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    quilting burnout

    Do any of you ever get it?I think I have it-I just can not get motivated to finish a mountain of part done projects.I think I lost my mojo again.I hope it doe not last long and any ideas how to break out of the funk?
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    I find that I work in waves. Sometimes I'll do nothing but quilt for a few months and then totally lose interest while I start sewing garments. Then I'll knit for a few weeks and then I'll do nothing but read for a few weeks more. I just go with it - keeps life interesting.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Oh my goodness! I just came out of a long funk of not sewing. Saturday I finally took a quilt class and am working on my first quilt since January. And I'm not that enthusiast about it. It's slow going. I'm also in a few BOMs and am trying, not too successfully, to catch up on all of them. I just lost my mojo one day and I'm having a hard time getting it back. It seems to be a chore to sew rather than pleasure. But I'm trying to sew every day and hoping I get the bug again.

    When I didn't sew at all, I read Jennifer Chiaverini's quilting novels. That kind of brought me around to dipping my toes into quilting again. Maybe buy her first novel and read it. The first one is called 'The Quilter's Apprentice'. They are very engrossing novels. Very well written. I guarantee you love them.
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    Can't force it..just relaxx--it will be back!! In the meantime, what else do you enjoy as a relaxing activity?

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    If it isn't a paying job - and it's out of the way - why worry about if?

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    It seems like I have lost my mojo to FINISH stuff !!! I must have 20 different quilting projects waiting to be quilted - Christmas placemats set of 6, 3 Christmas stockings, 1 twin size quilt, 1 oversized lap quilt, a Fall wall hanging, a wall hanging for my laundry room, a large Christmas wall hanging, 2 pet placemats, and that's not even the whole list.....I spent a week with my sister - sewing new stuff of course, and resolved I would ONLY finish stuff when I got back. But NOOOOOO......I started a new pillow sham to go with the unfinished twin quilt listed above.....!!!!!!

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    Yes I lose my mojo. Then I feel guilty. Then out of the clear blue sky I decide to quilt about 20 hours in a weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome View Post
    Yes I lose my mojo. Then I feel guilty. Then out of the clear blue sky I decide to quilt about 20 hours in a weekend.
    This is so where I have been since the beginning of the year! But I hope to be re-inspired after we get all packed up and moved! I seem to have an ebb and flow going right now. Hopefully I'll be over it soon!

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    I go through phases also. If I'm in the mood and can make a comfort quilt for charity in a weekend, but if I'm not I start a new project, and another new project, then I'll cut up my scraps into what ever I'm in the mood to play with most recently 2.5" strips. Last year it was squares. I have piles everywhere. I eventually finish everything or offer them up for adoption with my group.

    It may be the wonderful spring weather keeping your quilting juices from flowing. I tend to sew more in the fall and winter.

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    I will burn out on quilting sometimes, but I will pull out cross stitch, a crochet hook or keep English Paper Piecing. Or sometimes I'll make cards, read 1,000 page book or something like that. I'm almost always doing something creative.

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    I work on something easy and fun and it reminds me how much I like to sew and then I'm back to more challenging things. When I'm too tired to sew on the machine I like to applique.

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    Yep. I have lost my mojo in the past. Agree - it comes and goes in phases as others have said. Try something different or, if you have quilting buddies, maybe you could switch UFO projects and finish each others' project. It might inspire you to see what someone else started. Just a thought - - -

    It'll come back!

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    I go through this too. I find it often happens to me when I let the studio get piled up, disorganized, over-run, just plain messy. Then I don't want to straighten it up and just sort of close my eyes to it when I go by. And that's hard because the studio is my *living room*!

    So, when I make myself put things away, shelve partially finished projects neatly, rearrange fabric, dust and vacuum, and clean my machine, I find that the desire to begin again is quite pleasant and strong.

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    I finished piecing my last top and I'm burned out. Need to take a little vacation away from the sewing room. Give myself a little space and a new perspective.

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    The only quilting I've done since the new year is one doll quilt for charity. I was quite busy around Christmas, but no hard deadlines. I'm planning a RWB disappearing 9-patch table runner for 4th of July.

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    Unless this is your job,why get stressed about it. When you feel like quilting again you will, for now do something else. Do you like to garden, fish,any other hobby? Do that for a while, later you will feel like quilting again.

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    Oh yes. There have been several similar threads lately so I am guessing it happens to a lot of us now and then. I am just coming out of a long funk. I just waited it out.

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    I agree that there are ebbs and flows to my quilting juices. You can wait it out and give yourself a break to try something different. I also have had this happen with projects that are not turning out as I had hoped. I then just tell myself I will sit down for 15 minutes to make some kind of progress on it. Sometime along the way it is either finished or my mojo will return.

    I like the idea of swapping UFOs with someone.
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    I lost my mojo; but need to find it back. Feel better when I do something productive. I find my mood is reflected in what I do accomplish and I haven't had the best mood all year. Too many things going wrong in the health dept. with both myself and hubby. We shouldnt' let anything steal our joy, and quilting should bring joy and serenity to you.

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    I'm with Jan. When things get too cluttered or I have too many going at one time, my brain freaks out.

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    When I pressure myself to complete something, I get stressed & lose desire. After all, it's supposed to be a hobby.

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    I have been in a funk for awhile too. I enjoy reading about quilting (this board) and I have been reading the Elm Creek books. I took out about a dozen from the library and am about half done with them. They are fun and don't require a lot of concentration. I am really enjoying them. I think my desire to quilt will return soon, at least I hope so.
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    After about 14 years of quilting, I too got a bit burned out and that really upset me. Quilting had always been my "happy place" to go to and just have fun and be creative. I actually ended up taking about a year off and then one day, it all came back to me -- the anticipation, the creativity and the fun! Now I'm just as enthusiastic as I was when I first started quilting. In the end, I'm glad I gave myself that time off. It made all the difference and recharged my quilting batteries!

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    Such a shame you are losing your Mojo again. Your quilts are always beautiful and such perfect piecing.
    I guess I am a little slower this year. I am working on the 7th quilt for this year. We had some messy home improvements, and redid the landscaping in the backyard. I hope to get moving a bit faster. I am going to start a Dresden Plate quilt as soon as I finish this quilt. I haven't lost my Mojo and hope I don't. I have lots of beautiful fabrics I want to make up. I work a full time job also, take care of 3 cats, a bird and small dog. My Husband takes care of himself.
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    I lost my quilting mojo for about 18 months after my mom passed away. I'd try to quilt, but my heart just wasn't in it. Thanks to my friend, Peggi, who kept sending me pictures of cute quilts, invited me to the Houston quilt show, and just generally supported me without actually saying I was in a funk, I've finally gotten it back! In the past 3 months I've made 4 quilts, including 2 memorial quilts out of my mom's clothes that I've put off because it made me so sad. I actually had fun doing it! So, I give all the credit to Peggi, who nudged, but never pushed me back into quilting!

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