Yesterday, I took my time-sensitive quilting project to our church council meeting. I've been on the lookout for chunks of time to work on it, and yesterday's meeting seemed perfect, with its start time moved from 10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. I don't usually take copious notes so I thought I'd try quilting during our meeting time.
I've noticed that many of our members keep looking at their cell phones, so I didn't feel I'd be disrespectful by quilting. In fact, I think I think checking one's cell phone is more distracting mentally than quilting. One of our members has worked on knitting a prayer shawl, so there's been a precedent.
During my time at the Create in Me retreat, I crocheted a prayer shawl. I worried that I might not pay attention if I was crocheting, but I found that just the opposite was true. Having my hands busy quieted my mind. And when I look at my notebook from that retreat, I find that I took notes too.
Yesterday, I found that the quilting calmed my mind in a similar way. And when our meeting time went longer than scheduled, I didn't mind. I made more progress, and that was good.
I wish I could take my quilting and crocheting projects with me everywhere, especially to meetings at work. Alas, taking my projects to work is probably unwise--but perhaps I'll start thinking about meetings of other types as opportunities to get some quilting done.