Thursday, February 25, 2010

Creative Block

I just wanted to write a quick post about something that was bothering me.

A few months ago, I had decided to go on a "quilt diet." I was not going to start any new quilts until my pile of WIP's or UFO's was dwindled down to a reasonable number. I had a lot of quilts started and each one was important to me. I was still very interested in finishing each one. But I was starting more quilts than I was finishing and the pile seemed to be growing bigger and bigger.

I thought I had great idea. I would work on a quilt and it seemed as if I was going no-where. The more I worked on my UFO's, the less progress I seemed to make. It seemed I was in a "creative" block or a "quilting" block. It seemed as if I wasn't getting anything finished.

That was a few months ago. I realize that I still need to finish my quilts, but now, I realize that I can't work like that. I have to feed my creativity. Whether if it's just drawing out the quilt on paper or testing out a few block to see what they would look like, I have to start a new quilt to move forward. I may start a few more quilt ideas, but it fuels me to finish the quilts I'm working on.

This last month, I am amazed about the number of quilts that are almost finished (before quilting). I may have started three or four more ideas but I had to express those ideas to more forward. And what fun would it be if I didn't!

I just may be one of those quilters who will never get rid of their UFO's. But I'll never be without a quilt to work on. It took me a while to realize just how my creativity works. I'm not going to feel guilty about my UFO's (well, maybe a little). I have to understand that it is how my creativity works.

Thank you for listening,



  1. It is so nice to know I am not the only one who works that way....starting new things motivates me to finish old things. I guess we have to stop trying to control our creativity...just let it be...LOL! Your quilts are beautiful. I only hope to one day even come close...yours are absolutely works of art.

  2. Jane - you NEVER have to feel bad about your UFO's! Those colors are pretty in that quilt picture.