Sewing Blunders and Other Assumptions

My husband walked into my sewing room as I was bemoaning my latest quilting  predicament.   “Didn’t you read the directions?” was the first thing he asked,  shaking his head at my latest  blunder.

I was too busy changing the pattern from paper piecing to regular assembly and dealing with the trials that come with reversing blocks, so no, I had not read the instructions all the way through.  I assumed what I was supposed to do by the sample photo instead.

As I was trying to mend the situation, I started thinking about how many things we can assume about living with an illness like lupus.

  • how people view us
  • we will feel this bad the rest of our life
  • everything the doctor says or predicts is correct
  • if we get up feeling poorly we assume the day will be ruined
  • some of us assume we will die prematurely

There are many more, but I think you get the gist.   I have wasted time and energy  thinking about these issues.  Sometimes, I have allowed my emotions to get the best of me and  even gave depression  a foothold. I can attest that  focusing on these things, does not bear good fruit.

Dr. Richard Carlson, in his book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff, gives  good insights and  strategies on how to  deal with issues just like these.  It  definitely takes lots of practice, self-control, and, often, reminders from friends and family to stay focused. But emotionally, it is well worth the effort.

So, what exactly triggered this whole thing?  The “dog” quilt I am making   for the cutest little boy I know, my 3-year-old nephew.  Each dog has floppy ears, soft wool noses and eyes. The ears  should  be soft  flannel on the underside to remind him of his  dog Gretyl.  But because I made a faulty assumption when working from the sample picture, and ignored the instructions, the dogs never got their soft flannel ears, much to my chagrin.

The quilt blunder is really not a big deal.  It was easy enough to change 4 of the 9  blocks.  I would have saved myself extra work  if I had not acted on assumption, but then I would not have had the inspiration for this blog.

More to come about Dr. Carlson’s, book which I have mentioned in several blogs now.  Until next time…Leslie Rose K

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The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. -William James

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on November 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    What a great post Leslie, sure gives food for thought! I am usually a direction reader, but there have been times that I toss the directions aside and did my own thing. Sometimes it works, but more often than not it doesn’t. Same can be said on making assumptions with out health regarding Lupus. Maybe one day we will feel bad all day, but it doesn’t mean the next time we will. This will have me thinking the next time I go to make an assumption.


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