Finally quilting again...

I am working on a baby quilt that has to be done in 3 weeks. I just started although I've know about it for a few months I haven't been in able to work on it. I ended up with my schedule opening up yesterday so it was the perfect time to work on it.

Yesterday morning I started writing out my cutting list, pulling the rest of my fabric and making sure I had enough. Most of it is fairly scrappy but I do need enough white and a couple black fabrics to complete the whole thing. Cutting isn't my favorite part of quilting (is it anyones?) so I just decided to put on some quilting podcasts, relax and take it slow.

When I started cutting I started out being very relaxed and careful and actually having fun. I was being very organized about my cutting labeling each pile of pieces as I cut. I had a layer cake of bright prints that worked really well for the pattern. Cutting those brights went really quick and I loved looking at all those cute patterns.

Then I got to my yardage of white fabric. I started cutting at first it was fine but I started worrying that I wasn't going to have enough. After awhile I realized that I was now tense. I was cutting faster like I would be less likely to run out of fabric if I got done sooner. Of course then I made mistakes, using up my fabric even faster. I was no longer having any fun. It was amazing how that one stray thought could totally derail the mood I was in.

I decided this was no good. I am quilting because I love it right? Not loving it right now, so it is time to stop. I took a break, pulled my shoulders out of my ears, played with the dogs for a few minutes and once I wasn't stressed out I went back to the cutting table. I double checked my list and started again relaxed. It worked much better and I didn't run out of white fabric. I still have some left.

So does anyone else have this problem, or am I the only one who is this big a stress puppy?


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