Thursday, April 5, 2012

I'm back...did you miss me?

It's been almost a month since I've blogged.  Just after my last post, I'd pretty much made up my mind that I was through.  I was feeling pressured with quilting, 15 Minute Challenge, Wordless Wednesday, Zentangle, Foto Finish, 501 Project, artist trading cards, crochet, knit and counted cross stitch.  I was mostly working on projects just to have something to blog about.  So I put away my sewing machine and all my sewing supplies and settled in to trying mixed media art.  For a few days, I made beads, created an art journal and proceeded to paint or draw every day.  But it just wasn't bringing me the satisfaction I needed.  I put that away too.

By this time, I was having severe withdrawal from not sewing or blogging but I still wasn't ready to resume.  I worked on knitting socks and crocheting afghans but that wasn't doing it either.

So here I am.  Back to sewing and blogging.  We'll see how much of the other 'stuff' I'm going to do.  I have a really difficult time remembering that moderation is the key.

For my first sewing activity back, I've spent a little time working with some of my scraps.  A couple of months ago, I separated out most of the browns, greens, tans and maroons.  They don't begin to touch the number of scraps I have.  I've always had a difficult time deciding what size scraps to keep so I've kept them all.  I've made some scrap fabric blocks but they're a lot of work with little return.  So now I've decided to keep only those pieces that are strips or can be sewn into strips.  This is the progress I've made over the past two days.

I've made 12 blocks total so far but as you can see I have plenty of strips to go.  It feels good to do some 'mindless' sewing.

Hope you have a good day.


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Pat, I think we all feel a little burned out once in a while. It's good to take a break if you need it. Glad to see you back.

Mary said...

Glad you are back. I know what you mean about the feeling like you "have" to write. It is good to take a break! I need the break to clean out my sewing room!!

Impera_Magna said...

Glad you took a break (even tho we missed you)... sometimes, I have to remind myself that I blog to have fun and share what I'm doing... blogging is not an obligation!

Nice to have you back...

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

Sometimes its nice to take a break from it all and take a little 'you' time. Glad to see you are back and I can't wait to see what comes from your scrap blocks.

C Dawn's bucket said...

I missed you!

Gretchen said...

I did miss you and almost emailed you to make sure you were okay, but didn't want to put pressure on you. So welcome back! Don't feel like you have to post if youdon't want to! Craft for you, not us.

Kate said...

I was wondering where you were. Glad that you are back.

Great project for your scraps. I need to tame my mess, but that's for another time.

Hope to see you back on the 15 minute challenge on at least an occassional basis.

libbyquilter said...

i think cutting scraps into strips is a great way to go. it will be fun to see what you come up with.

i have also found it difficult to keep a balance between all of the things i like to do (including learning to do new things) and blogging. i know that i like to do both but sometimes i set goals for myself that just aren't realistic.
i understand how difficult it can be to balance it all out and keep it that way but it's good to see you back.


Joanie's Quilts said...

I missed you too! I wondered what happened to you especially since you were so dedicated. There is time we have to take time out and do other things. I'm finding it difficult to find time to sew and blog since I have taken on a couple of new jobs working at home and taking time out to pull my house together after having the whole downstairs of our house installed with flooring. I hope to get back to it before withdrawal sets in. Anyways, so good to know that you are okay. I thought maybe you had become sick or something serious has happened.