It is often said, ‘teach what you know’, so when I was recently asked to be a guest contributor over at diaryofaquilter.com I chose to write about the rhythm in my life that leads to motivation. And, as I was writing the article, I had a moment of clarity and inspiration that led to my latest mini quilt design – Practical Magic.
Change requires you to think differently.
This year has been one of significant change for me personally. The time I have to dedicate to quilting projects is only about 20% of what it was just over a year ago. And I’ve found, when you are not thinking about, and actually quilting regularly, it is easy to lose the motivation that comes with a perpetual habit.
Knowing this, I have been using the tips I share in the article to keep my enthusiasm for the craft alive and well.
So far this year I have made 6 quilts from start to finish, quilted 4 quilts pieced in previous years, pieced 3 new quilt tops, and made 11 mini quilts – not bad for a day’s work each week ;).
Changing how we perceive motivation, and knowing how we can influence it can make a big difference to our creative impact, no matter what our circumstances might be!
Practical Magic Mini – The Story Behind the Quilt
In the process of writing the article for Amy, I designed and made this new mini quilt.
We often think of motivation as an elusive spark, yet in reality the spark is comprised of the collective habits of our life.
This Practical Magic Mini quilt is a symbol of everything I have come to understand and appreciate about motivation. Each of the block units have an individual role, they represent our creative habits, and yet it is only when these units come together collectively and interact that you begin to see the magic ‘spark’ emerge.
Everyone needs a little practical magic every now and then.
This year, mini quilts have been the perfect way for me to feel inspired and connected to my craft despite the lack of time I have had to spend at the sewing machine.
Each time I have put the final stitch in the binding of a mini quilt I have felt inspired to begin something new, or tackle an older project that has been waiting for me to regain my interest.
Mini quilts are a great way to start and build creative momentum. So, grab your scrap fabric and sew a mini quilt, or piece a single block and make it into a mini, and see where the adventure takes you…
(If you are looking for a particular mini quilt and you can’t find it in the shop, then you will find it in my Payhip store here).
If you want to know more about the 5 things you can do when creative motivation fades, click on over to diaryofaquilter.com to read the full article. And while you are there check out my previous guest post where I share more thoughts on creativity.
Thanks for visiting today!
What do you do to stay motivated and create? Leave me a comment and let me know. I will choose two people to receive a PDF bundle of all 7 of my current mini quilt patterns later this week – good luck!
The winners are Jennifer and Shelley, who left comment #8 & #24 – congratulations!