Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Running Out Of Inspiration

I don’t know if this happens to other people very often, or maybe it is just because I try to pump out as many projects as humanly possible, but sometimes I feel like I am running out of inspiration. I don;t know why, but lately I haven’t been able to come up with a single thing that is amazing! I’ve made some damn good projects lately, but I’ve run out of steam, and I think part of it has to do with moving and getting set up again, and starting a new job, but I was just curious to see if this happens a lot to other people as well.

Sometimes I browse the quilt magazines, but lately I’m seeing the same old stuff in them. I’ve been looking around my every day life for inspiration, but nothing is really happening. That’s part of the reason I’ve been working on this Christmas Scrap Quilt. I think I just might need an exercise in spontaneous sewing. I always want things planned out, but this time I am just going with the flow to help push me to do something out of my comfort zone. It took quite a bit of strength to not go and try to draw a pattern. I’m just forcing myself to work at it as it comes… which is rather new for me. Hopefully it won’t turn out too horrible looking.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done a project with no pattern, once I did the Sand Storm Quilt, I felt so liberated, I went on to do some awesome things after that, so I’m hoping this Christmas Quilt will do the same!

Well, thanks for listening to my ramble about my self doubt. I hope everyone has a great evening, and I will post a few more pics of the Christmas Quilt when I finish more of it tonight!


  1. karen says:

    Oh, Boy… I in the same place as you! Nothing amazing floating around in my brain. Creativity is in a huge slump! I may have to clean the studio in order to “find” some “new” supplies lying around in there!

  2. Kim says:

    I think its like getting writers block. Maybe take a few days off to just chill. Fall is here and I’m sure in your neck of the woods there will be some beautiful inspiration outside. Take a nature walk. Sit in the park and listen to all of the sounds of nature, trees rustling from the wind, children playing near by. I know this all sounds cheesy, but it may just work. Good luck!

  3. Becki says:

    I have found that, when I’m trying to get too much done at once, my energy for creating just evaporates. I don’t just mean too many sewing projects (I always have at least 2-3 going at any one time), but too many other things in my life. Sometimes you just have to take a short break, catch your breath, do something different in some other area, then come back to it. We all go through blah periods, sometimes more frequently than others or longer than others, but they are survivable. Inspiration will pop up again when you aren’t looking for it. 🙂

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