I bet you're wondering whose face you're seeing attached to this blog. It's mine… Abby Kaufman, the new Assistant Editor here at Stitch magazine. I started last week, learning the ropes from Rose DeBoer, who is moving on to become Managing Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine. I'm excited to dive in and become an integral part of the Stitch community.
Like many people, I can be a creature of habit. I'll find a taste for a certain meal and eat it several times a week. I'll discover a new walking route and want to repeat it daily, until another piques my interest. The same goes for my sewing, and therefore the sewing techniques I use.
A rag quilt I made for a friend's baby.
If I find a certain project or pattern is enjoyable and not too tricky to complete, it often becomes a go-to favorite for shower or holiday gifts. Last summer, I wanted, on a short timeline, to make baby quilts for two of my friends who were expectant mothers.
What did I do? Went for a tried-and-true rag quilt project I knew would yield great results and meet the due-date deadlines.
This summer, a recent move has temporarily shelved my sewing machine as I work instead on home improvement projects and unpacking boxes. Lately, I've started to feel more settled, and that creative itch is becoming persistent.
But before I plow ahead with some of my go-to favorites, I've decided to challenge myself to do something different. I want to try new projects, and in the process, pick up some extra sewing techniques. Maybe I'll go to work on a tote bag, or start a quilt using a pattern I've never tried.
Meanwhile, I might peruse the projects in Mollie Makes Woodland Friends. My new house could use some cute, handmade home goods. You can find the book in the Sew Daily Shop.
I'm also looking for more inspiration. How do you explore new ideas? I look forward to hearing from you.