Over the course of about eight months I frequently sat and traced shapes onto fabric, cut those out, stitched them together. I did it while I sat in front of the TV watching Grey's Anatomy, or Parenthood. Sometimes I'd have a friend over and we'd take turns using the machine to work on our different projects. Gradually I built up more and more panels then the project would get stashed away for another rainy day.
Some time passed and I realised I hadn't touched the quilt for almost two years. Until yesterday.
Yesterday I was pretty poorly and knew I'd be spending the day in the Sofa region watching TV, so I decided to get my quilt box out from the back of the wardrobe and do a little bit of sewing. I figured I might at least cut the fabric for another row of panels if nothing else.
10 hours later I went to bed having traced, cut, and sewn two more rows of panels and it's now starting to resemble something like a blanket. I feel extremely proud.
But it's ok to stick projects on hold for a few months, or even years, until the timing is right again. If one project takes priority for a while, it might even be essential to put others on hold, or you face the prospect of bumbling along never quite completing anything. This was definitely the case when starting my wedding business. I had to set up a website, write copy, design branding, purchase business cards, make contacts within the industry, all before the bit where I actually do the work of being a celebrant. The majority of my couples have found me through my website so if I'd put this work on hold to sit around and make a quilt the business wouldn't be as successful as it is today. It's only March and I've booked 75% of my target for 2016 with little marketing.
I also realised often feel pressure to work on projects that have a certain level of visibility; a business, a newsletter (*plug* sign up for mine), a podcast, workshops etc etc. That's a pressure I place on myself and as a result it's now rare to take time to do creative projects that are just for me. Personal projects don't have to be for anyone but you, and there's real pleasure to be had in creating something with your hands, whether that's a meal, or a painting, or a few panels of a quilt.
I don't know when I'll work on my quilt again, but I'm glad I've made some progress this weekend and hope I'll see it again before too long.