Getting Started in a New Year
After a big holiday like Christmas I always find it hard to get started again in the studio. Maybe it’s the anticipation of it all and a bit of a letdown that it’s over, or maybe it’s just being tired, or because it’s the dead of winter (-3º here) or something else. I have a few tricks I’ve learned over the years—ways to prime the creative pump. Maybe they’ll work for you, too!
Clean Up the Sewing Space
My creative space gets to be a real disaster when I’m working, and even more so when I’m working under a deadline, as I do before Christmas.
A cleanup helps put not only the workspace in order, but my mind and heart as well.
It’s amazing what an hour of putting-stuff-away will do for my creativity.
Make a List
Every so often, I make a list of quilt projects I need or want to work on. I post the list where I can see it and I cross things off as they’re completed.
I’m free to work on other projects too, but having the foremost things written down seems to lift them from my shoulders a bit. And it never hurts to have some fun by creating the list with colored pens and stickers and stuff. Yes, I’m 57 going on 11.
Tackle One Specific Task
Instead of staring at the design wall thinking, “I should design something” and drawing a blank, I find one specific task that needs to be done on one specific project.
I make a block to be exchanged.
I create a label or prepare a backing—any task that is small and specific. This gets the wheels turning again.
Pet Some of the Fabric
Non-quilters think we’re joking when we talk about petting the fabric, but insiders know it’s a real thing.
When I’m stuck, I pull out a beautiful stack of something—anything—and enjoy looking at each piece, refolding and smoothing and pretty soon, dreaming and conjuring and so on. Works every time.
What tricks do you have for getting unstuck? I’d love to know!
You can always see what I’m working on by following my Instagram feed: @stashbanditquilting. See you there!