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Thread: Finding time to quilt

  1. #26
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    Do plan an alternate activity for the children while you sew. They can do without momma's eyeball to eyeball contact every waking minute and they will demand it IF you let them. They are fortunate that they can be at home, in the same room with you, but they don't need to sit on your lap or stand behind you unless you let them. Some children need to learn to amuse themselves and no, you don't need to feel guilty about that. Their teachers will appreciate their independence when they get to kindergarten and first grade also. Happy quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    How old is your daughter? When my younger two were 2, they could handle plastic canvas and yarn. I think their first ones had pictures on them for a pattern, then they became creative and did their own designs. It kept them busy for a long time. Put some of the craft things mentioned on a plastic table cloth and put it away except for when you are sewing. Does JoAnn's still have the coated fabric with the road map and the pretty one with the shops? Those are easy to pop in a shoe box and spread out only at sewing time. A multitasking mother can talk and sew at the same time without having her on your lap.
    She just turned 3 2 weeks ago, and she loves to do the cachine that's her word for sewing machine, she was only 6months in my avatar and time flew by.
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    I'm a worrywort and have trouble with little fingers around the cachine. A plastic needle with a round tip for the plastic canvas would be okay as long as she's with you. My GD made doll clothes out of fleece at that age. They were crudely cut with rounded Fiskars and tied on the 8" baby doll. I had to tie for her, but she thought she was a designer.

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    Senior Member aeble's Avatar
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    I can totally relate with you! I am establishing a small business, going to school part-time, volunteer with my church, take care of my daughter during the day. I also have to make 95% of the meals we eat from scratch because of my daughters severe allergies (I'm astonished daily by the number of items out there that contain soy and peanuts) and my husband is a terrible cook.

    My 21 month old really, really wants to play with my machine. I'm afraid of her hurting herself, so my machine is in a separate room and she isn't allowed near it yet. I keep it always set-up and ready to go other than the dust cover on it. That helps me find some time, because I can sometimes take 15 to 30 minutes while she's napping and I don't have to worry about packing everything up. Another option I've found for the busier times when I need her nap time for other things, is too do some hand sewing or knitting while she watches TV (we let her watch 30 minutes a day). It isn't much, but she's happy snuggling next to me while watching her show and I'm happy sewing or knitting beside her not resenting not getting to do things I enjoy too.

    I'm looking forward to when she's old enough to understand how to be safe with a needle and thread and I can show her how to sew.
    Last edited by aeble; 11-18-2012 at 06:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Anyone else out there like me just can't find the time. I work , then come home, feed, bathe and put my toddler to bed and am just beat. So tired I just get on here and look at all the pretty stuff everyone else is making and dream of a work/child free day when I can finally enjoy my new machine thats collecting dust literally. How do those that work find the energy and time or am I going to have to wait till I retire in 30 more years to have the time. I just feel like I never get anything accomplished.Even on my days off I am cleaning, and watching the toddler who if I even try to sew she has to be in my lap to play with the machine which again leaves me not being able to get anything done on my little dream machine
    I remember those days! I did put my sewing on the back burner for many years..I had 4 kids though....but once they are older and can bathe themselves and before they start sports or band or dance & you have to drive them everywhere....you can get some sewing done! Enjoy the moment!

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    warner robins, georgia
    I work full time. I sew something at least 15 minutes every day.surprised how much you can get done if you are consistent.

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