Yesterday I was feeling bored and uninspired, and it dawned on me that a new project would be a good thing to get me out of this little crafting rut I’ve been in. I haven’t been completely uncreative lately; I did get some new coloring books and am having a good time coloring (anyone besides me always think of Sex and the City when they talk about coloring??). But I’ve been feeling a tad guilty about being so lazy with Leatherings. It’s been, oh, six months since i had anything listed on Etsy. For a successful shop, that’s a long time.
But I still am sorta burned out on leather. I mean, I’ll make stuff, but I’m not excited about it.
So I remembered that I’ve been talking about making a new quilt for a year or so and that i still have not started one. I found a pattern (it’s a fairly plain background, with these appliqued stones on the front) and decided on a color theme. I’m going to make the background blue/teal, and the stones will be mostly grey. It sort of reminds me of Cummins Falls, or any place with rocks jutting out of the water. Good quilt for Tennessee. I’m feeling very positive about it. I ordered some fabric yesterday, and will need more but think I’ll just go to Joann’s for the smaller pieces of blues and greys that i’m going to need.
But in the meantime. I remembered that I still haven’t finished that crocheted motif throw that I started…oh, like three years ago. Maybe four years. I can’t even remember. I had gotten so far as to sew about half of the motifs together (four years ago), and then I stopped. I didn’t run out of yarn or anything — just motivation.
So yesterday, while Stephen worked on making a coozie for his Chemex coffee pot, I worked on sewing the rest of the motifs together. I got about half-way finished (had to force the motivation because it seriously still was not there) and I plan on getting the rest done tonight. Not sure if I’m going to block the whole thing again after I sew it all together and weave in the ends; I mean, I should, but I don’t have anything big enough to block it on. Except the bed. But blocking a large blanket on a bed gives me the creeps. Makes me feel sorta damp and moldy.
I need to get a job in a fabric or yarn store. Or get a job being a creative coach. Or SOMETHING. I get so excited about projects; I bet I could be good at passing along that excitement and getting people stirred up about making things. Maybe I should be an art teacher. Except, that’s probably a bad idea. I sorta doubt I would enjoy that. But who knows? Hmmmmm. I need more crafting buddies, too. Maybe I should rent studio space somewhere. If I had extra money. Haha. But how do I get more involved in the art community around here, or do I actually want to do that? I’m not sure.
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When I was a little girl, Mama sewed a lot and was teaching her daughters to do it, too. Back then, there were no Joanne’s or Hobby Lobby’s; mostly you bought fabric in a department store. JCPenney used to sell fabric, believe it or not. Anyway, there was a small fabric store where Mama was well-known and liked called Dot’s Fashion Fabrics. I didn’t much like to sew, but I LOVED all the fabric and notions at Dot’s. The first job I ever really aspired to was working at a fabric store. Chuckle, chuckle. : )
I saw the image you sent of the quilt you’re thinking about—agh it’s gonna be gorgeous. Have you ever thought about doing wall hangings instead of a full-sized quilts? Seems like that might help your motivation issues, because 1) it’s a shorter project, and 2) having small finished projects is WAAYY better than having large unfinished ones. I speak from experience…and I’m also preaching* to the choir.**
*not actual preaching
**not actual choir
And now I’m second-guessing myself. Finishing large projects is pretty great, even if it takes a while. I guess the issue is…do you *want* to finish it. I had this queen-sized quilt on the back burner for maybe 2-3 years, and it was a huge rush to finally finish it. And then I didn’t take care of it and it has several holes in it now. Not sure what the moral of this story is!!!