Don't stop now!
Sometimes it takes more that sitting in your workspace and putting some fabric on the design wall, or organizing your extensive thread collection, or re-reading thank you notes from happy quilt recipients to get out of your inspiration funk. I needed a good swift kick in the whozits to get me going again so I thought I would share my experience with you.
Don't chain yourself to your screen. Sometimes it's a good idea to step away from your e-device, go outside and look around.
Don't hang on to fabrics that no longer appeal to you. It's totally okay to let them go; in fact it's a very good idea. Acknowledge your changing tastes (I threw out my 1980s acid-wash jeans and killer shoulder pads a long time ago). Give your less-than-favorite fabrics to a school, a community center or a continuing ed program. If you can't do that, relegate those fabrics to the experiment pile and use them for your own continuing education and teach yourself a new technique. If you make a mistake, it's not the end of the world. I cannot tell you how many applique and curved piecing experiments I've tried. I'm still trying.
Don't let the class you've wanted to take pass you by. It's a relief to find out that you don't know everything and nor should you be expected to. I'm still thinking about Jacquie Gering's Modern Quilting: Know It When You See It. My eyes have been opened. Wide.
Don't ignore other creative avenues that make you happy. I truly forgot how much I love cooking.
Don't lock yourself in. Sometimes it's good to look at fabric through somebody else's eyes. An old friend approached me about creating a quilt. I drew some sketches, made a few fabric suggestions and off we went to City Quilter. We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. We cruised through the store with three other friends and picked what we thought would work.
Then my friend spotted the batiks.
There was no turning back. She was hooked. I haven't worked with batiks in ten years. I had forgotten how beautiful they were.
I can't stop now!