Sunday, March 6, 2011

The "S" Mentality

I'm happy to feel the warm weather coming in, but it would be nice if the mud didn't accompany it.  My floors are always a mess with the dogs dragging in mud.  That takes away from my quilting time, after all!

Speaking of quilting, I've been up to my eyeballs in it.  I'm almost to the point of being burnt out.  My guild's quilt show is in a couple of weeks.  I still have two more labels to sew on (finished making one last night just have to sew it on).  On top of that, I'm trying to assemble raffle baskets as the person in charge finally told the show board that she really didn't get anything done in the past two years.  AND I'm trying to finish my class samples.  Luckily, I only have the borders left, but we all know how much I love borders!  Although I have to say after putting on sleeves and labels, I'm liking borders much better!

Raffle baskets for the guild's show
More raffle baskets for the show, not yet wrapped.  I'd love to have my living room back! I have more items piled to the side that haven't found their way to a basket yet.

I still have the newsletter to write for the guild but can't get into my email account where all the newsletter submissions from the various board members are kept.  Calgon, take me away!  I have to keep reminding myself that the "S" on my chest is not for Super, it's for Stupid... because I can't say no!!!

I think a lot of us quilters have the same problem.  We always want to help, we always want to be there for other people but we forget that we can't possibly do it all.  I'm always telling another friend of mine with the same "S" mentality to stop telling everyone yes.  That "S" can stand for Selfish sometimes and it's not being selfish to say no once in a while.  You can only do so much. 
So... why do I not follow this same advice?  I'll tell you why, it's because I'm Stupid and Stubborn.  

It's like going to the doctor - if someone else is not feeling well or has hurt themselves, I'm the first one to insist they see the doctor.  When the tables are turned, it's a different story - "I'm fine" is always the answer I give when it's someone else insisting I see a doctor.  I know you can all relate to this because we all do it, every last one of us!

I've already instructed my dear friends to jump on me, put their hands over my mouth, knock me over the head, or unvolunteer me for reasons of Stupidity the next time I try to raise my hand or utter the dreaded words "I'll do it!" at the next meeting, whatever it may be.  It's OK to be less Super and more Selfish once in a while.  We can't be Super all the time because then you just become Sleepy and Silly.  Silly is OK but Sleepy (especially when you're driving on 495 back from the Cape) is not OK.

To end on a happy quilty note, I went to my Block of the Month meeting at one of my local quilt stores in the morning.  Afterwards, I went to Hyannis with my husband to Heartbeat Quilts.  If you've never been, it is one of the largest quilt stores in the area.  I don't know the history behind the building but it looks like it used to be a bank because there's a drive-thru window attached.  It's not in use but can you imagine having a drive-thru window at your favorite quilt store?  Can I have 5 FQ's to go please?  Flavor doesn't matter, I just need a fabric fix!

Anyway, the store goes on forever.  It's room after room of fabric.  If you're into Jenny Beyer (is it Jinny or Jenny?), this is the store for you, I think they have all of her fabrics.  They have a fairly nice variety of batiks (my favorite), large variety on their color walls, etc.  But, I have to say, I can very easily walk in there and look around and walk out. I've never found the store to be overly inspiring like I do my local stores, Quilter's Stash and Emma's Quilt Cupboard.  Maybe I just connect with these stores more (I'm friendly with both owners, all of the staff and work at one but participate in the BOM program of the other).  Although each of these stores is very different, one tends to run more contemporary where the other more traditional.  It's very rare that I enter either store without coming out having bought something.  

I love the Cape and like to support the stores down there, too.  However, if I didn't have the gift certificates, I would not have made the trip down there but I'm glad I did.  I bought two books and some fabric to make more ribbons for the show so it was a successful trip.  I also got to spend time alone with my husband, a very rare treat.  We stopped for lunch at the British Beer Company on Main Street in Hyannis.  A great time was had by all.  

Hopefully, after the show is over, I'll stop trying to be so Super and Stupid and can Slow down and Sew for fun again.  And having Slowed down, I can enjoy visiting my blogs and writing my own again Some day.  Next Saturday is the judging session so I should have more then, hopefully, I'll have more before then but in the act of trying to be Super, I doubt it.  

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