The quilting continues! I have this habit of being very intensely INTO something, and doing that thing constantly, immersing myself in the learning experience, and just loving whatever it is that I'm doing. Cycling, running, knitting, quilting, calligraphy - all of these things are hobbies that I adore, and that I move in and out of.
Years ago, my ex husband had pointed this out, and was somewhat critical of this part of me. I struggled with it for a long time. He (bless him) is a very steady, constant man; I imagine that his old school reports used the word "plodder" from time to time, because that is how he achieves his successes in life - he starts, and he steps, and steps, and steps, and just keeps walking steadily on toward his goal until he arrives.
If he is like the steady flow of a river, I'm more like the inconstant intensity of a geyser. Both are water, both have their strengths, and are quite different.
My style used to bother me. These days I've settled into it, because I've realised that sooner or later, I come around to these things again, and rather than being inconstant, my pattern is more about cycles. Rather than trying to turn a geyser into a constant flow, it makes more sense to ask: how can I get the most out of this type of water delivery? So I've changed how I work, and to a certain extent I run with what my gut tells me to do - and it works for me.
At the moment I'm working on a few concurrent projects - one is the dinosaur quilt (I know whose baby that's for! But I'm not telling just yet), the wonky stars (still an orphan at this point), and the black batik. I'm making this last one for Vic, and I'm desperate for him to like it, which of course makes me feel utterly stumped when it comes to the question "what am I gonna dooooo?" So today I'm just cutting and starting. I think if I don't, I'll never get it done!
The two tops-in-waiting are being put aside for a specific reason - I'd been thinking of getting a plastic slider for my quilting, and I went to the quilt show on the weekend and found not only a slider but a device that works with it to reduce hand fatigue. Um, hello! :D Very excited about this, and I'm waiting for it to be delivered by post this week.