March 12, 2012

Deborah: Checking In

Ladies, I have been in a creative dead zone all week. My muse hung up on me.  The running stitch was not speaking to me.

I am going to go stare at my CQ block until something reconnects my brain to my hand.

Everything you guys have posted is fabulous.


11 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

None of us are going to be able to get our blocks done each month relying solely on that month's TAST stitches.

You will need to fill in with some of your old faithful reliable favorites. When you hit a creative block, go to your favorites to warm up. Before long, you will feel energized again.

You can do it! I know you can!

cq4fun said...

Do whatever you're in the mood to do and skip the TAST. Put your favorite seam treatment in, and feel good about it. =)

Debra Spincic said...

Exactly! Sometimes the TAST stitch will not work for your design. I am a little stalled on my Christmas wallhanging because the last group of TAST stitches have not been suitable. I'll swing back eventually to it or I'll start working what I want when I want. I'm spoiled that way. (*wink*)

Peacock said...

That's why I'm working my TAST stitches separately than my CQJP, for sure! I like to have the freedom on my CQJP to do whatever inspires me from moment to moment. I find that I have good weeks and bad weeks. For me, the "bad" weeks -- the unproductive ones-- are just as important as the good weeks. I work much better when I allow myself to take "down time" when I need it. After a bad week, I usually come back to my work re-energized and full of better ideas. ... as long as I don't let myself get too critical of being so non-productive! -- If I focus on the non-productiveness, then it tends to drag out and take longer to get back into the "good" groove.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Deborah, the girls are right. It's never a good idea to try to force something that isn't inspiring you. Sometimes I just pick up the needle and thread and start stitching and things begin to make sense and fall into place. If not, I set it aside and work on something else. Relax, you'll get your mojo back.

jenclair said...

What they said! I think the comments have covered it pretty well. TAST is for learning, but that doesn't mean it is applicable for a project when you learn it.

Mary-Frances Main said...

Love it and SO feel that too!

Debra Spincic said...

Another idea is to develop a set of seam treatments that you plan to use on every single block. Each month start the month with those treatments and leave a few seams or areas that will be experimental. Trying to have the entire block experimental with new ideas can make it a bit chaotic and frustrate you. Repetition in CQ is a good thing; just like it is in patchwork. It unites the blocks.

You've had some innovative TAST experiments so look back over your practice sheet and do a few of those on this month's block.

Barbara C said...

I agree with everyone's advice. Don't let this stitch stand in your way. It's also okay to take a little break and recharge your creative batteries.

Peacock said...

great advice, Debra! .. I do find that I enjoy repeating elements across several blocks, with maybe a change in angle of line or color or weight of thread or other minor differences... and then at the end I can play "find the matches" with the kids in my life!

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Good suggestions, all. I really wasn't trying to find a place for the running stitch (although I did eventually use it); I just couldn't get inspired to do a *anything* with it. I've posted some pictures of my cq and actually on last month's blog I had used this pesky little stitch and forgot about it.