Do you ever fall into those moods:
- You have a zillion great quilt ideas?
- Patterns you are dying to try.
- Fabric you can’t wait to use?
- Then you get home have 4 hours of free time and NOTHING gets done?
You my friend are in a quilting RUT!
How do I know? Cause I happen to be in one now. I literally have TONS of ideas floating around in my head, a quilt pattern I have planned out and need to start producing…but my gumption seems to have gone by the wayside.
In truth there are a few things conspiring against me, a missing piece of equipment or certain color of fabric. And because of that I feel like I can’t start ANYTHING on that project until I have all of my tools lined up in a row like a surgeon. (OCD Much?) Once I have everything I need, I normally throw myself into a project and go full bore.
Sadly, that hasn’t happened for me yet. The good news is, I’m taking a vacation soon! My in-laws gave the family a cruise to Alaska for Christmas. (really excited about it). I know what you’re thinking….Alaska has nothing to do with quilts, where are you going with this? Well we are flying in a few days before the cruise and I get to hang out with my friends from Ephrata, Washington at the Fabric Patch Quilt Retreat House!!
I LOVE watching other people quilt, the little tricks they have, things you watch, and think, that makes perfect sense, how smart, why didn’t I think of that? So I have no idea what project we’re going to work on. But I know there will be fun, laughing, and sewing. Just the little jump start I need to get me out of neutral and into drive.
I’ve also decided that I need to plugin to more classes at my LQS Pine Needles Sewing Center. They offer TONS of them, and the price is right, $60 gets you a class ticket for 3 months. Sign up for pretty much anything in that 3 month period. Many times I think a project is out of my league because of the difficulty, well that’s where the classes come in. Building my skills, and hopefully giving me a bit more quilting confidence.
So if you’re in a rut, go out to your LQS, sign up for that interesting class, Block of the Month, or upcoming retreat. Sometimes you just need that spark to put a little charge back into your quilting!