Last night, I read through all of your comments about breaking out of a creative slump for the second time. I so appreciate you sharing what works for you. Thank you! And because I know you are wondering, the winner of the giveaway, Jenny, has been contacted and I'm in the midst of pulling some goodies from my stash for her.
I took one suggestion that was repeated again and again to heart and set about sewing something familiar and easy. I started with piecing a bunch of half square triangles. I got in a groove, but still felt a little creatively stilted when I finished. Then, on Saturday, I spent the day at Quilter's Day Out, with some other members of the Louisville Modern Quilt Guild. I had volunteered to demonstrate improvisational piecing. This was the kick in the pants I needed! Play! No thinking, just doing! I left at the end of the day with 13 blocks. Although I will need more to make a quilt top, this is a good start.
Did that do the trick? Yes and no. It felt great in the moment, when I was sitting at the machine, pulling fabrics and sewing them together. However, it did not ignite some great creative urge to go and make more things. Truth be told, I am still not feeling entirely like myself at the moment. I'm trying to be gentle, lower my expectations and go with whatever making urges I have. I have a feeling that once it begins to look a little more like spring outside, I will be inspired by warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and sunny days. Here's hoping.