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    How long des it take to get un stuck? I havent sewn a quilt in two months I want to but I go to the material I get everything ready . I just cant force myself to cut the material . I know half of it will be cut wrong and Im gonna get really frustrated but . I want to do it i just cant DO IT . Im open to suggestions .

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    I was in a slump for over 5 years. I even packed everything into storage boxes and stored all my fabric, supplies etc. Was I glad I kept everything. I am back and if I had to invest in all of it again, I could never made the things I am making. Don't give up. Don't feel guilty. It will be there in time. Focus on other interest and don't force yourself. :-(

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    Just know that if you do cut it wrong[which you won't] it can be sew back together {maybe nt in the pattern you are planing but in to something] It is time for you to QUIT be so hard on youself and have some fun. [ the frist cut is the hards] get to cutting and have so fun.

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    I get in those...I'm in one right now...What helps me is if I go to a class even if I'm not doing what they are. That way I get motivated again. Maybe that's what I need to do, my quilt group is doing a Braid class but I'm not interested in that, so maybe I'll just go with my own stuff...GOOD LUCK to the both of us...LOL

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    Baby steps. Not sure by your message why you feel you will cut everything wrong, perhaps the whole cutting out process is overwhelming for you? Baby steps. Take your list of cutting requirements, and one color of your fabric and make all the cuts for that one fabric today. Then step away, be happy with your accomplishment, make a checkmark next to your cuts made on your list and start again another day.
    I find most of my mistakes made are when I'm tired, and just want to get it done.

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    Sewfanatic, you're not alone. We all get in a slump every so often. Go to the search tab and put in quilting slump, there's a long list of topics and remedies.

    You'll be back to yourself in no time! :thumbup:

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    Sorry for the slump. I guess I always get extra fabric in case I do make a mistake. As for cutting it wrong - sounds like a great reason for a scrappy or crazy quilt.

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    I always get more quilting done in the fall and winter. Maybe with autumn just around the corner your enthusiasm will return.

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    Ditto

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    I'd take a class. Taking a class or workshop always gets me out of a slump. If you don't have one nearby maybe we can do a quilt together here on the board... Just pick out a project and work on it together. ;)

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    I'm in the same slump. After I bond two quilts, I got all the material washed for my new project. The material is still sitting there waiting to be cut. It's been over a month. Quilting for me is like a bipolar condition. I have my manic phases where all I do is sew, sew, sew then there are the lull phases of why can't I get motivated. Sometimes you just got to force yourself to do it and then the excitement of finishing the first block and then finishing the top comes.

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    It will pass - we all experience it along the way - I usually get it after Christmas - you are here and still looking and reading - you will get back to it when you are ready.

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    May you could try something else that is small and easy to get beck into a sewing frame of mind. If it doesn't work you're not out much, and you didn't ruin the big fabric. (Place mat, mug rug, small wall hanging, anything like that.)

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    Gads, I feel for you.

    When that happens to me I stop sewing/quilting. I start going through my magazines and books looking for something that I really like. Then I actually RE-WRITE the directions so that I have it all together the way I want it. That usually jump starts me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    May you could try something else that is small and easy to get beck into a sewing frame of mind. If it doesn't work you're not out much, and you didn't ruin the big fabric. (Place mat, mug rug, small wall hanging, anything like that.)
    I was going to suggest the above. Or make something specifically to give away to a charity. A small lap quilt for a nursing home or a small child's quilt for your local hospital. The birthing method works fantastic for these which makes them extra quick.

    When faced with something that is causing me stress (or a slump) I set that aside and do something different for a while. Next thing you know that time will pass! Good Luck.

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    This morning I was telling my dh that I am thinking of just selling everything in my sewing room and just be done with it! Instead of agreeing with my weak pity party moment, he just said "come winter you will have more time to sew". Tonite just walking thru my sewing room I found myself FM on a baby quilt, done and ready for binding. WOW, what a difference in a day!
    Hang in there!

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    wow! I thought I was the only one, and mine has been for a cou;ple of weeks! I just started on something yesterday, so maybe I am out of the slump! got so much to do, and holidays coming up! Wanted so much to do things for the holidays.

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    I was in a slump big time too. My old Elna DIED. I couldn't find a replacement that I loved. Finally found my way back. I found a Singer 401 and restored it. I love it. AND I found another used Elna. Vintage is so much happier.

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    I am making a pinwheel quilt and I cut some of my squares too large... now I have to trim trim trim. Also, I did not get enough of the white... back to JoAnns I have to go... I also need to pick out fabric to use for stashing and side panels. Wow is me... lol Pick a pattern, pick up your scissors/rotary cutter, and proceed. Mistakes are for creating your own unique pattern. Go girl!!!

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    I've been there too :-( :-( . I'm finally crawling out of mine. I started going to a stitch group and getting involved in making charity quilts. I didn't have to agonize about fabric choices or patterns or colors....just sewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfanatic40
    How long des it take to get un stuck? I havent sewn a quilt in two months I want to but I go to the material I get everything ready . I just cant force myself to cut the material . I know half of it will be cut wrong and Im gonna get really frustrated but . I want to do it i just cant DO IT . Im open to suggestions .
    Hi,I am in the same state myself,after teaching people patchwork and quilting over the last twenty years I find myself in a 'no can do' situation.I can still give others ideas but just can't seem to help myself.We are moving house next month and I'm hoping then I will find the time to rediscover my inspiration ---quite a drastic step to offer you,however perhaps if you take another craft up for awhile you will come back to the best one of all.Hope you soon come out of the doldrums. Love Letty

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    I get in slumps all the time and just wait them out. I have noticed that when I put too many projects on my plate, or give myself short deadlines that I seem to go into slumps more easily. I think quilting then feels like work instead of play and I don't need another job! :P

    I am trying to sew with no timeline or expectations and that helps me.

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    Trust me, I know how you feel, I been in one too. Of course, I lost my DH 3 wks ago to cancer, so everybody says it's normal for me to be this way, not wantin to do much of anything! But I do know, I spend entirely too much time on here to get much sewing done!

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    I've been there also. It will come back just give it some time.

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    You're making yourself fail before you even start. Saying you WILL mess up when you're cutting the material is not an effective way to be productive. Maybe if you take a more laid-back approach, saying to yourself that "if" you mess up, so what ... there's plenty more fabric to do it right and you can use the messed up material for scrap quilts. Go easy on yourself. You are frozen in self-doubt. None of us are perfect!

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