by Kate on June 13, 2011

A few weeks ago I was having an internal battle about my lack of patchworking and in an effort to inspire myself pulled out a bunch of fabrics and sat down at the machine.


After about an hour or so I realised I wasn’t having much fun so packed up the blocks* and machine and got the hell out of the craft room.

I have been thinking a lot lately about my lack of quilting and about my lack of enthusiasm in general about a craft that I used to love doing SO much.


In doing so, I have come to a few conclusions about myself:

Number 1 – I am an all or nothing sort of girl and for the last three years have been flat out on the sewing machine, like a woman possessed. Is it possible that I’m all sewed out?

Number 2 – I love making things for other people. Nearly every family member has a quilt made by me so until friends start having more babies the need for me to make just isn’t there.

Number 3 – Making quilts just so that I have something to post about, is, quite frankly absurd.

I’m not saying “I’m never going to make another quilt again” but I just think it could be a long time between drinks.


You may have also noticed that I am currently going through a ‘flat out on the hook’ phase. Who knows how long it will last for but I’m enjoying it while it does and I hope you do to.

*In an effort to not have another unfinished project hanging around, I turned the discarded blocks into potholders.

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1 Lynette June 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

You should do what makes you happy. :) Love the binding you put on the potholders.


2 jodie June 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love the word absurd. You are right of course, sewing, hooking or whatever , do whats making you happy. (mind they are pretty posh looking potholders).


3 Kate June 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

Couldn’t agree more Jodes x


4 Lynn June 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

Kate, over the years I have done everything from Macrame, padded tissue boxes,(can’t believe I did them but loved it at the time) dolls, teddy’s and patchwork.
I had a group of friends that met and shared every Thursday night at my house for over ten years when the kids were little, I think this kept me sane. One girl brought her stuff every week but never got it out, just talked and read magazines. It was fun.
Now I do nothing for a while but always seem to come back to doing something with my hands. You always have the skill there to pick it back up when you feel like it.
Just do whatever you are loving doing at the time. There are so many choices.
Variety is the spice of Life. Just have fun.


5 Kate June 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thanks Lynn. Like your experience patchwork and crafting in general has enabled me to keep my sanity as well as meet and form friendships with some wonderful women.

I’m just going with the flow at the moment and making what I enjoy.



6 Tammi June 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’m a bit the same…I get bored doing the same thing all the time and love switching it up with a range of crafts :)

Your pot holders are pretty fab!!



7 Kate June 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thanks Tammi x


8 Sheila June 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

Like Lynn i have turned my hand to many crafts over the years, some just to be sociable, some out of curiosity. I do whatever grabs me at the time, if i am getting bored i just step it up a notch, add in a new technique, some hand applique or embroidery, or switch as you currently have.You have a wonderful talent that you may choose to put away for a while , but it WILL always be there.


9 Kate June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

Thanks Shelia.

NIce to know I’m not the only one who gets itchy feet!


10 P├ętra (Creative Mom) June 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

I have found myself in the same spot in that I have always made quilts for other people not just to feed my blog. I had a lull but now I have two in the works (wedding and friend). When I have the next lull I’m not sure what will happen who knows. I agree with the other comments do what ever you want/need to in order to creatively be happy!


11 anna June 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

oh kate, I so hear you. I feel the same way a lot. I think for me the drive to make something I need or a gift for someone always makes me want to sew, but when I don’t have either of those, what’s the point? (for me anyway). I appreciate you being open and honest and I love seeing your beautiful hooked creations.


12 Kate June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Thanks Anna. I think that by having the blog you almost feel obligated to craft and make…it really shouldn’t be that way.

So thrilled to hear you enjoy the hookery posts x


13 Tania June 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Hook, away I say. The quilty bug’ll be back to bite. Possibly before the knitty bug does.


14 Kate June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Watch this space ;)


15 andi June 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

It will be a looooong time before I move on from the sewing machine.
But I do love your hookery!
Andi x

PS What day suits this week? Or next?


16 jodi June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

love the colours you have used – fresh and bright x


17 Sonia June 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I am hearing you I have had a similar feeling too. I think direction may have a part to do with it. You know I love your blog and I don’t just come here for the quilts, I love you hooking (wish I was more able at that) I think go where it takes you just please share it. Oh and those pot holders are great!


18 Christie June 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Love a bit of self reflection.

I’m sure there will be a reason for you to make some more quilts soon, until then happy hooking x


19 Kate June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You know me…I do love a bit of self reflection :)


20 Sarah June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I think “burn-out” (for lack of better word) is just a part of the process…hopefully…because I’m feeling that way too lately! As artists our spirits long to create…and sometimes doing something that we’ve always done no longer feels so inspiring…or like we are “creating” something new.


21 CitricSugar June 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

A hobby you aren’t enjoying isn’t a hobby; it’s a chore. Sometimes you just reach the limit. And that’s one-hundred percent ok. It’s certainly not the only creative outlet you have – you have many talents!! Explore, enjoy, be merry.


22 Glenda June 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

If I could have had the delight of sharing your “conversation” over a cuppa, I would have been alternately shaking my head in rueful agreement and laughing. We who create are a sisterhood.
I have a passion for painting and yet years pass when I don’t lift a brush. I’ve never stopped to ponder why.
I’ve been on a bit of a quilting jag because it is something my elderly mother can enjoy vicariously and share to some extent still. Her sewing ability has been hit hard by fading memory.
I have enjoyed your blog very much. The colors!!!!!! And the patterns worked like spiderweb. So wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
You have made me smile.


23 Kate June 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Glenda!


24 Leonie @ Cuppa & Cake June 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

yep, yes, ah ha….I’m-a-hearing ya over here!! xx


25 Kate June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Glad it ain’t just me x


26 Sarah June 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I posted a few days ago about the very same feeling- except you summed it up much better by saying you are ‘all or nothing’. It’s probably because you have totally mastered quilts too. After reading you blog for a while now, it seems like you haven’t much more to learn! Lulls are SO okay, especially when it means you have more time to spend on new crafts.


27 Kate June 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Oh…I think I have heaps to learn but until the drive is there…I’ll wait.

thanks for stopping by xx


28 karen June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I am completely on your wavelength with the ‘all or nothing’ mode of behaviour and consequently get equally burnt out. I’m not sure whether you found doing these pot holders tiresome, but you would never know it by looking at them…the fabrics and colours are to die for. There is no must or must not with our crafting, so do what makes you happy ;-)


29 Kate June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I actually LOVED quilting these guys but that was about it.


30 rachelmp June 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I understand Kate. I rarely make a quilt these days unless it’s for a purpose and I have cut down buying fabric considerably. Never mind my art degree that I have never used. Your potholders look great and handy too. Love to see your hooking


31 Kate June 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Rachel.

Like you…I rarely buy fabric now, seems to have been replaced by yarn but I am trying to show restraint here too ;)



32 Nicky June 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I love doing lots of crafts and although focused on patchwork at the moment I am sure I will be onto something else before long – it’s a natural process. Hooking instead still feeds your creativity and ours!


33 amy (badskirt) June 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who is feeling a bit lost at their machine. I love the fabric. I love pairing the fabric. I love the idea of making quilts, but actually making them these days leaves me cold.

I love watching your work with the hook.


34 Kate June 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

I think too that patchwork and quilting are such a huge time investment and it seems that is also what is lacking x


35 Jacey June 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I have felt the same way about knitting lately. I still knit, occasionally, but right now, the sewing machine (and needle/hoop) is calling my name! Do what makes you happy! Your crochet is incredible, and keep tuning in to see what you make next!


36 Rachel at Stitched in Color June 14, 2011 at 1:14 am

I am such an “all or nothing” person myself. It comes from that drive to do something 100% great. I also struggle with the quilting for a purpose concept. I never want to have stacks of quilts, yet I love the opportunity to work a quilt like a canvas for fabric art. Part of the reason why I love being involved in the do. Good Stitches quilting bee is that it allows me to keep creating quilts with no boundaries on color/size, yet they go to good use! We’d be thrilled to have you join us if you’re interested in quilting for children! Meanwhile, I am also hooking away… albeit in secret.


37 Kirst June 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

Where the wind blows you mate! Forced is never fun. That’s what it’s all about after all. You know I’m flat out or not at all so I’m VERY experience in the area of overdose.


38 Gale, Ky quilter June 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I am so glad you posted this! I am going through the same thing right now and what’s the most upsetting to me is that I have all this fabric, beautiful fabric, and I still don’t care! In fact, if I could have my money back on over half of the fabric, books, magazines, notions, etc., I feel I would be much happier. I don’t want to piece, hand or machine, quilt – hand or machine, sew bags or anything. My creativity is gone and it makes me sad. Thanks once again – it helps to know I’m not alone.


39 Colleen June 15, 2011 at 5:49 am

I’ve done the same thing! I sew so much that when I’m done, I’m done (for a while anyway). For instance…I made seven quilts (for me that’s a lot) last year between July and October. They were for family in CA that we going to visit in November. I didn’t sew again until April :) I did some crocheting and cross stitch during that sewing lull.


40 seaweedandraine June 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

Could it possibly be that you have found the secret journal of my mind and are writing it out??? (With the exception that I don’t quilt – yet). I love the hook. And I feel like I have been producing baby things with it all year, with a little variation. I have a couple more projects on and then it is time for a change I think.
And I quite agree. Making things to post about IS absurd. I’d rather not post at all. But then I miss all the comments. And so I post. Sigh. It is a cycle, vicious or not, to be sure.


41 Kate June 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Your baby crochet projects are gorgeous!


42 Nova June 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

Follow the ‘happy’ I say :)
I’m loving your adventures on the hook.


43 sarah June 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Just do what you love. No pressure. :-)


44 Tam June 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I once thought I was an “all or all” kind of girl – however my blog is testament to the fact that I am an “all or nothing” – knitting and photography seem to be lingering longer than usual…256 days to be exact with the photography: watch this space though;)


ps. could it be that the sticks may be the next big thing;) I’ve seen a lot of sticky queuing going on over on Ravelry


45 Kate June 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

hee hee…am going to start off small and work my way up. Might cast on a Milo tonight…the maybe the Camilla Babe.

Oh, I don’t know. Baby steps I guess.

Both your photos and knittery is gorgeous Tam x


46 Tam June 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

btw.. I’ll have of those potholders any day – LOVE the colour combo;)


47 Angela June 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

I hear you sister! I’m a all-in kinda girl too, so I can relate. I’ll be enjoying your hookery posts though! xx


48 Sophie June 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Gorgeous colours in your quilt.
I feel the same sometimes, like I should make something so I have something to blog about!
Probably why I have been away for a while!
Love your quilts.
Luv Sophie xxx


49 kim December 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

Made a lot of these for Christmas presents this year :)
Thanks Kim


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