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    Help!!!

    I have spent the last two weekends puttering in my sewing room and just can't seem to get any inspiration for projects.

    I keep looking through books and on the web for ideas. I have projects to make - but seem to have a block. I can't get an idea or start anything.

    What do others do when you have a block?

    How do you start the creative juices flowing again?

    A\Suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

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    Sometimes I just have to force myself to pick out something and just start sewing it... usually a smaller item :D:D:D

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    Welcome to the group!

    Look through some of the pictures here and you will come away with more ideas than you can possibly accomplish. lol

    Join a swap. Whatever you end up doing, welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 978gray
    Help!!!

    I have spent the last two weekends puttering in my sewing room and just can't seem to get any inspiration for projects.

    I keep looking through books and on the web for ideas. I have projects to make - but seem to have a block. I can't get an idea or start anything.

    What do others do when you have a block?

    How do you start the creative juices flowing again?

    A\Suggestions are greatly appreciated!!


    I have been having this problem too. :cry:

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    I usually force myself to do something...anything! And then again...sometimes I just let myself hang out with hubby and watch the tube! ;) You don't always have to be sewing, or at least that's what I tell myself!

    Maybe try something new to you?

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    Have some chocolates. Amazing what comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Have some chocolates. Amazing what comes to mind.
    O.k. girl, what are you mixing in those chocolates, and where can I get some? giggle giggle :lol:

    Ditter

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    I've been looking through the old pictures posts, it is giving me some ideas.

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    I certianly love the chocolate idea.

    I do the swaps. I have finished my April Doll Quilt and signed up for the May Doll Quilt nd the Table Runner Swap, but am having trouble getting inspired.

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    I keep charm square packs and leftover batting squares on hand for times like this - I'll pick them up and make coasters. No thinking, just sewing - but seeing something accomplished, even something small, seems to spur me on.

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    Oh! I like the coaster idea!!

    If I'm stuck, I will pull fabrics from the stash and try to make a purse or totebag. That's usually enough to kick my butt back into gear.

    =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Have some chocolates. Amazing what comes to mind.
    O.k. girl, what are you mixing in those chocolates, and where can I get some? giggle giggle :lol:

    Ditter
    I want some too!!!! :roll:

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    Whenever I have a mental block or just plain want to loaf I'll start looking through the Quilter's Cache blocks. I always end up inspired from there.

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    All I have to do is visit this board! Lots of inspiration here! :-)

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    I usually find a fabric that I love, that I have wanted to use in something. I have many but the one that calls to me wins! From there I will start looking through patterns, magazines, books, etc. I will also look through my stash for fabrics to go with the "star" fabric. That's all it takes for me, and that can lead to an all-nighter if I'm not careful. I have a bulletin board with lots of ideas for quilts I hope to make someday. So spending some time looking at that will always lead to a new quilt to start.

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    If you don't have anything pressing that "has" to be done, give yourself a break... take a walk clear your mind and say its ok to take a break :lol: if the block is really bothering you, you get more upset about it and it can cause a pattern of frustration. Does that make sense ?

    I know when the weather is yucky outside it causes blocks for me .

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    That happens....everyone needs a creative holiday....a holiday from creating. Give your brain a rest...keep looking through quilting magazines and maybe resort your fabrics. You will get inspired again....just wait it out. It'll be worth it.

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    I have been experiencing the same thing. Can't figure it out.
    I have to finish the April Doll Swap and can't get beyond the piecing. I have been doing some English PPing when in the car or when my brain hurts from too much studying. Now finals are coming up and ...

    I decided to pick up my crocheting to keep me busy. Maybe a week of that and I will be back in the groove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    If you don't have anything pressing that "has" to be done, give yourself a break... take a walk clear your mind and say its ok to take a break :lol: if the block is really bothering you, you get more upset about it and it can cause a pattern of frustration. Does that make sense ?

    I know when the weather is yucky outside it causes blocks for me .
    I agree. Maybe you're just burnt out on quilting. Give yourself permission to take a break and come back when you really want to.

    I have times when I loooove quilting, and others when my passion is photography, writing, scrapbooking, or (LOL) sleeping. Just let what is be and don't beat yourself up over it. When it's time, your creative juices will come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Sometimes I just have to force myself to pick out something and just start sewing it... usually a smaller item :D:D:D
    that's what I do too.

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    I have gone to my stash and picked out material for a baby or children's quilt to donate...sometimes sewing for others takes the stress and pressure away from doing a "creative" or "challenging" quilt. I know we love the challenge and hunt for a fun new project.

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    This is why I keep some hand sewing around all the time. Whether it is embroidery or my Grandmother's Flower Garden. There are just some times when I don't feel like setting at the machine and sewing! Sometimes I have to MUCH time to sew and I get board with it. Then there are weeks like this when I really really want to sew but my sewing machine is packed up so I can't! Thank goodness the move is almost here and I will be able to unpack my machines and sew again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    This is why I keep some hand sewing around all the time. Whether it is embroidery or my Grandmother's Flower Garden. There are just some times when I don't feel like setting at the machine and sewing! Sometimes I have to MUCH time to sew and I get board with it. Then there are weeks like this when I really really want to sew but my sewing machine is packed up so I can't! Thank goodness the move is almost here and I will be able to unpack my machines and sew again!
    You want to sew because the machine is packed up! That's just like me and driving...I never want to go anywhere (unless it's to a fabric store) until my car is in the shop or I have loaned it to someone! :lol:

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    Sometimes I just need a "little" visit to the LQS. I have a system. Look over stash, look over looseleaf notebook with saved patterns and try to just pick up one piece to compliment something(s) already on the shelves.

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    For several years, I've been cutting out pix of quilts from catalogs and stuffing them in a big plastic zipper bag. There's usually a backlog of quilts I want to make, so I rarely get to a point where I need to look for inspiration, BUT if I do, that's the first place I look. I've accumulated hundreds of pictures and it's not very organized, but I don't care. I also have lots of magazines, but not many quilts in them that I like except a few prize winners that are waaaaaaaay beyond my skill level and always will be. And of course, there are quilt patterns stored in my computer ... the free PDF downloads.

    Browse through your pix and your fabrics and you'll probably find inspiration.

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