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Thread: Drowning in projects

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    Help... Been quilting for a year, finished 3, started 30.... :shock: :mrgreen:

    Good: I love all the stuff I've been making so far and the exploration that comes with each one.

    Bad: I'm running out of storage space in my home...

    Ugly: Can't open a cupboard without a project tumbling into my arms. It's seriously interfering with my concentration, not to mention with my flow of ideas to start even more new ones.... :lol: :cry:

    Help...

    So I donated a bunch of blocks to my quilting guild for a charity sew-in. It was a relief, but most of my projects are and will remain MINE!!!! :evil:

    Now I've decided to finish 3 before I start even one more. If this feel good, then I may decide finish another 3 before I start another one. And so on, until I can breathe again. Someday.... Grumble.

    Help...
    (No thank you, I'm not giving them away. :-P But I'd love support, suggestions, stories about your project stack, pile or mountain... And thanks for reading. I feel a bit better already.)

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    Sounds like you have a plan now stick to it! I generally have 2 or 3 projects going on at the same time sometimes more. I have to make myself finish them before moving on to a new one.

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    When I reorganized my sewing area (for the last time I hope), I put all my projects and 'collections' together. They're neatly labeled in see through plastic totes and shoe boxes. All my other fabrics went together by group (squares, strips, FQ, etc.).

    When I placed the containers on the shelving units I put the projects and collections FIRST AS I WALK PAST THEM and then the fabrics. If you don't have shelving, try putting the UFOs 'right in front of your face' and put your fabric in a harder to access place (even if you have to just cover it with a blanket).

    Then concentrate on finishing them one by one according to the ones closest to being finished. You'll enjoy the accomplishment and will move quickly through the rest of them. (This is what I'm doing and hope to accomplish this coming winter)

    Kinda like paying off your smallest bills (so you don't have to worry about them) and then tackling the big one with gusto! It's the feeling that you're actually accomplishing something that makes you want to continue quickly!

    Good Luck!

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    hi,watched "hoarders" last night,& waS THINKING HOW GREAT IT WOULD BE TO HAVE A proffessional come in to organize everything! the only problem is, the last time [mo.or so ago]i still can't find everything,& I"M the one who did it !!
    dar

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    Sure can relate to this...have 3 laundry baskets full of TOPS waiting to be quilted...can't afford to pay someone else to quilt them, so here and there I do finish one...then I have shelves full of projects in different stages of production...tote bags full of fabric and patterns for future projects...and a million ideas in my head...just need to find more time to quilt and be more motivated when I do have the time.

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    Can't be much help, but I know how you feel. I could get more done if I could stay off this site a little more. But I do get motivation from here. Here's hoping we both get some projects done.

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    I can relate too. Makes me wonder if ADD is an inherent trait of quilters :D. I thought I had 7 projects in progress -- or actually, stalled out -- anyway, projects that weren't finished. Then I had to move all my sewing stuff to another room when my son moved back home. I discovered it was more like 17 unfinished projects! Most of my sewing stuff stayed packed up for about a year, but when I got the bug to sew again, I told myself I had to work on projects that I had already begun rather than starting new ones. So far I've managed to complete one quilt top, but hey, that's still progress, and it made me feel good. I have allowed myself to do some mindless sewing of scrap squares to fulfill my "15 minute a day" commitment to quilting. Good luck to you.

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    I have a ton of incomplete quilting projects, assorted crafting projects....boy, can I relate!!!

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    Some LQS have UFO night and you go and finish up something that's been haning around. Most even provide assistance if something has you stuck. You could also invite a quilting friend over. Even if all they do is keep you company, clip threads or press seams the time goes so much quicker. Another day you can go and help them with theirs. I'd volunteer but it's a heck of a drive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leiladylei54
    I have a ton of incomplete quilting projects, assorted crafting projects....boy, can I relate!!!
    I don't know about a ton but I do have a few unfinished projects it brings to mind the song, IF I only had time.
    I would love to spend a few days just doing what I want to do with no one interupting my. if it's not mum its DH if it's not DH it's litter trays or the washing or general housework, just were oh were does all the time go, Not to mention all the time spent reading QB

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    I was in so many swaps last year that I have about a dozen quilts to make from them. So..............
    NO more swaps or starting something new until I get those done!
    I'm doing like quiltinghere and working on the almost done first then I'll tackle the loose blocks.
    I got my first one completely done yesterday and I moved on to the next today!
    I will do it!
    :-D

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    Most of my UFO are extremely large and time consuming hand applique projects that I look at now and say what was I thinking. Right now I have 3 quilts that I rotate between working on and I started paper piecing xmas ornaments as gifts. I have 3 quilts waiting on bindings and a doll quilt in progress.

    Now those are the ones I see everyday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    hi,watched "hoarders" last night,& waS THINKING HOW GREAT IT WOULD BE TO HAVE A proffessional come in to organize everything! the only problem is, the last time [mo.or so ago]i still can't find everything,& I"M the one who did it !!
    dar
    Been there done that.LOL :lol:

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    I have many UFOs and WIPs :D I like being able to work on them or start new projects... what ever I feel like at the time.
    I don't worry about it, I love what I am doing and will continue until I am unable to anymore :D:D:D

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    I totally relate! So hard to stop buying when there' so much pretty fabric and fabulous patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have many UFOs and WIPs :D I like being able to work on them or start new projects... what ever I feel like at the time.
    I don't worry about it, I love what I am doing and will continue until I am unable to anymore :D:D:D
    THIS! Don't stress - invent a good storage system and above all DON'T call things 'UFOs' but only 'WIPs' - i think it's psychologically more likely that they WILL get done if I do that - even if it's one day many years from now by my daughter or a lucky bargain hunter in the local charity shop after I'm gone! :mrgreen:

    Could be worse, you could be one of those strange and dreadfully self-controlled creatures - A SERIAL QUILTER!!! :shock: :lol:

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    I have three quilty projects in progress and that is plenty for me, I decided. Nothing new until I finish one (except for shopping and planning)! I just don't have the storage space and I am likely to forget anything stored out of sight, anyway.

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    I also have a project mountain and start new projects all the time. I have about 20 quilt tops complete & ready to go to the longarm lady, a few wall hangings in progress and a couple table runners waiting for my touch. I understand how you feel! Buried under wonderful quilting gifts. :-D

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    Don't look at me -- I am an enabler! The more WIP's I have the more options I have. As long as the fabric designers keep coming up with new designs, I will add to my stash and my WIP's (they are like old friends you haven't seen in a while, they make for a good short visit, but not a roommate.) Variety is good and keeps the ole' gray cells functioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    When I reorganized my sewing area (for the last time I hope), I put all my projects and 'collections' together. They're neatly labeled in see through plastic totes and shoe boxes. All my other fabrics went together by group (squares, strips, FQ, etc.).

    When I placed the containers on the shelving units I put the projects and collections FIRST AS I WALK PAST THEM and then the fabrics.
    (...)

    Good Luck!
    Good points all, thank you. I'm realising what really bugs me most is there's quilting stuff EVERYWHERE in my home at the moment. I love quilting but also love doing other creative things, and I also work from home (absolutely wonderful, but only when I have space to think!).

    Watched an old Star Trek Voyager show last night after reading this thread and realised I do indeed need to bring order to chaos. "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile..." ;)

    Once I get my things herded together into the right groups (quilting projects together, close to fabrics and other sewing stuff, writing-related things in a good solid place of their own, and so on), I'll hopefully feel more on top of my game again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncsewer
    Some LQS have UFO night and you go and finish up something that's been haning around. Most even provide assistance if something has you stuck. You could also invite a quilting friend over. Even if all they do is keep you company, clip threads or press seams the time goes so much quicker. Another day you can go and help them with theirs. I'd volunteer but it's a heck of a drive!
    You're welcome anytime! :D I have no space but we'll make some...

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have many UFOs and WIPs :D I like being able to work on them or start new projects... what ever I feel like at the time.
    I don't worry about it, I love what I am doing and will continue until I am unable to anymore :D:D:D
    THIS! Don't stress - invent a good storage system and above all DON'T call things 'UFOs' but only 'WIPs' - i think it's psychologically more likely that they WILL get done if I do that - even if it's one day many years from now by my daughter or a lucky bargain hunter in the local charity shop after I'm gone! :mrgreen:

    Could be worse, you could be one of those strange and dreadfully self-controlled creatures - A SERIAL QUILTER!!! :shock: :lol:
    lolol! What was that again, self-control?

    I'm pretty sure I'm not aiming for a "one project at a time" policy, I do love rediscovering things I've set aside for a while,w tih fresh ideas and new ideas... It's just too blooming many at the moment. For me, I mean. One thing I'm learning from this thread is, everyone kind of has their sweet spot with how many projects are a good thing, and I'm still in the process of finding mine.

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    one thing that has helped me with this dilemma ~ One day I sat with a White Board and actually make a list of unfinished projects and Definite Future Projects (i.e., "quilt for niece's birthday," vs "try this new pattern" - I have a notebook for those.). I've hung the white board on my wall. It's made a huge impact in the number of anxious thoughts that crash about in my brain, and helped me to Feel organized. Also has helped quell some of my impulsive quilting Starts because if I start something then I must add it to the list. Bonus Moment: it feels So Good to cross them off.

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    I TRY to have only one project going at a time because I can't stand UFO's. But my brain is always working on the next one. I do have a couple started and put away because I had some sort of problem and decided to "Sleep" on it. Then I can't get back to it. Hate them!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie
    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    hi,watched "hoarders" last night,& waS THINKING HOW GREAT IT WOULD BE TO HAVE A proffessional come in to organize everything! the only problem is, the last time [mo.or so ago]i still can't find everything,& I"M the one who did it !!
    dar
    Been there done that.LOL :lol:
    same here !!!! :oops:

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