Yesterday afternoon I had four continuous hours to spend by myself in my sewing loft with the choice of various projects I could work on. I love those kinds of choices because I usually elect to work on all of them; why settle for one task when you can rotate between three and keep things more lively?
I had the last of the t-shirts going on the cutting board and ironing board. When I ironed on the interfacing I was supposed to use a damp pressing cloth but I figured I could kill two birds with one stone and use steam and one of the dozen cloth napkins that needed to be pressed. At the end, 12 t-shirt squares nicely interfaced and twelve ironed napkins. In between each t-shirt I had a cherry table runner going on the longarm. I had previously stitched in the ditch to stabilize it and now I was trying my new clam shell template for the very first time. I would focus on it so fiercely that it felt like I was holding my breath, I needed breaks from all that intensity. Next to my sewing machine I had a whole bunch of cherry fabric kleenex covers waiting to be sewn together. When I wanted to get off my feet, I would sit down and sew a string of those. This was my kind of day, flitting about and not getting a lot finished right away but at some point I would complete a various tasks together.
You are probably thinking, why all the cherry fabric? It was an attempt at doing two things at once that went a bit awry. We were on vacation in Door County last July which is known for, wait for it...CHERRIES! I visited two different quilt stores and had to come up with a reason that I needed yards of all this delicious cherry fabric. I knew I was hosting book club in October for the discussion of Huckleberry Finn, surely there must be a cherry reference in that book? (Note to self: read book before picking book club theme next time.) As I am picking out fabrics I googled cherries/Huck Finn on my phone and thought I saw that this divine fruit played a part in the ending of the book. SCORE! I bought dried cherries, cherry dish cloths, cherry tea and yards after yard of cherry fabric. A month later, I finished the book and discovered that there was not a single freaking cherry mentioned anywhere in the book. Hmmmm. Until NOW that is when I discovered the secret ending of Huck and Jim enjoying a bowl of bright red cherries. Done.
This less than stellar example of doing two things at once will not dissuade me from continuing on this way, whether I am trying to complete three different projects, knit while I watch TV or eat my cereal while writing a blog entry life has too much fun in it to limit yourself to enjoying each aspect singularly. I like seeing how many things I can juggle at once and doing it successfully, now that's the cherry on the sundae of life.
Just ask Huck, he loves cherries.