Sew Jo. You gotta have it. But what if it goes missing? What do you do? Panic! Oh no! How do I get my SEW-JO back???
It's magical, it's elusive sometimes. SEW-JO. It's the making-it magic for quilters! But every now and then it falters. Why? Why does that happen? I don't know. I think, sometimes, for me (maybe not for you), it's something sitting there waiting that you don't really want to work on, but have to. Or feel you have to.
I've been suffering a mis-fire on my sew-jo. Not for a long time. But I sew a lot, so if it goes missing for just a few days, I wonder what the heck is wrong with me? I decided that this time it IS caused by the project under my needle. My Wild and Free Applique quilt from my workshop with Pat Sloan. I really, REALLY, want to have it done by guild meeting, 2nd Thursday of April. I like it, yes, but discovered once I started quilting it that I wasn't really confident with HOW I was quilting it, and that caused my beloved SEW-JO to slip town for a few.
To jump start it, I went into my sewing room this weekend, reluctantly, feet dragging. Decided to do a little string piecing. Every since two classes I took this summer on string piecing, I have been keeping a box of little pieces, just for string-piecing. So I got that out and spent a little time joining them together. Pressed them. And FLED.
Today I went back in, boldly and unafraid. I was going to take those string-pieced thingies and make a pillow cover for my living room chair, damn it! In quick-time, so I could then walk on the treadmill, and maybe go to the gym!
So I did.
Is SEW-JO back? I don't know, but I think a kick-start of something easy and no-pressure is helpful.
I'll keep you posted.....