Apparently Natalie’s quilt just wasn’t a big enough project, so I’ve started a few others. They’re much smaller, far less complicated, and –most importantly– not hand-stitched.
As much as I love English paper piecing and its quiet, repetitive nature, there is something extremely satisfying about buzzing some jelly roll strips through the sewing machine and ending up with a quilt top just hours later.
The best time for me to work on these projects, of course, is when Natalie is asleep. I don’t often get to work on them during the day, but count down the evening hours until she goes to bed and I can start sewing.
There’s just one catch: our catch-all guest bedroom/office/craft room is right beside Natalie’s room.
I can see you all frantically waving your arms at the screen right now. NOOOOO DON’T DO IT! DON’T WAKE THE BAAAAAAAYBEEEEEE!!1!
Like I’m crazy enough to risk that.
Fear not: I found a solution.
Maybe it’s not the most ergonomic solution.
(MURDER MURDER MURDER screams my back)
But it gets the job done. This picture is actually an improvement from what I was doing before, if you can believe that. I was running the pedal with my knee.
I’m only good for about an hour at a time before all my joints start creaking and my feet fall asleep, but you can get a lot done in an hour if you’re very motivated. And I would certainly define that sewing position as motivating.
Have you ever had to craft in, shall we say, less-than-ideal circumstances to work around your kids? Let me know in the comments that I’m not the only crazy person sewing on the floor.
(Or maybe I am. I see a trip to Tar-jay to pick up a little folding table in my immediate future.)