“Don’t have a creative Bone in your Body”

So its not secret that the past year has been a bit of a challenge…. divorce, moving etc.  It really takes it toll on how creative you are.  I have always been the type of person that takes her time with all of my projects… thinking that each one is a  masterpiece.  A creative rut is no place to be!  So how do you get out of it. Many of you have given great advice in the past…. step away, work on a simple project, knit or crochet etc…. I listened to this podcast on my way to teach in Vermont and I believe this is gonna help.

Take a listen and let me know in the comments what you think.

Marie Forleo’s Podcast with Chase Jarvis

I found the study on the pottery class most interesting!

With this in mind, I came home from that trip with a renewed energy that I just have to create.  Whether it is designing an original quilt, quilting customer quilts, my own quilts or even grabbing a pattern so I can work on something where I don’t have to think as much.

I decided to use a very old jelly roll in my limited stash…. and make this cute quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew called Pixel Chain.

How cute is that???  I cut all my fabric in a day and now it seems like its taking me forever to sew the blocks.  I have 5 done… that’s it.  lol . but at least the directions are there… I just have to follow them.

So with this podcast in my ear…. I am going to see how many projects I can get done by the end of the year.  I have a couple UFO’s that I am close to finishing so that should boost my numbers.  But the goal here is to not over think….. I suffer from Analysis Paralysis….. anyone else??


Who wants to join me???  Let’s see how productive we can be.

28 thoughts on ““Don’t have a creative Bone in your Body”

  1. Last winter was supposed to be the winter I work on getting my tops quilted. As such I didn’t take in any client quilts. Result? 12 months on not making a stitch. At all. Anywhere. I was worried my mojo moved. Well, it came back. In the last week I completed one, got one on the frame, bought backing for the third and finished a half completed kit. Go me! I’m so relieved it wasn’t a permanent stop.

  2. I’m in. In fact I think I predated you just a little but not much. I got all hung up with machine problems after my 830 gave up the ghost for much of the year that at last are solved (I love my new 880 plus) and I am happily sewing a lot every day. I’m almost ready to sandwich my mom’s memory quilt, and I have a list as long as my arm on other sewing I want to get done by the end of the year. It makes it all the more fun to have a stack of sewing that you have all the pieces, and all the details of what to do are worked out. I love that little quilt you show here. Glad you seem to be rising from the ashes, or some such, and are getting your life back in order after all that happened. It just takes persistence and leaning a bit on your friends here and there. Cheers!

  3. Oh, I’m definitely on your team. I was so excited when I got a new long arm quilter about a month and a half ago. I had things all planned out with quilt tops and how each was going to be quilted. Have I done anything with them? A big old fat NO. It seems that life has gotten in the way. Nothing bad has happened. In fact, the things that have gotten in the way are other things in life that I love. I walk by the little room that I painted and redecorated specifically for my new long arm with a heavy heart. I keep telling myself that things are going to slow down soon and I’ll be having the creative time of my life when that happens. So regardless of the reason for spinning your tires creatively, we have to remain positive that the creative bus will get moving – and SOON!

  4. Lock it in. That was the Pearl I learned from a Maria Shell workshop. Just commit and move on. We could analyze a project into the old folks home!

  5. I haven’t touched my sewing stuff since last year. I am recuperating from occupational burnout (teacher). Just last week I put a pillow together.. it wasn’t perfect… but it did the trick,.. it got me back in my sewingroom playing with fabric and the longarm machine.
    I have created some stacks of precut fabric to make flying geese. Even if I just add one completed geese a day, , or cut some more fabric, Or just look at the pretty piles of fabrics, have been in that room, getting me out of that rut.
    Slowly, my sewjo is coming back… but I am careful not to put any deadline on projects as that will paralize me if I can’t reach that goal. The goal is not the completed a
    project, but being in that room for a fee minutes each day.
    Thank you for the link to the podcast. I will listen to it today.

  6. A couple years ago I was in a funk when Ebony Love did a “Finishing School”. We listed 10 projects we wanted to get done in3 months and we checked back every week to see if we finished a project. What a pace, but it sure got me focused. I’m going to do that again in 2 weeks when we get back from Hawaii. Til then I have a hand appliqué to do.

  7. My problem is I plan way more than I can accomplish in the time I actually have to do what I love – sew and create. I have about 10 projects lined up to get finished this year. I’ve decided not to beat myself up if I don’t finish; instead I am committed to enjoying the process, to learn some new skills, and maybe make some quilting friends during the journey.

  8. My sewjo problem is that, against my better judgement, in a moment of temporary insanity, I agreed to finish piecing an abandoned double wedding ring UFO that someone found in her grandmother’s attic when she was cleaning out the house… I know, right?!! She approached our guild about it and I was the only fool who raised her hand, because I was curious and wanted to see it. And then when I met the lady she was so nice, and had all of these wonderful memories of sleeping under grandma’s quilts as a child, and I was like Renee Zellweger (“You had me at Hello”). So the project has all of the challenges you’d expect — pieces cut imprecisely, not fitting together perfectly, piecing not as accurate as it should be for a DWR, seams not pressed in the ideal direction and some seams that flip willy-nilly in the middle… I can see why the grandma got frustrated and set it aside, but I made a commitment to do this and now it’s hanging over me like the Cloud of Doom. I feel guilty working on any of my own projects until I get this client project done but it’s really, really hard for me to work on a project that is so (from my perspective) compromised before I even got my hands on it. A lot of my procrastination has been “analysis paralysis,” debating with myself whether I should do any seam ripping and restitching of what grandma already pieced or just proceed with it the way it is, since the point is for the finished piece to be mostly “made by grandma” rather than “completely taken apart and made by Rebecca.” The saving grace is that I quoted the customer an hourly rate and convinced her to go with a Queen bed RUNNER rather than an entire bed quilt, but I’m still really struggling to make myself work on it at all, with the result that I’m working on NOTHING and feel like I’ve banished myself from my own sewing room. Ugh!

    SO… Long story short (as if!)… Count me in on the uphill battle against creative roadblocks, and count me in on the goal of pushing through when I don’t feel like it. My APQS Millennium is finally working the way it’s supposed to after extensive trouble shooting and replacing of parts, and I’m looking forward to quilting this DWR runner with your rulers once I get the dang thing pieced!

  9. Just finished listening to podcast share… thank you! I wrote down the anagram IDEA on a post it note. It is on my fridge whe I can see it every day!
    I’m a new Q24 long arm owner at using the sitdown Q20 for 4 years. I felt stifled in what I desire to do and so during Berninas big sale I followed the way out and bought the LA 😃 squeee!!!!! this podcast affirmed I’m on the right track!

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