02 Apr

Priorities

We all spent the begining of the week sick. Tuesday we slept most of the day. Slowly we’ve each been getting a little better. I had the opportunity to borrow a rug cleaner mid-week and just as I was feeling better, I wiped myself out cleaning house. Now I’m ready to work on quilts. I went yesterday to a quilt market. Not so much quilts as fabrics and patterns. I had a lovely time and a long drive with plenty of time to think and work out quilts in my head. I also took time to read my new japanese crafting magazine in the attached cafe with the ubiquitous coffee and cake. It’s no secret that I find it hard to balance mothering and house wife-ing and creating. Now I find myself wrestling with the idea of spending a weekend day shopping and socializing versus actually quilting. Same goes for Monday. That’s our next quilting bee meeting. I rationalize that one better as it feeds the muse in a way. I pondered these priorities while I did family ironing this morning instead of quilting. Yeah, it had to be done, but it was one of those things I could have done with kids around and here I had a piece of time when the kids were not here. But, as all artists know, it all comes in good time. I had to “warm up” by ironing. I need to have time alone to work stuff out. It may not look like the most productive use of my time on paper, but it’s all part of the process. If it were just me, I probably wouldn’t have a problem with it, but, of course, I feel like I need to show TS&WGH how I’m spending the time he “gives” me, and it’s hard to explain the ebb and flow of creative work. He’s not keeping score anyways, but it’s in my nature to want to prove I’m not a slacker. Ah, dichotomies! Anyways, After I finished the ironing, I did get into the groove and made good progress on my latest endeavor. The working title is “Zwischen Leimen und Mauer,” and it is inspired by the snowy forest I drive through between these two towns.

Winter Forest

I have not forgotten about the hexagon quilt. It needs a little more hand stitching and then it’s ready to be blocked and bound. Then I’ll post a picture.

5 thoughts on “Priorities

  1. Love the new quilt Kristin! Are you going to put some strips in the blank squares? I’m sure this picture doesn’t do it justice as I can tell some of the detail is lost in this one. Regarding the wife/mother thing: I think you are doing great! It seems like you are more prolific than I am and I have six hours a day to work with! Keep at it!

  2. I understand exactly how you feel, Kristen. I always rationalized my creative efforts by following the advice of a wonderful psychologist who told me, “The best thing you can do for your children is to allow them to see you happy. Then, as they grow, they”ll be able to emultate you and do the things that make THEM happy.”

  3. Oh, and I LOVE your new quilt. To me, it illustrates your current need for alone time and space to create. That’s how I read those blank squares…maybe you don’t want to fill them in with trees.

  4. Welcome back from the sick bed. At least everyone got sick at once, instead of spreading it over several weeks.

    I love the quilt. I see a snow-filled meadow between the two forested towns. I look forward to seeing the inspiration in September (although the snow will no longer be there).

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