Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sewing Ennui

There seems to be a general sense of ennui running through the sewing community lately. Rachel's experienced it. Briana Arlene's got it. No one is alone. Perhaps, it's the normal, post-holiday let down. Everyone seems to be creating at full force in November and December, making gifts for loved ones, and then once January and February roll around we're spent and the creative juices need some time to replenish themselves. Even I have been suffering from a lack of sewing mojo lately. I have a pile of UFOs on my To Do List that I need to complete, but there are days, lately, where it's been more of an obligation than a joy to work on them. Anyone else feeling the same way? I swear there is a Bee Block from January that started it. I am ashamed to admit that it's still in pieces on my sewing table. It's not that it's difficult - I just can't get the creative inspiration I need to do it justice. And I want to, I really do!


I haven't stopped sewing, and I won't. And that bee block WILL get finished... THIS WEEKEND (I swear). The husband is going away today on a business trip (to Las Vegas no less) so I am planning to create. And catch up on responding to blog comments. I really have no excuse. It's just all melded into one blob of... yep, sewing ennui. And to top it off I actually have deadlines on several projects because next week I'm leaving for a whole month. (I forgot to mention that perviously, didn't I? Chalk it up.) So to try to get motivated I'm going to make a To Do List (if you don't mind).

To Do Before Traveling:
1) Get this one quilted. I ended up going with an unpopular layout (which I'll reveal later) but now I'm trying to figure out how to quilt it. I am keeping it simple and I'm actually using the same shot cotton for the back, then binding it in an orange shot cotton. I'm planning to straight-line quilt on the diagonal. Question is: orange or teal thread? The orange is 100% cotton (which is what I prefer) and the teal is cotton covered polyester (I don't usually use poly or poly blends but this color only came in that option.) What do you think?


2) Re-cover Andrew's foot stool and make coordinating pillows.
3) Finish the changing tables for my sister-in-law and Megahn.
4) Pay... It... Forward... (More on this one later too. Ugh!)
5) Pillow Talk Swap - I have had quite the unresponsive partner this round so it's been a tough one. I definitely know the design but I'm confused on my fabric choices for my partner. I'm just going to have to dive in and hope.


6) Another diaper bag commission.
7) Bee Blocks

And those are only the things I need to finish before I start my trips. There are more things on my list, but they can wait. So how do you deal with the sewing ennui? I'd love to know, because I need motivation.

Oh... and one last thing, totally off topic... Since I try and respond to all comments (even if I'm a little late like I am now) I've adopted a new policy when I get "No Reply" comments. I don't want to leave you hanging, so I've started replying to all "No Reply" commenters directly in the comment feed. So if you don't hear back from me directly, make sure you check the comment feed because I've probably responded to you there.


  1. I feel the same, my sewing space is a tip and I can't be bothered to tidy it so I think that is what is stopping me. Good Luck with your to do list!

  2. I'm not having too much trouble getting motivated. I spent most of December sick with gallbladder issues, then recovering from surgery. Then I got a really bad cold over New Year's, and then my whole family got the stomach flu 2 weeks later. I AM DONE WITH BEING SICK!! Now I've got to focus on several business projects and testing a pattern for a friend!

    I think the orange thread would look awesome - I really like visible quilting, as well as preferring cotton thread. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. If you're problem is that you have a long list of "need to dos" and very few "want to dos," as my cases of ennui generally are, pull out something you're really passionate about for half a day. Chances are, you may be so excited you actually finish it, or at least get a good chunk of the way in. When I do this, I feel so much better and start to enjoy even the "need to dos" again!

  4. Ugh - typo! If youR problem, not you'RE problem...

  5. To do lists always work for me, usually about 1/4 of the way through I'm back in the grove. Unresponsive partners are so hard but that fabric stack is great!

  6. Oh man, sorry about the ennui, and good luck with that list! I have sewing paralysis right now, too much to do, and I'm practically spinning around trying to work out what to work on first o.O

  7. My sewing energy changes daily. Some thing I have found helpful is to make a tiny little thing just for me, last week I made a pin cushion out of my favorite French General scraps, something creative but not too involved that I can appreciate and/or use right away. We went on an artists retreat this past weekend and I wasn't that excited to sew but when we needed eye masks to sleep in our uncurtained room I had such fun making up the pattern and figuring out what fabrics among the scraps I had brought along would make the mask dark enough etc. After I had made the masks I got back into the swing of sewing one of my unfinished works and enjoyed it.

    I like the way the orange thread pops off the grey solid background fabric. Enjoy!

  8. Yep...I've got it too!! (and talking to my crafty girlfriends have they. We're not alone) I'm loving reading on the blogs what everyone is up to but my stuff...its still in a pile! This weekend I'm gonna crack it...SURELY!!

  9. In the same boat as you...haven't been motivated to quilt much for a couple+ months now. Actually did sew a little over the weekend and it was good to get back at it.