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Thread: Enjoy the process or race to the finish line?

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    Actually, when I have a serious deadline to meet, I don't really enjoy the process, it's like I'm afraid that "Haste makes waste." (LIKE RUSHING, I MIGHT RUIN SOMETHING AND I'M FEARFUL OF THAT.)

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    That is beautifully stated.

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    I like the process so much that it's taken me well over 2 years to complete my very first quilt top. Although, I must say, it's a Grandmother's Garden English paper pieces project, I've still relished in the pleasures of piecing the hexagons at just the right angle and selecting just the right coordinatng fabric. I didn't make a traditional flower pattern, my flowers are mostly symetrical with evenly placed hexagon pieces and the circle pattern on the flowers are not all one kind of fabric in a circle like the tradition flowers are made, if this makes sense. Sooo, anyhow, I am a love the process kinda gal too. I just started quilting when I found this pattern on the internet. I'm hand quilting, the whole quilt and I find that it's relaxing and sooo enjoyable. What's the rush ladies??? Sit back and enjoy. Life goes by wayyyy to fast as it is! ! ! ......

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    I don't race to finish, but I do find some quilts go together really fast (and others take forever). I just finished a Hallowe'en quilt (well, almost - working on binding) which I started on Sunday night and finished quilting on Wednesday. Not because I was in a hurry to finish, but because it was a quick & easy pattern, and really enjoyed working on it (so I spent hours on Monday in my sewing room).

    Another quilt took weeks, because I could only do one or two blocks at a time (very detailed piecing, and lots of points to match up).

    In any case, I think as long as you are enjoying the project, it doesn't matter how long it takes (although slower projects cost less per hour :) Go at your own pace, don't worry about the other quilter who finished 3 quilts last week, and enjoy your time.

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    I take my time. I am so happy now as I paid cash for a short arm machine and frame and got rid (sold it) of a longarm payment! I don't feel guilty now for taking my time as this is a hobby now and I got a great part-time job. Now I quilt for ONLY ME (and my family of course) and get back to why I love to quilt-for pure enjoyment!

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    It's not that I'm rushing, but I like to put as much time as possible in making a quilt just because I'm anxious to see what it will look like when it's finished.
    And that makes people think I'm rushing ;)
    I like to have several projects on hand on the same time but with all different techniques ..like one applique, one machinesewing and one hexagons.
    But no more than that!

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    I have to say that depends on the project. Some projects are a spurr of the moment kind of thing, so I am rushing. But I still enjoy the process. I do still have projects that have been around longer than I want ot admit. The one I had hated to work on, I finally finished for my niece who liked it and wanted it. That did relieve me of a burden of sorts.

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    I used to be a "Race to the Finish" quilter. As I have grown in the art, I ENJOY THE PROCESS now. It has made it so much more enjoyable.

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    As for me I'm a newbie, soooooooooooooo I have to start with the easier blocks so I can learn and get better. We can't all be great right out of the gate. You make it sound like there is something wrong with the easier blocks. We all have to learn and some need a simple project due to time issues. The way I look at it is that no matter how you do the process as long as you enjoy what you are doing... is all that really matter. Happy Quilting and Even stitches.

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    I love taking my time to enjoy the process. I hate rushing as I simply find no joy in doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vondae
    As for me I'm a newbie, soooooooooooooo I have to start with the easier blocks so I can learn and get better. We can't all be great right out of the gate. You make it sound like there is something wrong with the easier blocks. We all have to learn and some need a simple project due to time issues. The way I look at it is that no matter how you do the process as long as you enjoy what you are doing... is all that really matter. Happy Quilting and Even stitches.
    I am sorry if it sounded like this. :cry: I certainly wasn't great out of the gate - my question was about patterns and projects that are marketed as 'quick' rather than easy. Nothing wrong with easy. And I agree with you entirely that it doesn't matter what you are doing as long as you enjoy the process. That was exactly the point I was trying to make. :-D

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    My favorite part is picking the fabric and pattern. I love putting together the colors to make a creation. I also like the cutting and piecing and getting it ready to put on the design board. At this point I stall. I don't especially like putting the blocks together and then the rows. I have a LA so I do enjoy the quilting process. I usually make large quilts so the binding process is long, but not hated. About the time I am putting the rows together I start thinking about my next quilt. Usually I won't let myself start the next quilt until I have finished the one I am working on.

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    K3N I've enjoyed this thread. Vondae, I'm also sorry if we hurt your feelings--certainly NOT intended.

    Years ago there was a book out by Gail Sheehey called "Passages". It looked at all the stages (passages) we go through in our lives and how our opinions and outlooks and goals change. I think this applies to quilting. My first quilt was an Irish Chain with 12" center blocks and 4" chain blocks--huge! But I couldn't wait to finish it and start another one and another one. This went on until I started to have more time to work on more difficult (and slower) projects. Now I have all the time I want to quilt and I don't mind taking a week to make one block. That is the "passage" I'm in right now in my life. We have to enjoy and embrace each "passage" in our own way--no judgements, just sharing and enjoying.

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    Thanks Jan - and I can relate to the passages thing - life is a journey and quilting is such a huge part of our lives, why shouldn't that be a journey too? :-)

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    IM like the whole proces, too. Sometimes I hvae to get something done and start racing. I find the sewing of piece after piece very relaxing, almost hypnotic or meditative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    When I was younger, and time was of the essence and I was making gifts, I would look for something I could do quickly but still have it look wonderful. Now I'm more relaxed, retired and more time (but not all of it at home at my sewing machine!) and I can do more leisurely sewing. I think for some of us it is the time and place we are at that dictates what pattern or how much time we have to get the project done. :)
    Good point - I have the luxury that quilting is my job so I can guilt-free spend as much time as I like at it! :-D
    Where do you get a job quilting? I want a job like that!

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    I'm a relatively new quilter, I have been quilting only for a couple of years now. At first I was making more basic designs just to learn and make something useful. Now that I've been working on quilts for awhile I can see that the rushing method I used to do inhibits my creativity. I'm just now learning to slow it down a bit and not be afraid to spend some time learning a new technique or doing something I love. It has the added benefit of costing less money when I focus on detail and improving my skills, since I'm not constantly running through fabric.

    I'm with you guys on the hating to do the same block over and over. I'd much rather do something different every block. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearpawquilter

    Where do you get a job quilting? I want a job like that!
    Self-employed! I exhibit and sell a bit, do a few commissions and I give talks and teach workshops. It's more a means of justifying my hobby at the moment but I really enjoy it and it's gathering momentum. DH still pays the bills! :lol:

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    I take my time. My flaw is that I tend to tire of a project before it's completed, consequently, I've always got 3 or 4 projects going at one time.

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    It's all about the process for me! I quilt because it's an enjoyable, soothing activity that gives me a creative outlet. I do sometimes pick quilt piecing designs that don't take too long when I'm making bed quilts on a deadline though. I started out this fall to make one quilt for my granddaughter for Christmas, and as other family members saw me working on it, I've gotten requests for 3 more. And we're talking bed-quilt-size here. So...I've been using designs with large pieces, and looking at them as an opportunity for FMQing creativity! I'm currently working on #3 of 4, and should finish in plenty of time. Regardless of the size of the blocks, I pay close attention to matching points, seams, etc. as I always want to do the best work possible and constantly improve my technique. That's a large part of what I enjoy about quilting.

    After Christmas I'll be starting on my very own Thirteenth Fandago! I've got the fabrics all picked out and ready to go, and am looking forward to my first paper piecing project. It's been difficult to put it away and leave it alone while I get the Christmas quilts done, but gives me something to look forward to starting later.

    I consider quilting an artistic pursuit, and wish I could work at it full-time like you do. But for now, I do it as time allows around a full-time career and other interests and commitments.

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    I love the entire process...well maybe not all the pressing of just washed fabrics! But...I love piecing tops and am learning how to refine my fmq. I could spend hours at the sewing machine on most days, but there are some where I can sew for a bit then take a break. And some days I need a fast project that I can finish asap and the 10 minute block does it for me. Finishing a project that I've started isn't something I've been very good at, but with quilting, I can and do finished every one. I always have the next 4-5 planned and ready to go. Right now I have a large king almost completed (sewing machine is in for repairs), another king ready to sandwich and quilt, the fabric all washed and ready to go for 3 more. And looking at patterns for the next one! Oh, and I make charity quilts for Riley Children's hospital too.

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