>I touched my sewing machine today for the first time in almost three weeks. Last night I was talking with a good friend of mine who does beautiful oil paintings, and sells a bunch of them around Central Texas. I told him what I hadn’t really told anyone else until now: that I hadn’t sewn in weeks. My friend simply said, “Well you probably should.” Then we talked about the creative process and hitting road blocks, and I realized I had burnt out somewhere in May. I have a hard time achieving balance in my life sometimes, and I spent far too much time only quilting and going to work. It kind of takes the joy out of it and makes it feel like a chore. But…
(Sorry for the bad picture, I took it on my phone cause I misplace my real camera. I promise better pictures of the finished product later!)
… today I turned on the iron, busted out my rotary cutter and finally got to something I had been wanting to do for a while. After talking with my friend last night, I decided I needed something quick and easy to work on to get me back in the groove. This mini quilt has been in my Flickr favorites for a while, and I’ve had a sketch on graph paper pinned on the wall above my sewing machine for far too long. I also have a nasty empty spot staring at me from above my TV. I put together the top (front?) of this wall hanging and basted it this afternoon before work. The best part is I didn’t have to buy a thing. I had just enough leftover white Kona from the Potholder Pass (well almost — do you see the seam in the bottom right square?), and the back will just be muslin since it’ll be against the wall anyway.
But I need some advice: First, I’m dying to hear any tips on making and attaching a wall-hanging sleeve that won’t show. Second, I’d really love to hear what you do to pull yourself out of a funk, or how you deal with that burnt-out roadblock feeling.