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Thread: Just can't get moving

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    You need to find a quiting guild in your area. If you were around more quilters, you would be cranking out something. What quilters do is inspire others to go into their stash and start sewing something. You need the relationship and this will give you more inspiration. My friends call me, we swap fabrics, books and even visit from time to time. This will help you when you have that hump that you need to get over. I promise this will help.

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    Ok. I think it may be the change of seasons or something. I have been seeing people on here doing all kinds of things and I am just not feeling it. Haven't for quite a while. Pretty much since I moved back in November. I have the time plenty of it. I have a room all to myself. I have fabric. And nothing!!! Can't get myself motivated to do anything. At least its nice to know I am not alone in feeling this way. :-)

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    I think it is akin to "Spring Fever". I too have been decidedly non-motivated for the last couple of weeks. I have only managed one block for my "It's good to be Square" quilt and last night, I did one of my crazy quilt type scrap squares before going to bed, just so I wouldn't feel like totally useless.

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    I think it's the weather. Here in Michigan it was finally in the 80's last week. Then the week-end. Rain, rain, and more rain and temp in the 40's. What the heck--it's almost June!!! depressing. The sun is shining today, maybe it's finally going to be warm. There is always hope.
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    Have you looked at the Gallery here on the board? http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2181

    Great way to view quilts for inspiration. I don't feel like I am very good with color either, but I sometimes see something I really like and try to find similar fabrics in my little stash that might be just as pleasing.

    Hope this passes soon....

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    Good luck with your problem. Have the same thing happen. My is having headaches all the time. Can' think, can't see colors right,and an assortment of other things. Sewed for almost most of my life. Sixty years and here I'm whining about not being able to do something simple as quilt. But like most things I push on and things will get done. I stick to simple patterns because it is easier to accomplish. When I'm feeling good I go for the gold. All things pass. Check your health, then your way of thinking. One may be good but the other may need organizing. Isn't that what we do as quilters?

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    [quote=cizzors]
    Quote Originally Posted by MzMcKee
    I went almost two years with out so much as lifting a piece of fabric... I knew I would get there again, I just had to step away for a while. OK... a long while. Don't beat yourself up. You'll use it... and you'll use it all and then some. It's not a job that you have to do everyday to make it valuable, it's your hobby and you do it when you wannt to.. again, not because you have to. Sit back. Its ok, really. Hugs, Mona

    And it will get used one way or another!

    I have only been quilting maybe 2 years. I think I have made around 8 tops and only finished 3. :thumbdown: I don't have any problem buying, it's using it. I really stocked up about a year ago because Sis and I worked at the same place. We knew the way things were going we were not going to be their much longer and would have plenty of time to quilt. Well, she no longer works and I'm on an LOA and was told by the Dr. that I can't work anymore. So here is the "time" and I'm not doing anything. Sis and I share our fabric unless we have something for a specific project. That works out good. Only thing is, she gets things done and I don't. Sis says she is out of room for more fabric but is more then willing to buy more :? I'm the one that keeps telling her we need to stop. Hopefully this week will be more productive. :thumbup:

    I know one way or another she WILL get all the fabric used and by the time I get going I'll have to buy more. Better yet maybe I'll just take the things she makes! It is 1/2 my fabric after all. :twisted:

    BTW-cizzors is Sis

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    Sometimes I have this too - then I read the Quilting Board, and get a little incentive, then dig out a few UFS's and just hang them on the design wall - knowing eventually inspiration will come to finish somthing off. If you'r worried about wasting fabric, check out the disappearing 9 patch images, they would probably work great for you, and to me, all look great!

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    Go to your local Barnes & Noble, get a latte and flip through a bunch of quilting magazines. That always motivates me. Something will catch your eye. Or call a friend and make a small Project Linus quilt for charity with her. Sometimes we need companionship.

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    I can identify with you. They blamed my inability to move on menopause, depression, diabetes, vascular problems, etc. I find that if I do something, anything for 15 minutes, then I am one step closer to accomplishing the goal. If all you do is pick a few fabrics, press them and lay them on your cutting table, you can take the next step tomorrow. Do something with strips cut or a stack and whack. Chose something that doesn't take much thinking and as the others suggest, donate it to charity. I've decided my sewing room needs a small dorm fridge for wine and chocolate. Keep smiling!

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    Dingle, do you have a friend that can come over for a sew day at your house (other than your sister)? Sometimes I need that kind of motivation to get myself going. But sometimes I need to walk away from sewing/quilting for a bit before I can get my head back into it.

    Spring is coming, maybe being outside for a bit will be good for you. In time, you'll be back in the sewing room. {{{hugs}}}

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    Am sorry to hear this. I, too, went through this for 1 1/2 years. Just now starting to get back in the swing of it. I love my quilting and sewing but had hit a dry spell. It will pass. Hang in there.

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    Try making a scrappy quilt using a wedge ruler and sew the scraps together in opposite directions one after another in long strips. You can make the wedges small, medium or large depending on how large you want the quilt to be. I saw them make this quilt on a Fon's & Porter TV show and went right out and bought the wedge ruler. (You can use a dresden plate ruler also) This is a perfect quilt to make when you want something easy to make and you have two yards of a bunch of colors that will compliment each other. Then you just sew the long strips of wedges together using a small narrow sashing in between the vertical rows and finish it off with any kind of border. It's simple, easy, fast and fun!! PM me if you want more details!!

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    I am going through the same thing myself. I am really struggling to get projects done. I feel somewhat overwhelmed as I have lots of patterns/fabric/sewing machines (2) and a serger with lots of time as I am retired. I think some of it has to do with the weather. I am just going to clean up my sewing room and reorganize it and take a break to work out in the yard as the weather here is beginning to warm up. I find hand embroidery (a simple pattern) helps, making me feel like I am doing something.

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    I'm just getting out of the slump - it was caused by having t take apart a bunch of blocks for a community quilt after finding a
    2 1/2" difference in width and length, I just couldn't get to it. the blocks are difficult, one length of the diagonal similar, the side parts are mirror images, lots of bias pieces, so not easy on the dyslexia!! I got to it little by little, now all the blocks are almost even. I'll have to compensate a bit in the sashing, and maybe with borders. The blocks are set on the point and I have to cut triangular 1/2 blocks to fit between the outer blocks so that makes it more difficult for me - have never done on the point blocks before. I decided that the outer edge of the triangles would be more stable if cut on the width of grain, so they are probably, tho the plainest feature, the most even and stable of the quilt. Sigh.... I agree with the chocolate therapy support method of re-starting!!

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    Sounds like the perfect time for a nap Once your refreshed scan some quilt books or mags while looking at your stash and before you know it some thing jumps out and your off the chair

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    I so hear you! Here I am in Florida for a 6 month quilting retreat with most of my stash, lots of patterns...do you think I can find a single pattern that thrills me? Or put some material together in a tempting way? Of course not! So I found some panels I bought on sale with their coordinating fabrics and I'm making Christmas lap quilts for at least 5 family members!

    I would rather channel surf or check out stuff on the internet than sew. It is an act of will to do anything with material...but once I make myself (bribe, only 15 minutes then I get a cookie), I find that several hours have flown by and I'm happy.

    I want a cookie...better go sew for that 15 minutes!!! :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Sounds like you need a rest. Sit and relax. Have a glass of wine and some delicious chocolates. Go to bed early, get up and take a walk. By yourself.

    Then take a handful of fabrics blindly and toss them in a pile. That's what you are going to cut up and make a simple 9 patch with sashings to separate the blocks. And it could be a baby quilt ot a lap robe or a twin, but it'll be lovely.

    Then you will find someone who really and truly needs it and it'll make you feel better and jump in and start making lots more quilts.
    I totally agree!!!!!! I have been there, and this is the best way to get out of that funk! Just do something for someone!

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    I know exactly how you feel. I've been in a slump as well. It all started last year when my furbaby was found to have cancer. Then I had open heart surgery. Now I've got to move because our landlord stopped paying the mortgage on our rental property. It's just been one thing after another. I'm totally fed up with all the distractions and I can't wait to get back to sewing. I hope it won't be too long, but who really knows what's coming next??? I can only hope everything happens for a reason and I will be back to my favorite hobby before too long.

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    Yes, sewing tables do have a way of defying gravity... sometimes they just seem to float upward if our feet are not holding them down! ;) Been there, done that!

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    Chocolate is always good advice.... but so is going for a walk! This time of year many suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder... SAD... we haven't gotten enough sunlight!! The long months of winter literally wear some of us down! Hang in there... rest, eat well, go for a walk... You'll feel refreshed in no time!

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    There's nothing wrong with taking a break from you hobby. It's a creative process, and as such needs time to percolate in your unconscious mind (my excuse, and I'm sticking to it). If you are determined that you have to quilt now, how about doing just a little quilt for Project Linus or a local women's shelter? They don't have to be perfect, just warm and made with love. Someone will really be touched by your effort. As for picking colors and patterns, make it as simple as you can for yourself by picking one print and using the colors from it to pick just a few other fabrics in tone-on-tones, solids, or small 2-tone prints. Then make bricks - any size. They go together in minutes and seams are staggered, no lining up. I learned this from someone in my guild who did one for the community service project that I have brought home to quilt. I love it!

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    Don't want to rain on your parade, but I'm in the same situation. I hope you can get excited over quilting soon! I joined this group sometime back in 2010, copied a zillion patterns and ideas, bought fabric and everything else that goes with quilting - why can't I begin? What's my problem? Maybe one of you quilters will have an answer and provide an idea to get me going????? Dynomite, ex-lax, wheaties, start drinking???????

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    (((HUGS))) I hope tomorrow is a better day!!! If not just join us here. Sooner or later inspiration will come. I agree with Melody the D9P might be the block to try, it is a great scrap pattern. :):):)

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    I suggest you invite a few quilters over or meet at church or the community center, each of you make a 12.5" block, sew it together, layer it, tie it, sign it and take it to the nursing home.
    P.S. Don't forget the hot tea!

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