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!