Can you believe that Christmas is fast approaching and 2020 is just around the corner?! As things get more and more frantic, I always like to make sure that I have a stitching project close to hand so that I can get a sewing-fix each day.
It was back in 2012 when I started this blog that I first experienced the benefit of crafting on a daily basis.
For the whole year, I crochet just one row a day based on the colour of the sky and made a Sky Blanket.
I found the act of sitting down to complete a small, repetitive task each and every day so calming (or mindful, as it’s now frequently termed!) and it became very much a habit: at the time, my three children were very young, so my ‘me time’ was sitting down after lunch with a cup of tea for 15mins whilst the children napped.
That’s not to say that some days I didn’t fall behind. Life happens, children get sick. We even moved house! But I would always get back on track, and eventually, I had a whole blanket!
I don’t think it’s a coincidence either that the times when I was managing to crochet every day, life was going well and fairly calm, and when I fell behind was when life was hectic and out of balance.
Since then, I’ve always tried to craft every day and have noticed that if I don’t, I start to get a bit antsy and probably a bit annoying to everyone in the f&f household! There’s a great article here by Clare Hunter (this is on my Christmas list!) about the benefit of stitching to our mental health.
I’ve been considering doing a quilty version of something similar to a sky blanket for next year, but none of my current projects quite fit my criteria.
I do think that what helps you to be mindful is very personal, but for me it means;
- Taking the time to enjoy each step of the process.
- Working by hand, not machine.
- Having a task that is small and achievable in a period no longer than 15-30mins, so that I can have the satisfaction of completing a task!
So, because none of my WIPs quite fitted the bill, I’ve designed a new quilt, which is going to be my 2020 project (well, one of them anyway!!!)
Each month I will make just one type of block.
By doing this, I can focus on the meditative action of preparing and sewing the blocks daily, rather than trying to remember how each new block goes together!
If you have often wondered about the benefits of slow-sewing, or debated taking up needle and thread, I am offering a 12-month Mindful Quiltalong that is suitable for sewists/quilters of all levels starting in January.
Each month you will receive;
- Hints and Tips for customising the Quiltalong to your preferences.
- Cutting instructions.
- Piecing instructions and tips.
- Different layout options, including the impact of colour placement.
- Check-list and progress sheet.
- Community and support through a Private Facebook group and the hashtag #MindfulQAL
Do you practise mindful stitching each day? If not, and you do give it a try, I would love to hear from you and how you found it,
Today’s sky::: overcast, grey, raining and chilly. Brrrr!
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