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Thread: In the Mood For Sewing

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    I had previously posted "What to do when lack sewing mood." I got wonderful suggestions. I am here to report that I made it to the new BOM club at my LQS. It was so much fun! I really missed going to a club instead of always taking a class. My favorite LQS stopped doing clubs. I got tired of classes. The new BOM club I signed up for is at another LQS. At the club I even won some sweet 16s and I was given free fabrics to make this month's block. I was so stunned and I realized it really has been a long time since I did a BOM club.

    I took my first class on using my Bernina 8 Series for my 820 sewing machine. It was a lot of fun. The instructor was not as informative on this machine but she was able to help the others. I was the only one that was brave enough to do some sewing on it after purchase. The instructor still made it fun and the more experienced sales staff kept popping in to answer my questions. I hope the next one will have a more experience person teaching. There were times when I could hear crikets churping coming from where the teacher was standing.

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    Happy to hear that you found an interest and are back to sewing again :D:D:D

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    Glad you have your groove back :thumbup: Sounds like you will really enjoy the BOM , may have been just what you needed :lol:

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    Besides this board, what really helped me hold on until my BOM club date and my machine class was sewing on a charity quilt. My friend's church offers a pack of 5 and half inch squares of fabric already cut and sorted. I just have to sew them together. I can sew relatively straight on my new machine. With the charity quilt I don't have to be so exact. It was a real nice practice for me because I tend to be too exacting. My friend always tells me to, "Loosen up Anna! Nobody will care if the blocks are not matched perfectly." I am thinking in my head, "Yeah, but I will." Then I tell myself to be quiet and stop being a stuffy Asian.

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    I think I caught the lost the mood disease. I want to sew so bad, and I go to get stuff ready and the kids are doing stuff, our daughter is setting watching tv and I just go back in our bedroom and luckily I get on here. Maybe once my thyroid meds start kicking in that will help. But it is kind of depressing when you want to do something and just can't make yourself. I would love to take a class but right now just don't have the money. We have so many family dynamics going on in our house. I wish I could go somewhere and just sew for 3 days..LOL..Just venting. I will go back and read what the last suggestions were for getting back on track. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by I go To The Sea To Breathe
    But it is kind of depressing when you want to do something and just can't make yourself.
    I suggested to my dh that an 8 series machine might motivate me to start sewing again... he just rolled his eyes.

    We don't have ANY quilt shops, never mind clubs, and the one group I found that was friendly is nearly an hour's drive from home (depending on traffic). Since I spent $84 yesterday to fill the car from 1/4 tank to full I'd rather not drive that far unless I really must.

    I even have a project sitting on my sewing table, but the most I can do is one or two seams and then I lose interest and wander away to the television or computer. I don't know why I feel like a new machine would make the slightest bit of difference to that. I suppose even at one seam per day, I might finish a simple block in a week.

    About matching seams? One of my blocks was slightly off and I was NOT in the mood to unstitch it again. Out came a metal ruler and a fabric marker to match the offending piece. It now looks perfect unless you get really close!!

    End of venting -- anyway, you're not alone!

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    Nothing like a new class, club or machine to get you back in the mood. (oops the first time I typed machine it came out MAN") Freudian slip????? Oh well. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Nothing like a new class, club or machine to get you back in the mood. (oops the first time I typed machine it came out MAN") Freudian slip????? Oh well. LOL
    HAHAHAHAHA I think it was :D:D:D

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    Glad u r sewing again.

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    If you have it in your head that a new machine will help how about buying an inexpensive old machine. Since I took an old Necchi portable out of my storage building I have had a blast working on it. I can't tell you why, it just seems like fun. You can usually find an old machine even in working order for very little money. Might be worth a try.

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    Way to go! :thumbup: I also just joined a BOM at a LQS. This is the first time I have ever done one. What made me decide to do it was I flipped over the colors in it. I'm not good at picking colors so this is working perfectly. For $1 a month, you get the pattern and the precut strips. Bring it in completed the next month to get your next kit. You can also buy a finishing kit, which I did. Now to just get started! :oops:

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    It's good to hear you are in the sewing mood again.

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    Thank you everybody. It is good to not feel that way again. My DH brought my machine in from my van and guess what he did? He set it on my table backwards. The machine is too heavy for me to heave over let alone turn it around. He knows this. I think he was getting back at me for having dinner alone at his favorite restaurant to have cheese fondue when I was out for the Bernina class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
    Quote Originally Posted by I go To The Sea To Breathe
    But it is kind of depressing when you want to do something and just can't make yourself.
    I suggested to my dh that an 8 series machine might motivate me to start sewing again... he just rolled his eyes.

    We don't have ANY quilt shops, never mind clubs, and the one group I found that was friendly is nearly an hour's drive from home (depending on traffic). Since I spent $84 yesterday to fill the car from 1/4 tank to full I'd rather not drive that far unless I really must.

    I even have a project sitting on my sewing table, but the most I can do is one or two seams and then I lose interest and wander away to the television or computer. I don't know why I feel like a new machine would make the slightest bit of difference to that. I suppose even at one seam per day, I might finish a simple block in a week.

    About matching seams? One of my blocks was slightly off and I was NOT in the mood to unstitch it again. Out came a metal ruler and a fabric marker to match the offending piece. It now looks perfect unless you get really close!!

    End of venting -- anyway, you're not alone!
    I was feeling the way you did all winter and spring. It was because I was lacking adult quilting company. I had quilted alone too long. I needed a fill me up. It took me awhile before I finally found a LQS that interested me to sign up for a BOM club. Since money is tight and distance is long, BOM clubs would be more economical. Mine was $5 to sign up and $5 for the first block. She even gives one Mulligan. She understands that sometimes your dog really did eat your block last night. Quilt shops come and go. You should still keep an eye and ear out to see if any new ones pop out closer to you. The longest I am willing to drive to a LQS is around 30 minutes one way. Since your LQS is about one hour away perhaps you can arrange to go every two months. You would be surprised at how much just a few hours with other quilters will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I go To The Sea To Breathe
    I think I caught the lost the mood disease. I want to sew so bad, and I go to get stuff ready and the kids are doing stuff, our daughter is setting watching tv and I just go back in our bedroom and luckily I get on here. Maybe once my thyroid meds start kicking in that will help. But it is kind of depressing when you want to do something and just can't make yourself. I would love to take a class but right now just don't have the money. We have so many family dynamics going on in our house. I wish I could go somewhere and just sew for 3 days..LOL..Just venting. I will go back and read what the last suggestions were for getting back on track. thanks
    Before I started my other post I was so desperate that I was actually thinking about running off to the beach for 3 days with my sewing machine and all my projects that I want to work on. I even fantasied about it but reality check. I have four young boys. A husband whose work makes him travel more than he prefers. Family and friends that are unwilling to drive one hour or less to come see me or babysit for me. Starting the post helped me sort through what I was feeling and helped me realized what I am really after. Because I really wanted help and results. I know that your meds is your main reason for feeling that. I was able to find the one thing that kept be going because it was almost mindless with very little expectation. I sewed squares of fabric together for charity. the tops are not large and the seams don't have to be perfect or match up. You can just grab some scraps and sew them together until you get to about a lap size. Find a church in your area that will take your tops for their charity. My friend's church is Lutherin. I don't know if all Lutherin church's do charity quilt tops. It sure got me through.

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