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Thread: Do you multitask when quilting?

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    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
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    I came home from work tonight and put a finished quilt in the washing machine, sewed some small pieces of a new project while waiting for the iron to warm up for another project I'm finishing. Wondering how many others multitask like this.

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    I think that is the norm for most quilters or we wouldn't get anything done.

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    Yes. Im doing it right now. Sewing, checking board, watching some tv, getting dinner started

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    If multi-tasking includes quilting, watching TV, and playing on the computer, then, yes - I multi-task! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    If multi-tasking includes quilting, watching TV, and playing on the computer, then, yes - I multi-task! LOL!!!
    Yep!! :thumbup:

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    Multi-tasking is a way of life not just when quilting.

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    I sew, machine embroider, and cook at the same time. I just go fron one to the other, machine embroidery is usually running because it goes by it's self, just change the thread.

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    I usually end up doing the laundry while sewing. Everything on the same level so I get more laundry done that way!

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    I sew fabric and my clothes at the same time! I'm a great multitasker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    If multi-tasking includes quilting, watching TV, and playing on the computer, then, yes - I multi-task! LOL!!!
    Me too. Sometimes I even get a nap in there--all in this same chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter
    I usually end up doing the laundry while sewing. Everything on the same level so I get more laundry done that way!
    Ditto -- everything is downstairs so I can do the laundry and sew at the same time.

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    Sigh, I used to multi-task, but with age comes tunnel vision. If I try to multi-task I get side tracked and never accomplish anything. One thing at a time...one foot in front of the other...yep, that's the way I do things any more. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Multi-tasking is a way of life not just when quilting.
    How true!

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    That is when I do my best work! I multi-task at work and at home! It kinda drives the non multi-taskers nuts though, trying to keep up with what I am doing next!

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    Is there any other way?

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    Everything that way! Drives DH crazy. He says slow down!!!

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    I've been quilting while waiting for pots to cook down for canning and while the water bath canner is doing it's thing. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennie and Me
    Sigh, I used to multi-task, but with age comes tunnel vision. If I try to multi-task I get side tracked and never accomplish anything. One thing at a time...one foot in front of the other...yep, that's the way I do things any more. :roll:
    same here or I'd be unsewing so much more than I'd be sewing.

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    You bet. I was born to multi task else nothing would happen.

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    I have read a study that says women's brains are just more "plastic", meaning flexible, and just better able to multi-task. Actually, you aren't multi-tasking at all. You are just able to rapidly shift your focus from one thing, back to another, and on to another at a rapid pace. You can only focus on one thing at a time. It's the speed in which you can shift that focus, and still retain the thread of what you're doing in each area, that allows you to "multi-task". (I've actually researched this.) And not meaning to sound sexist, but women are much better at it than men are, and in my opinion, that's a learned behavior born out of necessity. Anyway, I wouldn't get anything done if I didn't multi-task! At least, not enough to suit me!

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    I go over my flash cards for my phlebotomy class while Iam sewing. It really has helped.

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    yes i am a multitasker too.

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    That is how I get the laundry done and folded!!! And I have fun quilting!!! We all so much to do and not enough time so I am forever doing 10 things at a time so I don't feel guilty doing something just for me if I am doing the work stuff too!!!

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    Gee, is that wrong? Seems pretty natural to me! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cagey
    I came home from work tonight and put a finished quilt in the washing machine, sewed some small pieces of a new project while waiting for the iron to warm up for another project I'm finishing. Wondering how many others multitask like this.
    I didn't know there was any other way to do things. Only non-mothers don't multi-task.

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