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Thread: Too many projects and no desire to sew

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    Super Member SouthPStitches's Avatar
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    Don't be too hard on yourself. Was in a quilting funk for over two months. Was home Saturday for the first snow storm of the season and completed a quilt I've done nothing but suffer through, hating every minute of it. But, it's done and ready to give away and the very next day, I started cutting out a new small project and it actually felt "right". This too will pass. I once went a full 10 years without quilting.

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    Super Member Judith1005's Avatar
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    Yes, I too felt like you as well. I think it's just too much pressure to have too many things with deadlines at one time. I agree, just try to work for short periods of times on the project closest to be finished. Before you know it, you will have finished at least one project. And maybe on to the next. Do you have a friend that sews or quilts? Maybe they can come help or inspire you to keep working.

    I lost my motivation soooo bad. I had joined swaps that I really wanted to do. On top of everything else. I enlisted my moms help.(which she didn't mind.) And, it really helped me to find my motivation and before I knew it, I was having fun again.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    I don't sew to deadlines because of this problem. Give yourself a break today. Then pick ONE THING to work on until it's done. Then stop hacking out deadlines. Make a few baby quilts and gifts in advance of needing them.

    I am now making Thursdays as my BOM day. While I have no problem keeping up with my Block-of-the-week (another board), I fall behind on all the others because I can't get my act together. By assigning one day, I can at least do that month's BOM. If I have time left over, I will do the month previous until I am caught up. If I don't FEEL like working on something, well, I make myself work an hour anyway.

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    I am sort of in the same boat right now...I have to get my tax info to the accountant, I just had a house full of company for 2 weeks...all here to celebrate my mother's 94th birthday...I am her caregiver though she lives in assisted living....everyone thinks my home is Hotel Central when they come to the area..pick-ups and deliveries to the airport, etc, etc. Oh well, it has been fun but I am exhausted right now. My house is upside down from all of the guests but I started cleaning today after a yoga class which made me feel a lot better. It will all get done and then I can sit and sew again. I forgot about Calgon in the tub(Gayle Bong's suggestion!) but I do use Epsom Salts for great soaks. I think I will do one tonight! Feel better and take a few deep breaths. My Yoga teacher says Americans do not know how to relax...
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Yorkville, IL

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    Senior Member barbo117's Avatar
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    I get days and sometimes weeks like that. Can't seem to get myself motivated or in the "mood" to sew. I don't handle it well when I have more than one project going at a time. I have a quilt on the hand quilting frame now and another that I am piecing. Too much stress for me anymore. Think it has something to do with years of working and having to meet deadlines. It used to be my motto to finish one project before I start another but in a weak moment here recently I got two different full size quilts going. Told hubby tonight that I am going to take the quilt off of the frame and put it away for a while. Out of sight is out of mind. Right now I feel like sitting behind the Singer and stitching pretty tops. Another thing I do when I get overwhelmed or just not in the mood, is get out my pattern books and spend a few days just looking at pretty quilts. Seems to help and before too long I have my momentum back. Relax for a few days, you will get back in the groove again!

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    We can always blame it on the weather. It is dark and gloomy, waiting for snow here in western metro Portland, OR. I just want to curl up in a quilt and watch an old movie.
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

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    Super Member Val in IN's Avatar
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    I HATE working under pressure. I've been in a "slump" since before Christmas. I just don't feel like sewing much. I look at my magazines and spend time on here, but just haven't felt like sewing. I think I just got burned out with trying to do things for people and haven't gotten over it yet. I'm sure I'll come back soon though...
    "I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"

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    Super Member QandE2010's Avatar
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    I had all kinds of projects to finish by the end of last year. I did complete them, (all but one that I am finishing this week) but was so burnt out that I wasn't having any fun. I even posted that I was in a funk after the first of the year. Trust me, if you're not having fun, you are just going through the motions. I got a lot of good advice like these ladies are giving you. I finally started again around the 1st of February. I am now having a blast & am back in the groove. Just relax, take all the time you need to get your "desire" back, and soon you'll be back to producing beautiful things. Start small, but try not to stress out about it. I think there are a whole bunch of us in the same boat as you.
    Nami to 6

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    Senior Member Handcraftsbyjen's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
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    It's good to know I'm not the only one to feel like this.

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    Southern California
    I get like that and don't sew for months.

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