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Thread: I'm Burned Out....

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    Senior Member retired2pa's Avatar
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    I have to confess that I'm burned out right now. Here's what happened....

    My DH and I planned a trip to CA to see our kids. We started making plans in June for our trip in Nov. I knew I wanted to make some quilts and wall hangings for our kids' homes so I got started in August and by the middle of Oct. I had 7 projects done and ready to send so they would be there when we arrived on Nov. 3.

    We were gone a little over 2 weeks (and had a wonderful time, BTW) and I keep thinking about some quilting projects I wanted to get started on when we got back. Well, we've been back since Nov. 18th and I've yet to cut a single piece of fabric :(

    I can't seen to get my thoughts together as to what project I want to get started on. I've looked at patterns that I have, online, and on here and I was hoping something would ignite the spark I need to get me going again. So far, I've seen some great projects, but I just can't seem to get started :(

    Has this ever happened to you??? What did you do (if anything) to get yourself out of it?

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    Yes and I asked the board for that little push. I need to make a quilt for my grandmother and last night I just started it. Start small find the smalles quickest project so you get that satisfaction of a completed project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Yes and I asked the board for that little push. I need to make a quilt for my grandmother and last night I just started it. Start small find the smalles quickest project so you get that satisfaction of a completed project.
    I agree, just pick something small and do it! It'll get you back in the mood. :D :D

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    All the time! Today is one of those days. can't seem to get motivated to do anything. But then again, I have been doing, doing, doing! Sometimes your soul just tells you to slow down a bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Yes and I asked the board for that little push. I need to make a quilt for my grandmother and last night I just started it. Start small find the smalles quickest project so you get that satisfaction of a completed project.
    I agree, just pick something small and do it! It'll get you back in the mood. :D :D
    Something small or with fabric that really calls your name. It helps me when I have some beautiful fabric to work with.

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    Don't be too hard on yourself. This time of year has enough stresses. I find that I may have a bit of SED. I know you guys are getting some horrible weather, but see if you can get some daylight/sunshine during the day. That always helps me out. Then start with a small project.

    Relax for a bit and enjoy Christmas.

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    I sometimes will just pick a block I have on my "list" to try... that seems to get me started again :D:D:D

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    Think of a reason to do a quilt - not just because you can. If your family's all caught up, how about a nursing home or hospital? I want to do one for Wounded Warriors as soon as I can.

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    I went through this not too long ago. Just let it go for now. Keep looking at magazines and patterns & books, and before long one will grab your attention and you'll "have" to make it. For now, with the holidays getting into full swing, just relax and don't stress about what you're not doing.

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    Pull out your scraps and start sewing. Don't worry about colors etc. Before you know it you'll have a finished top. Quilt it and stick it in the car for emergencies. Sometimes the act of sewing is all you need to get out of the rutt.

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    Yep, go make pot holders or something small. that should help you get sewing again.

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    I've gone through it, too, so I just change directions. Instead of piecing by machine, I pick up an applique project, or sashiko, or redwork. I'll work on the new project until I feel the urge to machine piece again. The wonderful thing about this is that the project is waiting for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterjody
    Pull out your scraps and start sewing. Don't worry about colors etc. Before you know it you'll have a finished top. Quilt it and stick it in the car for emergencies. Sometimes the act of sewing is all you need to get out of the rutt.
    I like this idea!! And yes, it happens to me also. You'll get back at it. Be kind to yourself! :D HUGS, Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    I've gone through it, too, so I just change directions. Instead of piecing by machine, I pick up an applique project, or sashiko, or redwork. I'll work on the new project until I feel the urge to machine piece again. The wonderful thing about this is that the project is waiting for me.
    this works for me too. sometimes feel i can't cut and sew for some reason. it's very therapeutic to sit with movie and do handwork. pretty soon i am itching to sew again.

    don't pressure yourself about it, though. this can start a vicious circle. just have a cup of tea and listen to your heart.

    "I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed." ~George Carlin

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    Don't sweat it - there are times for 'not quilting' & times for quilting. It will hit you when you're ready. Meanwhile, have a stress-less Christmas!

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    The last time I went to California, it took months to get back to normal. The kids would sing " She left her brain in San Francisco". LOL It will come back! Maybe you just need a break.

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    Myself, when this happens to me, I just go with it. Dont frce yourself to quilt if you just dont feel like it because then your heart is not in it. I just wait for inspiration to grab me, and then there is no stopping me! I have just been through a stage where I didnt want to use the embridery machine for about 4 months, then suddenly last night I got inspired for a project. I plan to start it tonight after work!
    Longest stage I ever had when I didnt even set foot in my sewing room was about 12 months. I just couldnt be bothered.

    Dont worry, inspiration will grab you when you least exepect. The projects you are looking at may be lovely, but they are not inspiring you to quilt. Thats the way I see it. Sit back, relax and just enjoy until quilting inspires you again

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    I am in the same boat with you. BUT, last night I decided to make some bedsocks for my GD's. I made 5 pairs including a pair for me and I wore mine to bed and had happy feet all night. Tonight, I have cut out 6 pairs and suddenly its working. That creative spark is roaring into a full fledged bonfire. I just cut out a quilt. Start little and maybe it will work for you..Hugs.

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    Thanks everybody!!! You're the best :) I knew you'd understand and "hug" me and not scold me. I needed that :)

    I have been too hard on myself because when I was making all those quilts I was going at full tilt but now that they're done and our trip is over, I'm feeling "blah" and tired.

    I think I'll take ALL of the good advice from you gals and just go with the flow and not worry about it. I have some applique that's been sitting for a while so I think that would be a good "filler" while I'm watching TV or a movie with DH. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

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    It happens to me every time I take a trip. It takes a while to get back in the groove.

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    I am in that same rut right now...I worked on finishing everyones gifts and now I am just not in the mood to sew. I know I will be soon enough, but right now I am tired and need a little down time.

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    I go through periods where I cant sew enough then all I want to do is curl up in a good book (murder or mushy love story) and then back to sewing, so relax, curl up, read, look through those books and relax knowing sewing will be there when you are ready.

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    when i just don't know what to do, or i'm really struggling with a particular project - i'll make a set of cris-cross coasters. They're simple, great for using up scraps (bc they don't have to match!) and it's a finish it quick project.

    I like that something was accomplished. usually while i'm making those the idea will hit me as to what to do with the project that is stumping me or how i can fix what's wrong or just give me the push i need.

    here's a link:
    http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts...ross_coas.html

    edited to add: they're also nice to have on hand when you need a last second gift!

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    When that happens to me, I start browsing old quilt magazines and books to give me inspiration, which usually works. Other times though it doesn't and I figure my mind must need a rest ;-)

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    Do you have a UF0 that needs to be finished, Work at it , it'll put you back in the mood, Or else wait after Xmas. Maybe you just need a mental rest.

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