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Thread: sitting here stumped...

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    Super Member Dina's Avatar
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    I just finished the last quilt in my "to do"list," and I am playing with what to make next. I find this the hardest part of my quilting. Once I have made up my mind, then I just relax and sew.

    How do you decide what to quilt next, if all your to-do projects are done? I have been looking at my stash. Should I select a fabric I like and then build around that. Should I look at patterns and select one I like and then look at my fabric?

    I know there is no right and wrong way, but I seem a direction to go, and, other than stacks of fabric all around me, and pieces laid across my design wall, I just seem to be stumped.

    What works best for you?

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    Whenever I see a quilt or pattern that intrugues me, I photo copy it and put it in my idea file. I have far to many things on the go right now and haven't had to look in it for ages.
    -a 4PP to embroider and quilt
    -Star quilt to sash and quilt
    -Sampler to sash and quilt
    -Bug jar to quilt before Christmas
    Oh dear, I better get off the QB and get busy!

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    Never managed to finish my to do list..... It just keeps getting longer.....! LOL!

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    Okay, maybe that will work. I have admired the rail fence and log cabin patterns lately. Maybe I will go for one of them, and then start a file of more specific patterns that I like. Pattern first and then fabric...may work.

    Thanks. I have been quilting 2 years, so I still consider myself a bit of a newbie.

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    Wow, I can't imagine ever finishing my to-do list... I add new ideas practically daily! lol

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    When I get caught up I clean my space. That usually brings to mind something I would like do make. Or just make a quick scrappy baby size to donate.

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    I can't imagine ever running out of ideas. I have a list that will take me 4 or 5 years to complete. Especially since I hand quilt. And that's just quilts. There are other things I want to make too, like pincusions, purses, curtains, and clothes.

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    The holidays are approaching quickly, maybe do a few gifts, table runners, place mats, bags, mug rugs, wall hangings, lap quilts.......oh dear...I better get busy!!!!

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    Oh, my ... if you finished the last quilt on your 'to-do' list ............... your list is way too short ........ :lol:

    Take a look in the gallary pics ... maybe that will inspire something ... :D

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    How nice to be all caught up! I used to not have very many WISP's (works in slow progress). Sadly I have more than I'd like, so I am trying to finish them all, a very slow process. I think I might look at my fabrics and decide which one I'd like to make into a new project. Then look through books and patterns to find the "one" to match the fabric.

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