Always shifting gears

I haven’t done any patchwork since finishing the swirling stars top for the local modern quilt guild challenge. I spent some time feeling bad about that, and then decided to reframe my thinking. This is my hobby; I do it for fun. I don’t have to complete a certain amount of work per week or per month, and if my quilt fabrics and tools sit in the corner for a while until I’m back in the mood, there’s no one that gets hurt by that. In fact, allowing myself to be creative when I feel so, and not forcing it, has increased my enjoyment and made me better in my craft.

I have been making garments, of a sort – I have made ‘muslins’ of both Lekala 5666 and Kwik Sew 3826. Both were workable, and now I just have to decide whether I want to proceed with them and if so in what fabric. (If you’re interested in the nitty gritty I wrote reviews on PatternReview.) I like making knit tops so much – no edges to finish and minor fit differences are no big deal.

I’m still mulling over whether to participate in Self-Stitched September. Even if I don’t commit to the whole month, I think I will do some kind of ‘wearing only self-sewn clothes’ day or series of days, for the challenge of it. Anyone else going to participate?