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Thread: Quilting - assembly line style or as you go?

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    Super Member busy fingers's Avatar
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    I like to start and finish off each quilt as I go. I would rather do each process in sequence then it does not become boring repeating the same step over and over each time.

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    I am like NJ Quilter. I have several projects going at one time. One that I can hand quilt in the evening. Another that I am cutting, another that is being machine quilted. Another on the floor that I am working on the binding. Just went to the local quilt shop and got the material to start the next one after the one that I have at the LA back which I will then hand bind it!! I work on them in tandem and whatever I feel like that day or hour. I can work on a quilt at the drop of a hat or go for a walk or shopping or calling the grandchild and/or my mother. I just "love" being retired ;-)
    Busy in Ohio

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    I finish one before starting another. I can't stand a big mess and that's what I would have in my small space if I had more than one quilting project going.
    aka Gale

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    I totally finish one quilt before I start another.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

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    I live in a small mobile home. I have a very tiny area in my BR that I set up a small folding table with my featherweight to piece. It's usually set up. I also cut there, which is sometimes difficult, but I do it anyway. Quilting is another matter. I do not have enough space to keep set up all the time. I use the enclosed porch when I can, but can't stay set up for long. It gets humid and the lighting is terrible. I've got a window AC, but I don't like to leave my machine out there when I'm not using it. It takes so long to move the exercise stuff aside that I only quilt on weekends, and only if not babysitting. So I tend to work assembly line. Piecing whenever I can thru the week and quilting when I can on the weekends. I am almost done with quilting my 4th quilt in 2 weeks. One is done and gone as a gift, 1 is for me 2 are Christmas gifts, of those, 1 needs binding, 1 almost done quilting. I will probably be back to piecing for awhile after these are done.

    There's nothing wrong with either method. You just do what works for you!

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    i usually have a couple things on the go too. right now, i have one very near completion that is wholly machine quilted, a hand quilting journey that's maybe 1/3 of the way done and a basted but untouched queens sized lone star that will ultimately have both hand and machine stitching.


    i am planning my brother's quilt and just waiting to begin another scrappy project. plus there are two labels outstanding and and and....

    once i cut though the piecing takes over. i always want to see it done you know?

    aileen

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    I am still trying to recover from the stack of quilts I built up while waiting for my long arm machine to arrive (and now, for me to get good enough to put a "good" quilt on the frame). Usually, I like to have only one in the piecing stage at any time - but that doesn't count block of the month quilts (I have 4 going right now). Before I had a long arm, I would finish the quilting on one before starting another - because I didn't want to switch my machine back and forth. Now, with 2 separate machines (and rooms) for those 2 stages, I find I am much more likely to start piecing a new top before the previous one is quilted. Trying to stop that, but those new designs are so tempting ....

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    I like to make a few tops and then quilt them all. I like jumping around from project to project. It might be just the change of fabric or procrastination. I have a pile of quilts at all different stages. Some I leave behind when I'm quilting, just because I don't feel like doing them now. They will get done eventually. I don't usually make things for any special occasion. I grab out of the pile of stuff that is done.
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    I usually get anywhere from 3-6 tops done, then stop and quilt them on my long arm, then make some more tops. Since binding is my least favorite to do, I have to get my self in the mood to do that. So I usually have a large stack of them to get done at a time. I keep trying to convince my self to not put it off, but not doing to well

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    I finish my large projects completely except for a few rare times when I need to interrupt the process to do a last minute request for a project.

    Having said that I usually have 3 projects going at once. One(sometimes more than one) I'm dreaming and planning for by selecting the fabric or drawing out an idea for a project. I have a quilt notebook that I write my plans for each project in and then write notes/details about the project as I do it. That way I don't forget what I planned and I have a record of the details in case I want to make another like it.

    Then I have one I'm actively working on and a third one that I'm hand binding in the evening, making a label for it,washing it and then photographing it.
    I use the assembly line method when I'm making multiples of one small project such as placemats, makeup bags etc.

    I'm also hand piecing hexagon flowers for a GFG that I'm working on. I do these when I'm watching TV or traveling. That's a 2-4 yr project That I'm having fun with. I plan on having it hand quilted when completed.

    I think each person works in the way that is most comfortable to them, doing the things they enjoy most.
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