I brought a variety of projects with me last week on my trip to Dad's. The focus was to finish cleaning and purging, but after the 6 - 7 hours a day spent at the hospital, not much got done on the home front. These projects each seemed a bit fiddly, and yet, it has been enough to keep the hands busy during all this visits to the hospital.
This is 140 blocks that will become the border on my 4 block applique. I used the paper method and had them sewn and cut before I left, and with the down time, I got all the papers removed, pressed the blocks and got the dog ears all trimmed off.
All of these are what I call "busy work" or "tv time". They are all a necessary part of the bigger picture, but to sit and do these in the moment of the project doesn't appeal to me. I like to have these ready to take along, that way time spent in a waiting room, or while watching some tv in the evening, or just for those times I don't want to get engaged in a project, I can keep my hands busy for a few minutes and know that I'm moving forward on a quilt. I know it doesn't save any time, I just feel that I can keep some projects in motion by segmenting part of the process.