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    It has been a really hectic crazy last couple of months but things have finally started to slow down. I really thought that I would be able to get busy and work on my wips and ufos but for some reason I can't seem to find the energy (for lack of a better word) to pick a needle and work on any quilting! Can anyone please give me some great words of wisdom to motivate me? I just don't know what my problem is!!

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    Just lurking for good answers. I suffer from this also:) I'm thinking it is just the downer after the push for getting ready for the holidays (being focused) and now no focus.

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    I suffer this also. My way out is small steps. I force myself to do something toward a quilt 15 min. tonight, 1.2 hr. tomorrow night and so on. Usually by the 3rd or 4th night I'm getting excited and the rush takes over and I am on my way. Hope it helps, it works for me.

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    A cup of hot tea. A to do list in order of some kind. Start with a small ufo and the bug will bite you again.

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    Maybe you are not in the mood to do any thing on them. If I am not in the mood I won't start as I know I will make a mistake!!! So no big deal if you don't sew everyday!!

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    If I'm not in the quilting mood, I generally make mistakes. Sometimes it's best to just take a break for a few days until you feel like quilting again. Look at some of the pictures and see all the fun stuff you could make!

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    Let me know when you find the answer.... I too am having a hard time getting back into quilting..... maybe it is the jet lag of Christmas... what do you think???

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    To every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.

    Maybe it's not time for quilting for you. Maybe it's time for introspection, reading, decluttering, yoga class, visiting friends. Think about what would make you happiest and most fulfilled right now and try to find some time to do that.

    I bet the urge to quilt will return to you some time.

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    I think we all suffer from this at one time or another. The worst is when you really have a deadline for a quilt, and you just cannot get "into" that project!! YIKES!! It about kills me!

    Anyway, just browse some quilting magazines or look online for a small fun project that catches your eye and imagination. Do something really small...a pincushion, needle case, etc. That may help inspire you to something. Or, try organizing your fabrics...just putting groups of fabrics together can spark some enthusiasm.

    Good luck. I've been in the doldrums myself several times. Not a nice place to spend much time!! :-)

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    I can't seem to get back into the swing of it either. Maybe I need another trip to the LQS?

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    listen to the weatherman! its early Jan and a cold front should be comming ur way around Tuesday of next week...get ready to quilt! its suppose to last around 5 days brrrrr u will want to snuggle in and quilt when the cold winds blowing, at least this works for me :)

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    My cold feet inspire me to quilt really quick.
    Look at some pics from this site, it works wonders for me.

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    Make something small with instant results it will get you into the mood to tackle a bigger project that is what helped me.

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    some times the mood must strike us

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    Instead of pushing yourself to start something, use this time to look through all of your quilting books, magazines and patterns and see if you don't discover something you wanted to do but forgot about. Or maybe you just need to take a break and a rest, until the desire and passion comes back. It's okay to take a break!

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    Thank you all for the sound advise! Maybe you are right, the high expectations are over, the decorations are down (almost) and time to get back to reality. I will definately start with the quilt books and pics online!! I am so glad I found you!!
    Michele

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    I am having the same problem. I have my 55 year old son here that I am taking care of since he had a stroke 2 months ago. Also, I look after my 87 year old brother. I guess I am using that as an excuse. Problem is, it seems to pick me up when I purchase material. Not a good thing.

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    Seems like a lot of people I know are having energy problems lately. I have Sjogren's and some times I don't have the strength to even think. This week I finally got back to a Fun 'n Done I started before Christmas and because I was so eager to finish I made some very foolish mistakes. I am now 'one' with the ripper. Why did I think decorative stitches would be a nice finishing touch? Oh well, it's still good to be back in gear, so I say take a step. Sometimes we just get in our own way.

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    Sometimes when I hit a block like that I do not fight it. I close the studio door and do other things for a week. Then I open the door, sit in there with a cup of tea but do no work, just saying hello. Then I go in and work on something small.

    What normally happens is I just get right back in the groove.

    Painter, writers all hit walls occasionally.

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    I have days where I wake up wanting to get at my quilting and days when I don't want to see the sewing machine. I like to go the the LQS when I'm in a 'long' dry quilting spell. Seeing people excited about their projects helps me get excited.

    Something else that works for me is to move my machine to a different place. My sewing room is in the basement and it's dreary down there sometimes. I put my small machine near the kitchen and I can sew a lot more often. I still have to go downstairs to press or cut a bunch of strips but I can sew where all the action is..... try that!

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    What helps me get back to UFO's is knowing how good it will feel to have them finished. But I also have "brain bunnies" for future quilts and may make something small in between.

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    I am on my winter break and didn't want to waste any time. I posted WIP to give me the push to do more each day. It's a mini deadline, I can't wait to get the sections stitched so I can post the pictures AND it seems to be working!

    To this and the finished quilt is next! What a rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    To every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.

    Maybe it's not time for quilting for you. Maybe it's time for introspection, reading, decluttering, yoga class, visiting friends. Think about what would make you happiest and most fulfilled right now and try to find some time to do that.

    I bet the urge to quilt will return to you some time.
    I have had ths problem for several months now. I thought it was due to being a full time student and not carving time out for fun. Here it is almost time to go back to school, and I have not pieced, cut, stitched, sewed all vacation. I like the quote above. I turned my attention towards other things to pass the time and also relaxing as I did not do much of that during the semester..

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    Take a break sometimes we just need a rest. Visit a Quilt Shop or get together with a sewing group.

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    I just heard on the news that the month of January is the most depressing month of the year. I guess it's the letdown from all the holidays or it may be just the weather, usually cold and rainy/snowing unless you live in FL. :)

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