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Social Distancing Motivation

Social distancing motivation has me excited to get some things accomplished without interruption. I’m taking full advantage of the time.

Picking Projects

I’ve picked three areas of focus using my approach method described in a previous blog post.  Read at  https://www.sewingwithstitcher.com/priorities-in-life-and-business-an-effective-approach/.   Three projects to give me a change of pace based on physical demands seemed reasonable.

Project #3 on Priority List – Spring Cleaning (or summer or fall)

Spring cleaning the entire house room by room made the list. I thought with the daughters home, we should get it done more quickly – six hands instead of two.  The girls don’t appear to be as motivated with this project as I am.  Good thing enthusiasm isn’t a requirement.

Project #2 on Priority List – Painting the Walls

One project is somewhat time based.  Over a year ago, I started painting the living room, entry, and hall.  I had purchased drapes and recovered a valance for the scenic view seen through large windows. The window wall was painted in late November 2018. In December, I suffered a serious ankle injury, limiting my mobility and requiring surgery to repair the damage. Climbing a ladder to paint was not on the list of activities to regain ankle strength.  My desire to replace the flooring in these areas is the motivater  Plus, four adults being home to move heavy furniture away from the walls will be a tremendous help.

Project #1 – Top of Priority List Quilt Top Cutting Marathon

Regaining shelf storage in the sewing room by precutting quilt tops is the most important project to me.  I can no longer add anything to the shelves or remove anything without starting a landslide of bags. I have literally jammed together bags of fabric/quilt patterns so tightly they support the shelves above. Therefore, a cutting marathon is needed.

Cutting the bagged fabric according to the pattern surprising helps free up lots of space and puts unused fabric pieces back in the stash.  A quilter can never have too much in her stash.

To expedite the cutting, first I compare yardage of the fabrics in the kit to the pattern requirements.  I remove what isn’t going to work and make a note to self to shop the stash for a replacement.  I relax in my recliner in the evening listing the cuts needed of each fabric.

Cutting Progress

I have cut six tops. Two have several hundred pieces each. Six more are ready to cut. I have stopped counting. More kits are out of site in the two shelf cabinet below.  I put the cut tops in plastic containers and stacked them securely on the top shelf.  About a gross of those containers is what I need.  LOL!

I have an Accuquilt fabric cutter and a number of dies. This method does speed up the process if I have the dies in the size and shape called for in the pattern. I could use more dies. Cutting with a rotary cutter gets the job done and new blades are much less expensive.

My Thoughts on Covid-19

My husband and I are old with compromising health issues. Isolation was the only smart choice for us. Any other choice was a gamble with a virus where the odds are against us. Frankly, I have way too many quilts to make. And, it would be nice to have hubs around to tell me how great they are for several years more.

My opinion – There is much we can learn from this pandemic and how people deal with it. We can teach our children right now – personal responsibilty, compassion, gratitude, adjusting, sharing thoughts and fears, and trusting. Seems to me some adults could take a refresher course on these same subjects.

How are you and your family members dealing with this tragic time? Do you want to know how long this new temporary normal will be over? For those who are struggling mentally and emotionally, please leave a note on how you are coping. Journaling? Does talking to friends and family help you feel less isolated? Learning a new craft or hobby from YouTube?