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Thread: Help! Talk me out of starting something new! Please!

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    Power Poster sandpat's Avatar
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    Ummm, can't help you....I think that my projects need to "age" properly for them to finish up properly. Also...sometimes if I put them aside at different stages and think about them..I change my plan of action and the quilt comes out better......well...thats my story and I'm stickin' to it! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyBee
    Aren't we all so diverse! I fall into the camp of one project at a time. What's interesting is that when I was garment sewing a lot, I always had a bunch of UFO's. With quilting, I work well with deadlines, but feel equally serene just plugging away on a non-essential project.
    I too only work on one project at a time....problem is, I have a couple of those going at once :D :lol:!! I have a few long term UFOs that I work on every once in a while, then my backlog of quilts that need to get done.

    One thing that I have found helpful is if I know I am going to have some chunk of time to sew (which is rare), then I commit to working about 15 minutes on a UFO, even it means that all I do is piece together one star or trace a handful of applique pieces.....before you know it, that little bit of time has finished a project!

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    Isn't it nice how we're all different :lol: I usually can't make myself start on a new project until I finish the one I'm doing - for example, I have to finish the black and white blocks for the exchange before I start anything else :!: :!: :!: Sometimes, this is VERY frustrating, because I get bogged down and can't see my way out of a problem on a quilt. Now THAT'S when I SHOULD start a new project :? and give myself a break. It could be just the thing to get the creative juices started subconsciously. Funny thing is, I do have some WIPs despite my obsessive need to FINISH :lol: :lol:

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    if you use all the quilt tops at once they'd keep someONE warm :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    No help here, after all "misery loves company"....come on in, sit down, take your shoes off...... :wink:
    I'll get the wine!
    Why don't we just look at these wonderful ideas and see what we can do with this stash???

    Oh sorry that's no help either!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismomquilts
    if you use all the quilt tops at once they'd keep someONE warm :)
    Well that's true too, and you can change the look really easily.

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    This popped up on my email and I thought it was great for this topic thread!
    Celia's Words of Wisdom
    from Janet Wickell
    Celia's tip is so true. The fun of quilting is in the doing and the sharing.

    Quilting Tip of the Day
    From Celia Hirschenhofer: My favorite quilting tip is this quote:
    Finished is better than perfect.

    When I first started quilting, I worried the poor quilt to death trying to get a perfect quarter inch on every seam, and to make every point so sharp it could hurt you. I created lots and lots of UFOs and missed out on the fun of making something for someone I love. I printed the quote and put it over the sewing machine. Now I have quilts that are beautiful and loved instead of UFOs that are sad and lonely.


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    good tip... I still think it's ok to have 2-4 projects going at the same time, or assembly line style of same block (I like to do that, especially good for learning something new). The discipline is to limit it to that and keep finishing one before starting a new one. That quote really is a good reminder.
    Cathy



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    it sounds so trite, but really, I have learned, everybody has to find their own 'wiring groove' or what works for them.
    For me, I have found that having 4-5 smaller projects, and maybe one big one, and just working on whichever one, floats my boat at the time, and keep moving around on all of them, is a good way for me, to keep making progress on all of them, without the burnout.
    It's funny, but my grandma suggested this about three years ago, and until I finally quit worrying about what I wasn't getting done, and tried this, I wasn't very happy.
    worry and guilt is not the way to go for me, and the real upside is, i do eventually finish something, and can happyily, guilt free, jump on a new project. It gives me choices, and keeps me out of the ruts. :wink:

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    Not much help here, either.... I have several project going and work on what makes me happy at the time and what I feel like doing...

    We seem to be a bunch of enablers (or maybe pushers ???) :D :D

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    I just have to pop in to say a BIG thank you to all of you who responded. You help me so much even if you just say you can't give advise because you also have my problem. I don't feel so alone. My next question for those of you who work on more than one pieced project at a time is, how do you keep everything together at the machine? Do you work on one thing and then pack it up and pull something else out, and go back and forth? I usually have a machine pieced project, a hand applique, and maybe a hand quilting project going at the same time, but I'm not sure I could keep more than one machine project going. Thanks again everyone!!

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    Roselady, about your latest question.... I'm lucky enough to have a cutting table set up at all times. It is up against the wall under my workboard. When I have multiple projects in progress, I separate them either on the board or in stacks off the cutting mat. I use notes to remind me if that fabric is color #1 or whatever and I put the pattern instructions on top. I never have so many projects going that I put any away, out of sight. When the pieces are cut, I use square cardboards to lay them out ready to assemble. I can put those anywhere, like an open drawer. By then, I don't need any notes ... it's obvious what to sew to what. I just pick up cardboard and bring it over to my machine table and begin. I keep putting it back onto the cardboard until I stop working on it for the day. If I want to stop that block and go onto another project, it's so easy to move because it's lightweight (and free and clean).

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    I can't help, though it isn't so much the quilts I have a problem finishing, it is some of the sewing projects. The quilts usually have somewhere to go. THe biggest thing is finding your own rythm that works for you the best.

    If I am working on more than one thing, and it happens, I have a parts bin stand with a lot of the bins on it, I put all the pieces for the square in one with the name etc on a sticky. I keep a binder where I plan my quilts in it that I just go there for directions if I get lost how it goes together.

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