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Regain Your SEWJO in a Few Easy Steps

Sometimes we just lose our “sewjo”, don’t we? Mine took a little hiatus recently, and I have been struggling to find it. Well, this past weekend I did just that. Now I am energized to make beautiful things and get them finished! “How?” you may ask. Let me tell you.

My formula for recovery is to select a pattern that is intriguing and simple, find a fabric that lights your creative fire, and then sew as much of it as you can in one day. That is correct, set aside a chunk of time that is just for you. It also doesn’t hurt to have a virtual quilt along (QAL) with a fun host and/or a friend joining in.

Two things happened to set me on this path to recovery. First, the YouTube Junkie in me heard Gudrun from GE Quilt Designs talking about her new QAL a few weeks ago. I had done a few of her patterns in a QAL situation during the pandemic shut down before and a few more of her patterns on my own. I love my finishes from those, so I ran to see the pattern. Intriguing! The Phoenix!

Next, I took a trip to Paducah with my quilt bestie and favorite enabler, Delores. While we were wandering a quilt shop, I found a piece of Tim Holtz Abandon II that I loved and a fat quarter bundle from his Eclectic Elements that screamed, “get me!” Delores suggested that it might make a great Phoenix and here we are.

I managed to set aside a chunk of the day that Gudrun hosted her QAL and managed to get my blocks finished, a layout under control, and a smile on my face. By the end of the day, I planned to have the top finished.

So, if you find yourself struggling, find a simple pattern (maybe one that looks far more complex than it is), look for fabric that sings to your heart, and take the time to SEW. If there isn’t a QAL set up at the time, find a quilting friend and create your own little event in person or even virtually. I bet that if nothing else, you will have a great time and end up with a beautiful quilt top—which might just be the road to recovery for you too.


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