Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stuck

Does it ever happen to you?  Last night I really wanted to sew - not read blogs, not write Curves Class tutorials, not any computer work.  Wouldn't it be nice to just sew something new, like a quilt block or whatnot and share it with you today?  If that sounds easy enough, let me tell you, it wasn't. 

First I had a Curves Class project ready to be started.  But I kind of wanted a break from it and I wouldn't be able to share that work with you today...

Modern Whimsy

Then I had this assortment of playful Modern Whimsy fabrics, a gift from Robert Kaufman that I'm totally wanting to cut into.  Only problem is I want to do a 2nd version of a Curves Class week 5 quilt in these fabrics.  But I wouldn't be able to share that with you today either.  Nuts!

So, let's see... I could sew my endless string of Flying Geese.  Bor-ring!  (Not really, truly boring, but that's how I felt last night.  I wanted to finish something!)

Do you see where this is going?  There were a few other options on the table, like bee blocks, but nothing fit all my criteria.  It's so frustrating to waste precious time hemming and hawing about what to sew instead of actually sewing.  Grrrr!  Tell me this happens to you too!

Paper Piecing finished!

In the end I decided to work on finishing my Star Blossoms project.  I'm done with the English paper piecing, so its ready to be transformed into a table runner.

pressing open outer seam allowances

I've removed all the basting stitches and the papers, and last night I pressed open the seam allowances on the outside edges.  Once pressed out, I trimmed the work into a rectangle, leaving quarter inch seam allowances beyond all of the star points.

Blech.  Must remove border!

I thought it might be nice to put in a thin border before backing/binding the runner.  So after auditioning a zillion prints I settled on this black and white Hayworth print from Circa 1934.  I carefully sewed it in, slowly and precisely so as not to chop off any star points.  Pressed the seam open and....

promptly hated it.

1. Possibly too distracting from Star Blossoms. 
2. The print isn't printed on grain, which makes it look crooked. 
3. With the border it's too big for my table.

I'll rip out this border and just go ahead and bind it, perhaps with that Alexander Henry floral shown with the work-in-progress above. 

The moral of the story is....  sometimes I get stuck. I'm betting you've been there too.  Please do wish me better sewing mojo tonight.  I really need it!

40 comments:

  1. I get stuck all the time. Here's to better sewing mojo! :)

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  2. Oh, I spent a couple of days last week doing the same thing, I hated it, it made me tired and grumpy. Hope you get your mojo back soon. I love that runner, it looks fabulous!

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  3. i am stuck right now! i really love the runner and think it will be beautiful with that floral binding. i love that ruler fabric!

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  4. Sometimes I have a great pile of fabric but just can't figure out what pattern I want to use. I really have to put my thinking cap on.

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  5. Absolutely get stuck, will sit and stare at something on my design wall for days (or weeks) wondering what to do and not be able to find anything else to spark my creativity. Then something magical happens and I can create again. The magic will happen to you too. :)

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  6. Are you kidding? I get stuck all the time! Sitting at my table, looking at a pile of squares that need to be squared up, thinking if I have to cut on the 3.5in line one more time I'm gonna scream! It happens to all of us! I got stuck a few times with the quilt I'm working on right now, but I pushed through and I'm finally binding! Hooray!

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  7. Oh, I hear ya Sister. It has been like that all week for me. I have bee blocks to make, a secret quilt project I'm working on, 2 swaps I could be working on and quilts I can start for family; but don't want to start something new when I have so much on my plate already.

    So what did I do...sat on Pinterest for like an hour and then went to bed. :-(

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  8. Yep, happens all the time. Or I think about all the things I want (need) to do and freak myself out and end up watching a movie instead. So sad.

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  9. You're not alone! I haven't updated my blog in how long and still have nothing completed!? Ah well...patience (with myself) is a virtue.

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  10. I think it will look pretty with that binding. What is that great AH floral called?

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  11. All.The.Time. Stuck now. I figure my brain is just processing and figuring out what to do next. I get very excited at the beginning and end of things and often get stuck in the middle. Then from nowhere, like someone else is pushing the gas pedal, I get unstuck.

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  12. Yep, you are not alone, my friend. It's a frustrating feeling, no doubt! I hate feeling like I've wasted a night or even an hour of sewing time. You're almost there! And I will never stop loving the Dascha print, never!!

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  13. I am right there with you! Your table runner is going to be fab, I love the AH print for the binding. Hope you get unstuck soon!

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  14. i find i waste a lot of time hemming and hawing...i like to sew and embroider...so it usually starts with trying to decide which one to do... and then sometimes i spend so long figuring out what to work on, i just about lose the desire to do it. your runner is lovely and i really like the floral you picked out. (i also liked the grid-pattern fabric too...) :)

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  15. Yep, I get stuck too. The worst time is when I finish a big project and can't figure out what to do or muster any enthusiasm to do anything for a few days. Then, my mind finally makes itself up and I'm off again :)

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  16. It happens to us all from time to time. It's going to be a nice runner. Sometimes I don't like a project I'm working on, but then when it's all done, i love it. I wish the same results for you. Here's to better sewing sessions!

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    1. That's totally true. Sometimes it does turn out better than you think at the end. On the other hand, sometimes I fail to listen to my inner voice saying "not that way" and then end up undoing my work in the end. Tough call.

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  17. love your star blossoms - talk about patience! i had a stuck day today. i have only 4 hours a day, two times a week when my kids are in school and today i literally spent 2 of those hours sitting on the floor staring at my quilt backing. i despise preparing the quilt backing. forced myself to do it though....sometimes you just have to begin it :)

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  18. I like the Hayworth print more than the floral. I would probably use the Hayworth for binding and the floral for backing. Just a thought...

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  19. PS My stuck is getting off the computer - off my reader, off pinterest, off flickr, off blogger, off facebook, off fabric shopping.... haven't sewn a stitch this week!

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  20. Love your table runner!! Very gorgeous design for the fabric. I think the stuck feeling comes along occasionally just so we don't take anything for granted.:)

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  21. It takes me a long time to get started because for some reason I choose all my fabrics for a project before I ever start. So you can imagine how stuck I get. I will be sending you some good mojo tonight for you.

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  22. Indeed! It happens. It is soooo frustrating to lose the time, but it's just unavoidable. I try to tell myself that it's just part of creating stuff, not everything is a winner. Believe me, I threw some things out of my crafting supply stuff this week that were definitely not winners. Good thing I hung on to them for seven years and four moves, though. Your table runner is cute, though. If the one fabric is going to bug you, change it. But if you can live it with it, it may just grow on you ;-)

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    1. Very good point that not everything can be winner. At least everything can be a learning experience though. Like another commenter mentioned, it was a process sewing night. Great perspectives!

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  23. I know what u mean. I think I"d go with a solid~ like maybe a dark turquoise? The runner is gorgeous, btw. Great job!

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  24. Yes! Even with a million projects ready and waiting, I get stuck too! Good luck tonight!

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  25. Dude, I've been stuck for like a year on one of my quilts. Sad, but true. Here's me wishing you some good mojo! I adore those blossoms, by the way. And just think, pretty soon it'll be the end of April :)

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  26. Well, that's funny that you got stuck on something!
    I never do!
    I start a project, work meticulously and finish it, of course!
    A small rest before I start the next project.
    I do not understand how anyone can get stuck!

    (and I never lie ...)

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  27. lol at betty above - good one !! wish I was like you :) anyhoo Rachel - hope your sewing mojo is better tonight - I haven't done any sewing since sunday cause I've been on the computer every night ! but my google reader numbers are way down and I don't have any overdue emails - I've even managed a few blog posts with no sewing ! - so hope this weekend I too can sew sew sew :)

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  28. I think you stuck to your gut. You put the time in to sew and when you felt the results mediocre, you grabbed the seam ripper. It's easy for me to forge ahead and finish something just to be done even though I don't love the result. Sometimes that's fine but on a project like your EPP which you worked so hard on, it deserves more. I chalk up last night as a process sewing night. Just another perspective. :-)

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  29. it is an amazing table runner - sometimes I feel I am trying too hard.. it is the same with knitting, let's go for a fancy border... because that would add - nothing. The great thing is that you can undo! Hope you get your mojo tonight! Positive vibes coming your way!

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    1. Thanks for that! You're right that sometimes it's trying to hard. I must remember, simple is good!

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  30. Yes yes yes!
    When I read 'I'm done with epp' I was worried, but then I reread it and realised you mean you'd finished the piece!

    Some days just arent good sewing days!

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  31. I find that if I'm that stuck, I have gotten too narrow in my focus: only reading quilting blogs and only looking to quilts for inspiration. My best solution is go read some general craft books or work on a non-sewing project and then I feel fresh again.

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  32. I get stuck quite a lot ~ mainly because I tend to have too many projects going at once (tell me, anyone else like that?). I've ripped out a lot of things too because they haven't looked right.
    I love your paper pieced stars. They are really lovely (sans border).
    I just finished piecing a scrappy hexagon quilt ~ 930 pieces! Whew. It's not finished yet, but I love it!

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  33. Ugh, I know how you feel. And I have the same problems with fabric not being printed on grain all the time when I make bias tape for my etsy shop... it makes it look like I cut it crooked, but I didn't!

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  34. Boo for getting stuck, sometimes too much choice is paralysing! I actually like that border fabric though...

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  35. Oh gosh, Rachel, I've been there more often than I'd care to admit. If I don't already have something ready to go, I'm not likely to start anew after a long day at work. I usually end up folding fabric, organizing, or making fun fabric pairs to use in my next stitchy session. Last night when I was stuck, I just threw some fabric in my embroidery machine and made my monogram for a siggy block. It's something! :)

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  36. I like your works, they are beautiful. I congratulate you.
    have a good day
    Josefina
    tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com

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