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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    How do you decide what to make next?

    Do you have a long list of things that you want to make, list for gifts for birthday, Christmas, etc.

    This should be a fun thread so we can all discuss

    How do you decide what to make next?

    Let's have fun!

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    Just whatever comes to mind.

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    I work on a crisis bases only? However, I have to be in the "mood" for anything I work on.:)

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    yup me to and im always behind still working on moms bday quilt her bday was the 27th. oh well it should be done befor the end off summer.
    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I work on a crisis bases only? However, I have to be in the "mood" for anything I work on.:)

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    Whatever is due next. My current list:
    Elizabeth's grad quilt - due July 23 for her grad party(shopping for fabrics today),

    Maggie's baby quilt - due July 24 for her Christening (top made but needs to be quilted),

    and so it goes. Someday I'll be ahead of the game and make a quilt just because I feel like it.

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    im trying to work thru a bunch of kits i was on a kick about purchasing for awhile..so once those are done..ill work the oodles of ideas & patterns i have accumulated!
    trying to work within my stash so i dont go broke ;)

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    My next project is whatever strikes my fancy.
    Right now, I'm trying to finish some UFOs. But I've had a hankering to do the blue jean/Cathedral Windows. I have a stash of blue jean squares and began working on cutting the circles yesterday. This will be a long-term project.

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    Gee that's a difficult question. It really depends on the time of year. right now I'm working on a quilt for my aunt. And the plan is after its done, quilt the quilt for my step daughter, and then make a quilt for my youngest son. Now will they actually fall in that order. I didn't plan to make my aunt a quilt but she became ill, my sons quilt was supposed to be next. Then the step daughter saw a top that I had and wanted it so.... You see how it goes. I never know what I'll be doing next. All things could change by the time I finish my aunts quilt. I also have quilted towel toppers that I need to finish and wallets to make.

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    I'm trying to work on Christmas gifts. Have 3 memory lap quilts for great-grand kids to help on to give their parents, (about 1/2 thru the 1st now) then a couple lap quilts (or more) for grown grand kids.

    My mind always thinks I can do more than I end up doing :cry:

    And while I'm doing that I'm also trying to "weed out" a bunch of stuff for a possible move in 4 to 6 mo's.

    Never a dull moment :lol:

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    I've usually got a due date for projects I'm doing for gifts. In between the "have to's" I squeeze in the "want to's" and it's kind of a "whatever I'm in the mood for" process to choose those....

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    i wish i knew what to work on next. i really should finish putting tog my funky farm blocks, and start my holiday ornaments, but i need something fun and funky

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    While I am working on a project something always comes up. I have so many projects I want to do. I try to do them in an order of importance but if I have something that is for someone else, that usually comes first and I go from there. However a new fabric may throw this all into disaray. :roll:

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    I always have a few things going at one time. I have the next project that has to be finished by a deadline going in one spot in my sewing room and my most recent "I'm so excited to be working on this" project going in another spot. Then there's another spot with the project that keeps catching my eye......got to try that one out.....maybe check out the pattern why preparing dinner...

    I never restrict my creative side. I go with what appeals to me at the time and may have MANY things going at a time. It works for me because I am retired and have all the space I need to spread out.

    The DGKs don't mind when they visit because they are also "crafty" and love to help with my projects.

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    I work on "deadline" projects first. I always have a list by my machine of project I hope to get to. I find I need to write things I want to do or I forget and then after getting into a project I had remember there was something else I wanted to do. My list is never ending!

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    I work on special projects that have a time factor first. I am working on finishing some UFO's this year and they are coming along well. Then I work on what strikes my fancy (off my massive Bucket list). If something else comes up, I put my stuff aside to work on requests (if it's something I feel like doing) if not I say NO! I get less done in the summer because I want to enjoy my garden before snow flies again.

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    I don't think I've ever really thought about it. Mostly I just do whatever is next. I always have several projects "in the works" so there's always something to work on. Things take priority if they have due dates. Right now my top priority is getting the wall hanging done for the fair. Then I think I have a baby quilt to do before too long for a friend. Everything gets dropped when there's a baby quilt due. I always have them done within a month of the baby's arrival.

    I don't do quilts as gifts for Christmas or birthdays. It's too much stress to quilt on that kind of deadline.

    After the wall hanging and the baby quilt are done I have three twin size quilts that need done, a queen size that's ready to put together and a queen size that's ready to quilt.

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    There is always an "event" quilt that is due just around the corner...birthdays, etc. If not working on one of those, I have a pile of "kits" I have made up with fabric and pattern in a large bag. If I don't have a specific quilt that needs to be made, I just take what's on top and start it. And, I have been working on a king size quilt for our bed for over 18 months...it just keeps slipping down to the bottom of the pile. DH constantly reminds me of it!! :thumbup:

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    No lists, I quilt for me. Whatever inspires, or calls my name, I go for it. That keeps it exciting, interesting, & challenging for me. Love it all! Do some different applique techniques right now, & am really loving that too...

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    I have the FWQ half pieced and layed back for wintertime. I am pretty much spontaneous from project to project. I like to have small items to do more than lots of large quilts at one time. And a fabric I love can throw all my plans helter-skelter!!

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    Depends on a lot of things, but I have to like it.

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    As I buy things if they are for a specific quilt I ribbon them together with the pattern and put them in packages I save from shower curtains, curtains, etc. When I finish something and can't decide what next I have my daughter who lives with me get one. She doesn't quilt so doesn't have that what next mentality. She just plucks one off the shelf.

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    Right now my list is based on obligations. BUT THEN - I have a long list of what I want to do. What makes me decide? When the pattern speaks to me and at the same time I KNOW which fabric would be perfect for that pattern.

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    I have made a crib quilt, working on another, another planned for oldest Granddaughter's friend. Then she has a friend getting married in Sept., going to make them a quilt also. Usually I just make whatever appeals to me.

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    I look through magazines and books (or go to the kits I have) and it's whatever catches my eyes. I find a pattern and go through my fabric to see if I have enough without going to the store.

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    Anytime I buy fabric for a project, I wrap it all together, along with the pattern and put it away. When I am ready for a 'next' project, I just take one off the shelf and its ready to start cutting

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