In 2013 I made a pledge that it would be the year of finished projects.  I was pretty successful, but by the end of the year I managed to bum myself out because I'd stifled my creative energy so much all year.  In 2014 I have been determined to follow my inspiration instead.  So I start a lot of projects, dream about finishing them, and then start something else new. 

I am loving Carolyn Friedlander's Shirts pattern.  This is one that I made with some precious fabric from a friend.  I go in shirt sewing spurts and I long for another night of just stitching these together.

I love this little shirt made with Carolyn Friedlander's Shirts pattern

The most space, time, fabric and brain consuming project this year has been the Gypsy Wife Sampler.  I have all of the strip fabrics chosen now and a few of the small blocks sewn but I have a long way to go on this one.  If you follow this blog at all, then you know that I have a love affair with samplers and I almost never want the project to end. 

My Gypsy Wife Quilt so far

Have you been following your inspiration lately? Where has it taken you?


jeanne e. said...

i have the gypsy wife pattern (and a few others by jen kingwell) but i am slightly intimidated. it is such a lovely and fun quilt. yours is looking good! maybe the key is to just take my time...i also love your halloween quilt fabrics! i have been collecting fabrics for my own halloween quilt, but like you, i can't land on a pattern. i have been a little lacking in inspiration lately (something i find that happens to me in the summer with the heat) but i think i am starting to get it back with autumn. though, i have been working on and english paper piecing project that makes me happy. :)

Ella said...

I've been very ADHD about sewing lately. I just keep drifting from crafty project to project....knitting, sewing, cross stitch. It's a tad frustrating.

Suz J said...

I approached 2013 and 2014 in the opposite order - 2013 was the year of using things... patterns, books, fabrics, and I finished the year with an enormous amount of unfinished projects - but I loved it! 2014 has been the year of getting things done. I went on the Fabric/Project Diet for the first 6 months, and only started one completely new project - although it had been on the radar as a bundle of fabrics for a while, so I figured it didn't quite count as being entirely new. But 6 months was the most I could handle of nothing new... so I'm now somewhere in between. Not constrained by a limit, but also not starting new things willy nilly. At the moment, life is good :o)

Rachel said...

You've just given me the perfect excuse not to stress out about my pile of WIPs! I don't want to stifle my creative energy, hehe! I think I'll just carry on chipping away at my WIPs and starting a few new things along the way. And maybe finishing a few more things as I go. I love your shirt, that pattern looks so fun! I've been scheming to make a Halloween quilt (mini) too, and it's not even a big thing here!

Carolyn S. said...

Loving the Gypsy Wife sampler! Where does that come from?
I am struggling with a quilt for my mom, it's been a long time in the making, and I guilt myself about it all the time, and won't start anything new until it's done. However, it doesn't inspire me at all, so I tend not to work on it, so I end up not finishing it, and not starting any fun new thing. Thanks for the post, I hadn't really thought about this dynamic and how it was affecting me.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm the same with new projects - if I collect/pull fabric for it and put it in a box with some sketches of what I want to do then I don't need to start it. I think it's because, once I start a project box for something, it tells me that I will do it at some point and it doesn't matter how long it will take for me to get to it, it will be waiting patiently for me to be ready.

Heidi Staples said...

I love your Gypsy Wife! Yes, I seem to often enjoy the dreaming and planning phase more than any other part of sewing!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Your projects are beautiful! Pretty much the same here... following my instinct. When I'm very busy as I have been this summer, I start often NEW projects but can't concentrate to finish them. Hopefully during the calm winter they will be continued. x Teje
PS. Triangles are my favourites!

Kate said...

I love the Halloween fabric pull. Also, I too enjoy having wips waiting. Knowing that I always have something ready to go :-)

knittingsandwich said...

oh your gypsy wife is so amazing! i just want to stare at it all day long!

right now i'm doing my best to stick to it and finish up a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend, then i get to cast on for an alpaca cowl that my sister and i are both going to make as a sister-knit-along!!

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