Friday, September 16, 2011

Making Progress

The book is the center of my universe for the next six weeks. Six weeks and the final deadline will arrive. I'm anticipating that I'll be able to sigh in great relief at a hard job well done. In the mean time, I'm working like a fiend.
Up until now I have had really nothing physical to show for all the time I've put in. It's been hours and hours in front of a computer screen, writing words, moving them around and then writing more. It's intense work, but even still, it's hard to understand why I'm exhausted at the end of the day when I've hardly moved a muscle.
I still have computer work to do, the graphics for most of the projects still need to be done, but now I've tipped over into the fun part. I get to sew!
Sewing is something I don't do nearly enough of. Honestly, months can go by without so much as turning on the sewing machine. But for the next half of the book work, I'll be a sewing fool. It's hard to remember, when I've been away from it for so long, how much I really love piecing. There's something meditative about it: the quiet hum of the machine, handling the fabric pieces, watching something grow from nothing.

While I'm piecing I often listen to books on my iPod. Right now I'm listening to Tom Clancy's Dead or Alive. (It was on a special sale on I am totally addicted to listening to books, it's a multi-tasker's dream.
The top and binding are done for quilt #1. There will be four bedsized quilts and three smaller projects. While the piecing will be a snap, I'm a little worried about getting all the quilting done. Of course I want to do it all myself. But I have faith that it will all work out as it should in the end. In the mean time, I'm off to start on quilt #2.