I am focused on multiple tasks. I wish I could multitask, but that just isn’t doable. Why? Multitasking means doing two or more tasks simultaneously. Technically, there is no such thing as multitasking. What we do when we say we are multitasking is alternate tasks. This can be done rapidly, giving the impression of multitasking.
Here’s a fun task to understand what I mean. First, write out your name. In my case that would be Gwyned Trefethen. Next count the number of letters in your name. There are 15 letters in my name. Now write out the numbers in order… 1, 2, 3… 15. That’s easy, right? First you do one task, the name, then you do the next task, the numbers. Now try multitasking. Start with the first letter of your name, followed by the number 1, then the second letter of your name, followed by 2, etc. G1w2y3…n15. Note how much harder you have to concentrate. If you had a stopwatch you could verify that it actually takes longer to simultaneously keep track of letters and numbers, than to focus first on letters, then numbers.
Currently, I have two studio tasks going. The harder, more technical one is interpreting the image of Sue in fabric and thread. I have become obsessed, of late, with creating portraits this way. This is the largest (Sue measures 33″ H x 24″ W) I have ever worked combining appliqué and thread painting. It’s scary. So, I prefer to tackle this task gradually, taking “breaks” with work I find less stressful.
When I am not working on Sue, I am working on my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This year I am going simple. Well, simple for me. My blocks will be string pieced on the diagonal. The central stripe (string) is pieced from black and white fabrics. Rather than cut a bunch of small pieces and seam them together, I like to stitch strata. I love how doing this naturally randomizes the fabric. My strata measures 120″ x 10.5″
Now that I am finished stitching the first strata I can cut 10.5″ x 1.75″ strips for the center string in each block. I’ve learned to test and retest my stitching and piecing plans before I cut everything I will need. Yes this will work. Hurrah!
Isn’t that quilt great? My layout will be different, but the theory is the same. I love how it lends itself to using scraps versus creating new ones. Dealing with scrap overload is one task I prefer to avoid.
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