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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2
    I love making quilt tops,from K size to miniatures.The whole process from planning,cutting & piecing is fun,but not finishing them.Can't hand sew & my machine "quilting"is a joke :-)
    So my worst problem is piling up quilt tops.Once it's done, I'm off to next one....& so it goes.
    How do others handle that? What is your solution? Do you have a bad quilting habit?
    I use to cut, piece, sew, quilt, bind and then start another one. My sisters hated me because I would never start a new quilt until I finished the one I was working on UNTIL I found this board. Now I have a basket full of quilt tops waiting to be quilted because you all keep showing me wonderful quilts and giving me new ideas of things I can do. And I love it. Keep the ideas coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2
    I love making quilt tops,from K size to miniatures.The whole process from planning,cutting & piecing is fun,but not finishing them.Can't hand sew & my machine "quilting"is a joke :-)
    So my worst problem is piling up quilt tops.Once it's done, I'm off to next one....& so it goes.
    How do others handle that? What is your solution? Do you have a bad quilting habit?
    That is the joy of making them for our church quilt group. I make tops and they finish them!!!

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    Ok,ok I will leave off reading anymore on the board and get up and start hand quilting the top that is sandwiched and ready to go in my little hoop ,before working on my DJ and the one That I am needleturning with a friend, and then maybe I will sandwich one of the other several dozen tops that are finished, Oh then maybe I can set together one ot the several that all the blocks are made before I start on another.

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    Ps. no I dont have any bad habits, I Am A Quilter out of control.

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    oh myyyyyyyy - we are all cousins-----

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    I have always been that way with all my hobbies and crafts and sewing. Only thing I finish all at once is clothes cause I usually make them for special occasions. Usually, most of them get finished or dumped in file #13.

    My DH used to call me scatterbrained. I'm not. I'm just left handed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolo
    Ps. no I dont have any bad habits, I Am A Quilter out of control.
    LOL!!! I agree!! :lol:

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    I bought a Mellinium and now I can't make them fast enough!

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    Sometimes I wonder if I have ADD. I have trouble finishing projects. I get bored and move onto something else. Usually if it is for someone else that motivates me to finish. Although my DS quilt has been in the process for over a year. The center is complete, but I don't like doing borders. They are my least favorite. I like to quilt them myself and I don't mind binding. I really want a longarm, but still need to marry off the kids yet. DS to be married next May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    My bad habit is drinking coffee or tea while working on my stuff.........the HORROR stories I could tell, lol! This is a BAD habit, esp. with pets AND coffee!
    My bad habit seems to be thinking I have to cover every single surface AND the floor with fabric, scraps, rejected choices, 'maybe' fabric combos, threads, snippets, dropped scissors/rulers/seam rippers/pointers/insert-yours-here, dirty plate/bowl, glasses, used napkins, the detritus of daily life while I'm engrossed in the studio.

    Can *anyone* else be as piggy I sometimes seem to be?! :oops:

    Jan in VA

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    I finally took a free motion quilting class from Dori Hawks. It's really a matter of 'practice, practice, practice.'
    Mailyn Belford, a teriffic art quilter (Her Rundy took first at Lancaster several yrs ago.) said she does a practice piece every time she sits down to quilt. Gets the hands and foot in sync.

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    Don't beat yourself up!! I am spoiled because when my Mom passed away a few years ago I was able to purchase a longarm machine...I am hoping to really get my business going soon..but I bet you can find a longarmer in your area....I let folks pay in 3 parts and I am thinking of just charging what we agree on....not the per square inch...plus a 5$ thread charge and setting up, etc....it all does add up so that is why we want to be fair in our charge and respect your work at the same time with a great design...maybe someone in your area also will let you rent their longarm per hour or day..I am seriously thinking of doing that for people. In this day, quilting is becoming even more appealing due to our return to true values .... but is is good for me to know that others struggle with getting the top finished before moving to another....I had to make it a determined spirit in me to complete each one at a time, then move on...too overwhelming if there are tops not finished...it is like an attic!!..just up there, filling up! Have a quilting blessing today! Kari

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i piece tops and let them pile up until the urge to sandwich hits.

    then i sandwich until i'm sick of it.

    eventually, i find myself in the mood to attempt some quilting. i work that phase until the mood passes. sometimes i get more than one out of the way, sometimes not.

    when i feel like struggling with the binding, out come the quilts that are quilted.

    i work on whichever stage strikes my fancy on any given day. i don't consider that to be either a bad habit or a good one. that's just the way i roll. :lol:
    You are my quilting twin. I just finished 4 quilts this week. Binding only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    I do very simple quilting on the smaller quilts, but I must confess, that I take my bigger quilts to someone else for quilting. Then I bring them home and bind them. I know that it is cheating to do this, but I'm just not ready to quilt a large quilt.
    Cheating? OMG - is there a test later!? I had no idea. I did not study. Oh No - am I going to flunk quilting? :shock:

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    I love the planning, designing, cutting, quilting and binding. I do not like the piecing. Strange, huh? The piecing is just a means to the end for me. I have a tendency to finish what I start - it is some kind of vice, I think. I feel like a failure if I do not finish it - even if I do not like it. I do the same thing with books - I force myself to finish - I think somewhere in my childhood, someone must have told me not to be a quitter. I would like to know who that was so I could smack him/her. There are times when something is just not worth the time involved to finish it. I do have some UFOs but I have not given up on them - they are for me and were moved down in priority to finish some quilts for family members who gush over my quilts. (None of them sew so they do not realize my stuff is not museum quality. LOL) They are all very impressed which is great for my ego. Ha Ha

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    You might tie some of the more utilitarian ones and send out the really terrific ones - recently, I went to a quilt as you go class and that is an interesting process. There are tutorial's available online for this. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    I do very simple quilting on the smaller quilts, but I must confess, that I take my bigger quilts to someone else for quilting. Then I bring them home and bind them. I know that it is cheating to do this, but I'm just not ready to quilt a large quilt.
    That's NOT cheating! That is sharing the beauty of doing a quilt! As long as you give credit to the designer, the sewer and the quilter, you have shared a great experience making a beautiful gift for the person who receives it. Enjoy any stage of it you want. Put your love into it and then give another person the chance to put their love in as well! I'd rather get a quilt made by several people who love what they do than a quilt made with suffering!!!! Enjoy!

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    well at least I know I'm not alone! I love the chooseing colors, putting them together,but when it gets to the sandwiching and quilting, I get bogged down.

    So I'm thinking of trying quilt as you go to see if that will help me get things done in a more timely manner.

    Is there a quilt as you go that you can do as hand quilted?

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    Well I have a frame with a Juki on it. I tend to shy away from the quilting part, but I cont. to have many projects in the works. UFO's, WIP, and PIGS all over the studio. I'm lucky to have a place to leave everything out and walk away to come back another time and work again. I get sucked into on-line mystery weekend sew alongs, etc. It is my bad. I would send my quilt out to be quilted if I didn't have a frame. I am trying to start to quilt for others. Maybe you could send me a couple of tops and I would quilt them for practice and free. No garuantees though. I am a quilter and I would take good care of your tops. Maybe this would work for both of us. LOL

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    I send my tops to someone that has a longarm quilting machine. I feel if I put my money, time and effort in the top, I want it finished. My quilter is very reasonably priced, I think.

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    i am th esame way , i sew tops and sew tops and have to make my self stop and sandwich them together and finish them, i think its a quilter's thing lol :oops:

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    There are many good machine quilters available now...send it out and get started on your next top! It's not really a bad quilt habit...It's always been a challenge for me to make the top...loved the hand quilting.....I'm over it! last top I made is at the quilter's as I write this....can no longer hand quilt, thumbs won't cooperate.

    Happy piecing , donna

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    Maybe it's cheating and I'm also guilty...just how many hours a day anyway... Keep it up..Thanks for sharing.

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    We all have the same "bad" habits to some degree but I think we are all sisters, just with other mothers.
    I think it is just part of the creative process to stop and start several projects and have a stash. Sending quilts to a longarmer or doing them yourself, it's the process not the end results. The end is are you happy doing your quilts?

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    I too love to make the tops but also really enjoy the machine free hand motion quilting. I have been where you are and don't find it a bad habit at all. My solution was to say I would donate a/ or a few quilts and that geared me to finish what I had started, because obviously I was'nt going to finish for myself, so in my mind, get it outta here to make room for all my other ideas, and there are plenty, with not enough hours in the day.
    You'll make it, hang in there.
    Marian

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