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Thread: Dellusion of grandure

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    Does anyone else do this, or is it just me.

    I start out with a plan. Goning to make a quilt to fit our queen size bed. Make four or five blocks. They are passing, for my standards. Not great but good enough. then I get bored with it and make them into a table runner or lap size quilt instaed of the queen size.

    I feel like a failure even though they turn out fine because they aren't the size I originally intended. How can I maintain the focus needed to finish the size I wanted to begin with or atleast not look at them as failures?

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    You may be like me a bore easily, After I do a block or 2 I'm ready to move on to a new challenge. You might try doing block of the month type quilts. Each block different but tied together with same fabrics or colors.

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    I have never made a large quilt with all the blocks the same until now and I too am struggling.
    It is paper pieced and has 30 blocks, I am not quite 1/2 way there and I am bored to tears. The only reason I will finish this is because this quilt is for my father and my Mum picked the pattern.

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    Working on several projects at a time helps me stat interested :)

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    I can get really bored making little blocks for a big bed quilt. I know me well enough to stick to baby quilts, table runners, wall hangings and lap/utility quilts with larger sized blocks. :wink:

    PP is the only way I will stick to a larger project. I know each block is going to end up the correct size LOL Yes, even more simple blocks get PP :D I figure the ink/paper expense is not as great as a UFO sitting around not getting finished and used/gifted :D:D:D

    Another thing I do is have several projects going at once. I can bounce between a quick project or two and one that is going to take significantly longer.
    I just make sure to keep all of the fabric together so I don't accidentally use it for something else :)

    You will find your niche/groove... you will get a lot of advice and hopefully one of them will do the trick for you :D:D:D

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    It is nice to know this happens to others. My problem is I get half way done and suddenly do not like it. It is either the pattern of the block or my color choices but there is always something that I don't like and it is a real chore to finish the quilt. But once it is put into the sandwich I like it again. Sometimes it takes me a few days to decide to quilt it or tie it, but once that is done it is like a race to finish it. My Irish chain quilt I changed colors of the green several times. So I have a lot of 2 & 1/2 inch squares of various greens, but they will be used in another project. (Quilter's motto, "Never throw anything away, you never know when you may need it.") Or is that our family motto? But the older I get the easier it is to let things go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Working on several projects at a time helps me stat interested :)
    I'm glad that works for you, Cyn. It's what I use as an excuse for procrastinating! IMHO too many UFO's start out that way!

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    I too work on several projects all the time

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    I always like to make a sample block with old fabric from my stash to see if I like the block. I can also decide if I want to change the size. Then there are the endless sketches that I make before the sample block! I do spend a lot of time thinking about patterns before I sit down to make anything, and I always have several projects going at once. Keeps me mentally stimulated and I don't get into a rut as often. Not all blocks are destined to be quilts. it's okay!

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    I too have this problem and found the best thing for me is to work on the big quilt for an hour or so at a time, then stop and work on a smaller project for a while. It really seems to help refresh my thoughts and keep me focused.

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