Sunday Stash #248 – Orbiting Around
I read a quote from Sarah Fielke over the weekend that reconfirmed everything I believe about the world. In the introduction to her book, Quilting From Little Things, she writes:
Buy fabrics because you love them and because they make your heart sing, not because they have a specific purpose. One day, the perfect fabric will jump right into your hands from you cupboard, without you knowing the reason for which it was bought. These random discoveries are what make your fabric choices interesting and exciting rather than pre-determined.
With that, this is where I’ll make the admission that my sewing life is in one of those downward swings (I said swings, not spirals!) Nearly six years in, and my whole quilting career has been at a palpable height. That is mind-boggling, and a lot of focused energy when I look back on it. For now things are quiet, and I’m allowing that, almost relishing it to be honest. I’m just stepping back out of the spotlight for a bright hot minute, and letting some of the new guys and dolls shine.
I quilt when I can, and I know I’ll get to everything eventually. Life is never a straight line (how boring would that be!), so navigating the up-down-sideways-backwards momentum is ultimately the key to getting the most out of the ride. You wouldn’t want to stand in line for an hour-and-a-half only to get to the top of the first roller coaster peak and then get off the ride! Gimme the full loop-di-loop, thank you ma’am!
I know in the coming days, weeks, months, the fabric I have collected will still be there ready to be fully realised for the multitude of projects yet to transpire. Until then, I’m allowing myself just to be, free of judgement and expected timing. Just this week I finished my first quilt of 2018 (which only took seven months to finish!), and I think (design dilemmas) I’ve got another quilt top completed. So yes, things are still happening in the studio, and the orbiting spheres, just not at the same previous paces.
Do trust when I say that my star has not dulled, it’s just currently shining low in the southern sky. I’ll make sure it’s right back into your orbit when it’s ready.