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    Calling all retirees

    Just how much quilting would you say you get done in a day or week? Are you sporadic or constant? Are you guilty of spending more time on the QB than actual sewing like I do? Are you guilty of spending a fair amount of time virtual fabric shopping or at least window shopping?

    Seems like it's all or nothing for me. Can't think of anything else but quilting for hours and days at a time or can't stand to look at it the next week. Obviously I haven't found my true rhythm yet, it's only been 4 months since retirement. I do tend to cut and piece in the daytime and hand quilt at night.

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    I've been retired almost 5 years. I actually think I crafted more while I was working. I would have to plan time to do it, and would actually do crafts at the alloted time because if I didn't I wouldn't have another opportunity. Now that I'm retired, I don't plan a time thinking that I've got all the time in the world, but it seems I'm busier now than when working. We recently bought a cottage. I brought one of my machines out there so I could quilt while he fished. The only thing I've been using it for is to reupholster the pontoon cushions (not my idea). Do you know how many cushions there are on a pontoon? looking forward to when the snow flies and I can get back to quilting. I hope.
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    i belong to a small group (about 15) with most (10 of the 15) retired-
    our group seems to be a pretty busy group- they participate in many local activities, they pretty much do not sew/quilt at all in the summer time (between April & September) unless there is a pressing need- they are busy traveling, gardening, enjoying the outside, just busy- once September arrives everyone buckles down-
    as for spending too much computer time- a few of us (i started they thought it a good idea) set timers- when i am turning on my computer i set a timer for 45 minutes- my timer has a 1minute warning beep= when that one minute beep happens i finish what ever i'm in the middle of & i shut down the computer- then i get up & go do something else-
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I have been retired for 3 1/2 years now. At first I was like you, had all this time on my hands and was trying to do everything at once. You will settle down soon. I love retirement, Im in my sewing room most of the time, the evenings I sit in my chair and do hand work. I have made so many quilts since I retired, I have lost count. Congratulations on your retirement. .......Enjoy!!!!

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    I have been retired for about 5 yrs but just started quilting about 3 yrs ago. I have gotten a lot of quilting done this summer due to the VERY hot weather here in Ohio. I can not do yard work or be outside in 90 degree weather so I stay inside in AC and SEW!!!!Remember a clean house is the sign of a misspent life!!!!!

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    I took early retirement 20 yrs ago. At first I owned a quilt shop with my sister and that kept me busy, finally closed that after 10 yrs and have made sooooo many quilts I lost count. Now I sew most every day at home because I also take care of DH who needs supervision and can not be left alone. Thank goodsness for quilting, helps me keep my sanity. But it is hit and miss depending on the day. sometimes I make a list of things that needs to be done and that helps. Enjoy your time

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    retired in june of 2011. last winter quilted a little every day. spring summer and fall
    i am tending my four gardens all my flowers. i dont do much sewing in the spring summer and
    fall. i have no idea when i had time to work lol

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    I currently watch my two grandchildren (ages 9 & 4 1/2). When they both go to school in September I hope I can say that I spend a LOT of time in my stuidio working on my quilts! I can't do thath now during the day with them both here. After dinner if I'm not tired I work on my projects then.
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    There are days that I sew all day and into the night. But like so many others I too surf the web sales and check the QB thinking I might miss something. I haven't sewn anything for almost two weeks and I'm really getting antsy. I'm in the process of giving my sewing room an overhaul. Re-doing the closet shelving, taking out a day bed and building an actual cutting table. The table is ready for stain and finishing the top surface. I will be posting pics when it's all done. Guess I'll have to figure out a way to throw a QB virtual party!
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    It will be three years for me the end of November. I live on a farm and we have a lot of cattle. I end up helping to move hay or helping to get cows in a pen. We built a separate shed for me to do my quilting in and I do a lot of it out there. Most of my quilting is for my grandchildren (7) and now I have a great granddaughter on the way! With wedding, graduation and baby quilts, I keep pretty busy. I do think I need to set that timer for my time on the board! I love being retired!

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    I retired about 3 years ago - thought I'd have all the time in the world to sew. I find myself quilting in spurts - for days I'll be sewing away and then for days I won't go in the sewing room. My husband and I frequently ask ourselves how we ever found time to work! Right now I'm doing a lot of knitting, especially in the evenings. But, I also have parts of two quilts on the design wall with 2 more in my brain ready to start. Then there's the two I'm actually quilting right now. I agree with Sylviak - I love being retired!

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    Maybe that is your true rhythm! Go gang busters for a while, then leave it, then go again! Relax and enjoy!
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    I've been retired for 6 yrs. If I'm going to be home for the day I try to do my housework in the morning so I can have the afternoon to quilt. On Tuesdays I go to my church for a day of quilting, on Weds. my LQS has "quilt therapy" which is also a day of quilting. I am guilty of letting things go in order to quilt. In the evening I do hand work while I watch TV or read.
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    I go on spurts, sometimes quilting lots of quilts, sometimes cutting standard (for me) pieces, sometimes finishing ufos. I also will sometimes read books everyday for a couple of weeks, doing very little else except what's necessary (like reading the quilting board). That's what I like about retirement, FREE WILL. I quilt more in the summer when it's too hot to be outside.
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    I got a lot more done while I was working. Seemed I planned my time better.

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    I was forced to retire very early due to disability. I find I have to schedule time to get quilting done these days. It's not that I don't want to, but I have so many other things interrupting my time. One of my more recent problems is that my sewing chair broke and all I have is a folding chair. It cuts off my circulation, so I can only sew for about 45 minutes. Got a new chair that I'm putting together today!! Hopefully back to regular sewing schedule by the weekend.

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    Like a lot of the other members, my quilting seems to go in "fits and starts". I only started quilting about 12 yrs ago, that was when I finally retired for the final time. Some days I start in the sewing room right after breakfast and stay there all day. Then there are days like today. Went out for breakfast, went over to Kohl's (dept store), went to the credit union, then grocery shopping. Got home, put grocerys away, made the pasta salad for tonights dinner, finished reading a book, started on QB, stopped for lunch, back to QB, and it's now 3:00 and I've never made it to the sewing room yet Oh well, as Scarlett said, "tommorrow is another day"

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    I've been retired for one year, three months, and three days and enjoying every minute! I have not gotten stuck in a lot of "do-good" stuff as many retirees do, though I chaired our church yard sale in May, and do my share for various things. Nothing regular, though, as I didn't want to get into an unpaid job. Oh, but I do proofread for a local advertiser paper Tuesday mornings in exchange for ad space for the church. Mostly, though, I quilt A LOT. I've made some things for me, my butterfly quilt, and some that I will display in the September guild show. Also making things for church craft sale, which is a win-win for me. Just finishing up a chemo quilt for a friend. Have some samples in progress for a class I want to teach at our guild in the fall. I don't have the money to buy much, but using stash and buying a bit here and there as needed. We spend way too much time at various doctor appointments, etc. but maintaining the aging body has its demands, especially for DH who has various issues off and on. But I am walking almost an hour almost every morning, really early now that it's hot. I swim most days at 5pm adult swim time at town pool. And this year, for the first time in many years, I planted a small veggie garden which needs minimal tending and regular watering. I'm playing cards now and then with a group of friends, involved in book club which is mostly about the great pot luck suppers and a chance to gab with great girls. Life is SO good! Oh, and yeah, I do spend time here, but I consider it socializing and educating myself on my craft.
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    I sew when in the mood, but every day read the Board. Love it!!

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    I retired 12 years ago; but have only been quilting for the past 2 years. I usually quilt some each day. I read the Board each night, usually when I am in bed. I can't get over how much I have learned from all of you! I am so enjoying my new hobby of quilting!

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    I quilt some every day. Some days 6, 8 hrs or more. I am on the QB sporadically. When I take short breaks from the machines I sit down get on the Board. I have made approx 250 quilts since 2005 or 06 when I started. Just went to a small quilt show in Edmond, OK today and really, really enjoyed it. No hugh crowds so you could see the quilts easily and didn't have to fight for a place to stand at the vendors booths. Bought a nifty little needle threader, hope it works as well for me as it did the vendor!

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    I just retired the 1st of March this year. The first 6 weeks were spent getting my building put together & moved from my sewing room to my new studio. Also bought a longarm, used. It was shipped to me from elsewhere, so had to put the puzzle together. It's taken me quite awhile to get everything right with the longarm & I think I've finally got it to the point I can really do some serious quilting on it instead of practice pieces. I spend time each day in the studio, but there are days I don't step foot in it. I take care of my 8 year old Grandson & he requires attention too. I've also taught some quilting classes at one of the LQS. I find I really enjoy that. I'm enjoying retirement. I've always got something on the design board or a new idea to try, either sewing the quilt or quilting the quilt!

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    I'm like PaperPrincess - I got alot more quilting done when I worked fulltime and had a 2hr daily r/t commute than I do now when I have all the time in the world.

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    I retired in June 2007. Since then I have made almost 100 quilts. I try to sew several hours per day. However, in 2010, I was not able to do much due to knee surgery and complications that kept me from climbing the stairs to my sewing room. I don't have too many of my quilts in my home. Most have gone to family and friends, and all are wanting more. I hope that I will be able to keep up the pace for many years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i belong to a small group (about 15) with most (10 of the 15) retired-
    our group seems to be a pretty busy group- they participate in many local activities, they pretty much do not sew/quilt at all in the summer time (between April & September) unless there is a pressing need- they are busy traveling, gardening, enjoying the outside, just busy- once September arrives everyone buckles down-
    as for spending too much computer time- a few of us (i started they thought it a good idea) set timers- when i am turning on my computer i set a timer for 45 minutes- my timer has a 1minute warning beep= when that one minute beep happens i finish what ever i'm in the middle of & i shut down the computer- then i get up & go do something else-
    I retired in May of this year and find myself trying to make every quilt I see! Yesterday, I wrote down all my projects and have vowed not to start another until I finish them. Hmmm - hope that works! I do love the timer idea. I usually pull up the QB after hubby goes to work and before I know it, I have been sitting at the computer for an hour and a half or sometimes two hours! I will start setting a timer for 45 min. as you suggest and see if I can get some of my UFO's finished! Thanks for the idea.
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