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Thread: Does anyone else have too many interests?

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    Super Member MaryKatherine's Avatar
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    This is a quilting board but we all relate to the other creative outlets; sewing clothes, making dolls and purses, gardening, baking, painting. We are all so talented. So how do you turn down the offer of a FREE 60" Jack loom?
    It's now sitting in my living room like a tombstone, (my sanctuary, by the way, far from the TV) and it can't go any further into the house. I have to give away a sofa and if I'm lucky it will just fit the same footprint. Am I interested in weaving? Always was, like so many other things. My life is tooooooooooo short for all my interests.
    (My unfinished quilts (4) in the basement sewing room are NOT talking to me right now)
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    I am the same way. Nothing as big as a loom but so many other must have craft items. My hubby says I just like to "experience" different things. Boxes of scrapbooking stuff, totes filled with candle making items, a few closets full of photography necessities, and won't even get started on my baking addiction; which is just as bad as my fabric/quilting addiction.

    I love all my hobbies and the older I get the more time I have to devote to them, but yes I have a hard time focusing on just one.

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    i have started to cut back on all the other crafts/pass times i've participated over the years- i used to try to learn a new craft every year--knit, crochet, weave, hook, paint, basket weave, ... the list goes on and on...and at times really took up alot of space-time-energy-and funds
    over the past 4-5 years i have (tried) to stick with learning a new quilting technique-ya know= paper piecing, applique, ect...
    but sometimes i do (get tired) of quilting and just want to knit something- or weave something-
    it's not a bad thing to have lots of interests. nice to have many to choose from- what ever strikes your fancy at the moment :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumtree
    I am the same way. Nothing as big as a loom but so many other must have craft items. My hubby says I just like to "experience" different things. Boxes of scrapbooking stuff, totes filled with candle making items, a few closets full of photography necessities, and won't even get started on my baking addiction; which is just as bad as my fabric/quilting addiction.

    I love all my hobbies and the older I get the more time I have to devote to them, but yes I have a hard time focusing on just one.
    You just looked inside me! :thumbup:

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    I'm way older than most posters on the board & that's one thing I'm thankful for....other interests have faded away.

    Quilting is such a part of my life,no room/no interest in other stuff.Reading was my 1st love & now,I can hardly find time to read a book. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKatherine
    This is a quilting board but we all relate to the other creative outlets; sewing clothes, making dolls and purses, gardening, baking, painting. We are all so talented. So how do you turn down the offer of a FREE 60" Jack loom?
    It's now sitting in my living room like a tombstone, (my sanctuary, by the way, far from the TV) and it can't go any further into the house. I have to give away a sofa and if I'm lucky it will just fit the same footprint. Am I interested in weaving? Always was, like so many other things. My life is tooooooooooo short for all my interests.
    (My unfinished quilts (4) in the basement sewing room are NOT talking to me right now)
    MaryKatherine
    I can relate. I now have an art table on one side of my bedroom/sewing room with all kinds of supplies. My first idea was to do art quilts. I have all the tools, plus dvds, etc. Made one art quilt.I realized that all quilts are art quilts with wonderful color play, optical illusions, etc. I just invested in Derwent intense color pencils. Now I would like to make mandalas on fabric or draw zentangles. The list goes on and on but I am thankful that in my retirement years, I have lots to look forward to and hope that I can accomplish some of those projects. I am now looking at quilting books with patterns that I don't even remember seeing. :-D :roll: :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I'm way older than most posters on the board & that's one thing I'm thankful for....other interests have faded away.

    Quilting is such a part of my life,no room/no interest in other stuff.Reading was my 1st love & now,I can hardly find time to read a book. :-D
    Isn't it a shame when we don't read like we used too! I used to read, read, read. Now, I read on this board, then go to work, maybe get in a few minutes to quilt.

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    Nothing like your loom (although I would love that!), but I'm the same way.

    In addition to working 50 or more hours a week, I build furniture, garden, write for publication, quilt, a little bit of scrap-booking and stamping, make jewelry, and sew clothes.

    Quilting and furniture making are the longest running as I started both while in junior high nearly 40 years ago.

    ETA: Forgot reading! I love to read and fit that in by using audio books on my iPod and listening while driving.

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    Wow. I could not have turned it down, but I am a weaver first and quilter second. But if anyone wants to buy a going weaving business, I would sell mine. I have 5 looms and it will take 2000 sq. feet to set them all up. But I get $16.00 per sq. foot to the design industry. This takes a lot of time. I should be out there now. My dear significant other died on July 18 and my heart is not in this anymore.

    If you know of a weaver looking for a business, I've had it for 15 years, but am now 65, have them contact me.

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    I do have other interests than quilting and find time to do them. I try to multi task, so when I'm running and working out I listen to audio books. Then when I get off work I can quilt.

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