Strip Piecing and Holiday Fatigue

Today for the first time in a week, I sat down at my sewing machine and made progress on one of my projects.

Strip piecing brown and white for 4 patches.

This holiday season I am tired. I’m tired of the consumerism, I’m tired of the family stress, I’m tired of the countless obligations, I’m just plain old tired.

So, how do you combat that? Opt out. We have turned down several invitations to this holiday party, or that concert. I decided that instead of using my limited vacation days to go to functions, I would simply say “no thank you, I have to work” and save my vacation for something I CHOOSE to do, instead of HAVE to do.

We also opted out of the consumer nightmare that is the holiday season. We chose not to buy presents for each other, but instead to BE PRESENT for each other.

We aren’t buying gifts for the long list of people we usually do. Instead, we are going to gift our homemade canned goods, which were already made and on the shelf. The only exception to this is the two god sons and my youngest sister (still in high school) who we are buying small items for.

I decided, for my own sanity, that there will be NO holiday sewing this year. No quilts, stockings or other gift items. The past few years have taught me that if I tell myself to complete X number of projects by Y date, I don’t enjoy the process. Instead, I’ll focus on making things I WANT to make, and gifting them throughout the year if it feels right.

So, without the crazy list of activities and projects that usually surrounds this time of year, I have been staying out of the work room on my days off, which have been few and far between lately. I’ve also been thinking of some lifestyle changes I want to make, as a result of my fatigue with the overconsummerism (is that a word?) surrounding the holidays. I’m working towards making myself a lower-impact consumer. That may pass after the holidays, who knows.

Anyways, back to the sewing update! I got through my entire box of white and brown strips and they are now chain pieces, waiting for pressing.

The pressing will wait until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been working on typing up a pattern behind the scenes. I’m looking at releasing it in January, 2019 so it’s really been crunch time. The can’t wait to show you all the final design! It’s a very cheerful quilt which should be a good break from the winter weather.

Until next time,

The Quilt Police

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