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Thread: Ever had a cutting/sewing "marathon"?

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    I would be hesitant to cut several projects out at once. I have been sewing for many, many years and STILL do a practice block or sample to test size and accuracy. Also piecing technique. Sometimes I change the cutting directions to something the easier. But I HAVE cut a lot of scraps and small pieces into 5" squares or strips. So I'd suggest that.

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    I used to do that when I was making doll clothes for craft fairs. I would do all the cutting and put each pattern in a separate zip lock bag with pattern # pined to it. All same pattern in same bag. Saved time as I can't stand to cut too long-back gives out lol. I've tried it with my small quilts but only do a couple at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Golly dog Gal! Won't you get confused during the process? I'm making twelve blocks at the same time for one quilt and have to keep checking to make sure I have the right blocks together!!! You go for it! You have to be a young 'un! When I was young, I could have probably done a few at once. I vote for you! Impress me and give us the good results!!!
    Jeanne, I assume you are talking to me? My mind feels young, but my body has reached the senior citizen stage. I was forced into an early retirement by the economy about three years ago. People have always commented on how much I get done, no matter what it is I'm doing. (I've taught time management, but being retired lets me slow down and do things when I "feel" like it. Also, old injuries slow me down a lot.) I'm an engineer by profession, and accustomed to thinking in systems, that is, how parts relate to the whole. I usually have many multi-part projects going at the same time.

    And no, I don't get confused. I keep the parts together either in boxes or baskets. Even though I have a lot in my sewing room and not a spare inch, I am reasonably organized. I finish about 40 quilts a year on average, most of them adult size. I also teach academic classes and take classes; my favorite subjects lately are physics and fractals. Again, lots of parts in physics, all needing to fit together.

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    Twice a year I am fortunate enough to attend a quilting retreat. We start at noon on Thursday and sew like demons til noon on Sunday. I try to have at least 4-6 projects with me to hopefully finish. I try to have all the cutting done and my design ideas firmly in mind, and sometimes laid out on paper. I pre-wind 10-12 bobbins of a neutral piecing thread, so when I arrive I am ready to really SEW. Its amazing how much you can get done with that preparation and no phones, no internet, no tv, no family, no pets to interrupt your sewing. I would love to try this on a weekend here at home, but it always seems something else comes up...sigh... Let us know how it goes!

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    For me, I enjoy my sewing passion and don't want it to be a assembly line job. I would get burned out and accomplish nothing. But different storkes for different folks. Good luck whatever you do. Happy Quilting.

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    I did that for just one quilt that I needed fast, and I didn't like it at all. I got too tired of cutting and cutting and cutting.,

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