The Quilting Blues

I’m in a complete sewing funk right now. Not much progress on projects but they’re starting to really stack up!

Last night we started assembling the Arrow Cabinet and I misread part of the directions and used one pack of screws for the door trays when they belonged to the hinges.  Oh well! Arrow is really nice and is sending me replacement screws so I can hang the doors once they arrive.

Projects upcoming (otherwise known as the collective Great White Shark chasing me in my kayak):

  1. “Leftovers” – needs to be pin basted and quilted. Also need to design label and stitch it out.
  2. I <3 my corgi quilt – needs to be pin basted and quilted.  This will end up on Etsy.
  3. Butterfly Quilt – needs to have the quilting finished. I think this will go faster on my new cabinet.
  4. String Blocks – I’m doing two swaps so I need to stitch up 32 blocks that measure 8″ on muslin foundation.  Maybe while I’m in my funk I can dig through my string box and pull out good size strings.
  5. Pinwheel block swap – need to make 16 pinwheel blocks out of charms.
  6. HST Exchange – I’m doing an exchange of 108 HST units with a group.
  7. Fabric flowers – Will be making 8 custom blooms to go with the quilt show awards.

I really want to beef up my Etsy shop and add new stuff to it that are corgi related. It would be nice to have lots in there for the holiday season so I can advertise it. Not many people want to purchase custom items.

What do you do when you get into a sewing funk?


  1. You might try not thinking about ALL of the projects that need to be done. Pick the one that you really like and just pick it up and work on it. Or start some really small project just for you, just for fun and just create start to finish. It may jumpstart your creativity. I had the same problem in January. And it started with the darn list of UFO’s (28) I made. I overwhelmed myself. So, I just kept picking up and completing small projects until I worked through my inactivity and creative block. I’m now up to 11 finished UFO’s/Wip’s. And, I’ve kept my swaps to a managable level. Good Luck Katie. I enjoy listening to your podcasts. Love some of the interesting ideas you come up. And what’s not to love about the furr babies! I have a cocker spaniel and maltesse mix at home. Home you find your motivation, If I see it in my travels, I’ll shoo it home to you. lol

  2. Mariana Nortje says:

    I am sorry about the blues!I know how that feels. I would take the project nearest to being finished and plod along. When you actually get one finished you will find the blues will go!Here is a little saying with some truth to it: Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stands alone: Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own. Sometime we just need a little courage to tackle the monster.

  3. Mariana Nortje says:

    I think Judith has really good ideas too, with great results!

  4. I’m in a funk myself and it definitely has to do with the ever growing ufo list. It also has to do with the fact that today is the last day of school and all my time will be taken up with kid stuff…which is ok and I enjoy it but the quilt anxiety is building! Hope you can work through it – I bet your new cabinet will inspire you!

  5. I think its something going around. Have been hearing about it everywhere and feeling it myself. Its not being sad or anything, just no motivation or energy! think they have a pill for it 🙂