I believe I had an insight today!
When I came home from Columbus, I saw that my sewing room was in quite a state of disarray. Not the "dog-had-urgent-intestinal-troubles-and-chose-my-sewing-room-to-relieve-them" kind of disarray. That was the week before last. This time it was good disarray! B had been playing with fabrics and trim while I was away. An "imagined" garment was draped on the cutting table, and her machine was set up for use. How wonderful. Can't wait til she wanders back again.
There were also a couple of my unfinished projects spread out and about. Like my new blog friend, Zenia Rene, I have Multiple Project Disorder! In other words, I like to have a few projects going at once. On top of that, I had more fabric to add to the mixture, from my culls in Cols.
And, there was the five-gallon bucket of Jonathan apples on the stoop, and the tomatoes still on the vine, with Jack Frost just around the corner. I decided I needed to "manage the abundance." Yesterday, I found this easy crockpot recipe for apple butter from a pair of Iowa City bloggers, and "reduced" 2/3 of the 5-gallon bucket. But that--and everything else in my life--left me little time for sewing.
So I decided it's about time to (yes!) give some fabric away! Each of these is one yard of prewashed standard quilting cotton. Identify the fabric you want, and describe in the comments how you might use it, and in a few days the most compelling answers win!
This fleur-de-lis fabric is called "Feedsack Melody" by Gloria Leonard Hall for Andover. Note how it's one degree off from primary colors, with gold, tomato red and a purply royal.
This retro-funky ranch print just says "DAVID TEXTILES". And of, course, "Do Not Use For Children's Sleepwear" (what the heck are we supposed to use for children's sleepwear, anyway?)
Finally, this Christmassy print with gold embossing also has no name, just the designer Lonni Rossi for Andover.
Have fun with this. In the meantime, are you curious about my insight? Well, I realized that my dominant paradigm for a while has been that I "don't have enough time" to do the things I want to. You can see I slipped into that language of "lack" above. But maybe it's just that there are so many fun and worthwhile things to do in this life. Maybe, just maybe, I need to focus on "managing the abundance."
I have a hunch that this attitude, if cultivated, could make me feel less rushed, and more present in every thing I choose to do. It can't hurt to try!