So in addition to being a quilter, I'm also a gaming geek - I love Dungeons and Dragons and all kinds of other roleplaying games. I love playing boardgames and card games and mah jong too. My husband and I used to go to gaming cons three or four times a year. We kind of stopped going a few years ago for a variety of reasons, none of which are very important any more.
Today, we went to Strategicon at a hotel near LAX. It was fun seeing old friends and acquaintances again. We cruised through the dealer's room, shopped at the flea market, and learned how to play a new game called Dominion.
It was a really nice half a day at the con, and I had fun. Maybe we'll go to the next con in February too. A pleasant break from sitting around the house not sewing.
Why am I not sewing? I don't know... just feeling restless and uninspired, which is a shame because this was a stay-at-home-retreat weekend for an online group I belong to. I SHOULD be working. I just can't bring myself to make quilts just for the sake of doing something. Lately I've been thinking long and hard about just what I want to accomplish when I make quilts. I've kind of decided I don't want to just sew and sew and sew just to be doing it. Production sewing isn't my idea of fun. I want to create art, not blankets.
Which is not to say that some beautiful and artistic quilts don't come out of 'production sewing'. I love seeing other people's beautiful quilts that are sewn just to try new techniques or patterns, or just to be sewing something. I just am not inspired to sew that way any more myself. I used to enjoy sewing just to try a new pattern or use fabric that I like. My inspiration for doing that seems to be fading. I'm not sure I can even explain it properly and I don't mean to insult anyone who quilts just to make them. I think it's wonderful, especially all the quilts made for charity this way. I'm just not inspired to do this right now.
Maybe this mood will pass and I will go back to making quilts just for the fun of sewing them together. I don't know. I only know that right now my quilting muse is leading me down a different path. Sadly that path is leading me to making far fewer quilts. Which makes me depressed somewhat.
Perhaps I need a little break - like a vacation away from home. Maybe if I went somewhere new and interesting when I returned home, I would be inspired to sew again. I think I'll suggest it to my husband. I need to do SOMETHING - I have a quilting retreat coming up in November, and I've got to be ready to take one or more projects with me to sew while I'm there.
I do have three quilts at the LAQ, which I should have back by then and I can put bindings on them. Other than that, no plans yet.... big sigh.
Tomorrow I will play a game with my husband and friend and that will have to suffice as my 'get-away' for the holiday weekend. Monday, I have to play Tom Sawyer and whitewash a fence.
I want to learn how to hand-paint fabric.
I want to learn how to hand-dye fabric.
I want to learn how to manipulate and alter fabrics by burning, waxing, and embellishing them.
I WANT to get back to sewing too... just don't know when... I once made a quilt with a banner across the top of it that reads 'DO WHAT YOU LOVE - WITH ALL YOUR HEART'. I need especially to learn how to take my own advice.