Last time I stopped by, I was sharing how I was having trouble getting back into quilting and what I could do for inspiration. I asked all of you for advice, too. I'm back to share with you some of the things that I did.
I had mentioned blogs. On Friday, there was this post from the wonderfully insightful Carrie Nelson. It is a post answering some selected questions that were asked of many designers/bloggers, covering topics such as "What are you working on?" "How does your work differ from others?" "Why do you create what you do?" I found reading Carrie's answers to these ideas to be very thought-provoking. It is a great post and really had me examining my quilting mentality. (Perhaps that will be a blog post for a later date once I do some more thinking.)
Next I said that I needed to get out some of the fabrics and kits that I brought with me and look at them, and touch them, and start warming up to possibilities. Right now, the idea of breaking up a large kit, and sorting out all of the pieces in this small space, seems too intimidating, so for now I chose one small kit.
Shopping for fabric is great motivation. One day last week, I got an email from Michele at Island Life Quilts telling me how the Fat Quarter Shop was having a flash sale on fabric that looked like my type. I immediately checked it out and put in an order. It arrived on Saturday.
Linda left a comment sharing how she likes to look through magazines and books. That was something that I forgot to mention in my post. Last week I purchased the newest issue of AP&Q. It has a great feature article on Lynn Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles.
I mentioned that if I got desperate, I could visit a local quilt shop, and several of you agreed. While I wasn't desperate, I did want to check out "the scene." As it happens, Fort Wayne doesn't seem to have much in the way of LQS's, although there are some good shops in the area. Shipshewana is about an hour away, although I haven't yet gone there since moving here. However, while checking out the listings for the Row by Row Experience (Yes, I've been collecting some license plates,) I discovered that the little town of Leo, IN has a quilt shop! This is amazing because the house we are buying is actually in Leo--just a few miles outside of Fort Wayne. On Saturday, my husband and I wanted to drive by the house (we jokingly refer to it as "stalking the house") as we hadn't seen it all week, so then we found the quilt shop (my husband was checking out the barber shop just a block down the street.)
This is in the shop: Needless to say, I felt very welcome!
Most importantly, Sandi told me that every Tuesday is "Sit and Sew" at the shop. Wanting to meet other quilters, I gathered up my hand applique and went back yesterday. There were four other ladies, and it was fun visiting with them and "talking quilting." I'll be going back next week.
When it gets right down to it, though, you can have all the inspiration/motivation in the world, but as Jackie at Adirondack Urban commented: just sitting at the sewing machine will get you going. Once you get started, you won't have any problem! Other than applique at Sit and Sew, I actually did get out my small kit--its one of Temecula Quilt Co's monthly minis--and I got started! It's a slow start, but so far I have 6 of the 12 small nine-patches done and the others are all laid out.
Thanks to all of you for your advice and support! It really means the world to me.
Have a great day!