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Thread: Does Quilt Making Take More Time/Energy As You Get Older?

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    I know everyone on here is way younger than me, but it sure seems like making quilts is a much longer/tiring process than it used to be.

    Remember when I basically sewed from daylight till sundown....no more! Used to cut out a K size quilt in one session...no more.Did all the pressing in one go.Sewed all the rows together ....ditto. No more! Always had 3-4 quilts ready to send to LA quilter.
    Just writing this down makes me realize why making a quilt seems to take longer, it does! Lots longer!
    Think I need a new name,how about "creakybones"?
    :lol: :lol:

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    creakybonesII here and I totally agree!

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    Good morning Pat - you're not alone in that feeling (& probably not the oldest on here). I've found I have the same problem. All my quilts used to be hand quilted, but I find my hands now dictate when & how long I can do that.

    But now at 77, EVERYTHING seems to be more difficult & take longer . It's 'ain't easy getting old!!! :XD:

    Have a blessed day & may all your quilts be filled w/love.

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    My 88 year old MIL says the same thing. However, she can sew circles around me. I can't cut donation quilt tops fast enough to keep her busy!! I'm getting a respite cause she is busy canning her garden produce. Hope I do as well at 88.:)

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    The work's not taking any longer. There's just more & more rest breaks between the working times. :)

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    I'm doing more difficult patterns as I get more experienced, and those take longer to do with more brain power engaged - so I find I need to step away more often and work on something else.

    Like shows with Gordon Ramsey on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    The work's not taking any longer. There's just more & more rest breaks between the working times. :)
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I'm doing more difficult patterns as I get more experienced, and those take longer to do with more brain power engaged - so I find I need to step away more often and work on something else.

    Like shows with Gordon Ramsey on them.
    This is so true......We just don't make basic Quilt Patterns anymore.......
    My good friend Nancy N. was telling me that WE[anyone over 40] are older quilter's.... The NEW Generation of Quilter's are buying the pre-cut's...they are finishing quilt's alot faster....the down side is when they want to learn to cut out material well, they don't like it!!!!! Says it takes too long...... They go back to pre-cuts.....That is sad:( :( :( .

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I'm doing more difficult patterns as I get more experienced, and those take longer to do with more brain power engaged - so I find I need to step away more often and work on something else.

    Like shows with Gordon Ramsey on them.
    This is so true......We just don't make basic Quilt Patterns anymore.......
    My good friend Nancy N. was telling me that WE[anyone over 40] are older quilter's.... The NEW Generation of Quilter's are buying the pre-cut's...they are finishing quilt's alot faster....the down side is when they want to learn to cut out material well, they don't like it!!!!! Says it takes too long...... They go back to pre-cuts.....That is sad:( :( :( .
    Well, if just being over 40 makes you an "older' quilter, then I must be an 'antique (sorry, gotta be PC - Vintage)' quilter. :XD: :XD:

    You're right about the newer generation of quilter's thou - I was 'out' of quilting for about 10 yrs., & now there are SO MANY new techniques & quilters "toys" out there, I don't know how to even use them.

    It's interesting to get to live this long & realize many of the techniques I 1st used are just not "in" anymore. :lol:

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    Well, I am 39 and a half and I love to buy layer cakes -- but only layer cakes, and only because they give me "just enough" of a collection to give me a taste. But it still needs slicing.

    So I wonder if we can tell age by attitude toward pre-cuts? I'm *almost* 40, and I *almost* don't buy pre-cuts. LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Well, I am 39 and a half and I love to buy layer cakes -- but only layer cakes, and only because they give me "just enough" of a collection to give me a taste. But it still needs slicing.

    So I wonder if we can tell age by attitude toward pre-cuts? I'm *almost* 40, and I *almost* don't buy pre-cuts. LOL!!
    I think the girl was in her 20's......Hey, I'm 57......I feel antiquish!!!! lol lol..Is antiquish a word??? lol lol

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    I'm 57 and love precuts! Lazy too, LOL

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    I've actually found as I age that I'm doing less complicated quilts. Did all the fancy ones when I was younger. Now, I just want something to pass the time and still be useful.

    And I've never bought pre-cuts. Neither have I sent out my quilting to be done. I do it all on my sewing machine myself. Not easy and maybe not perfect, but it's all my labors.

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    Of course it does.....eveything does.

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    I'm only 25 and can't do any of that in one sitting. You aren't alone :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    Good morning Pat - you're not alone in that feeling (& probably not the oldest on here). I've found I have the same problem. All my quilts used to be hand quilted, but I find my hands now dictate when & how long I can do that.

    But now at 77, EVERYTHING seems to be more difficult & take longer . It's 'ain't easy getting old!!! :XD:

    Have a blessed day & may all your quilts be filled w/love.

    :lol:
    Getting older is not for the faint of heart

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    Quote Originally Posted by debcavan
    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    Good morning Pat - you're not alone in that feeling (& probably not the oldest on here). I've found I have the same problem. All my quilts used to be hand quilted, but I find my hands now dictate when & how long I can do that.

    But now at 77, EVERYTHING seems to be more difficult & take longer . It's 'ain't easy getting old!!! :XD:

    Have a blessed day & may all your quilts be filled w/love.

    :lol:
    Getting older is not for the faint of heart
    :thumbup: :thumbup: SO TRUE DEB

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    well, I have 'birthday disease' and I don't buy precuts...
    what I have FINALLY discovered is paper piecing (doing a New York Beauty) and I LOVE it...
    The beauty of paper piecing is NOT having to have precise cuts, you can just sit and sew and press (I have a big area and just lean to the side to press)...
    In fact, I ordered all the Sew Precise Foundation piecing CDs on sale at EQ!!...

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    EVERYTHING takes more time and energy!!!!

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    I am only 47 but yesterday I was thinking how much more effort it takes me to concentrated on directions and how many more mistakes I make compared to about 8 years ago. I also already have many joint issues for years already. I break up my activities so I have less fatigue. Good excuse for having many projects going on at the same time. Maybe a kind friend can help with some of the jobs that are more challenging like the cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    The work's not taking any longer. There's just more & more rest breaks between the working times. :)
    Yep! :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Well, I am 39 and a half and I love to buy layer cakes -- but only layer cakes, and only because they give me "just enough" of a collection to give me a taste. But it still needs slicing.

    So I wonder if we can tell age by attitude toward pre-cuts? I'm *almost* 40, and I *almost* don't buy pre-cuts. LOL!!
    I think the girl was in her 20's......Hey, I'm 57......I feel antiquish!!!! lol lol..Is antiquish a word??? lol lol
    No no - we are Mid Century Modern LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I know everyone on here is way younger than me, but it sure seems like making quilts is a much longer/tiring process than it used to be.

    Remember when I basically sewed from daylight till sundown....no more! Used to cut out a K size quilt in one session...no more.Did all the pressing in one go.Sewed all the rows together ....ditto. No more! Always had 3-4 quilts ready to send to LA quilter.
    Just writing this down makes me realize why making a quilt seems to take longer, it does! Lots longer!
    Think I need a new name,how about "creakybones"?
    :lol: :lol:
    Don't be so hard on yourself.
    I am new on the board, when I read about layer cakes and jelly rolls I thought I hit the wrong board. I am a baker, my hubby and I just closed our bakery in Oct. last year. And want too, get back to quilting. Thank goodness I google and can search without looking like a fool.. I am reading as much as I can hear. Just Wonderful... :-P

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    I agree

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    Glassquilt: You are so right!

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