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Thread: Ack - the tedium is getting to me... 14 done, 6 to go...

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    Ack - the tedium is getting to me... 14 done, 6 to go...

    The quilt I'm working on now has 4 small (1 inch) borders and then a large border - which adds up to 20 border strips. I pushed through the first 10 strips over the weekend and have managed to get 4 more on tonight. I'd really like to get the last 6 on, but ADD is striking hard and I'm getting easily distracted.

    Measure, pin, sew, press, measure pin, sew, press... repeat... repeat... repeat...

    I keep telling myself that it will be worth it, and it will look really good... but then I get drawn back out to find something else to do...

    Anyone else reach this point at times? I'm sure I'm not alone.

    Cheers, K

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    Wow, that's a lot of borders! Don't be too hard on yourself, though. Make a small goal, do that much, then give yourself a break. Chocolate maybe? Leftover pumpkin pie?

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    Post a pic for now and then each couple of days or whenever you get a bit more done, post another so we can see your progress and encourage you. Will be worth it when finished.
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    I did a paper pieced quilt for my father, the same block over and over again, and you can't chain piece it to make it go quicker, I was bored to tears with it.
    Persist with it and I'm sure it will be worth it in the end
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    When I'm quilting a large quilt with the same motif block after block, it can get tedious too. What I like to do is listen to a good audiobook. I only let myself listen to it when I'm working on the quilt, so if I want to find out 'who dun it', I HAVE to go back and keep working on the project! LOL

    Something to consider next time you have a lot of border strips is this - if you miter the corners, you can sew all five strips together first as a strip set, THEN add that to the quilt top. Mitering a border is a little more difficult than a straight border, but can save you time when you have multiple borders.

    Keep going, you're almost there!!!!

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    AndiR good advice...I think I'll try the audio book with some of my Christmas presents I need to somehow do.

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    I usually get bored with one project, so I will usually work on at least 2-3 at a time, course it takes longer to complete any one project.
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    If I get like this I do the opposite of DonnaB I tell myself I have to complete the tedious project BEFORE I start another one so I get it accomplished, don't have another UFO and then miraculously I get it finished. Good luck, find a reward for yourself.

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    Yes, I find my mind wondering and also will get up and go do something else to get away from it, then I forget what I was doing and don't get it done.
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    I'm working on a quilt for my Mum - same block, 30 times, with only an occasional piece in a different colour to break the monotony. It seemed like a good idea when I started...am trying (and failing at the moment) to do a block a day, and am also working on other projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole View Post
    The quilt I'm working on now has 4 small (1 inch) borders and then a large border - which adds up to 20 border strips. I pushed through the first 10 strips over the weekend and have managed to get 4 more on tonight. I'd really like to get the last 6 on, but ADD is striking hard and I'm getting easily distracted.

    Measure, pin, sew, press, measure pin, sew, press... repeat... repeat... repeat...

    I keep telling myself that it will be worth it, and it will look really good... but then I get drawn back out to find something else to do...

    Anyone else reach this point at times? I'm sure I'm not alone.

    Cheers, K
    No, you are not alone. I am working on a quilt in a day that I started a year ago. Sooo boring.
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    Thanks all. I'll have to remember the tip on mitering the corners if I ever decide on a border intensive pattern again. I haven't mitered corners yet, so this might not be the best on to learn on. I ended up going to bed last night. Will try again tonight while the guys are at hockey practice. At least the last 6 strips are cut and ready.

    I'll post pictures this evening, as the camera is at home.

    Cheers, K

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    Oh I do feel your pain! I have to make myself complete a tedious project by rewarding myself with a fabric purchase when its done. I will not allow myself to purchase any new fabric until I get it DONE. If I let myself start a new project or do anything else.. I will drift further away from ever completing it. Confession- I have had a few quilts that are smaller than intended!
    Do post photos . I am excited to see the quilt top !

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    I guess that is why I like doing scrappy quilts...each one is like something new...but when I start putting it together and adding border(s), then I too get antsy and the mind starts to "plan" the next project and can't finish fast enough!!!!

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    I' m right there with you. Borders always slow me down, even when they're simple and few. It's that "measure, sew, pin" process that I don't like. I agree with those who advised a chocolate break.

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    I am always planning the next quilt I want to make as I am finishing one. When sewing the binding on by hand I race the clock to get to a certain time, or I race a talk show on the radio.
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    You are not alone! I discovered what works best for me is to set a timer for a 45/15 minutes combination. I'll sew for 45 minutes, then get up and do something totally different for 15 minutes - water the plants, dust, vacuum, etc.

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    CorgiNole, I hear you! Sometimes, it feels like it takes as long to put borders on as it does to make the rest of the quilt.

    AndiR and KarenK: I am going to have to try your ways to stay on task. I think they would work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads View Post
    I'm working on a quilt for my Mum - same block, 30 times, with only an occasional piece in a different colour to break the monotony. It seemed like a good idea when I started...am trying (and failing at the moment) to do a block a day, and am also working on other projects.
    so how many blocks have you done? I have been working on a quilt with 25 blocks. Have 3 to go. Actually have had 3 to do for quite a while! A block a day sounds so easy. Can't understand why it's not! Good luck with yours. Maybe we'll both finish them soon.

    PS Love your avatar!
    Last edited by sashie; 12-01-2011 at 12:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashie View Post
    so how many blocks have you done? I have been working on a quilt with 25 blocks. Have 3 to go. Actually have had 3 to do for quite a while! A block a day sounds so easy. Can't understand why it's not! Good luck with yours. Maybe we'll both finish them soon.

    PS Love your avatar!
    Thankyou! It's a Hidden Wells pattern - looks impressive but isn't really that difficult.

    I'm only halfway along the second row of my quilt top - have done 8 or 9 blocks of the 30. It took me a long time to get going because I really struggled at first - made every possible silly mistake, so the first few blocks were all made twice! I really do need to get back to trying to do a block a day - it would be finished by the end of the month!

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    There has been some good advice posted here.
    Keep up the good work ... it's worth it.

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    I do the same thing! I love audible books. I listen more than read and get so much more quilting done.

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    I agree with AndiR. Even if I only have 2 borders, I sew the two pieces together (X4), sew them to the quilt and miter the corners.

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    I seem to be promoting music this morning. When I am reach this point , I like to turn my music on and it seems to distract my attention away from the blandness of the moment. Sometimes I sing along and I have been known to jump up for a minute and dance around. Maybe it's a good thing my sewing room is upstairs. LOL.

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    Yes! I know what you mean - with this type work, or long hours of machine quilting they go by much faster listening to a book on my iPod as I go.....

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