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Thread: Did you hear me hit the wall?

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    Did you hear me hit the wall?

    Thought I had all the time, ambition and inspiration needed this year to make Christmas gifts for all my friends. Started in early October. I'm so burned out and exhausted from my "second" job of sewing or knitting in one way, shape or form every night. Nothing finishing up as quickly as I'd like and now the machine is acting up on a regular basis. It's probably as stressed out as I am so I can't fault the poor thing, although I've threatened it with some pretty vile language just tonight. The end is in sight if I don't flip out first. If I even begin to feel this ambitious towards Christmas 2012, someone please just kick me in the butt. Thanks for letting me vent and I'm certain I'm not the only one feeling like this.

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    Was that you? I heard that all the way to Texas! Yep, I certainly sympathize. Have done it to myself before. I'm sort of doing the same thing but everyone knows to expect anything sewn to be arriving sometime before Easter.... Good luck! "I think I can, I think I can!"

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    Oi, I thought the thud was me! We'll get through it - the great thing is IT HAS AN END. And the end is near. Breathe in, breathe out, and don't forget to have some wine BEFORE you FMQ! :P

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    Yup, that was me sounding like a "flop from a tall cow" when I hit that wall. I'm paraphrasing my late Dad with that little gem.

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    Next year I'm starting Christmas gifts in January, just like I had planned to do this year. Or maybe I can just finish this years and give for next years gifts and be ahead....
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Why not just make things you like all year round and then decide who gets them in Dec? I haven't done it either, but I like my idea...that way I can enjoy each thing I make and then give it to someone I love. So what if my son doesn't like pink roses on his quilt? LOL

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    Put some ice on the lumps in a few days the pain will be gone

    My Christmas gifts that I make are always late.... just a way of life for me. I always say I wills tart earlier and then something comes up and well... the rest is history... Glad I am not alone
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    I lack just a bit and find myself slowing down - maybe skidding into that wall. I don't lack too much - binding one twin-sized quilt and finishing 5 more placemats - already pieced them so they'll go fast. BUT I find myself thinking of all the lovely projects I hve waiting for me that are not Christmas gifts! My hands are itching to start something NEW and ... so far I'm holding back. So far, but ... can you hear them - from their baggies they are calling my name!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    LOL.....I can relate to everybodies post...!!!!! I already told my DH today that I was starting in Jan. making the gifts for 2012....he just laughed and walked away.....
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    sorry, i can't stop laughing. not laughing at you, just at me. hope that wall is strong. i am about to hit it too at about 80 mph. i have two more quilts tops to layer and quilt, then bind all four quilts. and make a dozen pillowcases. hope to get the pillowcases done tomorrow at quilting group. also, have all day quilt group on friday, should be able to get some of the quilting done.

    ah, well. tis the season to be merry. where is that glass of wine?
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    I was about to hit the wall, then decided the heck with it. What gets done, gets done. Since then I've gotten a lot more done! I just put my DH's quilt on the longarm frame to quilt. Try to do THAT and get it quilted when he's not paying attention to what I have on the LA working on. He knows I don't have any customer work on there....
    My DD is getting an IOU as she wants wall hanging for every season next year. So I get to give hers to her all year long as I'm getting them done. The rest are done, and wrapped or shipped out already. I only have three total days off work until Christmas, so time is short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62 View Post
    Next year I'm starting Christmas gifts in January, just like I had planned to do this year. Or maybe I can just finish this years and give for next years gifts and be ahead....
    That is my plan too, let's do it! January 2012 Attacking it!

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    wow! am i glad i found this post! if i didn't know better, i'd think ya'll are talking about ME!!! lol I just started a large quilt on Saturday for my son for Christmas.... I almost have the top completed so I figure it's all down-hill from here! lol

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    Why do we always do this to ourselves? WHY?

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    That was how I sounded two years ago. I was making quilted Christmas stocking in a crazy quilt design. I planned on making one for each of my grown children and their mates and my granddaughter. Well I only made one and it even had a decent flaw. That took me two weeks. Well the following year I said my prayer before beginning and I was then able to make one per night and they came out really nice. So I learned I have to say my prayer and give credit to God and then it all flows so well.
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    Every year my quilting buddies and I say that we are going to start on Christmas presents in January and somehow or other it never happens. So, like everybody else I am wishing that I had at least another two weeks to get things done. My intentions are always good but you know what they say about good intentions. Sigh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Thought I had all the time, ambition and inspiration needed this year to make Christmas gifts for all my friends. Started in early October. I'm so burned out and exhausted from my "second" job of sewing or knitting in one way, shape or form every night. Nothing finishing up as quickly as I'd like and now the machine is acting up on a regular basis. It's probably as stressed out as I am so I can't fault the poor thing, although I've threatened it with some pretty vile language just tonight. The end is in sight if I don't flip out first. If I even begin to feel this ambitious towards Christmas 2012, someone please just kick me in the butt. Thanks for letting me vent and I'm certain I'm not the only one feeling like this.
    my older DD was helping me with some pilowcases the other day. She was ironing and I was sewing. My machine did every stupid thing it could do. Plus a few of my own mistakes. @@

    SOMEONE PLEASE SEND OUT A MEMO ABOUT SEPT. 1 that we don't have to make every gift we give.

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    Actually it gets better. After venting on QB I went back to sewing last night. Once again, my machine "Sir-Chugs-Alot" gave me attitude. I was sputtering like a sailor and husband walks by and had the cajones to say "you know, you bring this on yourself". I will file that little morsel away and bring it back around some day when his latest project isn't all moonlight and roses. Gotta love him, someone needs to! Happy to report that the lap quilt binding went on so slick tonight. My faith is sewing is restored some. In the meantime, I will be stopping at the wine store tomorrow night in case I need to call in the reinforcement before all these gifts are done. Nice to know there are dents in the proverbial wall besides my own.

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    I heard the thump, thought my DH fell off the couch!! Heck, finish what you can, give IOU's, or finish them for birthdays. Your sewing machine is telling you something, listen to it, take it easy, sewing is supposed to be our fun!!
    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Thought I had all the time, ambition and inspiration needed this year to make Christmas gifts for all my friends. Started in early October. I'm so burned out and exhausted from my "second" job of sewing or knitting in one way, shape or form every night. Nothing finishing up as quickly as I'd like and now the machine is acting up on a regular basis. It's probably as stressed out as I am so I can't fault the poor thing, although I've threatened it with some pretty vile language just tonight. The end is in sight if I don't flip out first. If I even begin to feel this ambitious towards Christmas 2012, someone please just kick me in the butt. Thanks for letting me vent and I'm certain I'm not the only one feeling like this.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I feel your pain. I am only working on two projects, and am behind in my personal deadline and am starting to freak. One quilt is for an acquatance that offerred to pay me to make a quilt for his girlfriend. He is pleased with what I have so far, but his expectations are so high and he is so nervous about every step that it's making me a wreck. My husband calls him my personal stalker. Hopefully just a few more days and I will be done.
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    We WERE behind on everything here...tree, decorating the house, shopping, cookies etc. I have 2 projects going...one is almost done and the other I have to sandwich and then quilt. But it's in the ditch and then just straight lines for the Christmas table topper. It's for us so still have time. Hubby took off work today and we got all of the shopping done...also Amazon is a lifesaver...ordered a lot from there and the last shipment with most everything was shipped out today. House is 99% decorated, tree is up with the lights on it. Christmas cards are now all in the mail. First batch of cookies went in the garbage. I have a thing about always trying new recipes...should test it at another time of year...not for Christmas. We have 2 Christmas parties this weekend, have to deliver a gift to a friend on Friday plus put wreaths on my hubby's parents and grandparents graves, hosting Christmas Eve dinner and gift exchange with our kids and grandkids. And then 12/28 hosting hubby's brothers and their families (25 people) for our annual Christmas dinner and visiting. I'm sure I left something out.

    Every year we say...next year we are not doing as much and then before you know it we are acutally doing more than the year before. I'm getting too old for this.......LOL

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    Oh LindaM49, hosting the 25 people on the 28th sounds almost worse than starting a king size quilt at this point. Please tell me everyone brings a dish to pass. Maybe it's time to hint broadly to the next generation that it's their turn to plan and host. Have a glass of wine and tell them how very rewarding it feels and try to keep a straight face!

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    I was on a roll - had some many projects done and then BAM my machine went on the naughty list! Thankfully, my dealer lent me a machine while my baby is at the doctor so I can get some more things done.

    I was so proud before as I had even mailed out some presents early but oh my her misbehaving seer me back big time because of all the days fighting with her!

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    I do it every year.
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    Cherish your family for they are your treasure. A lifetime of memories, wealth beyond measure!

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    I'm starting to feel a little stressed too. alright, a little bit more than a little. I have a little under half of my mom's quilt to finish by hand by Christmas (and wash) and I figure at least 10 more hours to finish the quilting in it. On the bright side, as we stay home on Christmas, as long as they get it by midnight it's on time Other than that, I finished sewing tags on the rest of my gifts tonight and only have to wash them tomorrow. Oh, why is Christmas so early?? Can't it wait a little? Like til March???

    On a scary thought and not to stress anyone out, but Christmas is in 11 days! (Gah! got to get moving!)
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