I was reading Jill's blog today where she was discussing different techniques of how to get, or stay, motivated while quilting. I do sometimes get frustrated like Libby and find it hard to sew.
Sometimes when I have no desire to sew, I'll kind of "force" myself to sew a few pieces for a scrap quilt. The scrap quilt I'm working on now is just random 2.5" squares throughout the entire thing, so I don't have to think at all. I find that I sometimes lose the desire to sew when I've been working a long time on a quilt that is tedious or requires a lot of though. Being able to just sew simple 2.5" squares lets my mind not think about what I'm doing and I can just relax and enjoy sewing.
I also make lists like Jill does. I have a "sewing priority" list where I put my projects with deadlines on the top and those without deadlines on the bottom. Each project gets 5 or 6 items to do on it. I usually break things down into very simple steps so that I feel like I'm accomplishing things. For a basic quilt, I'll have steps like: design quilt, determine fabric amounts, purchase fabric, wash & press fabric, cut fabric, sew blocks, press blocks, sew rows & press, sew rows into top, add borders, quilt, trim quilt, add binding by machine, hand stitch binding and photograph. That way even if all I do is buy the fabric, I can cross off something on the list.
I don't usually "treat" myself to things when I finish up a project. However, the "treat" that I do get is that I'm done with the project and I can add a new project to the list. Usually its a project that I've been wanting to do for a little while, but haven't allowed myself to start until I finish something I'm not as enthusiastic about. I find that if I have the motivation of starting a really fun project once I get the current one done, it keeps me sewing and finishing what I have started already. This way, it also keeps my UFOs to a minimum.
I definitely agree with keeping multiple projects going at one time though. However, the multiple projects have to vary in difficulty and there can only be 3 or 4 at most going at one time. I try to have one difficult project, then maybe two easy projects going. That way I can work on the difficult one for a while and when I get frustrated or annoyed, I can work on something easy.
I hope some of these tips help others who have a hard time being motivated or keeping motivated with quilting. I think all of us go through phases where you "lose your mojo" and just don't feel like sewing. When I truly don't feel like sewing, I'll do some needlepoint where I really can let my mind just wander and think about whatever it is that's bothering me.