Monday, September 7, 2009

Where's my quilting groove?

I was on vacation for an entire week, had plenty of opportunities to sew since I stayed home 90% of the time and only had to babysit a couple of days, I just couldn't make myself do it. Maybe a visit to the fabric store would help?
I brought home 6 fat quarters of white prints to replace the yardage used for Ann Smith's summer mystery and 2 fat quarters of black & white prints for a future project. All the fabric and notions at the store kept silent, none of them (except for the needed pieces) asked to come home with me. Shopping expedition did not help.

OK then, maybe if I worked on the summer mystery for a bit, the instructions for a full size quilt calls for 12 of these partial blocks, managed to make 8, still not much improvement in my non-quilting mood. How about if I did something sewing related? there are at least 1/2 a dozen pairs of pants that need hemming? NOT! There is a reason they are still hiding behind furniture.... I dislike, OK I admit, HATE altering clothes. That was a bad idea. Bummer, all this time to sew and I'm just not in the mood......

Then the light bulb came on, don't force it! just let time run it's course. After all, there are no rules that say I have to sew all the time or even on any available free time, I don't sew or quilt for a living and most importantly there is no pleasure or satisfaction in doing anything that feels forced weather is sewing or anything else. So this morning, I decided to make my dinning room table my design wall, sorted my little 1.75" 1/2 squares into color families and will just let them sit there for as long as they need. I feel a little quilting groove awakening, not much yet, but these little guys and maybe other people's design walls will help me find it.