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Searching for your sewjo? 

Lost your sewjo? It’s bound to happen from time to time, and who knows how long it’ll last. Here are some suggestions to try when you’re not feeling up to taking part in our beloved craft.


Clearing out space in your sewing area is always a good thing to do. Less clutter allows you to feel less stressed and potentially more focused. Plus if you’re doing a deep dive and maybe even going through your stash, you may get inspired.

Sewing Cabinet and chair by Arrow Sewing Furniture

Try something new

This can literally be anything, but of course can be sewing/quilting related. Maybe try improv quilting, EPP, or take a class you’ve been eyeing. Or maybe try a new recipe. Whatever floats your boat.

Hexie EPP flowers with Aurifil 80wt thread and Sewtites magnets


In any way possible! Exercise is great when you’re blah, but it’s also really hard to find the motivation. Try tricking yourself with a challenge to do something once a day or on certain days of the week.

Get outside

Getting into nature can do wonders. Try going for a hike, and if that’s too much even a 5 minute walk around the block can help out.

A blossom from my tulip tree in my backyard

Lean into it

This one is new to me, and it’s doing wonders. Lean into how you’re feeling and go with it. So what if you haven’t sewn this week/ month/ year. You will when you’re ready. Forcing motivation usually ends up in two steps back rather than one step forward.

Find support

Maybe you have a quilty friend who’s just not feeling like sewing lately too. Chat about it and I guarantee you’ll both feel better about it.

My quilty BFF or Sew Sister, Belle of Seams Sew Me and myself

Got any other suggestions? Have you lost your motivation to quilt before? Tell me about it in the comments.

Until next time, friend, take care of yourself and keep it quilty!


Lego Sewing machine pictured in main image, from Sewtopia

6 Responses

  1. Same here lost my sewjo due to a family situation that lasted 5 years and was difficult to get back into quilting. I have taken 1 class but I need a panel cut and am a beginner and can’t mess it up and can’t find someone to help with that. Plus I have 2 teens with learning issues and am busy with that as well and keep buying all kinds of fabric, rulers, etc but just haven’t had the get up and go to get going. Plus I only get 1 to 2 hours sleep a night which is also hard to run on as I am an older Mom heading toward my mid 50’s so any suggestions would be great and I also have no friends or much family outside husband and kids.

    1. Sounds like you’re dealing with a lot. Quilting can be a wonderful form of therapy, and has a lot of benefits to it, however we all can only do so much, and do the best we can. Sounds to me like you’re doing just that.

  2. All of these are great ideas, I hope and pray that one of them helps. When I saw the word “move” it actually made me cry. About 10 years ago, I had to move to another state, for various reasons. I left behind my best quilting buddy; I have never really recovered from that. We do keep in touch, see each other once a year, but she was the best cure for any problem I had.

    1. I totally get this! My quilting BFF lives in Southern USA, while I’m in Canada. We do what we can and chat a lot via Instagram/and other apps bc it’s free, and sometimes set up a zoom call. We do get to see each other once in a while and it’s really special. I hope you and your friend can connect!

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