. I began sewing regularly again, and spent many happy hours in that small room.

At the end of 2007, I met Chris, and we started dating. He introduced me to EverQuest 2,  a video game with which I became slightly obsessed. Every night after work, and on weekends, we played EQ2. All my free time was spent at the computer working on my characters. It was bad. REALLY bad. 

I did eventually get past the addiction, and sometimes I still play. But I find myself being called back to the studio more and more lately. I’m just so darn tired when I get home from work, though … 

Studio Issues

I feel like I have so little time to sew lately. And to a degree, that may be true. Mostly, though, that’s just me coming up with excuses not to face a mess. My studio sits right at the front door, so when everyone comes in, their things land on my cutting table. Or at the front door. It only takes a couple of days before everything is a mess again, no matter how many times I clean it up. 

I know what you’re going to say – that if it were you, you’d throw it all away. Or you’d make your family move it. That’s easier said than done, though. In the grand scheme of things, my studio isn’t terrible. Right now, it’s worse than usual because of Christmas. For the most part, though, it’s not so bad. The problem is, I can’t work in an area that’s a mess. I like being able to find things when I need them. I do not like searching for things.

After Work Delight

I cannot deny, though, that being in the studio at night was fabulous. I forgot about the stress of the day, and everything that happened at work, and I focused on doing something I love. 

Actually, I worked on two projects – the $5 quilt that I’m doing with my LQS, and an embroidery project. And you know, it felt really good to be in there working on them. The quilt block piecing isn’t the best, but it’s not terrible. And I got it made. That’s a really good thing, since I am supposed to go tonight to get the next block.

Best part about all of this is that I didn’t feel as tired as I usually do at 10 pm. I mean, I was tired, but not falling asleep tired. 

After Work Goals

My new goal is to try to sew for at least 15 minutes every night. I can really get a lot done in 15 minutes, and even if I don’t, at least I’m 15 minutes further along than if I did nothing. 

I’m really, really excited about this session. It renewed my faith in myself that I CAN sew more frequently!

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