Note: This blog is not to make light of those who live with the normal version of ADHD.
Most of the Quilters I know have at least five projects in different stages, with at least thirty more dancing in their heads. At one point I counted up to 13 projects kitted and or started in my sewing room. That’s when I decided counting was over
Occasionally, we meet a quilter who will make this statement. “I like to work on one project at a time, and I won’t buy fabric for anymore projects until I am finished with the one I am working on.”
If they make this statement in a room full of quilters they are met with a blank stare and then someone hurriedly rushes the conversation on to cover the awkward silence. We don’t want to tell her she’s not a normal quilter, bless her heart.
There is something about the Quilting brain where one creative idea spans five more ideas, and ten more projects. This is completely normal!!! If we were in school, it’s true that the school counselor might be calling our parents in for a conference and suggesting medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But Yay! it’s not school, it’s quilting, and starting and switching projects is how we feed our quilt
It’s not that it’s wrong to only work on one project at a time, heaven’s, if I did that I might actually speed things up a bit. It’s just not the natural flow for us Quilting Chicks with Quilting ADHD. Which stands for.
Attention: Fabric and quilts catch our attention. We do brake for quilt shops. No. We are not checking out the Construction worker in tight jeans. Our eyes are fixed
most determinedly on the Sign behind him advertising a quilt show. When we are working on our projects that’s where our attention is. Somebody better be bleeding
or dead if they try to interrupt us at the wrong moment.
Design: What starts off as table runner may lead to a King sized quilt. What was intended to be king sized quilt may may end up being a tote bag. We are flexible
Help: Who doesn’t want to help another quilter out when they are stuck? Who doesn’t want to help her thin down her stash by taking some home. We are just so helpful...wherever the help is needed.
Drive. More fabric...more quilts....more notions...need a quilt for an auction in two days? Sure! We can do that! The full time job we used to have? Pointless. The boss looked at us funny when we asked for fabric instead of health insurance. We are so very very driven when it comes to quilting.
quilt guilds and medical clinics..otherwise know as Quilt Shops. Unlike other support groups, we don’t help each other “stop the behavior”. We support you in going nuts. The prescriptions you receive at your local Quilt Store/Quilt clinic is permission to buy what you want and then some, with encouragement given when you bring in your show and tells.
So when some non-quilting friend (or spouse) asks you how many PHD’s you have (Projects Half Done) just smile sweetly and lie. Our ADHD is an important part of the quilting process, and no one should be allowed to dictate our therapy!