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    That is ONE of my bad habits. My girls are going to be selling my fabric at yard sales or give to the Salvation Army. I better get off of here and get busy.

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    Where are you in Virginia ? I know someone in the Raleigh/ Durham area that is excellent and has prices that are affordable. PM me if your interested.

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    Just read your intro post. I have a similar issue with tops piling up or fully basted quilts waiting for the quilting that never happens. Now I will put this topic on my watched topics list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    - now have large enough plastic boxes that I can put what I've done, the rest of the fabric and MOST IMPORTANT the pattern or some notes on what was intended..
    This last enclosure I learned the hard way.
    Have a box with all the pieces cut, extra yardage and no idea what I meant to do with it.
    Boy does this all sound familiar!

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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!
    You are just cutting down on steps and you are antiqueing your quilts by tea and coffee dying. LOL

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    I have a queensize quilt I have been hand quilting for 5 years now. Its one that I work on when the weather in cold and I want that weight on my lap. I have 3 tops yet to be quilted. I have a Christmas quilt I need to put togeather... I have 3 lap size that I need to quilt and I have 4 quilts in the boxes that need to be finished pieceing and I am now making two quilt as you go quilts. I love these and think I will be making alot of them. lol . Once you get everything cut the quilt goes fast and when you are done , you are done!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    I wish I knew someone in my area well enough to trust my tops to them.
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    Ask at your LQS. One of the women at my LQS gave me 3 or 4 names of local long arm quilters, as well as a little bit about each of them (like turn around time, new business, experienced, etc.). I have yet to take or send a top anywhere to be quilted though. I do it all myself the hard way on my little Brother machine.

    Oh! And I usually finish a quilt before moving on to another project. ;-)

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    Hi Costume Girl! Practice makes perfect!! Once you get started on hand quilting them, you will be surprised by how quickly you get better. Just a chore to get started... ;)

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    I love your avatar quilt. It is fantastic :thumbup: :D :thumbup:

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    For years I sewed for the public.The first thing I learned was DO NOT KEEP AN OPEN CUP OF COFFEE by the machine. When I need a break, I take a coffee break away from the machine. Helps the back also.
    I do my charity quilts in stages, four or five at a time. First I piece them all, sandwich them, machine quilt them all (stitch in the ditch mostly) then bind them all This method helps me turn them out faster. I also lesson to Books on Tape while I work. I find it very relaxing

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    For years I sewed for the public.The first thing I learned was DO NOT KEEP AN OPEN CUP OF COFFEE by the machine. When I need a break, I take a coffee break away from the machine. Helps the back also.
    I do my charity quilts in stages, four or five at a time. First I piece them all, sandwich them, machine quilt them all (stitch in the ditch mostly) then bind them all This method helps me turn them out faster. I also lesson to Books on Tape while I work. I find it very relaxing

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    woops - hit the send button twice

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    Send them to me! I love to quilt them but I don't do so well with the piecing.

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    Wow! I am a new comer and the topic was fascinating to see develop! We all share the same heart and it IS QUILTED!...I wish I were home right now to help some out with my longarm...do it or rent it out...but alas, we are in Vermont for the fall....just joking, but we are and I am enjoying the colors!...want to quilt them, of course! ENJOY the day! as as the Marines say! "capture it!"

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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?
    Sounds like you have a 'piecing habit'! :) Maybe you could find a longarmer who would be willing to trade - a top for quilting. Then you'd still get to piece and still get some of your tops quilted.

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    I think I'm becoming a top hoarder! Or at least I can see the potential. Just this week I finished piecing a scrappy Jacob's Ladder I started last year AND pulled out a piece of hand quilting that hasn't seen a needle since last year. I'm usually very strict about not starting anything else until the current project is done to the binding. In my defense I was babysitting my infant granddaughter. Now that I am no longer sitting, I must say it's great to get back to my sewing. However, my niece is getting married next October and I absolutely MUST start her wedding quilt. It has a ton of applique and since I am slow as molasses with that I really need to start now. So...the JL may have to wait. I can really see how the hoarding starts!

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    We should get together as I enjoy finishing quilts as much as piecing them! :-D

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    The lqs I go to buys quilt tops from a couple of ladies that have your problem. They do a lot of quilting for others and just add these to their things to do. I've never asked but assume they sell the finished products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Well, then, that's how all those 'quilt tops' end up in garage sales when the quilter dies and the kids don't know what to do with them.

    Get busy, ladies. Get those tops quilted don't let them be wasted.
    a true statement and perfectly valid piece of advice. :-)

    on the other hand, i once had the opportunity to turn a top made by a friend's grandmother into a finished quilt. it was an honor i don't expect to encounter often in my life.

    we've also heard from more than one member who was inspired to start quilting because they wanted to finish an ancestor's quilt.

    i don't have UFO's. i have future heirlooms and archeological treasures. (that's my story, and i'm stickin' to it. :lol: :lol: :lol: )
    I like the future heirlooms idea! I'll steal that one!

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    I was under the impression we as quilters had no bad habits.

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    There's a lady that sells just the quilt tops on ebay...seems, she, like you, enjoys the process of designing and sewing the parts into tops but doesn't enjoy the quilting/binding/backing process...but for those of us that like that part and not the beginning steps, I'm thankful that she's willing to sell just the tops... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Or, maybe there's an organization(are there girl scout quilters/sewers near you or senior citizens groups) that would like to finish them...
    My worse habit is getting all enthused with the planning,buying the fabric, etc. and then stall in actually doing all of that cutting, sewing, etc. to complete the top... :-(

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    My problem is not finishing the quilt tops but too many kits waiting to be started. I take my tops to be quilted by a friend that has a LA quilting shop. I just can't handle that any more.But, alas, I just went to QuiltFest in Jacksonville and succumbed to temptation and bought more kits. The show was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    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???? I don't think so. Trying to quilt a large top on a small machine is very difficult (and my hands are too old for that much hand work). I wish I knew someone in my area well enough to trust my tops to them.
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    Funny that your name is Paula. My machine quilter's name is Paula and I found her through the local quilt shop. They had a lot of cards but told me who was the very best and they were right. I never spend a $5 bill when I have one, an old savings tip from my Mom, and put that bill in a teapot every week to pay for the long-arm quilter OR go to my local quilt shop with a long-arm and do it myself. It's only $15 an hour and you can usually get one done in two hours.

    It's just not my thing unless it is a very small project. I've wasted too much time ripping a mess out that it is worth it to me. We all spend $5 a week on something we don't need at the grocery store; I just decided to set my priorities.

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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 is not cheating!!!!! When you work full time it is a major accomplishment just to get the top pieced. The lady I take my quilts to is an artist with a longarm. She is also very reasonably priced. I would never get a quilt finished if I didn't have someone else do the quilting. I don't show my quilts, I have given them all away. I figure when I retire I can start learning how to do the machine quilting. Until then I guess you can call me a piecer instead of a quilter.

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    No, I have to finish one quilt before I start another one or else I know I will never finish it. I just finished quilting one and already have another one pieced and ready for sandwiching. Just waintin to get the backing.

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