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Thread: Designing quilts instead of sleeping

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    Super Member Quilty-Louise's Avatar
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    Designing quilts instead of sleeping

    For the past week or so I have not been able to sleep very well.

    The reason for the lack of sleep is because I can't turn my brain
    off long enough to sleep. All I can think about is quilting, which
    fabrics I have that I can use in each quilt that I am designing in
    my mind.

    But by the time I wake/get up in the morning my brain has lost
    all the images and designs, all I can remember is that it was a
    great design.

    Do you have that say issue also?

    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
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    I get up and write down my ideas then go back to bed and sleep. Sometimes in the morning they are good but sometimes not so much.

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    Super Member sandyl's Avatar
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    Happens to me all the time. Sometimes I like what I design in the early hours; sometimes not. Or, I think about the quilt I am currently working on. And how I might change it up the next time I make it.

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    Sometimes I'll not be able to fall asleep with patterns running through my head. I'm in a block swap and if I spent much time looking through quilters cache ... I'll have "block brain" by the end of the night with squares and triangles fighting for competition with slumber!! These are unproductive unconscious images, nothing of substance worth retaining.

    Sometimes it will just be ideas ... especially quilting motifs. Came up with a doozy the other night and remembered it and it was just the ticket for that quilt. These are productive unconscious images - and I do usually retain them in the morning.
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    Moderator Up North's Avatar
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    For a while I was having trouble sleeping cause in my mind I was designing and doing the math! Ugg Math is not a favorite of mine so sometimes it would put me to sleep

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    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
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    Sleeping is so overrated. Who has time to sleep when there are quilts to be made?

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    Super Member pattypurple's Avatar
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    I design purses in my sleep.I've often had a problem with a design and wake up knowing how to accomplish what I want. The mind is a wonderful thing.
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    I have had trouble getting to sleep as far back as I can recall. It isn't as much of a problem now that I am retired. Yes, I open my QuiltPro and start designing. So far, I am about 5000 quilts ahead of construction, but it is quieter than doing housework.

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    Super Member Pat625's Avatar
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    Thought I was the only one!! I not only see quilts, But I try to figure out yardage, pieces and meausrements!! I found the only way to help this is to keep a notebook at my bedside..I jot down my ideas etc. so I don't forget them... But this doesn't help me get to sleep too much..Luckily I don't have to get up for work!

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    Super Member GailG's Avatar
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    I used to worry about not having enough sleep. When I worked I was often so tired by the time I finally got to bed that I couldn't fall asleep. But now that I'm retired, the no-sleep pattern still pops up now and then. But I can nap when I want to (and then stay awake that night because I had a nap). This morning I was up at one o'clock(It's 3:50 AM here right now). So I've paid bills and then have been on the QB ever since. It's so nice to have something to do instead of flipping TV channels or tossing and turning. And I'm learning all the time. And yes, I do think about quilt patterns, etc. when I wake during the night. Right not I've got a problem to solve (I've sent in a new thread concerning applique letters), but until I get that conquered, I'll be working on something else and following along on the QB.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    i do just as you do. sometimes my eyes droop before the design is done, but the idea is saved by doing it in the night.
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    We need therapy.

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    Super Member luvstoquilt's Avatar
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    I do that, too! I dream about quilting...we all know it is a sickness but soooo much fun!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    WE are creative people, our minds are going all day and all night. Keep paper and pencil beside your bed and draw when you think of things.
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

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    Super Member kristakz's Avatar
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    If I find my mind is running off doing something - whether it's designing quilts or fretting over a work project - the only remedy is to get up and write everything down. Once it's down on paper, my brain can turn off because I'm no longer worried about forgetting the thought. It makes an incredible difference - both in sleep, since I can finally go to sleep after spending 1/2 hour or so jotting notes; and in productivity, because my work is half-done when I get up in the morning.

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