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We’ve all been there.  You’re working tirelessly to complete quilt projects.  You’re rushing to meet the deadline to make quilts for that special birthday present, anniversary present or baby shower.  But there comes a time when you just can’t do it anymore.  The thrill is gone.  You don’t feel like sewing a single thing.  What do you do?  How do you get that sewing mojo back?  Here are some tips to help you get back into the sewing groove.

  1. Work on a small project. Sometimes you are antsy to sew something, but a large quilt top is not something you want to do.  Try making a small item — a coaster, table runner or pillow.  Making something small can seem less daunting and you have the satisfaction of finishing a project quickly.
  2. Organize your sewing room. Do you have a sewing space that is in need of organization?  Sorting your scraps will help you take stock of what you have.  You may also “discover” that long lost fabric you’ve been searching for. Sort your fabrics by color or designer so when you do get going, you know where everything is.  Organize your sewing table by putting all your notions into bins or holders.  If you’re anything like me, stuff tends to be all over, on the table, floor, ironing table…(am I the only one?)
  3. Look through a quilting book or magazine. This is a great place to find inspiration.   Mark the page of that favorite quilting project that you’ve been wanting to try.  Once you are in the mood to sew again, you will have some projects to choose from.
  4. Visit your favorite quilt shop or fabric store. Quilt shops have lots of beautiful quilts hanging from the walls and other completed projects on display that may help get your creative juices flowing.  If you find something that strikes your fancy, take a quick photo with your phone to help you remember.
  5. Buy a quilt kit. This is a convenience provided by lots of designers.  A quilt kit takes the guesswork out of deciding on colors, so less stress and it saves you time.  You can get started immediately on cutting and sewing your project.
  6. Sign up for a quilting class. Learning a new skill or technique is a good way to continue to be creative?  This may be all you need to get excited about sewing again.  Try foundation paper piecing, applique, quilt as your go, etc.  You may find a new favorite style of quilting.
  7. Hand sewing. Hand sewing can be quite therapeutic and calming for some.  Finish up the bindings on some WIPs.  Try hand quilting that WIP that’s been sitting in your closet. No need for a fancy design, straight line stitching will do just fine.
  8. Look online. Scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration.  There is so much to see and get excited about.  Browse through some Youtube quilting tutorials and learn something new.
  9. Join a Facebook quilting group(s). There are so many of them to choose from.  A few of my favorites: Black Girls Quilt, Quilting With Precuts and Everyone Can Quilt, to name a few.  People post pictures of completed quilts and projects that can get you excited to try something new. And there’s always lots of questions asked on these sites, maybe you can help!
  10. Take a break. Nothing wrong with not doing anything sewing related.  Take some me time.  Spend some quality time with your family or friends.  Spend some time on self-care.  Take a walk, read a book, get a massage — just relax and enjoy the break.  Your sewing mojo will come back in no time!

Mary Davis
Owner, Mary Go Round Quilts

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