Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?


For over 10 years now, I have not been able to spend my time in the way that I wish, in regards to my hobby.  I admit that I could have been more active, had I been a bit more driven, but I honestly feel that had I really been serious about writing a quilt book, designing patterns, or even finishing my many, many projects, something would have come up to put a wrench in the gears. I think that these years are over, and you are the ones who are setting me straight. Funnily enough, you probably don’t even realize that what you are doing in your day to day life, affects and inspires me to move forward.

In these recent years, I have had a lot of quit in me. This is where I have been putting things on the later log, but I am thinking that it is time for me to get back to my normal, driven, very productive ways.  I recently submitted a quilt to a publication for consideration in an upcoming issue.  I have had quilts published in the past, so I am familiar with the process.  I sent in the required documentation. I waited. I followed up. I waited. I never received a response.  So, I submitted to another publication, and I am waiting on that one. And you know what? I might not hear from them either. But at least I am focused. Instead of just giving up and tossing it to the side as I have been doing, I plan on driving forward with a plan B, plan C, plan D if I have to. There are so many things that I can do, and I am beginning to be excited again about actually doing them.

You want to know something? I was heavily influenced by you though. You should know that I care about what you are doing. I follow your social media to see what you are making and to be inspired by your work. I see your quilt projects, or your travel pictures, or the progress that you are making by organizing your sewing room.  I look forward to your opinion on books that you read, movies you watched, and restaurants that you have visited.  I am simply a person who cares about what you are up to.  If you have not heard from someone recently about how much they appreciate you posting to your blog, posting a picture to Instagram, responding to a comment in Facebook, or making a tutorial in a Youtube video, I want to be the person who thanks you.  I am grateful to the community of quilters and crafters that drive forward every day.  You kept me in check. Sometimes life has a bad wifi connection and the only thing to do is to disconnect and reconnect again.  Reboot.  I think that’s it.  I needed a reboot.  I thank you for that.


7 thoughts on “Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?

  1. Thank you, Monica! I, too, love keeping up with your IG stories and seeing all your progress pictures. One day I hope I can read a book you write about reproducing reproduction quilts! You have such an amazing eye!

    • oh, hi! Thank you for stopping by. Let’s just see if I can get this quilt along quilt that I am working on that The Root Connection is hosting. It’s fun being back on track. Have a great day, Helga!

  2. What a touching post, Monica. I love your thoughtfulness and willingness to share with people who care about and are inspired by you, too. Welcome back!

    • Thank you, Gayle. There are piles and piles of good things calling to me. I am trucking along on a quilt along hosted by The Root Connection. I am enjoying the creative process.

  3. Awesome tutorial and sweet thoughts on coming back to things you love…Me too! Bless you for being on point about your allergies, I will try that too. Thanks, Alice DT

  4. I’m glad I know you, Monica! Social media is a great way to get acquainted, and as you say it does for you… drives me to inspiration and doing. I’m grateful that you’re into vintage fabrics, and that I can follow your makes. I’m linking a blog post to yours, and looking forward to reading more about the projects that make you tick. (I hope you were successful at getting published!)

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