Just one hour

irish-chain-06This weekend is a very busy one for our church, and since sweet hubby is the pastor, that means I am very involved, too. Today, I had just one hour of free time between two of those activities. Normally, I bemoan the fact that I don’t have all day to quilt, and so I don’t do anything at all. Today, I decided to see what I could get done in just one hour.

irish-chain-07Yesterday, as I cut the sewn jelly roll strips into 2-1/2″ units, I threw them into paper bags; one paper bag for the light-dark-light units and one for the dark-light-dark units. I counted them as I threw them in the bag, and I kept track by writing the number on the outside of the bags. Since I knew the total number of blocks that I need, I wanted to make sure I made enough, but also didn’t cut more units than I needed.

Once I sat down to sew this morning, I placed one of the bags right next to my sewing machine so I could pick out the strip that I wanted. I’m the type of person who tries to make sure no two fabrics are repeated within the same block. Putting the bag within arms reach made that easy.


Since everything was ready to go, I sat down and whipped out twenty blocks in very little time, even with taking time to dig through my bags. In just forty-five minutes, I had twenty blocks sewn and pressed. In the remainder of my hour, I took pictures, cropped them, and wrote this blog.

Who knew you could get this much done in just one hour?

I think I need to quit making excuses and just get to work.

4 Responses

  1. Ed Chamness

    Maria, you never cease to amaze me…I really should try this…just do a little instead of wondering if I have time to do something…

  2. Ann Wiseman

    : )

    Don’t you hate it when you prove something to yourself??

  3. Elsie Montgomery

    Oh, I know this lesson, but I am not learning it very well. Not saying this is everyone’s problem, but when I goof off and fiddle around, the word that comes to my mind is “lazy” – yikes. So thank you for this post. Pray for those of us that are so slow to get to it…