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Hey Y'all,
I have 4 projects going at the same time and I am not inspired to complete any of them....I am making a zipped Bible cover (25% done), the hand quilted block (25%), 2 finished quilt tops that need to be quilted (0%)...I love each project, but I have lost some interest in completing them, but deep down in my heart, I really want to finish them so that I can enjoy them. Do you hit a dry spell and if so, what can I do in the meantime until I get that inspiration back?

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Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on February 15, 2010 at 5:07am
Well, Quilt Man, I took a break and did some knitting for the hospital auxiliary.
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on February 12, 2010 at 12:16pm
I occasionally run into that same dilemma. I get myself to a point of being overwhelmed with projects. I finally reason with myself that I just have to sit back and think about it. I find that I want to do SOMETHING. I just have to decide what I want to do first. Maybe choose the one requiring the least to finish and go from there. Your inspiration will return.
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on February 11, 2010 at 12:52pm
Since retirement 1 1/2 years ago I haven't run into a "dry spell". But, I remember when I scrapbooked our deceased son's life a few years ago I would frequently run into "dry spells"; I would just forget about it for a week or two and the inspirations would start coming again. Probably I would have a fond or funny memory of him come to mind and that would give the inspiration. Now I have more inspiration than time.
Comment by quiltingmama on February 11, 2010 at 9:46am
I feel your pain... having the same problem currently. I find that the best thing to do is do something completely different like read a book (that has nothing to do with sewing or quilting), get caught up on my tv programming (which usually takes a couple of days) or something like that. If I stay away from the sewing room long enough I can't wait to get back to it. Or, a good deadline always works if nothing else does!! LOL
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on February 11, 2010 at 7:30am
You know, Quilt Man, everyone is different! And aren't we happy about that. What I do is find a quilt show (there is always one somewhere, either an in-person quilt show or go online and use the internet), look at the lovely quilts, go back through my stacks of my favorite mags (I only have two; Fons & Porter and well has Quilters Home) and look at those ideas. Another possibility is your local PBS to see if they have quilting shows on the weekend. Mine does, every Saturday morning. If none of those things work, then give yourself the time to rest, you obviously need it and your body and mind are telling you in an oh so gentle way.....when it is time, you will be itching to go again! Remember, we do this for pleasure.......
Comment by Ruthann on February 11, 2010 at 6:50am
take a break, that is what I have been doing,my problem is do not feel much like starting another project, so have sort of lost intrest too, I have to babysit this weekend again, so will not be sewing. last weekend babysat too. after you get bored enough, the desire will be back to make something or finish them so can start new project. or put away for awhile, do other non-creative things, just rest your mind and your hands. I Plan to bring some photos of fabrics I have and my folder of ideas, which are drawings, pictures of some quilts I like and maybe come up with an idea for next project.
I think it is the after holidays giving all those creative items we made all year away to loved ones or sold to willing buyers has worn off now. also winter is soon to be over so we are thinking spring. soon all the new spring fabrics will be out and the spring inspired quilting magazines will be displaying the renewal of spring to jump start our brains into creating or finishing once again.
so take it easy, take time to smell the roses or enjoy a peaceful week or so will come to you in due time..
Comment by Mary Boyd/MT on February 10, 2010 at 7:45pm
I know what you mean! I took 3 projects to a quilt retreat that I have to complete within the next couple of months, but I just can't seem to get into finishing them. All the other quilters projects seemed so much more interesting then mine! I guess we just have to bite the bullet and finish them! Good luck!
Comment by Dianne B/ Kelowna BC on February 10, 2010 at 5:24pm
Hi Quilt Man,
I stall on projects to. What works for me it to look through my favorite books/mags or this site and gain back some inspiration. Or..... just wander into your sewing area, tidy a bit, visit with your fabrics and don't feel bad about it.

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