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Thread: How do you find the time???

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    Junior Member NewbieToQuilting's Avatar
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    How do you find the time???

    ....How do you find time to sew? My husband works in the oilfield, we have two kids in school, sports & scouts and I work full time. I find it more and more difficult finding time to sew. I have projects I need to do for Christmas but I'm running out of time!

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    Member saragasch's Avatar
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    I understand perfectly! I am a stay at home mom with four kids, my youngest is still at home. While I don't work outside the home finding time to sew is so difficult! There are weeks I manage 15 minutes. I think the big thing is that I know quilting is my stress release, if I don't find time, even ten minutes to take for myself I become very grouchy. So instead of doing dishes for the third time I take ten minutes for me. Not nearly enough time but better than nothing. I also recently have started to 'include' my kids in my time in the sewing room. I set up there keyboard, placed a table for them in there. When I go in they bring coloring books, or play piano. That way I get quilting done, (maybe not by myself), and I don't feel like I am neglecting my kids...

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    Super Member rusty quilter's Avatar
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    When I worked, I promised myself to sit down for 15 minutes only....which usually let to more sewing and less house work!

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    I sew while my child's at school. Some housework goes undone for a few days, and we're okay with that ;-)
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

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    Super Member OKLAHOMA PEACH's Avatar
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    Hear ya, feel for ya! Don't have the kiddoes to run, but work and am old, just don't have enough time in the day. I do most of mine on Sat. or Sunday after cleaning and meals. Good luck, it always seems Christmas comes at such a fast pace after Holloween, lol

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    must be something in the air, this was just posted a few hours ago...
    Finding time to quilt
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    I don't watch television. When my kids were home, I would use the evenings to sit and cross stitch or sew. Now I have all the time I want to sew!

    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    Super Member JudyTheSewer's Avatar
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    When I was in your position I did not have time to sew. I didn't have time to clean! (We hired a cleaning lady.) There were several years when I felt like I was on a treadmill and couldn't get off - constant running with the kids, work, meals, dishes, errands....................once the baby left for college I returned to my love of sewing and started to quilt. I wanted to quilt since the early 1980's but with two kids it never happened until the house was empty. As others have suggested, just get 15 minutes in a day if you can, I think it will make you happy.

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    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
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    Gosh, I am retired and can't find the motivation although I can make the time. I want to, but then am easily distracted.

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    Super Member busy fingers's Avatar
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    I always say that my life is governed by two 4 letter words - time and work. Not enough time and too much work. I feel for you having kids -being the taxi driver etc is a full-time job in itself especially if hubby is away.

    Are you able to take some handwork with you while waiting for sport etc to finish?

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