I explained my situation to one of the lovely ladies at Fresh Fabric (Hi Janet) and her advice to me was "JUST SEW" She explained a similar situation had occurred to another wonderful Tasmanian designer and when she took the time to sew some "me projects" (projects you want to make - just 'cos) she soon got back into the rhythm of things and produced a bunch of new patterns. That was the push I needed. I had put off sewing for long enough so I pulled out the sewing machine and I JUST SEWED! My goal was to make something by someone else using up fabric from the stash (smaller scraps).
I really love this quilt by Film In The Fridge so decided I would make one similar (I added colour to each of my corners rather than just two corners). This is what I have so far:
My quilt would be further along however this little princess wanted in on the action so I grabbed a bunch of charm squares to make a 'puzzle' from and this is what she came up with (more or less - she kept walking over her quilt and rearranged and moved pieces till she was happy with where they were).
I later decided to add 2" white sashing between her "puzzle" squares to make it a bit bigger and just in case the colours clashed. I think she did a pretty good job for a first time. I had her sit on my knee while I sewed and she helped feed through the pieces of fabric as we chain pieced them together.
We had so much fun!!! I am totally back in the mood to hop on the computer and write out a new pattern (or two) so I can put together another quilt ;). Which may mean these quilt squares remain unfinished for some time but I think that's ok.
So my advice to anyone lacking the motivation to start a new (or finish an old) project - JUST SEW :)