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.
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.
|Fabric from the "Bella" collection by Lotta Jansdotter
for Windham Fabrics.
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?