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Sandy’s (from Quilting for the Rest of Us) theme for this year’s quilty resolutions is “Balance,”

Here’s what I have to say about balance in my quilt life..

I have not been particularly good at balance. I can get a little obsessive and forget or neglect to take care of the things that fall outside the scope of whatever I am focused on at the moment. Sometimes it’s too much play and not enough adulting. But, mostly this past year it has been too much worky work, and not enough personal sewing time.

I miss the repetition of sewing a whole pile of quilt blocks in one sitting. It’s like therapy to me, and I have been out of my mind a lot this year. Perhaps I just didn’t get enough therapy sewing time in.
My quilty resolution this year is to not over commit myself in quilting for others. I’m enjoying working as a longarmer from home because it is so different from doing it in a shop where I also had other responsibilities like cleaning and working the front. And wearing pants.

Pants are so dumb.

I think I will be better at balance this year (says the girl who has read as many books as there have been days so far this new year) because I have the more flexibility now. I don’t want to be so sick of looking at quilts that I lose the joy I used to find in sitting down at my own machine. So far with my longarming, I have not been swamped with so much that I couldn’t keep up. Just a few quilts here and there. And that’s just fine by me.

That plays into my word of the year which is “Nope.” It was going to be a simple NO, but when I saw Pam’s latest creation, (from Hip to Be a Square and The Stitch) I was inspired to go the full nope. Isn’t is interesting how “nope” is just a little bit sassier than “no”…?

I need to take better care of myself, even if someone else doesn’t like it. I will rest when I need to rest. I will be alone when I need peace and quiet. I will not be guilted into doing things I don’t want to do.

This is the year I learn to say “NO”

Now I will get back to my sewing room, right after I balance it with some laundry.



  1. SandyH wrote:

    I love reading your interpretation of the challenge. And let me just say yes yes! (To the pants, too.)

    Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Jackie wrote:

    I am no good at balance either. I am an “all or nothing” type of person. Sadly work got too much of my all. Then there was nothing left for me. Which meant little sewing. Sigh. Maybe we can both find more me time to balance out the demands of life.

    Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  3. I am with you on taking better care of myself, I have spent the last year eating what I want and slacking off on exercise…. whoa Diabetes wtf! So I am spending more time working on my quilts, too. I also want to wear only comfortable outfits and pants are only for public wearing. I cant read anymore but I have a million other creative endeavors that keeps me fresh and sometimes distracted. Nope is awesome. I think my word for the year is ZEN or three words Just do it. Be kind to yourself , do what is important and take care!

    Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink