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Thread: In over my head with quilts!

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    In over my head with quilts!

    I think i am in over my head in quilts right now... I have 3 on the go, one purple one cut out to sew and 4 halloween throws to dooo... somehow i don't think that is all of them............ How do I get a routine going ??? any advise?
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    Assembly line sewing ... working on one quilt at a time!

    So take one of the PhDs and and sew a way.

    When you need a break, cut out your other quilt(s) and have them kitted and ready to go when you are done Mr. Purple!
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    Take a deep breath, take a sip of wine, and dive into the nearest heap of fabric. If you finish your quilt before your finish your wine you'll be fine. Otherwise be prepared to like wonky style

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    I totally finish one before I start another. I have no partly finished quilts and this is what works for me.
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    You sound like I do sometimes and when I sound like that, I don't get anything done. I usually get frustrated and end up leaving my sewing room. I have to put everything away and work on only ONE project at a time in order to be productive. I'm learning that right now. I haven't sewn in over a month. I was where you are and had to close up my room and walk away and take a break. Yesterday was the first time I actually went in there and ironed and cut for my Craftsy free Sept. BOM. I don't know what I'm going to do after I make my two blocks. I have to make a baby quilt and this is a present and has me all flustered because I don't work well under pressure, but I have to get in there and start on it. I was doing fine until my niece announced she was pregnant and her mom (my sister) made all the baby blankets for her kids until she died and now I need to step in and do it and I'm feeling no confidence, comparing myself to my older and wiser sister who quilted years more than me. But, my niece won't care if it's not perfect. And I think I do a pretty good job, but still, I'm kind of freaking out here knowing I'm stepping into some really big shoes. And it's only a baby blanket. My God. What is wrong with me? A whole month without quilting because of fear. I'm questioning my sanity right now. My niece will love having a baby blanket no matter what, just to have one is all she wants. This is her first baby and she didn't think she'd get a baby blanket since her mom died until I chimed in and said I'd do it, so why am I so lacking in confidence? Boy, am I writing in my diary? Oops! Just had to let this out, I guess. See where I am coming from?
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    Jeanne, I can sympathize. I call myself quilter, though I don't *really* believe it! I gave one once, and was apologizing. Crazy! It was beautiful, it was. But the recipient stopped me, and said, "I can't quilt. I could never do it. It is perfect" It was a nice moment, and I try to remind myself of it.

    Your thoughts/standards are out of proportion. Your niece will be thrilled with whatEVER you do!

    ((Jeanne))

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    Make a list of the projects that you have underway. For each project, list each stept that still needs to be completed: make blocks (maybe number of blocks left to be made), create rows, add borders, make quilt back, sandwich and baste, quilt. Once you have your list organized like this, you can decide which step of which project you feel like tackling based on the time you have available.

    If you include the number of blocks that need to be completd, you can cross off the old number and write in the new number each time you complete some. You can make the list as detailed as you want. For examle, you could break 'add borders' down into cut borders, attach borders.
    Last edited by lakekids; 09-10-2012 at 06:18 AM.

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    roflol-I have about 30 projects at varying stages.I just piece in spurts,quilt in spurts and bind in spurts without ever finishing the piles of any of them.
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    Oh gee, I'm no help. I always have several projects going at the same time. Unless I am making one that has to be finished by a certain day I just work on what I want.

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    Shirley, I would pick the quilt that is closest to being done and finish that one first. Then move on to the next one which will be easiest to complete and so on. Once you start working on one, and see actual progress, I think you'll be inspired and get them done. I usually work on several projects at once myself. It's just how I like to do it. I have 2 quilt tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted and am putting together a third one now. However, the hold-up isn't actually me this time--I had to reorder batting and am waiting for it to arrive . Good excuse anyway. Good luck, we've all been there!

    Jeanne, your niece will be thrilled with the baby blanket. Glad venting made you feel better; sometimes that's just what we need.
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