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Ever since I finished my UFO Valentine quilt a couple of weeks ago, I've lost inspiration to move on to other projects or even start new ones.  Am I just making excuses, am I burned out, is it too hot to work?  Maybe my brain needs a rest?  Just at a loss right now and some of the things I have put in my lineup have deadlines.   Needing some motivation...

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Comment by betweens on July 24, 2016 at 4:11am

sometimes when you have a project you are working on and it is a finish I think we go through what I call a little withdrawal period. We put so much into each of our project that when it is done it is almost like a shock to our system. I have learned to work on many projects at a time this way when one is done I can go back to the other one which gives me continuous quilting motion!

Comment by LKC on July 23, 2016 at 4:09pm

Love all the colors of the valentine quilt. I usually have too many projects going at the same time; so I often feel like I never finished. I hand did the binding this week on two quilts, hot or not with   having the pain in my hands. I try to set goals, like seasons. I am tired of 4th of July and I have two more table runners to finish and  a quilt to quilt. I lost my interested in them. I* hope when I finish my orange quilt I will try to finish them before Sept.- Labor day when I get out Fall.

Comment by Sandra Paananen on July 23, 2016 at 11:47am

Thank you all for your comments.  I took some of your advice; did some gardening, housework, taking a break, going for walks, sketching, pouring through my resources and media, then....bingo....now I'm moving at the speed of light.  In a matter of 2 hours, I'm nearly done with one of the items on my list.  It really helps to hear everyone else chime in.  ;o)

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 23, 2016 at 4:38am

Your valentine quilt is gorgeous.  I get burned out sewing and have to take a break. And there is nothing wrong with that. Like others have suggested, it just takes some little thing to get us motivate.

Summer is my hardest time to put my mind to quilting. It's hot enough without having a quilt to bind on my lap.  Also there are many things going on, like festivals, picnics on a beach and company to take site seeing to take up my time.  I usually get my gumption back when Fall arrives.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on July 22, 2016 at 10:33am

It happens. I find it harder to get pulled together in the summer. I'm hot. (no air conditioning) I'm busy running out to the garden and working in the yard. I'm working on a needlepoint Christmas stocking for new grandbaby. At the rate I'm moving the needle, I might have it ready for her first Christmas. Or, maybe not. Hang in there.

Comment by Dorothy I on July 22, 2016 at 10:03am

Usually just cleaning & organizing my sewing area helps my motivation as I nearly always run into fabric that I had forgotten about & that spurs my creative juices.....also, I never work on just one project at a time.  I trade back & forth between projects so there is always something in the works to keep me sewing.  

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on July 22, 2016 at 8:48am

I really like your Valentine Quilt.  As for motivation, if you find some, please send any extra my way!

Comment by Ally Bryant on July 21, 2016 at 7:39pm
Sandra the thread painting swap you have entered is a very small project and one that you can make as simple in as involved as you like. Hope your mojo comes back to you. Have a look at past project swap to get inspired. I think we all go through how you are feeling, I remember being like that when I lost my Mom it took me a while to get going again. Hope that helps to know other have gone through it!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

I can SO relate.  I've been pretty unmotivated for quite some time now.  My mind can seem to get excited about projects, but actually working on them is a different story.  Not sure why.  I hope you get your mo-jo back soon.  (Deadlines actually help motivate me.)  :)  

Comment by Janet/MO on July 21, 2016 at 3:54pm

When this happens to me, I find that looking through quilt books and/or magazines helps get my creativity juices flowing again.  I also find that if I try to push myself, nothing turns out right so I have learned to just take my time getting back in to the flow of things.

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