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Fun question - quilting ADD

Old 09-10-2020, 06:15 PM
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ADD here. I seldom use a pattern, but when I do I’m likely to do some, go play with another quilt, do some more, go play with yet another quilt, do some more, etc. Working on Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake a few years ago taught me that I do not like making all of one unit before doing something else- I found it to be excruciatingly boring trying to make 100 subunits at a time.

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Old 09-10-2020, 07:16 PM
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My mother used to say I was a true Gemini - because I could never do just one thing at a time. I have since decided as easily distracted as I am that it was ADD all along. It's been so long that I have finished a quilt without interruption I am not sure if I ever have. When I am putting blocks together I do usually put it together and not piecemeal it. It's the satisfaction of finishing something that keeps me going. (I may need to make 150 blocks but making one at a time works for me. So when I get a 1/10th done, then 20%, etc.) It's a mind game - but it works for me.
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:14 PM
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I love all the answers to your question Pied Piper. I'm in the ADD sector and get bored repeating the same block over and over again. I won't count the number of WIP's I have, but oftentimes I will have several finishes one after another in a short time..Just in the last week I have quilted 2 long time quilts, have a third on the LA and the fourth ready with backing and batting cut. Work gets in the way....ha, ha!
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
(I may need to make 150 blocks but making one at a time works for me. So when I get a 1/10th done, then 20%, etc.) It's a mind game - but it works for me.
Mind games are how I get a *lot* of work done. I start the washer, then race to get the previous load folded and put away before the washer finishes filling and starts agitating. Makes the laundry go a lot faster! 🤣
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Old 09-11-2020, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by mea12 View Post
I like assembly line style ..sew first element the zillion times in a row and then the 2nd piece so all are done same way before moving on to stems ..at the end itís nice to have all blocks finished at once!
This is the way I do it too. If I make a mistake, I'm more likely to catch it in the first few stitches of the new addition than later on, like when trying to figure out what's different (wrong). Does that make sense?
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Old 09-11-2020, 03:02 AM
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I'm with the "easy to distract, and/or bored with the same block" over and over crowd. So I have a bunch of WIP's that someday I hope to get done.
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Old 09-11-2020, 03:12 AM
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I rarely cut all the pieces for a project out at once - and yes, I often run out and have to get more fabric! But I like to make a few blocks first to see how they go together and try to find the easiest way to do them assembly line style. If there's a deadline, I do work on one quilt at a time, but I usually have several going at once.
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Old 09-12-2020, 03:18 AM
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I cut out the project like you to ensure I have the fabric required. I assemble block units that can be chain pieced to save time.
I like to press the units at the same time. Next, I store the sewn units labeled in zip lock bags. Once I used the clear page saver sheets that go in a binder to organize the sewn block units. I work on different steps of a quilt pattern based on what time of day it is...mornings work best for me to cut and piece. Evenings are for pressing and pinning. Have fun!
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Old 09-12-2020, 04:29 AM
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I'm with Rhonda K... it depends on my mood, my pain level, what else is on my plate that day. I do just about any craft known to man, and I'm involved in a lot of volunteer advocacy, so... yes! I'm definately ADD. As long as you work toward a goal, it doesn't really matter how the process evolves. "How do you eat an elephant??? ONE bite at a time"
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Old 09-12-2020, 04:58 AM
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My husband and I are complete opposites. He can only concentrate on one thing at a time and gets flustered if you ask him to do any multi-tasking. I like to do many things at once and get completely bored just doing one thing over and over. Maybe it's a gender thing...I don't know.

As for quilting, I happily have about 7, or 8 projects going right now, all in different stages of completion. It's really fun when I finish one and check it off my list. I will finish the binding today on a quilt that I started several years ago. Yay!!! I like working on many things at once, because it gives me some time off of each project to think about it and how I'm going to do the next task on that project. New ideas pop into my head when I give them time to, "marinate." I'm always on the prowl for more projects to add to my list.

My son has always had serious ADD and I always wondered where that came from. Now that I quilt, I definitely know.
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