I read craft blogs.
Ok, now that I've said that it's not hard to realise that I read a lot of craft blogs. I know that my blog pales in comparison to a lot of others, but I strive to make things that I need, things that will get used, and things that make me happy. I don't churn out quilts really quickly (even though I'd love to) because I know that I don't have the means to support that habit. I don't, will I ever? Probably not. So I try to make the best of what I have.
Point number one in quilting (for me): I am insanely cheap. Not cheap like most people are who claim to be cheap. I hate to spend money on things that aren't absolutely necessary. Fabric is the one thing that I'll splurge on, and even then, I hate paying designer prices. $10 a yard!? Yeah right, that will take me a month to decide I really want it, even then I'll buy a half a yard of two prints and call it a day (and probably feel bad for spending that money later too). Insane? Yes. My dear husband encourages me to buy fabric. He knows I'll use it and that it's my one hobby.
That being said, I have trouble with starting projects (not finishing them). I love to look at other people's quilts on flickr and on blogs that I folow. However, I don't really like the idea of strait up copying their ideas, and I don't like using a pattern. It takes me days and even weeks to try to formulate what sort of quilt to make, and even then I change my mind halfway through often.
These are the reasons I have a hard time starting a quilt:
1. I am cheap therefor have verry little fabric in my stash
2. Because of the way I buy fabric (a little at a time) I don't always have enough fabric, or enough coordinating fabric for the project.
3. If I'm going to spend the time and energy to make a quilt, I want it to quality fabric, yet I am not willing to pay the price of said fabric. I'm not as inspired to use the fabric I can get cheaply because I'm not as enthusiastic about the color/softness of it.
4. When I do break down and buy designer fabric I've spent so much money on it that I am afraid to ruin it or mess up a quilt I make with it.
5. I have goals and plans to make cool, unique quilts, but when it comes down to it, I tend to play it safe rather than take risks (see #4). I don't want to settle for a simpler quilt, but I also don't want to ruin my good fabric.