You know when you’re so inspired you just can’t stay away from the sewing machine? That’s how I felt last night. After dinner, even though I’d polished off a bowl of beer chili, the kind of meal that would normally put me into an instant food comma, visions of my Candyland quilt were dancing in my head and I couldn’t resist a little studio time… which turned into a lot of studio time. When I finally crawled into bed (hours after my fiance, which rarely happens since he has hundreds of pages of business school reading every single night), I was exhausted but content.
Now, let’s fastforward a few hours. I wake up to the slightly fuzzy voice of a radio announcer emanating from my studio, and realize I must have accidentally set my iHome alarm. It’s about 6 in the morning, an hour which I don’t often see these days. I stumble into my studio, turn off the monotone NPR news announcer, and stumble out. Rrriippp. That would be the sound of my slippered food tearing the in-progress quilt lying on my studio floor. Yep. I have this lovely habit of laying out my reverse applique quilts across my studio floor. It has never occurred to me that this is an invitation for foot-catching, top-ripping extravaganzas.
Take. A. Deep. Breath. Or not. What a way to start the day. Actually, I didn’t start my day. Utterly irritated, I crawled back into bed, bickered something irrational at Kyle since I’m really fair that way, and went back to sleep for another 3 hours. I woke up, went to yoga, and felt utterly un-yogic all through class since I couldn’t quiet my darn mind. 90 minutes later, sweaty and cleansed, I drove straight to the fabric store, bought another few years of dark brown fabric, and by 4 o’clock…
So I guess you could say that unpleasant occurrence is behind me. It was one of those things where I pondered every way I could fudge it and/or hide that several inch tear. But in the end, perfectionism and pride won out, and I’m glad they did. That tear would have irritated me to no end; now, I have a clean slate. Ah, the joys of quilting.