Musings, Progress

Finding the quilt balance

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:

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I am halfway through quilting it, so stay tuned for a finish… hopefully before the New Year, so I can start anew!

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Anne December 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    You are wise to realize this and smart to play and enjoy rather than be burdened with commitments that can suck away the joy and fun of being creative. I am pondering the same thing myself for next year.

  • Reply tisha @ quiltytherapy December 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This is why I mostly make baby quilts. They care quick and can be done relatively easily. Larger quilts just take too much time and I’m usually ready to move on to something else. Balance is important because your family needs you, you need creative downtime, and to be able to grow your skills.

    • Reply josiheron January 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Great advice Tisha, thank you!

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