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Thread: Does anyone else have a hard time sleeping because of quilting projects

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    I can be extremely tired but cannot go to sleep because my quilting projects keep running through my mind. Even, the projects I've already started, I ponder how I could make them better, what new projects to work on and which ones to wait to make. I even write down on a piece of paper the ideas hoping I'll relax and sleep...I guess I can say I am addicted to quilting. LOL. Is anyone else having this problem?

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    they don't keep me awake at home ... ok ... maybe once in a while.

    but they sure do make it hard to concentrate on what i supposed to be doing once i get to the office!!! :roll:

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    I am like that all the time. :roll: My thing is how can I make it easier, or add something to make it a little different.

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    listen to some music in bed with the intention of going to sleep while listening to it... my cassette turns itself off after one side.... I am asleep by that time, usually.

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    I used to have a real problem with that when I first started quilting. Would wind up getting out of bed and looking through books, mags, etc or just walking around my sewing room looking at projects in the works. Now I only do that when I'm starting a new technique. Like when I first started learning to McTavish. I couldn't stop my mind from doing the design over and over, so sleep wouldn't come easily. Had to get up and look at her book or try another swatch.

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    Yeah, I'm always like that over things. Or if I have something very important to do the next day, I can't turn it off and rest. I toss and turn all night. Just knowing I'm going on a school trip with Kindergarten tomoorrow afternoon, I'm already feeling that "tingle" in my chest. I won't sleep at all tonight, but tomorrow was my day to make a big cake for Saturday. Knowing I won't be here for most of the day tomorrow, well, that really is bothering me.
    I need to be making flowers! I want to quilt! And the baby is tearing my chair apart right now!

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    Yea, I have that problem also. I get my ideas then, and have to write them down. My husband laughs when I say I get my best ideas then, but he likes the quilts. I am glad I work second shift, cuz then I can sleep in if I stay up late with the ideas I got at bedtime!!!!!
    Deb :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I think most people on the board would agree that "planning your next quilt" late at night is preferable to worrying about things we cannot change. Quilting has kept many people from overworrying as most everyone here has had troubles that were real tough!
    AMEN!!!

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    Yes, I lose sleep sometimes. And I also dream about quilts I should make. Having to get up and go to work when a true inspiration has come in my dreams is frustrating to say the least!

    If I can't fall asleep easily usually get my mind off quilty things by making myself think in detail of something completely different, like how I would design and decorate my dream house, and where I would like to build it.

    That gets my creative energies refocused and I can relax and sleep.

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    Yep, I also wake in the middle of the night because the answer to a quilting problem came to me in my sleep. But, there's worse things to lose sleep over. :lol: :lol:

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    HaHa this makes me laugh. When I start a project I CAN'T STOP...I will stay up until 2am or later trying to get as much done as possible, I guess I just get so excited to see the finished product, the gratitude on the face of whoever I give it to...and to start the next project. :lol:

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    Luckily, I can sleep pretty easily, but those deep thoughts when I'm drifting off usually answer some complex question. Yes, I too plot quilt blocks in my mind when it's supposed to be sleeping time.

    BUT. . . This is why I haven't been quilting much this month. I got a huge load of tomatoes from my 85 year old mother's garden, my aunts garden, and another friend. So I've made canned tomatoes, loads of spagetti sauce, pickle relish, and lots of other delights, including fresh salsa. Just think of my tomato dish simmering away in the kitchen on those winter days while I"m finally able to spend uninterupted time sewing, quilting and pawing through patterns and fabrics. Sara

    Spagetti sauce, whole tomatoes, pickle relish. A sample of my 2007 canning.
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    Those are going to be great this winter, Sarah.

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    Sara,I'm coming to your house this winter for some salsa. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bri
    HaHa this makes me laugh. When I start a project I CAN'T STOP...I will stay up until 2am or later trying to get as much done as possible, I guess I just get so excited to see the finished product, the gratitude on the face of whoever I give it to...and to start the next project. :lol:
    :lol: That is exacttly what I do... I keep think just a little bit more..

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    I used to stay up until the weee hours, I still could if I had my own sewing room, I will soon enough. But, when I stay up, i tend to do it over and over everyday and start to oversleep after a while. LOL.

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    Minds are a funny theng, aren't they? I also all of a sudden remember a UFO, start wondering where it is and sometimes have to get up and find it because my brain knows I'm gonna forget in the morning!

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    Celeste, unfortuneatly I know exactly what you mean. LOL.

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    I had to have my doc give me a prescription for sleep meds to finally get some sleep!!!!! My mind is always going 100 miles a minute.

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    Sara,
    Those veggies look mighty yummy.
    I usually can an average of 4 bushel of tomatoes...by the time I add a bunch of peppers and onions and garlic and stuff...I end up with a cellar full. I didn't get to can any tomatoes this year. This is our first year without a garden. I canned 3 or 4 pints of pickles that all came unsealed. I made 4 quarts of hot sauce/salsa YUMMY! Down to 2 jars already.

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