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This year as far as quilting goes has been a complete bust. I don't think I have completed one quilt this year.

I am currently quilting a quilt for a friend but that has been it. :( I have made some scarves, a couple of baby outfits and I do have a baby quilt ready to be bound. I just remembered I did quilt a baby quilt for my step daughter's new baby. It was a chevron panel with minky on the back. Cute and super easy.

I think ever since I had to go back to work several years ago my time in the sewing room has been declining to the point that it is almost non-existent.

I don't want to start any new projects because when I go into my sewing room, I am overwhelmed by all the UFO's I need to complete.

Oh well - baby steps. I can do this. :) if you are having this same problem or have had it in the past - let me know what you did to get back at it.



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Comment by Nancy Alberts on December 4, 2014 at 1:22pm

WOW!!! Thanks!! Lots of great advice and encouragement. I wish there was a like button for each of your comments. I think I am overwhelmed a bit and need to break it down and yes I am soo glad to know that others have the same struggles as I do.

I so agree Pam that forcing it does create mistakes and I find myself having a ripping session more than once. I have started with my smaller projects and got quite a few done last weekend - 2 infinity scarves and a fleece blanket that I stitched instead of cutting. Now I am working on a couple of table runners for Christmas presents. I am planning to go to a couple of retreats - that seems to help and I do love going to the fabric shops - that helps to get my "sewjo" on - :) Thank you ladies. I appreciate you so much. I hope you have a wonderful holiday - Merry Christmas.

Comment by Irene Gallway on November 1, 2014 at 6:14pm

Nancy your not alone in these sewing slumps.  I get in them every once in awhile.  I call it "burn out". I think I get overwhelmed with all the UFO's and don't know where to start.  I have a short interest span and start new projects when I'm tired of working on a bigger one.  I have been working on some UFO's this Summer.  But still have plenty staring me in the face. 

Comment by Roxann on November 1, 2014 at 9:16am

Whenever I get in a holding pattern with my sewing I like to go visit my favorite quilt shop and buy a small project that I know I can get done in one day or by the weekend.  Plus nothing gets my sewjo going like all the new fabric in a quilt shop!  I never get much time in my sewing room in the spring and summer.  I'm not really sure why because I do have a lot of weekends that I'm really not that busy, but I find it really hard to stay inside when it's nice out.  Fall and winter on the other hand, I'm all about my sewing and crafty stuff, only thing there is, being a LAQ, I'm usually swamped with customer quilts that need to be done for Christmas.  It usually slows down for a couple months after that, then back to busy early spring from all the cabin fever folks who sewed their hearts out. 

I often just tell everyone hubby included, do NOT make any plans for me this weekend because I'm going in my sewing room and don't bother me unless you smell smoke.  I do admit that my house is less than spotless in the winter as I know we won't get much company, and I'd rather be sewing.  My momma always said, if someone comments on how dirty your house is hand them a mop, and if they really love you, it shouldn't matter what your house looks like because they are comming to see ME not my house!

You will find your sewjo again, and then watch out!!! lol Can't wait to see what you create! Good Luck!

Comment by Pam/NY on November 1, 2014 at 6:14am

We all go through the "slump", especially with a full time job! It'll come...forcing it only causes mistakes...

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 31, 2014 at 2:04pm

I haven't been very productive this past year, either, Nancy.  I keep thinking I'll get back with it, but so far, I haven't accomplished much and, like you, see the piles of "need-to-finish" projects competing with the "want to start" projects.  I do have a deadline for a graduation quilt for a niece, and a baby quilt to be done by February, so maybe those deadlines will help motivate me.  I wish I had some great advice, but maybe it helps a little to know that you are not alone. :)

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 31, 2014 at 12:51pm

I have been slammed lately with "have to finish" and the ones I want to play with have taken second place. Frankly, I'm looking forward to next year. Maybe then I'll have the projects with deadlines done.

Comment by Janet/MO on October 31, 2014 at 7:18am

First of all, get the binding done on the baby quilt.  That will give you the satisfaction of finishing another quilt for this year.  Then, instead of looking at everything that needs to be done to finish another quilt, break it down in to segments and only concentrate on that part.  For instance, if you have "x" number of blocks to finish, worry about just that part for now. Then when it comes time to assemble the top, just concentrate on 1 row at a time.  You might find that you get so revved up to get that quilt done that you will set aside more time to work on it, but if you don't, that is okay too.  Also, you might want to evaluate what other things you are doing, such as on the weekend, that prevents you from sewing.  Is there something that you are doing that you maybe don't have to do every weekend?  Or maybe not spend quite so many hours doing?  For instance, while I love a clean house, I am not one to spend hours & hours cleaning when I could just as well be quilting.  Hope this helps get your creativity flowing again.  

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