Saturday, November 18, 2006

The lull

I'm having one of those fallow periods. I've gotten a bunch of things done, and there is nothing pressing on my plate at the moment. You'd think this would be a great time to jump in and play with one of the many ideas I've had rolling around in my head.

But I'm just not in the mood.

All last week, I cleaned and tidied and purged and filled several car-loads with stuff for the Salvation Army. So, I'm enjoying just sitting in a very tidy house.

I've finished three quilts in the last few weeks. It's satisfying to have them out of my works-in-progress pile and I've enjoyed working on them. But (strangely, for me) I'm not in any rush to start something new.

I just got the wonderful Journal Quilts book from Quilting Arts and I've really been enjoying looking through it. There are great creative ideas on every page. Still, I've not rushed to my studio to try anything.

I think I just need to rest and recharge.

I'm reading. I went off to the library today to return the latest stack of books and found the Friends of the Library sale in progress. I came home with a new stack of books (hardbacks for $1 each!) so I have good reading ahead.

I've been watching Monarch of the Glen, a wonderful gentle series about the trials and tribulations of a modern-day laird of a run-down but charming castle in Scotland, courtesy of Netflix. And today, I started "Seamless," a documentary about the fashion industry which I suspect was the creative seed for Project Runway.

So, I feel a bit unsettled, but I'm remembering that these times are necessary for the busy times ahead.

Maybe I'll get my bag of Melody's fused scraps tomorrow and see what happens...


  1. Anonymous6:51 PM

    Diane, your "fallow" period is by choice, which is a GOOD thing...mine is imposed by the lack of a sewing machine, which will be remedied on 4 Dec. when I make the trek up to Sydney to buy a new Bernina...can't wait.

    I think you should enjoy the little mini-break, read and watch lots of fun TV. I was addicted to Netflix when I was in Novato and I've just started with Quickflicks in Australia. I can heartily recommend Ballykissangel, if you like Monarch of the Glen. I absolutely loved both of them!

  2. Anonymous7:41 PM

    I forgot to ask, Diane -- how did you like Seamless? I've been looking at that. I I think on the basis of your sidebar comment, I'll try to find a copy of Pug Hill by Alison Pace, so thanks!

  3. I can so relate to the fallow thing. Except I'm not as accepting as you - I call it a dead period!

  4. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Doesn't sound fallow to me! Sounds very productive and a necessary par of creativity - the cleaning up and thinking about things time.

  5. Belatedly reading your post about your lull. I'd say that you fully deserve a vacation - a respite. You've been busy finishing quilts, cleaning your house, ahem emergency remodeling. Take a break, enjoy it. You'll be back in the swing of making a mess quilting in no time.