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    Senior Member quilt-fanatic's Avatar
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    I need to finish my summer King size bed quilt (kit). I have friends working on Halloween items. Too hot to even think about Christmas and need to start some baby items due in Jan. Lots of things on the list.

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    I think and day dream..then get out graph paper and start working on a design..or look through all my mags and pick one that interests me !!

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    1st I have to do Candlequilter's Star, so she doesn't think that I am a complete flake. Then I have four lap quilts to finish for Christmas. I am trying to keep up with two BOM (Houses & Stars). I am also trying to get together some extra quilting supplies and crafts to send to a lady in NewYork. This week as my DGD (10yrs) was helping me sort my stash she keep ooohing and aaahing over different fabrics, so now I have to make her some summer dresses. Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Oh yes I guess I also need to do my regular living things like clean. It wouldn't hurt me too much to forego that part. My DH does say just make sure that he has a path to the bed, but I also need a path to the bathroom. Good luck to everone with their projects. BrendaK

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    Right now I'm working on a quilt and a floor pad for DH's baby due in September - deadline for me is the 15th.
    But after that I have blocks for 3 quilts done and ready to be assembled. I lean towards anything that's based on strips. I cut my scraps into strips and various size blocks keeping them sorted into their various scrap boxes. Guess i like scrapy quilts!

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    with the doll quilt for july coming up thats my first project, I am looking at my excess fabric and wondering what to do with it, I am running over. so I have made a list of things to make/create, which I do see christmas around the corner, a couple of birthdays and so on.
    1.doll quilt
    1a. pincushions for those 1"-2" pieces I have , oh and discovered, cat toys!!! the ones you can put the catnip in!!
    so #2 cat toys
    #3 mug rugs
    #4 placemats/coasters
    #5 table runner. maybe
    #6 pillows
    #7 lap quilts to give away.
    theres probably more, but thats a start.
    #8 bibs for the seniors

    Somewhere i there, to crochet preemie hats
    crochet bookmarks, baby blankets, Christmas ornaments,
    towel toppers, and more, so I have a lot to do between now and say Christmas

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    I don't ever have to worry about what to do next. I generally have 4 or 5 different quilts going on at the same time, and there's always 2 or 3 more ideas I'd like to start on before finishing any of the first 4 or 5!!! It's a never-ending cycle. I can't keep up!

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    I have a list of projects that I would love to do. The last time I started a project because *I* wanted to make something (ie no-one was pregnant, getting married, etc) I laid out the top choice patterns and went through my stash - I then picked the one that had the best options already in my stash!!

    That quilt is now on a back burner while I finish a "getting married" quilt. This seems to happen more often than not.

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    I have so many things I want to try. I just started sewing this summer. I am working on a rail fence with fall colors and a fleece throw for my DH. I think my next project will be something with jelly rolls. Don't know what yet. I guess I am a quilter. I dreamt of quilt patterns last night!

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    I work on deadline projects first, sprinkle in a want to do once in a while between deadlines, and of course it depends on time of year because we make all our gifts for a very large family & have to start early. What fun it is trying to find a place to store it all here until it's time to ship!! LOL!

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    I have such a long to do list,I just try to keep up to date.

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    Start looking through my project notebook and see what "jumps at me".

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    Deadlines first, commissioned pieces with no deadline next, starting on Christmas presents so that's third, and things for DH and I last.

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    I started quilting less than a year ago. After I made my first one (which was for someone who had had a stroke) I decided I was hooked! So, I promised each member of my family that I would make them each their own personal lap quilt. So I'm plugging away at that. Well, then comes grand baby #2, and a desire to make one for my BBF...and lo and behold my list is growing longer and longer! At this rate...I need to live to be 100 to finish my "To Do" list! lol!

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    I have limited time to sew, because I work full time, so I prioritize. I have been trying to finish a UFO and got all excited about it. Now a lady at my husbands office just had a baby and he wants me to make a baby quilt, so my UFO gets put aside. Then today the fabric for a lap quilt for my father for Christmas came in the mail. So the UFO is set to #3. Then I have to make a bag for a quilt retreat exchange, so now to #4, then I want to make a quilted Christmas jacket for my husband's Christmas party now #5. Then lastly there is the project for the quilt retreat. It is a beautiful quilt but very complicated and will take a lot of time. So my UFO will have to wait. This is always the way it goes. I am really upset when NASCAR is over for the season because that is my dedicated time to sew. I watch a race and sew. That is at least a 4 hour block of time. I want to retire!!!!

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    A dart! No, seriously, I pour a glass of red wine, get comfortable and go through patterns I have printed, if one talks to me it goes aside, then I go through that stack until I find the one that shouts at me. The selection is much easier if a pattern reminds me of fabric in my stash and I can get started immediately. I already have several in a file patiently waiting for the right moment to start them.

    No problems here picking a project. Have to finish a challenge top before December --just need to start cutting before I change my mind again about a pattern. But I am finally ready to start as soon as I get my sewing room set up.

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    Right now I have to finish a queen bed quilt by August 1. I'm going to quilt it in sections-new to me. Then I have a sock monkey baby quilt for my DGS coming soon. Then a quilt for my DIL both of these need to be finished by end of Sept. Before we go visit Texas to see new baby. Then I have a quilt to make for Mil for Christmas and one to be quilted for SIL for Christmas. Then if I have time, I want to make a quilt for my DD for Christmas. If I don't make it for that, her birthday is Feb. And I can give it to her then.

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    Let's see, hummmmmmmmmmm, I have an apron to make with a GMFG somewhere on it for guild challenge, courthouse steps for a retreat challenge, candlequilters star that is giving me fits, Christmas critters for our mini group challenge, baby quilt going to the phillipines in Oct. oh and last another baby quilt for our granchild due in January. Not necessarily in that order.

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    I try to sneak in an occasional treat for myself. Usually as I do more than about 2 hours I start to feel guilty and go back and finish the current(s) gifts :shock: :XD:

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    I always have a list and the projects keep moving in order of priority. I just finished two baby quilts. One baby arrived on the 28th and the other is due this month. I have my daughters brocade quilt I have been working off and on.... as it ravels and I really am glad it is pieced finally. Next on the list are two bedspreads for my son's condo in Destin (open to rentals. on the beach), along with two pillow cases and pillows. Next... pillow cases for my granddaughter, Lily...to use up fabric I have. Still need to sew together fabric postcards for military (project 5th graders did not do) Made a quilt for a friend who spends her life working on projects and fundraisers for military. And the list goes on... so many patterns I would like to make for family and me. I have four quilts I will be taking to quilter in a couple of weeks. On and on and on......

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    I have pages of quilt ideas to use up. What I don't always have is someone in mind for the quilt.

    I have 10 quilt tops hanging in my craft closet waiting to be hand quilted. I am hand quilting a queen size quilt now and I am about to layer another one to begin hand quilting on Thursday after getting it layered and pinned on Wed. That one is a Christmas gift and it 105x105.

    I do donate a quilt to the Women's Ministry every year for their Silent Auction. Just finished a commissioned baby quilt.

    Otherwise, I make them because I want to. However, I am cutting out a quilt for my youngest daughter and that is my next quilt to piece.

    I have neglected my art work to make quilts and that is not good. I love doing both. Gotta fiqure out how to get both in my day...I am good at using my time wisely, but I must confess that when I am at the machine piecing, I have to check myself constantly so I will not go over the time I have allowed myself at any given time. Oh, that is hard...

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    I have so many that I want to try that I just don't know where to start.

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    I have promised each of our grandchildren a quilt. So I begin with the oldest and work my way to the newborn coming this month. I am allowing each child to chose the pattern and colors.

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    Don't know, have too many patterns

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    I have had a recent health scare and I feel the need to finish up some projects that I have had going for a while. For some reason I like making the blocks but have a hard finishing the quilt. I keep feeling like I should get the blocks put together and ready for the quilter then it wouldn't be hard to get the quilt finished if I should need one of them.

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    I make a list and do them one at a time. Check them off and on with the next :-D

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