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Thread: How do YOU conquer quilter's block?

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    Senior Member RatherB Quilting's Avatar
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    I am sitting here, Daughter is sleeping, Hubster is at work, neglected sewing machine in front of me (haven't touched it in more than a month), squeaky ironing board is already up and ready, not one but TWO projects sitting on the same table I am at with multiple UFO's just a room away, and I cannot bring myself to touch a bit of it.
    How do you get through your quilter's block. Quilting is my mental health and the fact that I can't get started is a bit disturbing to me! There is nothing else I want to do, but I can't get started!!
    Help!

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    Pretend that you're in a block swap and need to meet your commitment. Or put on some music, surf the web for patterns and ideas and then convince yourself to sew.
    Sometimes I go without sewing for a few days and make up for it.

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    I am in the final stages of finishing a BOM quilt that I was in 4 YEARS AGO! Before that, it was a Quilt-in-a-day that took me 2 years. Talk about blocked. I had another top done, but had not quilted it. A good friend came over, said let's quilt that top, and we pinned it together. I have been working to complete in-process projects ever since. I am on my 3rd quilt since that day last summer. Call a friend to come over and do something with you. Good luck.

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    I have a head full of ideas and not enough hours! Would you like to do some of mine?

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    It's not that you "can't" get started but that you won't start. Just pick up a piece of fabric and do what you need to do to get it to BE a quilter's block. Once you make the first cut or take the first measurement or play with the first layout, you'll already be on the road. It happens to most of us at some point.

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    I'm in that place right now. No reason I can explain.

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    I get that problem when I start thinking of projects I want to do! Cannot get them out of my mind. Seems I can't get my head back on what I am suppose to be doing. It usually last a week. I think it is just part of our creative nature at times to need a rest.

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    I bought a kit with the most gorgeous fabric, couldn't put it down. Also i am doing a block of the month so I am not overwhelmed. The kit was an easy strip quilt with asian fabrics, quick to put together so you don't lose interest. there is a craft festival in a couple weeks I am going to will be looking for another small project. Also trying to finish my UFO's this year. You have to find something that gets you fired up nad you will start working on everything, trust!!!

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    Get a pile of quilt books and look through them and start a new project. LOL It seems I block when it comes to UFO's. So what does that make me a quilt planner and quilt starter?

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    When I get like this( and I do often), I try to get together with my friends and do a "finish your project day", laugh and have fun and soon you get moving on a project!

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    Sometimes I start a VERY small project, I know I can complete, maybe just a little tote, (I'm doing some small child's size now) Something about doing something and completing it gives me what I need to get into the bigger projects. Maybe because I've completed something small but completed it.... silly huh? good luck with your get going hon. :)

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    I was in that mode a few weeks ago. I just ride it out, like reading some books, using the internet, visiting friends and then they get boring and now its time to pick up on the sewing again. It has to run its course, some times its a few days, sometimes its a few weeks. Just depends, but just flow with it, dont fight it, it will get better. Go see your friends who are productive they will inspire you to start moving again. Good Luck

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    I spin or knit. I'm a knitting designer, so there is always something to do. I'll go months without knitting, but I'll be sewing. I'll go months without quilting, but I'll be knitting. Then, I'm excited to get back to the other project.

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    I feel your pain!!! I am in the same position right now. Have a few blocks finished ...but I now use the excuse that I cannot sit on the sewing machine whilst I know household chores are waiting to be done... but I also get distracted by checking out the photo's here! I have taken up cross stitch for the moment ..... maybe taking a break is a good thing from time to time. As long as it isnt too long a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherB Quilting
    I am sitting here, Daughter is sleeping, Hubster is at work, neglected sewing machine in front of me (haven't touched it in more than a month), squeaky ironing board is already up and ready, not one but TWO projects sitting on the same table I am at with multiple UFO's just a room away, and I cannot bring myself to touch a bit of it.
    How do you get through your quilter's block. Quilting is my mental health and the fact that I can't get started is a bit disturbing to me! There is nothing else I want to do, but I can't get started!!
    Help!
    I finally got out of that quilting block after a year. I think it was moving, and illness in my family was the cause. Made a braided table runner, and now I'm in the mood again. Only thing is, I'm trying to figure out what kind of quilt to make next. :roll:

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    Chiming in to say I started something and then mis-cut it 3 times!!!!!!! ARRGGGHHHH.

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    My depression contributes to a lot of mine. Sometimes I try something easy and pretty to get going. Then, sometimes I can go from there.

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    ah...play with your machine...do you have a machine stitch journal yet? Have you tested different thread in her and made a journal of those?

    THese are all great things to get you motivated, without a commitment to finishing anything!

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    I think most of us go through the same thing once in a while. For me, I let it go for a few days then I think of Nike: Just Do It. Once you get going with a project you'll be right back in the quilting mood. I would guess most people have their own solution, knowing it won't last forever.

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    When this happens I re-organize my sewing room. ... Then revisit some of my quilt books... and then make a potholder out of a block pattern I would not use in a full size quilt.
    Typically I don't make it through the re-organizing becasue I discovered something that gives me inspiration. The best part if it does not pass immediatly at least when it does I am ready to go in a tidy room.

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    I. Tell. Myself, look at the housework you could do or would. You rather be quilting??

    That gets me up & going quickly.

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    I agree with Lori S, I start cleaning an area that has been neglected and guess what, before I know it I've found something I had forgotten and now I'm excited again. I also love to go through all my magazine and books when I am feeling like that.

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    I go through this on a regular basis especially after christmas because we are alllllllll so busy then but I have gone through it here lately too. What I do is spend my time looking through quilt books and quilt magazines and also search the blogs to see what can ispire me to get started. by the end of the day I usually have something that is speaking too me. sometimes you just need a few weeks off too but never fear it will come back.quilting is like a good friend it will always be in the backround otherwise we would never ever spend as much money on this hobby as we doooooooooo lols

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    I am in that spot myself right at the moment... I think some of the ladies are right, just get in there & do something, start that block, or straighten your room and wonder thru some books... something will catch your eye and get you going again... me I cleaned a little while then sat down & started sewing... I finished a top before I stopped so it seemed to work... this site is wonderful also as there is so many good people out there helping you out!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    Chiming in to say I started something and then mis-cut it 3 times!!!!!!! ARRGGGHHHH.
    If I push myself when not in the mood I make lots of mistakes too. I'm also just not in the mood lately. My husband was sick for a week, then I caught it and was sick for a week. I just don't have energy, and seem to be moody, yeah angry and as odd as it may sound I just don't feel like myself. I want to work on something but end up just sitting and staring at it. Whatever is going around, virus?, kicked our butts.

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