Very early on in my life of making things I was a young mom, often distracted, without much time or cash. Making quilted things was the way in which I developed a studio practice. Fifteen minutes was about the maximum time I had to focus on anything. So I needed to make things that I could pick up and put down. Something that could be interrupted. Something that could be folded up and put away. Something transportable. And I gravitated to sewing.
These days, with my daughter grown, I have a lot more time in the studio. However, I am often overwhelmed at how fast things are moving. My days feel packed with people and obligations and work and time passes quickly by me. I am tugged daily by the current of a long list of things to do. I feel the pull of stress and distraction.
Piecing and sewing, this is a way of working that I am revisiting in my practice since my move to Alabama. Working in small steps with materials that fold up and are carried with me. Materials that can be spread out on the bed as I work and watch television. The result is secret side projects--things that are not prints.