It is Friday, so we have been living here two weeks now, and I still haven't done any sewing! I'm beginning to get disappointed in myself, but in all fairness, I have been busy doing other things. Also, I had a few impediments that I will share with you.
I set up my sewing area last week. I will sew on a "church table" along the wall of our "dining area" here in our one bedroom apartment. As I unpacked things, I discovered that the only cutting mat I brought was this one:
It is a 12" x 18" mat! What on earth was I thinking when I packed this? It would work if I was making a miniature quilt, but I have large quilts to trim so that I can bind them. I'm guessing that what I was thinking was that this mat fit into the bag I was packing. It won't do though, so I went to the store and bought this:
An 18" x 24" mat. Never mind that I have 3-4 more of that size in my stuff-where ever it is right now in storage. It just about killed me to have to buy this! Ah well, maybe I can donate it somewhere later when I'm settled. (Yes, the picture is crooked, sorry about that.)
Wednesday was my niece's first day of school. With my sister out of town, she spent the night before with us and I took her. Right now we live just 2 blocks or so from her school. When she got dressed, her uniform skirt was crumpled, so I set up my ironing board (for the first time,) unearthed my iron, got out the Best Press, and ironed her skirt. It felt good! I really need to get going on a project!
First Day of Third Grade (with a starched skirt.)
I have the makings of several easy projects with me. I have the patterns and fabrics for both a full-sized Swoon quilt and the mini version. I also have my Hampton Ridge quilt kit with me that I'm excited to make as well as a few other kits. Kits seemed like a great thing to bring since the pattern and needed fabric is all complete. As previously mentioned, I have several large quilts that came back from the long-armer and the binding all ready to go on them.
I don't usually have any problems getting motivated to quilt, so this feels a bit strange. I think it is just the upheaval and distractions of house hunting and the dreaming of gorgeous paint colors that is keeping those creative juices fulfilled for the moment. However, the ironing helped get me motivated. So does reading other quilt blogs. I need to get out my fabric and start touching it. If that doesn't help, there may be no other choice for me but to go to some quilt shops! What tips do you have to share about how you get motivated to quilt? I would love to hear them!
Have a great day!