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Thread: How long have you gone without any sewing?

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    How long have you gone without any sewing?

    What is the longest "dry spell" you've had by not sewing at all? I am just getting back into sewing again after an abrupt stop in February (9 months! long enough to have a baby, NOT at my age, tho!) My mother passed away then (she lived with us), and even after I got everything settled, I just didn't have any desire to sew. I just left my projects on the sewing room shelves.

    This weekend I went through the shelves, saw all of my partially finished things, and plans for new things, and got everything dusted off and started again. I am now working on a fall wall hanging that I had cut out earlier.

    I have never gone so long without sewing before. It makes me wonder if any of you had the quilting blahs before. What did you do to get out of it? Is this "normal" to take such a break?
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    There have been times in my past where long work hours, kids, other high maintenance family members have caused me to go months and months without lifting my presser foot. I am very lucky now to have a DH who sends me to my sewing area if I start to loose track of my hobby/relaxtion time at the machine.
    Lynne

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    sorry for your loss..but so happy that you found your MOJO again and start working on moving forward!
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    I'm super lucky to have my DH suggest "do you want to quilt for a while this evening?" when I was bored. He offered to send me to JoAnns for a couple of hours (with money!). But it just wasn't there for me. Even my kitty is happy to "help" again!
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    I have had long bouts such as yours without sewing and the more I thought about how great it would be to sew, I would sometimes become almost too intimidated to start up. Can't believe I said it. I would go to bed thinking the next day, I am going to work on a project but then get more down cuz I didn't do it.

    I am back to sewing again after several months of not having my mojo (as jaci put it). If I don't at least fondle lol my fabric daily, I feel at a loss.

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    I have also gone long stretches. I get bogged down by daily living, taking care of kids, working, etc., and would find that by the time the day was over and the kids were in bed, I just didn't have the "mental energy" to sew. I have recently omitted TV from my daily habits and use that time instead to get a little sewing done. I have tried to move away from my thinking that I needed long stretches and could not be productive with only an hour or so to do it. I really want to develop my skill at FMQ and finally decided one hour a day of practice would do me good. I still haven't been doing a full hour a day, but I am sewing a whole lot more and I find that the more I sew, the more invigorated and excited I feel!!
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    When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000 step process."

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    Well, I went for 8 yrs. and did not sew a stitch. My DD was killed in an automobile accident in 1997 and I pretty much shut down. She was almost 22, my only child, going to medical school and specializing in pediatric onconology. She would have been a wonderful dr. children absolutely loved her and she loved them. The good Lord must have had a reason for keeping me and taking her, so I started up again and am sewing for the little cancer patients. This board has been a boost, keeps me talking,albeit online, but it helps and I realize how much I enjoy sewing, I used to make all of her clothes. So I decided to try quilting, my DD would have been laughing (and she probably is!) at some of my "projects." I guess it's time to get off the couch and get to work. Thanks for listening.
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    this is such an interesting question...sewing has always been so much to me...entertainment, clothing that fit properly, relaxation, creativity outlet, source of community ties.... and in thinking about it after reading the question, i guess the longest i ever went without sewing was from ages of 1 to 10...which was when i learned to sew (altho, to be fair, i have a set of child-sized tea towels that i embroidered when i was 4...my mother put a needle in my hands as soon as i bothered her, the embroidery ring is about 4 inches across and the thimble barely fits on my little finger)... other than that, babies, full-time work, marriage in the offing, marriage breaking up, teaching friends, learning from friends, you name it, i seem to need to sew to cure or solve or soothe...and i hope my eyesight holds out...my grandmother only quit sewing when she couldn't see to quilt the way she wanted to...so she tied quilts for another decade before she retired entirely....

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    Through the years I have had a lot of spells of not sewing. Sometimes for years. I still added to my stash though. Mostly for the reasons everyone else has had spaces. The last one was for about 2 years and I didn't even look at sewing things or keep up with anything, I didn't think there would be anything new out on the market so I never even looked. Then I started sewing again and reading the mags. and ads, etc and found out how wrong I was. There are so many bright people out there bringing new and interesting things out all the time for us, it is amazing. I don't see a lull in my sewing for years to come now! I am hoping.
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    My life has been like that lately. I have picked up more hours at work and I also have an online biz. Between the 2 and keeping a house by myself. I have just been too tired!! I just bought a used frame and 9" machine that keeps staring at me. I have barely used it in the last month. I feel guilty but again, just exhausted all the time.

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    I have dry spells. Or I'll get distracted by something else that I think looks shiny, like embroidery or one of my other hobbies, and do that for a while instead. I think it is natural, and I don't think anyone should beat themselves up about it!

    Hobbies should be fun - if it isn't fun, step away for a while and you'll come back when ready. :-)
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    I've had a few long bouts of not sewing due to busy family and job, way back when. 7 years is probably the longest. I never stopped buying fabric or reading quilting magazines.

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    I have had long "dry spells" through all of my years of sewing too. I have said this several times here...when my mother lived with us...probably the last year of her life I got back to sewing. Hubby bought me the new sewing machine that I wanted and I was sewing clothes for myself and had a lot of plans including a quilt...I had never thought of quilting before. When she died I lost all interest and my machine sat idle for over 11 years.

    I have a very small other type of business pouring candles and have been doing it for over 10 years. I haven't poured a candle since spring and have decided NOT to have my annual 2 day Christmas Open House this year. I have made a nice amount of money from it every year but this year for some reason I lost the desire. Once I get back up in my shop and start pouring it all will become exciting again...but for now I need a break. This isn't a hobby for me because it gives me my spending money but...when your heart and soul isn't in it it's hard to force yourself to do it...and of course that's when you always screw things up. Right now I've thrown myself into sewing/quilting and am loving it.

    As someone else said...just stepping away for a while and don't feel guilty about it because...maybe it is just me...but the more I dwell on what I think I should be doing the longer I stay away from doing it. I hope that made sense...lol.

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    I am just getting over one of those times. I learned to sew from my mom when I was a young teenager. I did not do much in my late teens. I tried to pick it back up in my early 20's, but was unhappy with the selections that were available. I tried to get into quilting then, but that did not work. I then picked it back up in my early 30's when I started to have kids. By then, the selection of fabrics were more to my liking. I really enjoyed the process of quilting at this time also and the fact that I had these little babies that I could make quilts for. About three years ago, things slowed down and came to a stop. I would always look at mags and pick them up when there was something I liked. I looked at fabric and did the same, but that soon stopped. My family finally got back in one location about a year ago and my stuff still sat. I would venture into my sewing area, but nothing was happening. My boys and I went to MN (visit family) this past summer. While there, my Aunt, mom and I went to a Quilt Show. Always a fun thing. I also helped my mom pick out color choices for her GFG from her stash and she gave me some small kits she was not going to make. These events started my juices flowing again. When we got back, I was surfing the internet and ran across this site again. I had seen it earlier in the year, but just did not get that interested in it at the time. This time was different. Everybody on here and the support that I was seeing along with my vacation jump started me again. Since Mid July I have completed the tops for 2 table runners, 1 table topper, (gifts from mom) and 2 lap size tops (for my kids non the less). I have also completed 1 lap size quilt including the FMQ for a benifit for a friends little boy, 3 small Halloween wall hanging, a mug rug, and 3 mug cozies. I have 2 quilts that I am FMQ on and I call this my learning time. I also have two separate tops in various stages and trying to teach my 9 year old the fine art of sewing. All this on top of being a mom and wife. Needless to say, my juices are definitely flowing now and I am loving every minute of it. I think that there are times that a break is needed. For some people, the break can be longer than others. For me, it was a longer break but I am ready for more. So glad that you are able to get back into sewing again. I know that it is a big stress reliever for me.
    Julie

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    I haven't been able to quilt (sew) for 4 months, due to a really bad back, just got home from surgery, so hopefully I will be back to sewing and quilting again in about 6 weeks or so. Sure do miss it to.
    Have a great day, grannyp70

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    I have also struggled with loss of interest in quilting. Having to take care of my parents, dealing with forms & paperwork, hospitals, nursing homes etc. I wanted to sew but just couldn't muster up the energy. God be with you all going through all of lives pains. It's so hard
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    I have times where I don't feel like sewing. My kids usually push me to the sewing corner in the diningroom and get me started again. They know I am happier with a little sewing everyday.

    Quilting is my therapy

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    10 years for me. I learned to quilt and loved it, but couldn't go to quilting bees anymore. But I had learned enough to try to make my own but lost interest in it when I moved. I never had space (but never threw a piece of clothes away that I thought I could use in a quilt!) until recently. Now I have come to the realization that I have no desire to make quilt tops and just want to quilt, quilt, quilt! So I can stop "wasting my time" with making tops and concentrate on quilting them!! I hope I never want to put the needle down again!

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    i was just thinking about that this morning...haven't really worked on projects recently. i made curtains a couple wks ago, but still not back to the projects staring at me! i guess when i get motivated i'll get back to it--i think there is just too much going on & i feel waaaaay overwhelmed...

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    I have gone years without doing any crafts. I just felt like I had too much to take care of to take the time to sit at a machine and sew. Wish I hadn't wasted all that time.

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    I would say you are normal. People deal with situations differently than others.

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    Two years ago I did not quilt for about 10 months. I learned to knit socks (both socks at the same time), and I became obsessive, and I knitted socks for months.

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    I, too, have gone long stretches without sewing. Just can't get "in the mood". I would go into my quilting room and get out my quilt kits, fabric, magazines, books, etc. and check them all out. I'd read patterns from beginning to end and pet my fabric and then I'd put everything away and turn off the light and shut the door. I did that for months. Then one day when I was on the floor looking through my quilt kits, I actually had the desire to quilt one. Magic! My mood changed and I've been quilting ever since. I went about 6 months without quilting then and it's been about 4 months now that I've been quilting. I don't know what happened to me, but thankfully, I'm back on the saddle again!
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    I think the longest was about 4 years .. can't remember the exact day I stopped or when I started again. Life was just too hard at the time and I just could not squeeze in one more thing ... It seemed stressful to even think about starting a project .. that I knew would go unfinished.

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    Grannyp70 Hope you are on your way to healing. I live with back pain, so I understand - sometimes it just plain stinks! Prayers for a speedy recovery

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