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    what is you coffee quilt like?

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    I have one that's in a bag in my room. I can picture it, but I don't like to work on it. Maybe someday it will be done.

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    Sometimes I use the 10-minute timer approach. (This works for housework as well!) Set the timer for 10 minutes and promise yourself you can get up and do something else when the timer goes off. Usually by the time the timer goes off I am in the middle of something and interested enough to finish it. Often I will reset the timer for 10 more minutes. Occasionally I have gone an hour or two because I have gotten motivated. Rarely I will stop at that first 10 minutes.

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......

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    I wonder what the psychological reason for this is? I'm working on a Thimbleberries wall hanging right now. I love the pattern. I'm happy with the fabrics I chose. I can just imagine hanging in my living room - the spot is ready with a wrought iron hanger. And yet, this quilt more than any others I've done, just does not draw me into quilting! I've found that if, when I leave a sewing session, I leave the project in a place that I can just sit down and start up again, it's more likely that I'll come in to work on it. For example, I make sure the bobbin has enough thread for the next short session, sometimes I even put the fabric on the machine and set the needle into the first stitch, and leave it that way so that when I come back it's ready to go.
    I also promise myself that I only need to 'do one block' or quilt one block' or stitch twelve inches, or something short like that. I usually end up doing more, but then I feel that I'm doing more because I 'choose' to, not because I 'have' to. But I can tell you that I will be SO glad when it's done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Sometimes I use the 10-minute timer approach. (This works for housework as well!) Set the timer for 10 minutes and promise yourself you can get up and do something else when the timer goes off. Usually by the time the timer goes off I am in the middle of something and interested enough to finish it. Often I will reset the timer for 10 more minutes. Occasionally I have gone an hour or two because I have gotten motivated. Rarely I will stop at that first 10 minutes.

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......
    This is exactly what I do. I have to say I get more into a project when I have a "time limit" than I do if I am "suposed" to be working on it. lol

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    I had a quilt like that and I put it away for five years, I finally got it out and made my self spend 1 hr a day until it was done. that didn't always happen but I am happy to say I just delivered that#!@%&$# quilt to the longarmer this morning. So all I have left to do it the binding. It has been 10 years in the making. It was part pieced and part machine applique.

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    I'm proud of you mic! Hope you post a pic of it when you're done.

    I get the same way, I just set it aside- not out of sight- just to the side. Then work on something else and come back to it. It eventually gets done. Doing that right now on a quilt. I made a top but it was double bed size, DDIL and DS needed a queen size. Took me a while, but this week it dawned on me how to do a border. Between last night and tonight it will get its border. Then off to the longarmer. It will be so pretty when it's done- I'm glad it didn't turn into a UFO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......
    and I thought i was the only one!

    :lol:

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    We all march to our own beat, but i really like BKinCo's answer.
    Divide the project up into doable parts and do a part then reward yourself with something else.
    Then next time do another part...and so on, until you get done.
    That is why I have two machines...now just have to get one working again :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    .... I only need to 'do one block' or quilt one block' or stitch twelve inches, or something short like that. I usually end up doing more, but then I feel that I'm doing more because I 'choose' to, not because I 'have' to. But I can tell you that I will be SO glad when it's done!
    I should have known that ya'll would understand how I feel about it. I especially like this part above about doing more than "scheduled" so doing more 'cause I choose to, and not because I have to.

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