Saturday, November 21, 2015

And then I don't

Today I attended the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I really wanted to be able to share during show and tell. However, I sadly have not really been quilting. So I pulled a quilt I haven't share off with them off my mini quilt wall and the mini quilt I use as a placemat at lunch. Both adorable scrap quilts... but seriously that is I have.



I couldn't actually tell the last time I sat down at my sewing machine, or even went in my sewing room for anything other than dropping junk that I didn't know what else to do.

I keep thinking to myself... I am going to sew tonight. And then I don't.

Then I tell myself tomorrow..tomorrow I am going to sew. And then I don't.

So then I start bargaining with myself... Well if I can just get ___ done then I can have time to sew. And then I don't.

When I reflect back all I have done is avoided doing something that makes me happy. Something that relieves stress (which I have)... something that helps me focus (which I haven't been). Something that allows me to be creative. So what is the problem??? Why can't I seem to find my sewing mojo???

Not to say I haven't sewn at all these past few months. I did get kind of sucked into the instagram mini quilt swap mania.




But even for all of these mini quilts that I made, I have felt like I was forcing myself to sew. Oh yeah and of course these mini quilts were my other excuse for not sewing...

I will just finish this mini quilt and start on my projects. And then I didn't.

So what should I do to get my sewjo back? I am hoping that putting this out there, that maybe just maybe I might be able to use my thanksgiving break to find my sewjo again. What do you all think? Any tips for me to get out of this block?
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6 comments:

  1. Sometimes when I'm stuck, I'll just start playing in my stash and start pulling fabric for different quilts. I don't need a plan. I just want to put different colors together. Many of them never make it into quilts but at least it's getting me to consider different combinations. Every once in a while something just hits and I end up inspired. I also do this a lot when I know I don't have the time to sew but I have a few minutes to play. Something else I do is just pull out my colored pencils and graph paper and start sketching. Look into Lucky Spools Mighty Lucky Club for next year. I think I may try it in lieu of swaps and bees.

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    1. Thanks so much for the suggestions. I too love playing with my fabrics. I will look at the Lucky Spools Club right now.

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  2. Have you got any old WIP that only need that little bit of sewing to get finished? My last big rut I found that finishing really gave me a sense of achievement and pushed me to get something else finished. Before I knew it I was adding to my WIP

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    1. I think that might be part of my probably. Everything is an old WIP. However, maybe if I turned a top into a quilt that might help... Now you have me thinking about it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. Firstly, I would advise not forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do! Are there other creative pursuits you could turn to for inspiration- colouring, going to an art gallery, looking at craft books? As Janice said, even playing with fabric can get the ideas flowing. I hope the sew-jo returns soon!

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    1. Thank you so much for the advice and the good thought for my sew-jo. I really do appreciate it.

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