Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Designing quilts instead of sleeping >

Designing quilts instead of sleeping

Designing quilts instead of sleeping

Old 09-23-2012, 09:00 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,536
Default 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?

Quilty-Louise is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 09:04 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Live Oak, Texas
Posts: 6,132

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.
crafty pat is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 09:06 AM
Super Member
sandyl's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Posts: 1,354

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.
sandyl is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 09:10 AM
Super Member
DogHouseMom's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
Posts: 5,781

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.
DogHouseMom is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: North East Lower peninsula of Michigan
Posts: 6,225

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
Up North is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Senior Member
Tashana's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Long Island
Posts: 798

Sleeping is so overrated. Who has time to sleep when there are quilts to be made?
Tashana is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 03:54 PM
Super Member
pattypurple's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jonesborough TN
Posts: 1,572

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.
pattypurple is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 04:07 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern California mountains
Posts: 12,538

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.
QM is offline  
Old 09-23-2012, 06:33 PM
Super Member
Pat625's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: North Pole
Posts: 1,643

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!
Pat625 is offline  
Old 09-24-2012, 12:51 AM
Super Member
GailG's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 6,764

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.
GailG is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
04-20-2013 06:38 PM
Links and Resources
10-24-2011 10:22 AM
Links and Resources
06-21-2011 05:26 AM
03-05-2010 05:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.