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Tips for Getting Your Sewjo Back

We’ve all been there. We have a little free time to sew, so we make our way to our sewing room/corner/nook and we just stare. We start feeling annoyed at ourselves for having too much fabric or too many UFOs or too many less-than-perfect seams and we walk away in a funk. Our sewjo is gone and we don’t know what to do to get it back. Here are a few tips I use to level-set my expectations and get my machine humming again.

1) Start SMALL

Make a block. Make a bag. Make the miniest of mini quilts that I can. Just make something. Sew together a few scraps. Make binding (whether I have an actual project for it or just feel like it’ll be a good one to have on hand one day). Find a free tutorial for some project what I can put fabric to the machine and be done. The reason to start small is that there’s an intense feeling of satisfaction that can come from finishing something. If my goal was just to sew together a block and I do it, my motivation level rises – which even if it’s just a little, …

Stop Comparing Yourself on Social Media

It’s so stinking easy to do. You see this gorgeous photo of a quilt online – one you’d love to make – and every part of it is perfect. The points are perfect. The color palette is perfect. The photograph of it is perfect. The person posting it is perfect. Everything is PERFECT. Except you of course. You can’t make that quilt. You can’t pick that lovely of a color palette. You can’t quilt to that precision. You can’t take photographs that don’t look like they were taken in a dungeon. You are so NOT perfect, it’s hilarious.

I’ve been there. Have you?

Social media is this interesting dichotomy of real social situations.

We had a really good conversation about social media and comparison during a guild meeting. I’m so appreciative our leader, Erin, had us tackle this topic because I almost felt like there was a collective sigh of relief at the end, like hey, I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way sometimes.

So how do you stop the comparison trap? How do you appreciate what bene…