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Thread: Enjoy the process or race to the finish line?

  1. #101
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    Actually, when I have a serious deadline to meet, I don't really enjoy the process, it's like I'm afraid that "Haste makes waste." (LIKE RUSHING, I MIGHT RUIN SOMETHING AND I'M FEARFUL OF THAT.)

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    That is beautifully stated.

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    I like the process so much that it's taken me well over 2 years to complete my very first quilt top. Although, I must say, it's a Grandmother's Garden English paper pieces project, I've still relished in the pleasures of piecing the hexagons at just the right angle and selecting just the right coordinatng fabric. I didn't make a traditional flower pattern, my flowers are mostly symetrical with evenly placed hexagon pieces and the circle pattern on the flowers are not all one kind of fabric in a circle like the tradition flowers are made, if this makes sense. Sooo, anyhow, I am a love the process kinda gal too. I just started quilting when I found this pattern on the internet. I'm hand quilting, the whole quilt and I find that it's relaxing and sooo enjoyable. What's the rush ladies??? Sit back and enjoy. Life goes by wayyyy to fast as it is! ! ! ......

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    I don't race to finish, but I do find some quilts go together really fast (and others take forever). I just finished a Hallowe'en quilt (well, almost - working on binding) which I started on Sunday night and finished quilting on Wednesday. Not because I was in a hurry to finish, but because it was a quick & easy pattern, and really enjoyed working on it (so I spent hours on Monday in my sewing room).

    Another quilt took weeks, because I could only do one or two blocks at a time (very detailed piecing, and lots of points to match up).

    In any case, I think as long as you are enjoying the project, it doesn't matter how long it takes (although slower projects cost less per hour :) Go at your own pace, don't worry about the other quilter who finished 3 quilts last week, and enjoy your time.

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    I take my time. I am so happy now as I paid cash for a short arm machine and frame and got rid (sold it) of a longarm payment! I don't feel guilty now for taking my time as this is a hobby now and I got a great part-time job. Now I quilt for ONLY ME (and my family of course) and get back to why I love to quilt-for pure enjoyment!

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    It's not that I'm rushing, but I like to put as much time as possible in making a quilt just because I'm anxious to see what it will look like when it's finished.
    And that makes people think I'm rushing ;)
    I like to have several projects on hand on the same time but with all different techniques ..like one applique, one machinesewing and one hexagons.
    But no more than that!

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    I have to say that depends on the project. Some projects are a spurr of the moment kind of thing, so I am rushing. But I still enjoy the process. I do still have projects that have been around longer than I want ot admit. The one I had hated to work on, I finally finished for my niece who liked it and wanted it. That did relieve me of a burden of sorts.

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    I used to be a "Race to the Finish" quilter. As I have grown in the art, I ENJOY THE PROCESS now. It has made it so much more enjoyable.

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    As for me I'm a newbie, soooooooooooooo I have to start with the easier blocks so I can learn and get better. We can't all be great right out of the gate. You make it sound like there is something wrong with the easier blocks. We all have to learn and some need a simple project due to time issues. The way I look at it is that no matter how you do the process as long as you enjoy what you are doing... is all that really matter. Happy Quilting and Even stitches.

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    I love taking my time to enjoy the process. I hate rushing as I simply find no joy in doing so.

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