Quilters - do you at times get bogged down and lose your motivation for quilting? I think this happens to all of us at one time or another. Sometimes it happens to me if I spend a lot of time working on one certain thing (like a large project or trying to complete many projects for a book). I get burned out easily and then find I don't even want to quilt for awhile. What gets me going again is NOT looking at millions of photos of quilts on Pinterest, thinking it will get me motivated. This just makes me feel overwhelmed and now I've got a million projects I want to make but know I never will. Believe me, this just adds to your stress. And, people, who among us doesn't have enough stress as it is right now??
For years, I've noticed that I feel calmer, happier and just plain better when I'm creating something. When life gets stressful, it's even more important to do things that make yourself feel good.
I know from experience that if I stop creating for a time, it's that much harder to be creative when I get back to it. But sometimes all you have to do is jump in and make a little something and see if you can't get it back. What helps me the most is to slowly start playing around with fabric and make a few easy blocks. Then put them together to make something small. Sometimes I'll just buy a little bit of fabric while I'm at it. You'd be amazed at how quickly you'll perk up with some new fabric, LOL.
Last year in my Facebook group, we made a few easy little projects I called Small & Simple quilts. The patterns for these are in the group files.
Four-patch blocks are fun and easy -
Small & Simple quilt #1 below was inspired by an antique quilt block I turned into a doll quilt.
Nine patches and reproduction fabrics - Ahhh, what more can I say?? Another one inspired by an antique doll quilt.
🤗 thank you the reminders!! I’m very new to your small projects but I’m thrilled to have them to go to when the large quilts seem too much!ReplyDelete
Ces petites courtepointes sont ravissantes. J'ai 4 de vos livres dont "A Prairie Journey". Merci pour vos encouragements, il est vrai qu'en ce moment nous avons besoin de nous distraire tout en créant de petites choses. Je vous souhaite un bon dimanche.ReplyDelete
Very good advice! Now if I could just make myself follow that advice! ---"Love"ReplyDelete
So inspiring! I'll do that today. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I have been feeling in a quilting funk right now so I am trying to do just as you said and make a small project...a dresser scarf for myself. One thing I like to do to get me excited about quilting again is to go through my drawer of single blocks I have made and not used then find a way to use a few. I know what you mean about the need to do something creative. It helps a lot...I enjoyed this post.ReplyDelete
This is a great post. Thank you for doing it. Love all the beautiful pics of your work. My mom always said sewing was her therapy when times were tough, and I've really tried to remember that these days. As you mentioned, even doing something small can help.ReplyDelete
Gosh we could be sisters (I do have a sister-in-law named Kathleen Tracy!)!! I am currently bogged down in BOMs and on line sew alongs but once I am done with those I can work on my own projects. In between I work on my scrap pile making small units just as you have described, and soon I will have many to put into several small quilts.ReplyDelete
Looking at all the beautiful projects it seems there is nothing wrong with your creativity. It does brings happiness doesn't it?ReplyDelete
Working on a quilt and share that creative process with friens brings so much joy. Have a nice and creative weekend!
Very encouraging words and some very charming projects.ReplyDelete