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Thread: Help - I think I've lost my MoJO!

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    Help - I think I've lost my MoJO!

    I just finished knitting and crocheting 2 baby blankets for friends of mine and now I feel like I've lost my interest and MoJo for my quilting. Fabric doesn't inspire me, new patterns don't inspire me. I'm getting worried! Any suggestions?

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    If you are enjoying your crocheting, do that until you get tired of it. I get tired of knitting and crocheting but not quilting. I have the Pie pot holders on my list for a fun little project AFTER some UFOs.

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    maybe its just the long Winter? Network with others and get inspired like here at this board.

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    Visit you LQS, go on a Shop Hop with quilting buddies or go to a quilt show. Those seem to get my 'Mojo' going.
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    It's OK to take a break. Read some books, do some gardening, prepare some new dishes. Your mojo will come back.

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    accept that you are "out of it".
    I go through this too and here's what works for me.
    I got to "my space" with no intentions of actually making myself do any sewing.
    I turn on my favorite music, which for me is some kind of upbeat - "makes me want to get up and dance", happy kind of stuff.
    I putz around doing some sprucing up and just pull out some fabric and pet and look at it and reminisce about happy plans for them. (I think of them as living, breathing beings, waiting to be "picked" )
    I plan something very small for someone else that needs a pick me up.
    Then I set a timer for 15 minutes with the agreement that I can stop ANY TIME I want to.
    Usually after a few minutes I get my groove back and go past the timer and I am back in full swing.
    If not, and it has happened, I just lather, rinse and repeat later or the next day and it eventually comes back.
    The more often I just sit and turn on the machine with something under the pressure foot, the easier it becomes.
    Music is HUGE - KEY, for me. hugs and good luck...it never goes away forever, I promise
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    i get that way with all the things I love to do. I learned a long time to just stop when I get that way and not try to force myself to do something I am not in the mood to do or it will be a mess of mistakes and I will really get sick if it. I just put it away for awhile and get into something else and before long I can't wait to start up again.

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    It is OK to not quilt. I have a system similar to Mousie. I just go in my sewing room, putter around, pick up fabrics, see what goes with what, flip through magazines, give a heavy sigh, start to take inventory of a particular type of fabric. I sometimes get restless, then I will leave the sewing room. I do other things. I don't worry about the slumps. I do get extra giddy, however, when I feel the quilting passion come back.
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    Cagey-- Thanks so much for writing this! I think there must be a virus in Wisconsin that takes away our quilting MoJo for a while. I'm in NE Wis. and have lost mine, too. We still have a lot of snow on the ground, and I'm SICK of it! I'm waiting for this "virus" to pass so that I can get back to being busy in my quilting room. Just can't seem to get myself there yet, Maybe once we can open the windows and get some fresh air back in our places!
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    It happens. Sometimes I don't knit for an entire year even while I collect patterns. Sometimes I don't sew garments for a couple of years. Do what makes you happy and don't force it.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I've "been there and done that". I just ride it out. Just work on things you want to and when the quilting mood hits you you'll be at it again.
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    I have lost mine too, since December. Mr. Stitchnripper has been having some health issues, while not life threatening, are very draining, and nothing has worked so far. I did "fix up" a 401a I found in the thrift store but other than testing the stitches, I am not interested in sewing. I am just going to ride it out, as nygal says. I'm sure I will get back to it.
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    They used to call it spring fever. It is the long hard winter. My father told me his mother would say, "Your blood is thin." and give them dose of sulpher and molasses. Here it is in Wikpedia: "As a translation of the German term "Frühjahrsmüdigkeit" (lit. "Spring tiredness"), Spring Fever is the name for a temporary mood typically characterized by a state of low energy and weariness experienced by many people in springtime. It is not in the category of a diagnosed illness, but rather a phenomenon thought to be initiated by a change in the season.[edit]Symptoms

    In the northern hemisphere the symptoms usually arise from mid-March to mid-April, and depending on the person may be more or less pronounced. Weariness (despite an adequate amount of sleep), sensitivity to changes in the weather, dizziness, irritability, headaches, and sometimes aching joints and a lack of drive are the most common.
    [edit]Causes

    Although the causes of spring fever have not yet been fully resolved,[2] hormone balance may play a role. According to this hypothesis the body’s reserves of the “happiness hormone” serotonin, whose production depends on daylight, become exhausted over the winter, making it especially easy for the “sleep hormone” melatonin to have its effect. When the days become longer in springtime, the body readjusts its hormone levels, and more endorphin, testosterone andestrogen are released. This changeover puts a heavy strain on the body, which responds with a feeling of tiredness.
    In addition, temperatures usually fluctuate greatly in springtime. When temperatures rise, blood pressure drops, since the blood vessels expand. Food also plays a role. In winter one tends to consume more calories, fat and carbohydrates than in summer. But during the hormone adjustment period the body requires more vitamins and proteins instead."
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    I also have the same loss of interest, my hip has decided that it has gone past its 'USE BY DATE" I go down to my sewing rooms wander around open my fabric cupboard look at all my lovely fabric and shut the door again. I have set up my frame to 12ft but as yet nothing has been quilted. At the moment my life is reading QB every day and reading books on my e.reader. I am looking forward to some cooler weather in hope that I will knuckle down and start sewing again

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    I went through something like this last fall. I was burnt out from making a large queen that I pushed to get done. After it was done, I had no interest in quilting. It took making a small charity baby quilt for my craft group in January to get me excited again. I hope you find something to inspire you back into quilting.

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    Thankfully I haven't had a slump. I am trying to use up as much of my huge stash as possible. I love all aspects of quilting and am always more than eager to work on a quilt.
    I hope you get your Mojo back real soon.
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    Don't worry, it will come back! Consider this a break and do something else you enjoy in the meantime!

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    I guess just wait till the urge strikes!!! I find watching quilting shows gets my motor started.

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    Here's what might help: get a large bucket of soapy water, wash the windows and scrub the floors. Then wash all the bedding and clean out the closets, giving away old stuff and clutter. Open the windows and get rid of the cobwebs. I bet when you are finished you'll be ready for some fun in the quilting studio! Lol!!

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    I ocassionaly have the same thing happen. I will read, embroider, knit or crochet when I'm in a slump about quilting. Sometimes you just need to "get away" from it for a while. Another thing I do is thumb through by quilting books or magazines. Sometimes I just need to striaghten out the sewing room or "clear the clutter" in the rest of the house to be in the mood again. I have found if the house is starting to get to disorganized I feel claustrophobic and cleaning gets me back in the mood to quilt. Right now our son and his girl friend are living with us and I don't have as much "space". I retreat to the sewing room. I also find that during basketball/baseball season I avoid the living room because I find watching sports very boring. Sports are on almost every day. At least football season is only Sunday/Monday. Hubby is retired now.

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    There was a period of almost two years that I did not sew one single thing. When the desire came back it came back even stronger! Just don't do anything drastic like rid yourself of a valuable fabric stash. A good cleaning re-organizing can be very therapudic!

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    I've decided to alternate quilting with making American Girl doll clothes. I was getting bored with the whole process of quilting and spending too much time here lol. Now I have more energy for both.
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    Oh dear, I hope you get it back soon. Even if I don't sew that day I have never had a day where I didn't love fabric.

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    Golly, glad I am not alone. I having a tough time doing any sewing and quilting. This is the last day of spring break and I had hoped to get lots done. Back to school Monday and I havn't got much done. Hope you get your Mojo back soon.

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    For my whole life, I've gone into a moods, Sometimes I can't stop reading or quilting or crocheting or painting - then all of a sudden I'll start on something else and do that for as long as the mood strikes me. I never try to force myself to switch moods because then I go into a slump where I don't want to do anything. So I just thank God that I'm in the mood to do something because I truly HATE those slumps, they're depressing.

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