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Thread: unfinished quilts

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    I have three hand pieced quilts that only need to be put together and finished. Some one out there who is a quilter psyche-irestst and can make me finish these quilts. One is a hand peieced
    8point star It would be wonerdful finished; 2 scrapbag pieced heart quilt and the 3 is a machine pieced fall quilt. Anyone else out ther have this problem and what motivated you to finish.?I'm over 70 and would like to get these done for my grand girls but apparently not enough to get my lazy self going and do them. lolThanks for listening. sweetheart q

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    Welcome from northeast CA. Glad you joined us. Maybe if you just worked on them maybe just 15-30 minutes a day, they wouldn't seem like such a huge undertaking.

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    I have a trunk from my grandma's house that is FULL of quilt tops made by my Greatgrandmother. When my Grandma passed away last year, my mom took that trunk (well over 40 tops in it) and now I'm in the process of teaching myself to hand quilt so I can start working on them. I know they will never all get done, but I hope to get a few of them done.

    Welcome to the board! I am really new as well!
    :) Sara

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    Don' worry about practicing your hand quilting.Grandma will look down inglee at every stitchyou take and yourgrand kids will have a story to tell because by then you will be a great quilter. God bless'. I also have my grandmothers sweetheart quilt qhich I am trying to reproduce.

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    Have you considered that the finish could be tied instead of hand quilted?

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    Decide which one(quilt) you want to do first....then prep it! Baste it...if you use a hoop that is and have it ready to roll....put beside it a small basket w/scissors, thread, needles and whatever is a have to for you....then tell yourself 'sew for 15min a day'...chances are you are stalling because there is a part of this process that you really don't enjoy...if it is basting, then go to a group and have them help....nothing better then a good group of quilters! If you have to ...find a group to go to once a week...just to sit and sew-you will love it!!Skeat

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    I can never convince myself to baste and start quilting my quilts til the weather turns cold. I piece them in the spring and summer and quilt them in the fall and winter. It's starting to get cool enough for me to start quilting.

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    The hardest step in any big job is always the FIRST step. And, for me, the first steps are always in this order. I try to do at least one step every day until the mood strikes me to keep at it.

    1. Prepare the material, making sure you have the correct amount of backing and batting for just one of the quilts. This involves either a trip to the quilt store, or an online purchase. I have to be careful not to spend loads of time at the quilt shop. When I get home, I prewash my stuff and fold it. Normally while cooking dinner.

    2. I always have to prepare my worktable or carpeted area. I'm kind of a slob, so I always have to put things away to get ready.

    3. I press the fabric for the backing and then press the top. I lay the batting out flat to let it rest overnight.

    4. I lay out my backing, batting, and top and either use spray baste, or I baste the thing together.

    5. Final step, into the quilting frame.

    After that, I hand quilt in the evenings as I can. I work full time, so this method works out well for me. If I begin on Monday evening, by Friday evening I can be quilting. Take your time and know that it takes lots of time to do this, and you don't have to rush. My Aunt is 86 and she is still quilting, so maybe you will live long enough to make MANY quilts.

    Good Luck!

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    Senior Member zkosh's Avatar
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    Thanks for bringing this up! I have so many projects in process, but I am having trouble getting myself to finish them. I spend too much time looking at ideas, patterns, and new fabrics, and not enough time working on them. I need someone to make me get busy! :evil: The ideas in my head are great, but not if they don't get done! I think I hold myself hostage sometimes, putting other things first. I'm glad to have you guys here to listen, also. I needed to put this into words and maybe get my focus back. :? And mine aren't even handpieced so I don't have that excuse. :!:

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    Boy, do I belong to your club. A gazillion ideas, patterns, fabric and time.
    I even belong to a sewing guild. I just need a good swift kick in the you know where.

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