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Thread: How do YOU conquer quilter's block?

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    I just start something new for awile ;)

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    start something new

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    When nothing jumps out sometimes I just grab some fabrics and do a single block. Other times I cut my scraps into strips and squares. Good luck - it will pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherB Quilting
    Quote Originally Posted by michelehuston
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    I know exactly how you feel. I've been in a slump ever since I had open heart surgery last July. I just can't seem to get started. I go into my sewing room and move stuff arouond, reorganize, play with my fabric, mend here and there, but I just can't seem to get back into the piecing and quilting. I'm following this very closely. Hope you can help me too. Thanks
    As for the heart surgery, I went through my 3rd one in December 2009, and it took me probably 6 months. Surgery is really hard on your body and soul, so just sit back and look at the good things you have around you and what you have to be thankful for..I found that very hard to do, but it does help!! Hope you are feeling better!
    Me too! Sending you healing quilty thoughts!
    Thank you both: Michelehuston and RatherB Quilting. I appreciate your kind words and well wishes. I'm doing fine and am for the most part healed. I just want to get back to sewing, but the desire is waning. I hope to get back to it soon. I just need to get out of my slump. The QB really helps. Thanks to all of you.

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    I was in your shoes the whole summer of last year. I had lost all of my interest in quilting. I was at the point where I considered giving my stash away. I came across this quilting board and my life changed. I met so many good people here and so enjoyed seeing the pictures of all the beautiful projects. I joined the BOM for the houses and stars never thinking I could ever paper piece and somehow I did it. The projects have taken me through many a snowbound day here and time has flown. Somehow you will get the will to quilt again. I don't know how but somehow it will come back to you. Don't give up.

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    Wow, are you talking about me??? I have fabric for three tops I am excited about, organized and folded yesterday and just can't step foot in my sewing room today, okay honestly more than 3 weeks - really need to get started. I did start a new job 3 weeks ago and the intensity is kicking my hiney. So guess I just need those big girl panties and just do it, yep working on it at least!

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    Haven't "conquered" quilters block. When I'm in a quilting rut I don't try and force an idea. I've learned in any creative artistic thing I'm do I can't just squeeze an idea out of nothing. So I let life take its course and then eventually---maybe while looking at the tiles on a floor, skimming through a quilting magazine, or playing a new video game---a spark will light up in my head and I'll come up with something

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    I tell myself, "I'll just sew (or clean, or file, or whatever it is I am not wanting to do right now) for 10 minutes, then quit". Set the timer, and start. Most of the time, I'm surprised when the timer goes off how much has been completed already, and often just want to keep on going now that I've made so much progress.

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    Have a quilting friend come over and have a quilting session (I can't do this, no close friends quilt). Join a quilt group or take a class (I'm pretty competitive so this used to get me going).

    Try going on youtube and doing a search for a new technique. I can usually get really inspired when someone is doing something I'd love to learn and they make it look so easy. I've been looking at tutorials here and on youtube and I'm dying to get started but I have no place to set up my machine til we get moved, and we can't even look at a house til this darn snow goes away.

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    I have some "no brainer" project at the machine to work on.
    I just bought one of the Accucut cutting machines. In practice I cut some 2" squares. So when I need a break or have a block I sew a few together. One day I will have enough for a small quilt and it helps motivate me to do other things which I am getting stressed out over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    Wow, are you talking about me??? I have fabric for three tops I am excited about, organized and folded yesterday and just can't step foot in my sewing room today, okay honestly more than 3 weeks - really need to get started. I did start a new job 3 weeks ago and the intensity is kicking my hiney. So guess I just need those big girl panties and just do it, yep working on it at least!
    LOL! Is that what I need? Big girl panties? Strange as it sounds if it works, I just might have to give it a try, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    I have some "no brainer" project at the machine to work on.
    I just bought one of the Accucut cutting machines. In practice I cut some 2" squares. So when I need a break or have a block I sew a few together. One day I will have enough for a small quilt and it helps motivate me to do other things which I am getting stressed out over.
    thanks Holice. One more thing for me to try. 2" squares and Big Girl Panties. One way or the other something is going to do the trick.

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    Close your eyes and mind and forget all the ufos you have going and start something new

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    That same thing happens to me every once in a while. I usually spend my time visiting friends, reading or shopping. Eventually, the bug bites again. Patience....the desire will return!

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    I'm in a slump right now and haven't worked on anything in probably a month either. I think it is the last two quilts have been very intense, small and exact piecing. It's just burned me out. I do WANT to work on something but I DON'T want a bunch of UFOs getting started up.

    Oh wait... I did do a little bit of work yesterday on a third quilt, got half the center circle completed. But that's it.

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    I think we all have periods where we are in a funk from being sick, being over extended, the winter weather, etc. Sometimes we need to accept that it is okay for us to just "do nothing" for a day or two. I was in a "block" for two years while I was completing my masters program. After I finished in October I seemed to collect lots of ideas yet couldn't get started. My granddaughter (age 6) helped me get back in the groove over Christmas by asking me to help her make her quilt top.

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    have felt same here - no motivation to start, finish or even work on anything. I blame it on the dreary weather that just makes me lazy and unmotivated - not enuf sun lately to give me the energy to do anything!

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    I've not had the problem yet. However, why not look up some quilt challenges from other guilds or AQS past shows etc and set yourself the goal of making that challenge? It will get you out of your comfort zone, help you to think of new ideas and even if you don't end up with what you started out to do, it is the challenge along the way that could help you discover a new technique or style for you to use. Even if you tried to represent a poem or a quotation as your inspiration,it would be a start.

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    Start organiziing your quilting/sewing things, you know tidy up the thread, straighten out this or that, fold or refold some fabric, get back to touching your sewing stuff. Before you know it you'll get a spark back and want to turn on the machine, maybe to clean out the bobbin area. Then... maybe run a scrap piece of fabric through just to run the machine. This all might perk you up to get back into the groove of sewing. This works for me a lot of the time!

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    I'm in that block right now. For me I think it's a lack of time to take on a big project, eventhough I have one on the planning wall and one pieced but not sashed. But I have done a few small things, my new projects are the mug rugs that the girls are all talking about. They are quick and easy and are using up my scraps, and it makes me feel that I'm not totally neglecting my favorite room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    I know exactly how you feel. I've been in a slump ever since I had open heart surgery last July. I just can't seem to get started. I go into my sewing room and move stuff arouond, reorganize, play with my fabric, mend here and there, but I just can't seem to get back into the piecing and quilting. I'm following this very closely. Hope you can help me too. Thanks
    I've heard first person accounts of a slump after open heart surgery. A slump hits and there's no ambition to do anything. Speak with your doc about this, please. There could be an explanation for you which will make you understand why you feel the way you do.
    Blessings.

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    I have a dear friend who was having this problem she called asking for help.I went to her home and we cut out several quilt tops, now she has several to choose from and is busy getting the baby quilts finished. Hopefuly you have a quilting buddy who can inspire you. :thumbup:

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    I have been in a slum. I have also been working on organizing my room and don't feel like I am getting anywhere. So I have avoided the sewing room altogether. I am seriously behind finishing one quilt, I am about 8 months behind on a BOM (mental block there), I have not touched my civil war quilt in 8 months, and a QOV that I started a year ago. My sewing room is upstairs and I keep telling myself, I will go up later, I know once I get up there I will stay and do something, it's just getting up the steps.

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    i keep a few simple blocks cut out & ready to go...that way when i have a day, or month like that i don't have to think about what to work on,..just grab it out of the drawer.. i keep something to piece & something to applique... so i also have a choice.

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    I give myself a couple alternate things to do that ain"t so inviting --sew or clean the dog poo out of the yard/or clean the cat box SEWING always wins :-P :-P :-P

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