New Pattern Shop + How to Move Past Creative Blocks

Hello friends! I’m  so excited to share my new pattern shop with you today. It has been a long time coming, and is definitely a collaborative effort (photographer, graphic designer, babysitter, advice giving friends, patient family, and me). I’ve spent so many hours over the past few months writing patterns, getting patterns edited, building this shop, and working/staring at the computer screen.
Swim-bike-quilt-patterns.myshopify.com

This is what the shop interface looks like. It is pretty user friendly, pdf patterns are emailed to you immediately, anywhere in the world. (Note: EU Customers can purchase from my etsy shop).

Click on this link or the image below to go to the shop

visit-my-pattern-shop
I can’t wait to just sit down and sew again, without the computer.  I’ve had such a creative block recently, but after my shop launched this morning, I went down to my clean (gasp! the sign of a creative block for sure) sewing room and sewed some scraps together, just for fun.

How do you clear a creative block? Does finishing a big project (even if it isn’t sewing related) help? 

Here are a few things I like to try when I’m just not feeling creative:

  • make a list of 3 tasks that need to be completed; unload the dishwasher, write a thank you note, go grocery shopping, etc. Once they are completed, give myself “permission” to spend 20 minutes sewing something, just for fun
  • pull out an older project; rearrange the blocks, add a new color, or decide to give it away
  • take a break, and get outside, it doesn’t matter if it is going on a walk in your neighborhood or snowshoeing in the Wasatch mountains (my favorite this winter)
  • read a book; sometimes reading can kickstart creativity

what about you? what do you like to do to push past the “i’m not feeling creative” moments/days/weeks?

p.s. i’m launching an email newsletter. I’ll talk about it more later this week, along with my other new patterns, but wanted to mention it here first. I plan to send it twice a month, and I’m gearing it towards sharing articles, patterns, and links I love, with a special emphasis on tips and helps for starting *and* finishing quilts!

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2 Comments

  1. Karen
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Love your new patterns, Katie! Congratulations on your shop! It’s so “modern” in its layout–terrific! Just one suggestion for moving through the block–how about walking/playing with the dog/cat/kid?

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      that is a great one! sometimes it is easy to forget how important sitting down and playing is. thanks!

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