Learning my lesson…

Over the first three months of this year I have driven myself as close to burnout as I have been in a long, long, long time. It’s probably been fourteen years since I have felt this fried. Back then it was cramming all of the coursework for a Masters degree in Philosophy on top of my MFA in sculpture. It made sense at the time, and it was kind of what I needed to do in order to put together the thesis show I was working on. But, afterward, I ended up taking almost two years off of art, a near-complete hiatus because I was completely drained.

That break was a good thing in the long run, but not a move I can take right now, nor is it one I want. I am loving what I am doing, but I really have to learn to pace myself (something I’ve never been very good at).

Luckily I think I am more capable of learning at age thirty-nine than I was when I was twenty-five. So, now that sample yardage for Savanna Bop has arrived I am sending vast quantities of it off for other people to make stuff, whatever that may be. You have no idea just how grateful I am to the people helping me out with their sewing talents.


(Yep, that’s a boatload of fabric to be shipped.)

As I am learning, I cannot do it all, no matter how much I want to believe I can. So this time I’ll just be whipping up four quilts. Easy-peasy, or at least that sounds like fun. Yay fun!!!

Can’t wait to see what people make.

Speaking of which, I’m still dying to see what people make out of Pear Tree and Flock. Please post pics to the Stitching With TKS (Thomas Knauer Sews) Flickr group


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6 Responses to Learning my lesson…

  1. 1
    Kelsey says:

    What lovely fabric – such lucky recipients!!! Can’t wait to see what people make 🙂

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    Ok, I had to laugh at the bit about pacing. It’s a very hard lesson to learn, and just as hard to put into practice. It’s all about structure and patience, oh and knowing when to stop! I have not completely cracked it having been ill for 22 years – 18 of them ignoring my being ill for being lazy.

    It’s a about creating structure in your day, allocating 3/4 rest periods and setting rigid bed times.

    I’ve been biting my lip about saying this too you recently as I could see that wall you were about to hit. At least now you are learning the art of delegation!


  3. 3

    I’m with you on the exhaustion, I work 6 days a week and care for my sick mother but I want to sew so much that I end up staying up super late to squeeze it in. I’m still working on my Pear Tree quilt for Bumble Beans but it’s already been greatly admired. I’ll get my sewing hat on and finish it off as soon as I can.

    Hope you get a break soon x

  4. 4
    Teresa says:

    Looking forward to seeing what rolls out in Savanna Bop; it’s my favorite.

    Do take some time to breathe, good sir.

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    MarciaW says:

    I’m afflicted with the keep pushing harder – more better faster – mode. Haven’t found a solution for myself, so best advice I can give – hug a kid then hug again.

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    Connie says:

    I just found your flickr group and uploaded a couple photos of what I used Pear Tree for. Hope you like them!

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