Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of anxiety and damage in the Northeast this week. At our office, most people worked from home on the stormiest day. My noble house, a 100+-year-old Victorian, withstood the driving rain and wind gusts but inside I was unsettled nonetheless. I worked at my kitchen table and looked up from my computer about 1,000 times to make sure the windows and doors were OK and the portable air conditioners I neglected to remove before the storm had not been ripped from their perches. Luckily, in the end, I have no damage to speak of and I didn't lose power. It wasn't my most productive work day, I will admit, because I was distracted by the storm and not able to fully concentrate on my tasks.
|Fabric from the "Bella" collection by Lotta Jansdotter
for Windham Fabrics.
In the evening, after the major part of the storm had passed and "only" rain continued, I shifted gears and started working on a project for our next issue of Modern Patchwork. I'm working with fabrics from the "Bella" collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. They are cheery, fresh, and crisp, and I was looking forward to sewing with them. I have an idea for a modern quilt that I think will showcase the fabrics nicely and be a good fit for the magazine.
Apparently, I was more affected by the storm than I thought. I made cutting errors, couldn't find the thread I bought especially for the project, and had trouble with my math. I put the whole project away so as not to make more mistakes and went to bed. Unfortunately, I woke up at 3:45 a.m. and worried over it for about an hour, too.
Here's the lesson I learned and maybe it can help you: I need to approach any new project with a clear head and well-thought-out plan, complete with diagrams, sketches, and careful calculations. I was too anxious to sew that night but I ignored my nerves, thinking sewing would make me feel better. The truth was, I couldn't concentrate as much as I needed to.
The project is not a total loss, however, but I might need a little more fabric to complete it. Thinking of a trip to the quilt shop is already helping me feel better!
What do you do to regroup and refocus when you have "issues" with a project?