Do you ever fall down the rabbit trail that is Pinterest?
I have to admit, it sucks me in like no other site can do.
When I use it for things like adding posts to my book boards, to give a better idea to my readers what I was imagining or how the setting for my story looks, that’s not a bad thing. Or when I find a recipe that my whole family enjoys, that’s a definite win.
When I sit there and find more (and more) projects I may or may not ever get around to doing, well … you get the idea.
I’ve been doing some research for a novella I’m writing to release next September. It’s set in a quilt shop. Needless to say, I’ve been pinning some really cute quilt ideas.
I adore quilts. My Grandmother was a master quilter (at least in my opinion). She had thirteen grandchildren in all, and for each of us, she made a twin sized quilt when we were kids and then a queen-sized quilt as we graduated high school. Every one was different and beautiful. My mom has made a few quilts, too. So, when I got ready to move out, that was one of the first things I decided I needed. And we made a quilt.
Since then, I’ve stitched together even more. One for each sibling as they married. Quite a few baby quilts for friends and family. And every now and then I go work on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt I started way back in high school and might actually finish one day.
Quilting and sewing are two ways I can revive my creativity when it gets burned out from working on books too long at a time. And Pinterest knows this. Want to see what’s on the top of my Quilting Board on that site? Feel free to check it out here.
Did you look? See any trends of late? I’ve discovered book quilts. And I really want to make something amazing.
So, what’s the problem?
I’m one of these people who can’t simply follow a pattern and make something exactly like the picture. I love to put my own spin on it. So, the more different quilt ideas I found, the bigger my ideas became. And y’all, I don’t have time for this right now.
So, I decided to calm myself down and start small. I have two authors who have become like sisters over the last few years. We do a YouTube channel together and plot and critique and support and everything. And I love finding special gifts for them for Christmas.
I didn’t make them a quilt, but I did make them each a pillow with a book on it to represent one of theirs. I even hand-embroidered their names on the spines.
I still want to make my quilt someday, but until then, I can be happy in being able to make something for my dear friends. Plus, now I’ve worked out the pattern. And the hours I spent sewing helped give my brain a boost so I could go back and write a few more chapters that week.
Do you have projects that grow out of control? Do you ever have to stop one project and go do something else for a while to refresh and rejuvenate yourself? I’d love to hear about it!