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Thread: Have been stuck, unable to start a project?

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    Have been stuck, unable to start a project?

    I have planned, investigated, replanned a project..The plan is not working! My sewing machine is not humming any more. I feel like the commercial "Help, I've fallen and can't get up!" Too big of an Idea to start. Sort of a "quilters block" of a differant sort!
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    I'm with you. What is that saying? The spirit is willing but the body isn't... or something like that? I have a gazillion of things I want to do but just can't seem to get the show on the road. Argh! I think part of my *problem* is that my sewing room has kind turned into a junk room & the prospect of cleaning it is so daunting. But I really do want to sew. Maybe we should start a support group of sorts... an encouragement group.

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    Sane here!!!! I haven't been able to get my act together since Izy organized my fabrics and I revamped my sewing room!!!! I think perhaps it is too organized and I don't want to mess it up!!!! Hope you're impressed izy!! Sewing room sorted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I am in the middle of quilting a Cal King size quilt, 10 feet x 10 feet on my sewing machine. Some days I just stare at it as it sits stuck under my sewing machine needle. I decided to work on it a little everyday. I call it my penance. It is coming. Just very slow.
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    I have a quilt I'm making for someone who is graduating in 2 weeks. I've been so close to finishing for months, but just can't get motivated to finish it. I don't know what is wrong with me. At least I know I'm not alone.

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    When I get stuck I cut squares and make a crib quilt. Easy, mindless and gets me sewing and can give it away.
    Do something easy and quick.

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    We've all been there. Commit to twenty minutes every day. Make something easy.If it is something that has to be done, think of the twenty minutes as a sentence imposed by a judge. Must do it. When you finish your twenty minutes, you get out of jail. Or you may find you like it there. Big grin.
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    I know exactly what you are talking about. I jumped off on a project that is too big for me and got overwhelmed. I am just now getting back to wanting to do a project and excited about it. I decided to leave the other project until later. What seemed to help me get over the hump is to do a few small projects. They turned out well so off I go again. I get discouraged easily at times thinking I can't do this quilting thing and then sit down and do something small and easy and admire it and think how pretty. I just love quilts or I would have given up a long time ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by chairjogger View Post
    I have planned, investigated, replanned a project..The plan is not working! My sewing machine is not humming any more. I feel like the commercial "Help, I've fallen and can't get up!" Too big of an Idea to start. Sort of a "quilters block" of a differant sort!

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    Hehehehe I have never in my life joined so many swaps but now it is really time to quilt some of those quilts. Still staring at my calking stuck under the sewing machine needle. everyday a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    When I get stuck I cut squares and make a crib quilt. Easy, mindless and gets me sewing and can give it away.
    Do something easy and quick.
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    This can work! I am doing it right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    We've all been there. Commit to twenty minutes every day. Make something easy.If it is something that has to be done, think of the twenty minutes as a sentence imposed by a judge. Must do it. When you finish your twenty minutes, you get out of jail. Or you may find you like it there. Big grin.
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    Thank you all! Just do something is maybe a good start. I am so happy not oddly alone on this .. never happened to me before. I do agree..the mess knowing a busy month ahead does not help either! I don't have a sewing room...living room. Thank you all!

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    This happens to me, often. Take a break, for a few days. Do something totally different, in the meantime. I usually either crochet or read a book. After a few days or so, you'll be itching to get back to your sewing machine.

    I think we sometimes become over-saturated with projects, then just need a chance to clear our heads, before diving in, again.
    Last edited by Neesie; 05-09-2012 at 09:08 AM.

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    I finished a couple of big quilts and then started another and couldn't do it. That's been about two weeks ago. A long time for me. I go in my sewing room everyday, but I can't make myself do anything. I have lots of projects to do, but I don't want to do any of them. I am in a funk. I even have a little bitty quilt that I could make in a couple of hours and that seems too overwhelming to me. I think I need to wait until I can't wait to get back in there and sew again. I've been sewing for months and months and I think I overdid it. Now I need to do something else for a while, like come and read The Quilting Board.
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    Sometimes when I am in a sewing slump, I clean and oil all my machines. I clean and organize my threads. I do a few blocks on my ongoing scrap quilt. I flip through a few quilt magazines or cruise some web sites to see if anything inspires me. I go through my bucket list quilts and see if I feel like knocking one off the list.

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    Happens to everyone from time- to -time, nothing wrong with taking a break you just need to tell yourself it is ok . Sometimes when you get overwhelmed you get stuck in that mod and it just seems like the hole gets deeper by the day. As others mention maybe start something small/fast and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

    As for the clutter/messy sewing rooms- don't look at it as a WHOLE room that needs fixing- look at it as a small section. This shelf needs folding , this drawer needs organizing, one thing a day .

    Rome wasn't built in a day - take time to stop and smell the roses , enjoy the small victories - don't make it a "Chore" , relax and enjoy , Make it fun again
    To keep your mind fresh- learn one new thing a day !

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