I've been having a hard time with quilting and blogging and even reading blogs lately. It's been a combination of a virus hanging around, burnout and grey skies. However in the past week I've noticed a lot of positive resources coming to me and my quilting mojo is coming back. Interestingly enough some of the resources have come through some newsletters I receive. Through the Scrap Basket newsletter (A Quilter's Table) I was taken to this article on Diary of a Quilter. This was a guest post written by Samantha Dorn of Aqua Paisley studio. It's a post on five ways to make you feel motivated. My main take aways from this article were to show up and to start small.
So I started small with this project. It's a left over kit from the guild Bee Day. It was an Eye Spy quilt top that was donated to us and was a little too small for our use. It needed three rows added to the side and three rows added to the bottom. I chose it partially because nobody else did, but also because I knew its bright colours and whimsy would help lift my mood.
I thought it might be difficult to match the original makers 1/4" seam but it went together with no difficulty.
It felt good to get another quilt top done for our outreach program. This one will go to one of the few younger kids that the program serves.
From there I moved on to the "ugly" fabric challenge and I'll share a sneak peak of the two quilts tops I came up with.
Keep in mind that "ugly" fabric challenge was the name given to the challenge by the quilt shop owners who gave us the fat quarter in the first place. The idea was to use a colour palette you wouldn't normally use. My "ugly" fat quarter was the fabric with the browns and golds and blacks and it's in both quilts. These are due on Thursday and I'm not sure if I will have them both quilted by then but I'll bring them along regardless.
It feels good to be back in the sewing room and I'll share more of the good things that have helped to bring me back there in future posts. I'll be off to work, once I link up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts. I hope you all have a great day and that you are open to the blessings that come your way.