When I didn’t feel like making art..

So I took a little break from doing a weekly roundup blog post because I just haven’t been in the studio very much the last few weeks.  I could blame it on having family visiting for a week, a new workout schedule at a new gym, too many errands to do and places to be but honestly the primary reason was a lack of motivation.  I just didn’t feel like being in bored-2022500_1280the studio.  Do you every fall into cycles like that?  When you think about making art but you just don’t feel like doing it.  It happens to me every so often  (I’ve written about it before in this blog post here) and it’s usually when I have just come off a really productive period where I have made several quilts in a row without a break.  So you know what I do about it?  Nothing.  I know there are a lot of schools of thought on how to deal with a slump and most of them involve forcing yourself into the studio and working on something but my approach is to not beat myself up about it, I just channel my energy into other things.  I visit museums, I catch up on reading,  I cook and bake and read art books, I hike, bike, canoe and take long walks with my camera.  I don’t try to rush past it and I don’t force myself to create when I am not feeling it because that never results in IMG_4798quality work, it just creates filler for the trash can in my studio. Eventually the mood passes and I find myself itching to get back to work and that’s exactly where I am today – back in the studio working on a quilt I started several weeks ago and feeling really good about it.  I am hoping to have this quilt done before I leave for the Houston International Quilt Festival in a few weeks but with all the details on this piece I am not sure I will have enough time.  I never like to leave a work in progress when I go to Festival because I know I will come back feeling very inspired and full of new ideas that I will want to get right to work on so I will try my hardest to get this quilt done by the time I leave.

Here’s what else is going on in my studio…

I have started to add bookings to my 2019 calendar so if your guild or shop is interested in having me teach now is a good time to get on my schedule.   Check out my 2018 workshops that are still open for registration here.

I did a total rewrite of my website and I am so much  happier with the way it looks and functions now.  I used a new to me software program called Sparkle.  Very intuitive and easy to use – highly recommend it if you are looking for something to replace Iweb.

I’ve restarted my newsletter and you can sign up for that here.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of copies of my new book!  I am hoping that they will 610PqOjILsL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_be here in the next week or so.  I’ve only seen the book in digital format and while it looks great there is something about getting to hold the actual book in my hands that makes it feel real.  This is my third  book and it’s just as exciting and amazing a feeling as the first two.  You can look inside and preorder a copy of it on Amazon here.   If you would like a signed copy and you’re going to be in Houston at Festival I will be doing a book signing in the C&T Publishing booth on Saturday November 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  where they will have 18 copies available for purchase.

That’s it for now! I am going to get back to work on my quilt – have a terrific week!


3 thoughts on “When I didn’t feel like making art..

  1. I get in those moods too. Often I want to sew — just using OPI (Other Peoples’ Instructions)…so I do some studio cleaning, and maybe some piecing or just slicing fabric. Charity quilts, whatever — just nothing original. Works a treat to relax my over-taxed brain and after a while (indeterminate amount of time) I go back to work with a fresh take on it all.


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