Sneak Peek

Here is a peek at what the mystery quilt is going to look like. I couldn’t wait to see how it is going to come together.

I am easily distracted. Perhaps I have adult ADHD. Sometimes this is a blessing, sometimes it is a curse. It can be a blessing when I have to shift gears throughout the day, which happens a lot around here! I can usually work on a number of things each day – from office work, to meal prep, to quilting. Even – URG – housework! And if DH needs me to drop everything and help him, I may grumble, but I can shift my focus to that, as well.

Oh, but it can be a curse, too! As testament to that, take a look at the huge amount of unfinished projects. No, never mind, I cannot possibly fit all of them into one photo!! Take my word for it, there are a LOT (A WHOLE LOT!) of unfinished projects. Works in Progress – WIPs – that I will eventually get to. And I do get to them. It may take years, but I do work on them.

Part of the problem is that I have to have different projects for different situations. I have to have some hand work that I can take with me and work on at odd moments, like in a doctor’s waiting room. Also, hand work for when I’m sitting in front of the TV and just want to “veg out” Right now the hand work is my Tea Leaves quilt.

Then there are the long car trips – I can knit when riding in a vehicle without getting car sick, so I usually make dishcloths since I have a few patterns memorized and they are EASY. Sometimes I’ll make socks or scarves.

And then, of course, there are the big quilt tops. DH’s quilt top, DNP quilt top, Mystery quilt tops, Log cabin quilt top, etc, etc, etc. (Picture Yul Brynner from “The King and I”, when I say etc, etc, etc!) I have to machine piece quilt tops to feel really productive. I love hand work, but it takes a lot of time. Machine piecing goes so much faster. So I always need to have a project that I can just zip along with the sewing machine and finish much faster. Unlike the hand work on Tea Leaves, which is going to take approx. 16 years!!

The other part of the problem is that I want to try so many different things. Sometimes I have to stop what I’m doing and try out the idea that I just thought of. Sort of like the DNP – I was only going to try out the idea, but then it snowballed into a queen size quilt top! And then there is the Mystery quilt. As soon as I saw the final installment, I wanted to see how my fabric choices would look in a finished block. So, even though the DNP is unfinished and spread all over the cutting table at this point, I had to drop that and work on the Mystery quilt. Which is why the photo above is not of the best quality! I had to lay out my pieces somewhere and that was on the guest room bed, with my silly Halloween quilt as a backdrop.

But isn’t the Mystery quilt going to look terrific when it’s finished?


One thought on “Sneak Peek

  1. You don’t have ADHD, you have a bad case of Quilt Pox. And there’s no cure. You just have to keep buying fabric you love, “trying” new ideas, and sometimes finishing projects when you have to, I mean want to. Oh yes, and enjoy the whole process every step of the way. A lost of the time I just spend thinking about making that new idea. Like when I’m mowing grass on the back 40. Sometimes my mowing patterns look more like quilting patterns, but it still gets mowed!


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