Have you ever sat in your creative space ready to start something new, but struggled to GET STARTED? Me too...too often. Sometimes it's time for a change, a little inspiration, something new. Here are some ideas to get moving in the right direction.
Quilt for a Cause! Start something new with the intent to donate it to a cause you're passionate about. It doesn't have to be elaborate or time consuming. Sometimes completing one project is motivating enough to lead you to start something more challenging. Check out HelloCottons Ukraine Project or how about a classic tied fleece throw you can complete in a day and donate to a hospital, shelter, or Project Linus. Here's their video to get you started.
Teach someone to sew or help someone learn a new skill! My daughter and I are sewing her first quilt with 18 inch blocks from a fat quarter bundle. I'll let you know how it turns out!
How about some new fabric! Fresh designs in seasonal colors have a way of inspiring us. Sometimes I am stubborn about starting a project with fabric that I have. And that's a good thing, less waste, right. But sometimes, a little something new and fresh does the trick.
Download, find, or buy a new pattern. There are so many beautiful projects out there, lately. You probably have something saved on Instagram, your Etsy cart or on a Pinterest Board. Check out some of my favorites if you need something new to look through.
Try a new template or technique. Be brave. Find a new quilting skill to up your game!
Add a label. Look for a creative way to label your projects. Find a style you love and learn how to best apply it to your projects.
Learn a new finishing technique. Have you always used the same method to finish your quilts...try something new. How about wall basting? A different binding? Walking foot quilting?
Repurpose your stash. Try finding a coordinating yard of fabric in a new color to go with that bundle you've been holding onto. Or maybe divide up a bundle and pair some of it with something new. Or pull all of your reds together for an all red project or all blue.
Try a Fat Quarter or Half Yard Project. Pull out those fabric scraps and try a new block or a Block of the Month Challenge. Have you seen the log cabin blocks everyone has been making? How about a scrappy mini drawstring bag?
WIP it! Is there a quilt top in your storage that you almost finished, but maybe didn't love as much as you had hoped. Finish it up. Give it away. Let it find someone who needs it and will love it! Donate fabric from your stash that doesn't inspire you or that you can't find a project for. Someone will be ready for it. Try a local quilting guild, senior center, crisis center or a local school program.
I hope these tips speed you on your way to a new quilting adventure! Let me know what works for you!