The weather has been on a roller-coaster ride here in Minnesota this last week. We had two sunny days where we reached 64 degrees, but then dove back into cold rain and sleet. Snapping this photo today, it was 40 degrees and bleak outside. But the grass is getting greener, and the leaves on the lilac bushes are showing signs of hope.
When the warm sun does shine, I am drawn away from my sewing to go play in the garden. But I have a stack of quilting projects piled high, so perhaps this cool spring is a gift.
However, as spring progresses towards summer, I have a restlessness that makes it hard to stay on task with some of my sewing projects. Perhaps it is just hard to finish a flannel quilt when my mind is wandering to backyard BBQ’s. Piecing gorgeous red maple leaves feels like drudgery when the tulips are forming buds and the forsythias are blooming. Evenings spent in a grand attempt to finish a hand-quilting project are not feeling like cozy, happy moments, but just a task to get through.
Which makes me think about my own UFO’s, and wonder about all of yours! Looking at the stacks, I realize now that many of them were set aside as seasons shifted. A large number do seem to become abandoned with the onset of Spring. Is this due to the fact that we suddenly change our lifestyle and live outside so much over the Summer? Or is it because the desire for change runs deep inside, triggered by the longer days?
Fall brings us happily inside to make soups, and to start new quilts and other projects. Spring seems to lead us to set them aside and pursue other things. And I love it! As the days get longer and warmer, I feel like I am shedding not only layers of clothing, but ready to stir things up and make some changes. Articulating those changes is not always easy, but the desire to do something different seems to be a universal sensation as Winter lets go.What about you? Are my Northern Hemisphere readers also ready to move on to lighter, more summery projects? In the Southern Hemisphere, are you feeling the nesting desire as Fall settles around you? And what of those who live closer to the Equator, with less seasonal change happening outside? Do you also have a cycle of picking up new things and setting aside old ones? I am curious! Please share…
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