The end is near.

The end of winter, thank goodness. I always find that the end of February/beginning of March is mentally the toughest time of the year for me. I’ve made it through most of winter and Mother Nature is starting to tease us with sporadic 70-degree days in the Carolinas, but we’re just not quite there yet.

Seasonal Affective Disorder makes this time of the year difficult for many. There are fantastic articles out there about combatting depression and S.A.D., most of which require you to have the motivation to be active, care about your eating habits, take showers, seek socialization, and generally be productive. You know: stop being depressed and do all the things that’ll keep you from being depressed.

Womp womp.

Golly, who knew it was so easy?

I’m hanging in, though. I did manage over the weekend to make a few more blocks for my crazy quilt. Well, okay, fine: I made three blocks. This brings my grand total of crazy quilt blocks up to nine.

Please, hold your applause.

I’m thinking I might make this a quilt as you go project. Traditionally, crazy quilts use decorative stitches and it would be fun to make use of the hundreds of stitch options my sewing machine supposedly has. That’ll mean selecting some fun thread to work with and keeping some bobbins loaded, but I have enough supplies to make that happen. I might also sash the blocks with an obnoxiously bright yellow fabric (as shown in the picture). Yellow is generally a happy color and one I know my mom likes (if I give it to her), but it might be overkill considering how busy crazy quilt blocks already are. Black, white, or gray would probably be a better option.

I also had lunch with Sister Mary Hubert on Saturday and finished a row of my hexie quilt on Sunday. All in all, not a terrible weekend. Now I just have to make it through yet another work week…

Until next time,
-Tommy

On Wednesdays, we wear short sleeves.

For a brief, shining moment, all is right with the world.

Yes, friends, it’s 72 degrees in Charlotte on February 24, 2021. That’s why on this Wednesday, we wear short sleeves of any damn color we like. Pink, if you happen to be a Mean Girl or just look exceptionally good in it.

For those of you like me who struggle with depression and/or Seasonal Affective Disorder, pleasepleaseplease take 10 minutes today and simply sit outside. Do nothing but enjoy the warmth and the sunshine on your skin, if you like. I promise, it’s a little thing that feels so special today.

Right now, I’m sitting on my back porch listening to the dulcet tones of pug snores and the energetic bops from Kylie Minogue’s Disco album. (Yes, I’m still obsessed with it. Yes, you should listen to it if you even vaguely like pop music. Yes, I know I sound like a broken record but I promise it’s a fun album.)

I’m also thinking through my project list. The other day, one of the guys on the men’s fiber work Zoom call asked how many projects I had going. I had to stop and think because I’ve had more projects than usual lately, but I was able to honestly answer that I had three active projects: the knitting I was working on (more about that on Friday), my hexie quilt, and my crazy quilt. Though I’ve picked fabric for my next quilt, I’ve not done anything with it so it doesn’t count.

The thing is, I have to pace myself or I’ll burn myself out. In the past, I’ve found that if I take on too many graphic design jobs, it starts to feel like a chore. Something I love starts to feel like a tedious job. I don’t want that to happen with my crafts, which is why I don’t work on commission. I’d rather teach you to do it so you can enjoy it, too, than feel like it’s a burden to make you something. Does anyone else feel that way?

So, this Wednesday’s work in progress update is fairly easy: I’m working on adding four more rows to my hexie quilt.

The top three rows are already sewn together. I’m adding the row of blocks directly beneath those one at a time, then I’ll combine the whole piece to the larger bottom section.

In other news, we survived the brief addition of a third dog in the house even though Rocco the Wonder Pug was not happy to share a bed with Pablo. It made sleep difficult for all of us Monday night. But if you follow my social media, hopefully you were amused by my posts. Rocco and Pablo made an interesting pair and I enjoyed making up fun back stories about their activities. I even included my coworkers in the fun:

Until next time,
-Tommy