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Thread: What do you do when you don't know what to do?

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    Anyone, have you ever "hit a blank wall"? Not interested in taking on another quilt at the moment...want to make blocks of flowers, but why? don't want to finish pillows, already started? no fabric seems to go together...yet I buy more with no idea in mind how to use it? Help, cause I need something to work on...

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    Nothing.

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    That's when I start going thru my stash to straighten it all out. By the time I get to the bottom of the first plastic container, I notice this little pile growing next to me of fabrics. Or, go theu your patterns and organize them.. Something always jumps out to get me going. Good Luck! A new bag for vacation or 4th of July maybe.

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    If you feel like making blocks of flowers go for it... I bet they will blossom into a beautiful quilt :D:D:D

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    I set down with my magazines & pattern books to get ideas. I may take a day or two to do this with my drafting paper beside me in case I see something I REALLY like and what it'll look like int the colors I have in mind. Step back and take a day off and it'll come to you.

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    I have a sampler quilt in progress that is a no pressure project for me. I have the coordinating fabrics stacked on a tray and when I want to do "something" I will take it out and play around with it and maybe sew another block. I have 4 blocks and they are inspirational in themselves.

    You mentioned unfinished pillows. Find the strength inside you to finish just one. It will be easier than you think!

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    Make a miniature quilt from your flower blocks and hang it in your sewing area for inspiration. Or swap it in the doll quilt swap! ;)

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    I'm getting to where you are. I'm handquilting a quilt right now and it will take awhile, but I am not starting anything new. So I am cleaning my sewing space, looking through containers, and trying to remain open to matching fabric with ideas. It has worked for me in the past. A newly cleaned sewing space is an inspiration.

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    I go for a UFO, never run out of those LOL

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    I come to the QB and see what everyone else is doing...so much inspiration and creativity that I can always find a new idea.

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    I try to think of someone in the family that I want to make something for. I do better when there is a deadline. Birthday, Christmas, etc. When I am making something for me, it has a tendency to sit there a while. I have a blue one in the frame and a brown one in the hoop and they are still sitting there. And I do not have the excuse of a cat sleeping on them either.

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    And remember it is OK to take a break and work on "nothing " :wink: :lol:

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    Clean your refrigerator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Clean your refrigerator.
    Yes you can definately get some inspiration there. Some of those ufo things hiding in the back can have some nice colours and patterns in them. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhag
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Clean your refrigerator.
    Yes you can definately get some inspiration there. Some of those ufo things hiding in the back can have some nice colours and patterns in them. :lol:
    Mysteries to be solved! What is/was it? Who put it in there? How long has it been there? Is it old enough to throw away?

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    LOL at Bearisgary: Clean your refrigerator!

    Well, I would not do that!

    I like Staples 1/4th inch block graph paper comes in a notebook and I draw new designs or try other colors in old ones.

    I keep a box of Drunkard Path blocks in a plastic box so I can hand sew the curved pieces.

    I have a little pile of fat quarters with dog patterns on one side, batting, plain color for backing and hand quilt for my dog, friend's dogs, baby changing pads, and guest bedroom end tables. Draw quilting pattern on top and hand quilt.

    Same fat quarter set up and I practice machine quilting.

    I call a quilting buddy and ask what she's doing.

    I take the dog for a walk.

    Jois

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    I was suggesting that for someone ELSE to do!

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    how about wildflower pincushions, if not for u some friends save for gifts for later.............potholders i find are great fun too I do just simple kind. small projects can be stimulatiing and fun. :lol:

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    http://tipnut.com/wild-flower-pincushion-pattern/ try this link for fun pincushion , can do for yourself or do some and save for later. good use of scraps and also oven mitts, pot holders I like doing those for small projects and as gifts. :lol:

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    Blocks of flowers sounds like a great idea! You could do several different kinds to change it up alittle. I was tired of trying to make mine like nature itself, and ended up making one that had (what I call) crazy flowers! My GD loved it. Admittedly it was alittle off the wall. lol But then so am I!

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    oldhag :thumbup: :-D :lol: :-P You made me LOL. bearis idea "sucks", but thanks, everyone for all the suggestions. I really appreciate every one. Thanks for being there/here? :thumbup:

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    UUUGGGHHHHHH, pull weeds in my garden. Then I WISH I was sewing....really, its so quiet, I just think of new things to make!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    I set down with my magazines & pattern books to get ideas. I may take a day or two to do this with my drafting paper beside me in case I see something I REALLY like and what it'll look like int the colors I have in mind. Step back and take a day off and it'll come to you.
    Me too!

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    i was going through a bit of a slump - found a pattern for a bag - thought it'd be a neat 'quick fix' - I've now made about 15 bags!! :)

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    You know what to do.... Make those flowers, they are calling to you.

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