One, two, or three( cannot go beyond three), yes, we all have them. Habits, whether good or bad, take up space in our daily routine. I figure after sharing my quilt travesty why stop there? I might as well turn the page on the open book of Lisa Calle.
Bad Habit #1: While I am quilting I have a tendency to throw all of my thread snips onto the floor. This then requires me to vacuum up all those lovely little snips at a later date. Dare I say a much later date, an extended date that I push-off as long as possible. The consequence of this snip littering has me entering a store with various colors and lengths of thread dripping off my pants. I look like an episode of Project Runway gone bad, really bad. I keep forgetting to keep a lint roller in my car, definitely not the way to break my habit but it would allow me to keep an intervention from occurring.
Bad Habit #2: Making sure my family is fed on days that I am immersed in my studio; which is typically Monday through Friday. Yes, they actually expect to be fed, they are obviously a bit clueless to what the addiction of fabric does to a quilter. Let’s clue them in shall we…no dinner!
Good Habit #1: And at this time there is only one that I am going to report, I need to think on a few others (or rather think if I have any others). Prior to beginning a new project after completing one I MUST clean my studio. I need to start my new design in an area that is nice and tidy. But within mere hours I revert back to bad habit #1 as thread snips cover the floor, and various tools/materials take over my work space.
What habits take over your quilting life? Please tell me I’m not the only one that allows their family to starve for a majority of the week? By the way there is always frozen waffles and pizza in my freezer!
If you are like me you have at least one bad habit that has become ingrained in you since you began quilting. It has probably become such a part of your quilting routine that you don’t even realize that it is occurring UNTIL the end of the day or UNLESS someone kindly points it out to you.
In a shocker my bad habit is wearing my shoulders as earrings. And I am quite sure many of you are nodding your head in agreement thinking, “Me too” or “Boy have I heard Lisa say that during one of her classes!” Posture, Posture, Posture! Letting my shoulders become one with my ears has me cursing myself crazy by the time I am finished quilting for the day. My neck aches, my shoulders feel stiff and my upper body feels very uncomfortable. A stiff, cranky Lisa is not a productive, happy Lisa. “Lower those shoulders” is stressed by me to all my students because IF I can prevent any feelings from transpiring like what is depicted below then it will be heard it again and again.
Yes, we all stumble and fall back into old patterns, but not trying to break them at all will only hinder our ability to succeed. Whether our habits are physical or mental let’s not let them deprive us of reaching our goals. So whenever I fall off the “good habit wagon” and realize I’m wearing earrings I just take a moment and think:
Do you have a habit that lingers in your quilting space? If so please share! If you have conquered a bad habit I ABSOLUTELY want to hear about your success and by all means how you accomplished the task. Remember I only listed one of a long list of habits that I should break while quilting. Perhaps one of my peers out there will give me the inspiration needed to work on another one!