32.3 Is there something I can do for you?

September 22, 2013

I have been very stressed as of late. Due to overworking, not sleeping, and general exhaustion.

One of my fears is that this stress and my lack of handling it well is that if I let it get to me, that I will slip into some form of depression.

I think it’s a fear because I am starting to see small warning signs creep up: Incredible anger & irritation, incredible weepiness, I apologize ALL THE TIME. (sorry – okay this one is a joke, but it’s about as bad as that).

And I know that one thing to help out depression is to do something good for someone else.

So rather than share with you my meager sewing tasks this week so much, I should ask you all:

Is there something I can do for you?

I have no time lately, so this is particularly ludicrous for me to ask, as if any of you give me a task that will take a while, man it will take A WHILE…. or it could anyway.

But, I figure it’s worth a shot, it may not take a while, and it may give me the focus onto something good for me to do, a task or two that will help me lift me out of myself.

What do you think?

Oh and since I need to try to put one picture in each post, here is the slow progress of hand sewing the trimming down on my periodic spiral.

periodic spiral quilt hand sewing three out of seven prepped

The top two applique borders are sewn down, the one on the bottom right is just glue basted at this time.

And the embroidery floss is a variegated pearl #5 style, that currently doesn’t accurately show which will go with what names.


I also have another healing quilt planned called “98 good bricks” that is only figured out conceptual-wise. I could do a lot with the 98 good brick idea, but it’s based off of a story from an audiobook called “Opening the Door of Your Heart“.

Not a banned book that I know about, but maybe it is banned somewhere, since the author is a Buddhist monk. So far that’s as far as I have got. I want to make a quilt based on that idea.


Anyway, give me a task, big or small, something you would like me to try: maybe clean up my blog, maybe look up how pins are made, maybe display all my finished quilts, something helpful to draw me away from the frustration that I feel pretty much daily.


  1. Okay, Darla, since I’m pretty much laid up with this ankle, could you please walk a mile for me, somewhere pretty, and send me pictures?

    • That’s a cool idea, I like that. I already did today and took no pictures, so I will try to do it soon. πŸ™‚

  2. I think it’s a great idea to do something to lift you out of the mood you are in. I would love some recipe ideas for a fondue party I’m hosting Saturday. I think I’m making the cheese type one and my neighbor, the chocolate one. Feel like taking that on? If you really don’t, it’s ok!

  3. Just wanted to say how much your input on my question about metal buttons helped me a few weeks ago. I really appreciate your help!!! Just a reminder that even if you don’t feel like you are doing anything helpful, you are by having the blog, providing inspiration to all of us and making us feel closer to you. Thank you!

  4. If you can’t find a baby to rock, spend 15 minutes petting a dog or a cat. Breathe. Relax. Feel you blood pressure drop.

  5. Hi Darla, There is something you can do for me. Send me an email; it is a thrill for me to hear personally from my favorite podcasters or former podcasters. Don’t you just love this community So reply to this email and say “hi.” Then I’ll have a question you can help me with. I’m trying to decide which three fabrics to use on a bag I’m making. I’ve spent way too much time deliberating. So I’ll narrow it down to 3 or 4, send you pics and you can give me your opinion. It would help me greatly as I value your opinion as a quilter.

    Hang in there – I know exactly how you’re feeling. Tami Knox

    • Hey Tami, I am going to see if this way replies right so we get the reply in-line with the request. Not the way I used to reply to email/comments, but maybe I’m learning something here.

      Currently am getting ready for work, so time is limited, so I can’t send the proper length email right now, but I’ll do my best helping you, if I wait until after work I may not remember to send the email (happens some days). But I know the answer will def be after work, or maybe early tomorrow morning.

      I can do my best in helping you decide about fabrics for a bag. Thanks for your great comments, and I appreciate you!

      I’ll send a reply my ‘usual way’ (copy & paste the email address) if this doesn’t get to you correctly in a few days.

      – Darla

      Blog and Podcast on: https://scientificquilter.wordpress.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scientificquilter Twitter: http://twitter.com/!/scientificquilt

      • This didn’t come to my email. I sent and email to your regular address and I included the pictures. I hope you got it.

  6. All I ask is that you take a walk and smell the roses. Works for me every time. Just 10 minutes will help anything.

  7. (((Darla))) sorry all the feels are weighing you down. Everyone has times like these, but being aware and proactive is a huge step in the right direction. I think this is an awesome idea that I am going to *try* to remember next time I am feeling funky.

    I would love for you to find one of your old pre-blogging projects, one that made you happy for some reason…a new technique that made you proud or a gift whose recipient was particularly grateful, or whatever!…and write a blog post about it. Link up with me on #TBT Throwback Thursday. It will be good for both of our blogs and, hopefully, remind you of a wonderful memory.

    Thinking of you!!

  8. I would like you to make some sketches for your future prairie quilt. Nothing fancy, just some quick doodles on work breaks or when you’re too tired to sew. Thinking of you! πŸ™‚

  9. I just finished reading an article written for a general audience about the Higgs Boson. I have never studied physics and I struggled to understand the terms and concepts referenced in the article. What would you suggest to a non-scientist wanting to improve her understanding of physics?

  10. Hi Darla,
    I know that cleaning up my sewing room by refoldng fabric, re-organizing my supplies and rearranging my sewing room or completing an organizing idea that I would like to add to my sewing room does a lot to lift my spirits and recharge me.

    What you can do for me is look at sewing and quilting room organiation ideas on pinterest or elsewhere and pick one idea that you can do in your room.

    I know your sewing space isn’t very big and neither is mine. With that in mind, I tend to look at sewing rooms and sewing room organination ideas on pinterest..

    E-mail me and let me know what you find on your search and how the project turned out.

  11. I feel I need to leave a reply here. Have your requests. Have had to put on hold due to some health issues at the end of last week, and now I am heading to AQS this week. Thanks for commenting all, and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. With as many AQS pictures as we can take & am allowed to show.

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