Nancy had a very interesting post on her blog about letting go of all the *rules* and just having fun with her quilting. I posted a comment over there about my perspective but thought I'd post here too because I think it's something that many of us deal with.
This might not surprise those of you who read my blog but what motivates me and makes me happy in my quilting is being productive and making and donating quilts. (That's not to say that being a quilt factory and blindly mass producing quilts is what my quilting is about.)
I don't have *rules* for myself but I do have* goals* and it sounds like I just use a different word for the same things Nancy talks about - curbing my fabric buying, using the stash I've already accumulated, finishing UFO's, and making a number of donation quilts.
I set goals for myself and then work toward them - if I don't accomplish everything I set out to do then I focus on how far I did get toward my *goal* rather than beating myself up over breaking a *rule*.
So Nancy's *rules* make her unhappy but my *goals* make me feel productive and happy. Since as Nancy said so well quilting is something we do for fun, I think she made the right decision for her quilting.
As for me - I'll continue to set my goals and work toward them.