Sewing My Life Together

Mis-Inspiration Lately

Well, if you read my last post you’ve seen that I have been very busy with many things OTHER than sewing.

Consequently, two things happened: (1). I was tense and stressed and (2). I doubted my ability as an artist, artisan, quilter or sewist.

I read somewhere that an artist needs solitude and time to create. My recent experiences reminded me of that or rather, brought out the truth in that statement. I tried sitting down at the sewing machine with only a half-hour to sew and came up bank. I haven’t dyed any fabric, printed on any fabric, and indeed forgot that I once knew how to do these things.

 

I have a few photos that I would like to try to replicate with fabric, but my mind is a blank about what fabrics I have on hand, what I would use, what I might need to dye or buy, or even what steps to take to start.

 

In short, I stopped thinking of myself as any sort of a creative person. I was tired and discouraged.

Discouraged

Yesterday I had the day off due to Good Friday, and I sat down at my sewing machine and began again. I cut about 180 2.5 inch squares.Squares

 

I then started sewing them in rows.Piecing

When I went to bed last night, I was disappointed that I had not been more careful in cutting the squares. I ordered another Jelly Roll of the Dr. Seuss characters, intending to fussy cut them later this week.

 

However, today I checked the strips and realized that fussy cutting wasn’t really an option. the characters are printed randomly and are often cut in half. At best, I could probably only get a couple of characters from two strips, not nearly enough to make this baby quilt.

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As you can see, on the jelly roll strips there is not enough room to fussy cut distinct characters. I will have to be content with the random squares.

I spent a couple of hours today sewing, and it felt great. I found myself making a lot of rookie mistakes and being inattentive.

 

I still do not have my ‘art’ mojo working yet, but I am back and sewing.

 

Maybe inspiration will come?

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