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Thread: Need help unlearning childhood habit

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    I read often of how many of the people on this board have many projects on the go at one time. Wish I could be the same. I was raised to always finish what I started before starting something new, and it is now affecting my quilting. Sounds daft I know. I find that when I am getting bored or frustrated with my current project I am unable to start something new, much as I would love to, until the current project is finished. I am sure that this will eventually affect the quality of my work. How can I overcome this and enjoy having more than one thing on the go at a time?
    Do any on you have the same hang ups? It sounds so silly as I am in my 60s and should be able to pick up and put down without the idiotic feeling of guilt.
    Sue

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    I try to only have one project at a time. I don't want to be one who has LOT of half finished projects. The only time I have more than one project started at a time is if I need something for the current one that I have to go to Amarillo to get something for.

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    Can't wait to find the answer to this. I suffer from the same affliction....even reading a book....may not be enjoying it but can't start another until I finish it....you would think that by the time we reach our age (60+) we would be able to make our own rules. Go on I dare you....... :lol:

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    There is absolutely nothing wrong with finishing one quilt before starting another. We all have our own way of doing things that we are comfortable with. :-D

    EDIT: I just realized I mis-read this. Either way is good.

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    I have the opposite problem. Too much stuff started and never finished. Funny how early learning sticks with us forever. (I still can't go to the doctors wearing jeans!) I am in my 60s also.

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    Take baby steps. While you are working on your current project, get out the pattern you plan to work on next. Then, in a day or so, start gathering the fabrics and playing with them just a little. Next, organize the prep materials-cutting board, rotary cutter, ruler, etc. Then, see if you can do the cutting on just one piece of fabric. This way, while you are working on something you may have grown tired of, you can dream and work toward the next project without actually having started sewing it.

    I realize this may not be realistic. I have the opposite problem, I can start and have 20 projects going at the same time and it doesn't bother me.

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    I wish I could stay that focused on one project. Be who you are and just enjoy your quilting experience.

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    I try very hard to finish the current project before starting another. It makes it easier to remember what I am doing and it doesn't get stuffed somewhere to be forgotten. I like the sense of accomplishment I get when I finish a quilt to the end and absolutely hate it when there are multiple projects waiting for me, half done (usually not my fault - I start something then somebody needs something different right now). It also keeps the clutter to a minimum in my sewing room. So no, I see not a thing wrong with finishing what you have started before a new project. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Thanks all. Saf strange as it may seem I don't have the same problem regarding books. If I am not enjoying a book, down it goes and up comes another one.
    Thanks Isntthatodd, sound advice that I will take on board.
    As you all say we are who we are. I am going to try preparing for the next project in future whilst still plowing on with the current one. I am able to put current one away for a few days when necessary but have not been able to do anything else cos it is on my mind. Isntthatodds idea seems a good one.
    Thanks all of you
    Sue

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    Ideally, I like to have two quilt projects going at the same time...a top to work on in front of the tv with DH, and something to quilt in the sewing room. I don't like the pressure of having more than two.

    Janet

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