A few days ago Mary Kate posted on Inside Quilters Newsletter her thoughts about losing her quilting mojo. The article gave me pause to think.
There have been many times when I've had such a burning desire to quilt, that everything else goes by the wayside. But of late, that has happened less and less.
One reason may be because I don't have quilting buddies available anymore. Time, families, and work pushed quilting to the bottom of the list. It was always fun to meet up with friends, find a pattern, and sew all day.
But just yesterday I was going through some old magazines, sorting them as keepers and give aways. There was an "aha!" moment as I leafed through a variety of magazines.
So I find that what used to give me inspiration, now dampens my enthusiasm. I'm not saying I don't like the newer brighter fabric colors. It's just that I have always been a traditional quilter, and I'm not finding much encouragement anymore.
In our area, quilt shops are gearing up with more and more modern fabrics. Quilting magazines feature lots of modern patterns, applique and paper piecing. All of which I don't do.
Another thing I've noticed is the emphasis on long arm machine quilting. I don't know about you, but I don't own a long arm, and I don't even know anybody who does. So are the magazines pushing quilters to buy a long arm? There certainly are lots of helpful hints for longarmers.
Believe me, I'm not downplaying modern quilting. It's just not what I enjoy doing. I like my fabric to coordinate, my patterns to have symmetry, and my points to match. I'm just sharing my thoughts on losing my quilting mojo. We each have to enjoy what we are creating.
I do wish each of you Happy Quilting. No matter which kind you enjoy doing.
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