The entire month of November I spent sewing at a ferocious rate to complete the two QuiltCon challenge quilts I had signed up for. Needless to say, I completed them with no time to spare, feeling very relieved when I hit send on my submission. This marked the end of an 8 month marathon of swaps and challenges that I had ambitiously signed up for, leaving room for no other creating.
I am a bit burnt out, and have put some hard thought into my quilting habit lately. Like all endeavors in life, I have jumped into quilting with both feet, and it has consumed me. I feel the need to back away a bit, and to perhaps find a harmony between creating and life. To be honest, I don’t want quilting to own me, I enjoy the online community, but I do not aspire to be a leader in it, just to be part of the conversation. Quilting is not my only passion, I have kids to you know!
I recently saw a lecture advertised for Cheryl Sleboda at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild’s website titled “Working Weekly – Staying Inspired – How small quilts helped me find my artistic voice.” Obviously, I will not be able to attend, but the title of her lecture gave me pause. Quilts are huge undertakings and time commitments. I have so many more ideas then I can even begin, and so many more beginnings then I can finish. I am excited to try new techniques and designs, but the magnitude of another quilt project is daunting.
After completing the two challenge quilts for QuiltCon I vowed to finish some WIPs. When they are complete I am making no more commitments for awhile, freeing myself so that when I am ready. I will let myself play and design with no rules!
I am working on finishing this quilt at the moment:
I am halfway through quilting it, so stay tuned for a finish… hopefully before the New Year, so I can start anew!