Our question this week is brought to use by Libby. Libby is having a tough time getting motivated to sew and asked, "What do you do when you have no desire to sew? Do you ever get bored with your fabric and look for a different direction?" on this post last week.
I thought that this was a pretty good question and figured that if we could answer the question for Libby, it would be very timely for her as well.
For me, if my sewing area is messy and I have no desire to sit at my table, cleaning and putting things in order is what usually helps me to snap out of it. It also helps me make sure that everything is in order for whatever projects are out. And if I have finished a project, whatever was being used for it goes back into the stash room so it gets out of my way. For some reason, having things organized tends to really help!
Another thing that I do it write lists. Heck, I wrote ginormous lists and post them here so that I can be held accountable for the things that I need to do. I even break projects down into separate tasks so that I can feel like I am accomplishing something even if all I have done is sewn a row on. Usually, when I want to finish a quilt, I will break it down into the following tasks - cut, make blocks, sew blocks, final press of blocks, lay out quilt, assemble center, attach borders, quilt, trim quilt, attach binding and stitch down binding. It may sound silly, but when you are in a time crunch to finish something, it makes me feel a little better to know that I have crosed 3 or 5 or 6 things off the list.
Mix my projects up! What I mean by this is work on several things at once. I used to just have one quilt or project out and that was generally the only thing that I worked on until I put it away or finished it. Now, I have several things going at once so I can mix things up by setting one thing aside to work on another that is holding my interest a little more. Here's an example - I worked on the dang Star Struck blocks for a lot of February and all of March and if I had just put them aside and gotten to something that I really wanted to work on, I probably would have the Split Decision quilt done by now!
Reward myself! If there is something that I really have very little desire to work on, I will do one of a few things. I could reward myself at the end of a productive evening with a bowl of ice cream (YUM!!). If I really want to get something done by a certain date, I will let myself buy a little something or some fabric if I make the deadline. If I something awesome to look forward to at the end of a tedious night or project, it always helps me to keep my focus just a little longer.
Libby, I hope that some of these suggestions or those that others have will help you get through your lack of sewing mojo and get you right back in your sewing room stitching up a storm!!
Anyone can participate in the answering, just make a post on your blog and leave a link to your post below. I will draw a winner at the end of the month.
Come on quilters!! Help Libby out!!