Quilting Funk, and How to Work Past It
Sometimes my sewing mojo feels like this machine looks: tired.
Sometimes my sewing mojo feels like this machine looks: tired and careworn.

It happens to all of us: sewing along on a project, feeling good, then suddenly, BAM! nothing. No desire to keep on with the project, not really interested in doing something new, a funk of epic proportions and the glow is off the quilted rose. I admit that I myself don’t usually have the best technique to do that, since I just wait until it goes away, which can take a long time.

Rather than give you my not-so-helpful-non-advice, I went to a quilting page I am admin for and asked what they do (and then I realized, that sometimes talking it out with friends can be a way to unstopper the creativity). Without further ado, this is how my friends at the Late Night Quilter’s Club work their way through the dreaded quilting burnout:

  • Make a quick and easy small project, that provides satisfaction without being too stressful.
  • Make a project just for you!
  • Pick a sewing project that isn’t quilting, like a garment project.
  • Learn a new-to-you skill, like EPP
  • browse through the videos on youtube or trawl Pinterest to see what catches your eye.
  • Do something entirely different with no sewing or quilting involved: go to museums, go hiking, do something out and about, read a novel,
  • Finish a nearly done UFO, or work on it until you’re ready to start something new.
  • Participate in a quilting challenge (lots of these around, including our Everything Old is New Again Challenge!)
  • Make just one block of something, using a tool or ruler you don’t use often.
  • Browse art magazines, or go through the art books at the library or bookstore.
  • Create something using another medium, like watercolor, pencils, markers, etc.
  • Zentangle or color in a coloring book.
  • Talk to another quilty friend about ideas to try.
  • Make blocks for comfort quilts.
  • Get your sewing friends together in the same place and have a day of sewing.
  • Revise the sewing space: clean and organize fabric, clean off all the flat surfaces, put all the thread back, etc.

What do you do to get out of a quilting funk? Let us know!

Thanks to my friends Rhonda, Jennifer T-L, Jessica, Alissa, Coral, Barbara, Karen, Kitty, Jennifer S., Karein J, Karin P., Jae, Cheryl, Kimberly, Veronica, Susan, Pamela, Jamie, and Anna (as of this writing). Thanks for supporting the quilters, y’all!

2 Responses to Quilting Funk, and How to Work Past It

  1. These days I trawl Pinterest and my file folder of inspirational photos and if that doesn’t help I ban myself from my sewing area for 2 days and clean the house. While doing the cleaning ideas will come to me – the “ban and cleaning” has helped me for over 30 years now so tried and tested thoroughly ;-D
    PS cleaning the oven and on top of kitchen cupboards is especially helpful – they can send me back into my sewing space pronto so maybe there is something in the old Singer sewing book about cleaning the house and then sit down with your sewing project that works even 60 years later

  2. I love this: cleaning is my least favorite thing, so it would drive me back to sew too ha!

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