Monday, January 5, 2015

Motivation Ebb and Flow

I've been thinking about my motivation this week.  I finally finished a quilt that I started some time in mid-1990's (as far as I can remember).  It is all hand pieced and then machine quilted.  I am happy with the results and happy to have this quilt done.  It was good machine quilting practice.  It's a good scrap quilt, but it just doesn't have that WOW factor of other quilts I've finished recently.

This is where the motivation part comes up.  I like to keep at least one hand and one machine project going on.  And I've been working on the eagle for a while.  I love how it's turning out.  But once I finished quilting the S-charm quilt, I didn't have another machine project lined up and I felt lost.  It's not that I don't have projects to do.  I have plenty of UFOs, fabric and ideas for new projects.  I just didn't know where to start.  I guess I didn't want to think too hard about it.  That's the thing I like about machine projects - they are mostly mindless sewing.  Until I got into the swing of things, I put off machine quilting the S-charm because I had to think about it too much and make too many decisions.  And having to make those decisions stalled all creativity.  I had no ambition to work on the eagle or any other projects.  Also, the eagle has gotten to the point where I know I have lost interest in other projects; it's more than half completed, I can imagine what it will look like when completed and it's getting tedious to work on.

I thought about it for a while and decided to put together these 1/2 square blocks that have been sitting around for about a year.  I knew how I wanted them arranged (in vague terms, but not exactly.)  I've been thinking about doing a quilt with an applique'd border and this quilt will be a perfect start for that.  Now the lay out is done and I have started stitching and my mojo is back.  

I have to remember this for when I get stuck in the future.  I have to remember to work through it and keep going and not get side-tracked by indecision.