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June 2021

stitching slump

I experienced a stitching slump during the last month or so.  I don't recall it ever happening before, and it is kind of a lousy feeling.  You want to work on things, and see all the fun projects on instagram, flosstube, etc., but you just can't seem to get out of the slump of not stitching anything.  I was finally able to get out of this the last week or so, and I wanted to share some tips that helped: 

1.  Rediscovering stash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I have a lot of projects already kitted, and also all of my patterns are organized in binders.  Looking through and 'shopping' through my stash has been really helpful for finding inspiration and maybe also picking out a new project to start. 

2.  Organizing stash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organizing your stash really helps with not feeling so overwhelmed by projects you have that are half finished, or that you have barely started.  Sometimes organizing your materials can be like a rediscovery.  Also, you may realize there's a project that is closer to being finished than you thought!    

3.  Do something you haven't done in a long time                                                                                                                                                                                          I really love doing English paper piecing, and hadn't done in it in a long time.  I started working on a random EPP project that I had wanted to just try and practice.  Once I felt the creative ideas flowing and enjoyed picking up a needle again, I noticed that I really wanted to work on other stitching.       

4.  Start something new                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes starting something new is all you need to get back into working on projects.  There is something so fun about a new project and getting really into it.  The might lead to inspiration to work on other projects.  

I hope that some of these ideas are helpful to anyone trying to get back into their stitching again.  It can be a challenge to pick something back up again even thought it is something that you enjoy. 

mini hexagons

English Paper Piecing is so, so addicting! I came home from work yesterday, and found that I couldn't stop myself from working on one more 'petal'! (I see I am getting carried away with explanation points, I am so excited about it. :))I think that perhaps for a quilter, I am slightly 'late' to the English Paper Piecing (EPP) 'party'.  I entered a quilt into the Vermont Quilt Festival, that was an English Paper Pieced hexagon quilt.  I love that particular quilt so much, and I thought it may be fun to try doing the hexagons in a small version.  I purchased some plastic templates quite a while ago at a quilting expo, along with some Japanese Taupe Fabric.  Doing the hexies on such a small scale has definitely had its challenges.  When I tried to attach the fabric to the plastic templates, I had a really hard time.  My first flower with the light pink and blue was done using that method.  I happened to go to a quilt shop this past weekend, and they had the paper pieces for the 1/4 inch hexagon, so I tried those.  I had a much easier time.  I use a small quilting clip as well to help me with holding it together.  I think that the corners were much neater with the paper pieces as opposed to the plastic templates.  I am going to do some research to see if anyone has some tips on how to work with the plastic templates.  Please let me know if you would be interested in a youtube video on how to do these- I didn't find many, so maybe others are looking for information?