Waiting In The Wings

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Closing doors - metaphorically speaking ….

Once weekly there is small magazine included with our daily newspaper which contains very
interesting articles and usually a small piece in the wellbeing section
 written by a Louse Thompson.

Her piece this week was headed "Close Some Doors"and certainly struck a chord with me!
I quote
"it's deceptively easy to end up with so many open doors in our life that our
energy, time and attention is dissipated all over the place"
and I realised I had quite a few doors to close!!

Example - I thought that as well as quilting I should like to take up dry felting
using one of the embellishers on the market, bought one plus
packets of wool roving, sari silks, dyed organza, pre-felts, lots of packs of silk slushies 
in the most glorious colours plus other bits and pieces  all ready to make these fabulous
creations - that was five years ago - have I made anything - NO -  but I
have hung on to these "just in case" I found the time and every so often
I would get the guilts about all this stuff I wasn't using. Yesterday I realised
I was never going to do felting so "closed the door" and let it go. I feel good.
 Already I have someone calling in who is very interested in buying
all the goodies mentioned above!
  There were other doors to close and two more "bit the dust". 

Does anyone else ever feel that they have too many doors open?

Now I've gotten that off my chest it's on to quilting matters.

I am still quilting away on my H quilt - the quilting would certainly not
win any prizes that's for sure, it's a cross between wood grain
and rolling waves but I'm just going to refer to it as "organic" quilting!!!

Scrap Vortex - this I am loving!! Lots more small pieces all made up
ready for joining but I couldn't resist putting three pieces up on the wall

I would say that this is a good example of time and energy being dissipated in 
that being in a hurry to get a few things done I didn't wait for the good
light and  a seam is way off kilter bottom left - so that needs
to be sewn again.

In the midst of reflecting on the words of wisdom above I downed tools and took off
for a leisurely walk around the block hoping that  I would see
some colour in the gardens - not much at this time of year - but

there are plenty of Red Hot Pokers flowering and lovely colour in the

That's me for today, hope you're all having a good week and I
am heading back to the quilt and then more Scrappy Mountain catch-up!


Gina said...

I completely understand about the 'open doors'. I regularly need to take a step back from all that I try and commit to. I've found that trying to do too many things detracts from the enjoyment of what you really want to do.
Like how your scrap vortex is coming along. I'm torn as to whether I want to make one as I struggle with scrappy quilts and I know I'd be trying to organise the fabrics too much.

Leeanne said...

I get your closing door theory, it helps to clear the mind. Your organic quilting looks great. I like the red hot pokers.

Julierose said...

I totally agree with that "Closing Doors" idea. For me, it would be scrapbooking. I did it for years and now I have no desire to continue; but (always a but, right??) I have tons of "STUFF" for it. I guess I could donate it....it is weighing on my mind. thanks for the peek into that idea...I love your scrap vortex--I am collecting (hahaha) scraps to make myself one after I finish Fi's quilt.
Hugs, Julierose

Debbie said...

Good for you! Yes, a few years ago I realized I needed to get off some bandwagons and just do what I love. Removing those thing/closing the doors really helped my focus and I refuse to feel guilty about not joining everything that comes along.
Your quilting looks good to me....forget the imperfections. A finished quilt is a wonder to behold and share.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Excellent share -yes, closing doors concept is a good one. We are enticed to sample everywhere we go but it is more challenging to stay true to what we really love. Keeping eyes and minds open is healthy but trying to do too much is not.

Lovely succulents, BTW.

Sally T said...

I have a lot of closed doors...but mostly to keep kittens out. But yes, when I was clearing out for the move (that didn't happen), I closed many doors. But I do find myself peeking into new doors and then having a long talk with myself. But I am very glad I followed your scrap vortex adventure.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Yes I have been reading her articles too, interesting! Your 'organic' quilting is looking really good! I agree with Debbie, what is it they say... 'a finished quilt is better than a perfect unfinished quilt' (and I have only just realised the 'H' significance!) Loving your scrappy vortex too, you have been busy!

Barb said...

Yes ! I know just how you feel. I'm in the process of simplifying too.
Loved seeing your projects and your flowers!! Unusual blooms - very cool. Your scrappy quilt looks like fun!

Ann said...

It's refreshing to hear I'm not the only person stopping to choose how I spend my time and space. I like the idea of "closing doors" and your scrap vortex.