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    I'm retired so you'd think I'd have lots of time to sew. I don't have much free time; but I sew every free minute I have. Sometimes I sew in 5 or 10 minute segments. It is wonderful when I can sew for hours at a time; but that doesn't happen very often. It is amazing how much I can accomplish by sewing for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.

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    I completely understand! I set my self up to do project in block steps. So 15 min aside getting ready for work I might piece together a block or cut out for the next etc. this week came home from work exhausted but cut out for pillow cases. In the am threw it in the embroidery machine (quick red work design) and when I came home quick sewed it (the hotdog style of sewing it it's real fast!). And for the weekend I make sure alls cut out for it prior so I can just sew
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    I like to watch tv (especially football) with my husband. But when he turns on those stupid zombie tv shows he likes, that's my cue to disappear into my sewing room![/QUOTE]

    Zombie shows and the incessant "How did they make it?" or "What Will Happen When the World Ends" shows... aaargh!! I can head up to my sewing room, turn on some music and settle in with the machine. I do know women who have retired and spend all day sewing, lucky ducks. One in particular does as much charity sewing as she does sewing for herself - beautiful dresses for girls whose families can't afford them.
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    I guess I am the odd one out. I get my housework done, any errands that have to be tended to, and when I can say "What can I do now?", I head for the machine! If I don't have anything in the back that I know needs to be done, I am free and clear to do my sewing. Sometimes it is an hour, sometimes it is two hours, sometimes it is 15 minutes. But, my house is taken care of first. Then I put on an audiobook, pour me a glass of the fruit of the vine and settle in for an hour or so of "me" time. It also gives me the impetus to get my act together when I get up, get everything done and then I have more time for "me" time. Not every day, not by a long shot, but I get some time in every day. Have a great day and dust before you sit!!!!!!!! Edie
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    When I worked I was always tired when I got home, but I always tried to sew a little every time I sat down to watch tv, which was about the only time I got to sit down. I did sign up for classes and that got me out of the house and the time I was in the class was my time. If you work, have children, are a wife, or what ever you DESERVE time for yourself. If you can't afford to take a class, get some of your sewing buddies and form a stitch n bitch club, meet at each others houses one night a week. Believe me you will be a lot better Mom, Wife, etc, if you just take some time for yourself.. Your children and husband need to realize you are more that their humble servant... Just mho

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    I had five kids, babysat grandkids, worked full time and still found time to sew/quilt. If you are serious about getting it done, you absolutely MUST have a machine that is out and ready to go, no fishing it out of a closet and finding stuff to work with. I did my cutting on the top of a chest type freezer (with a mat on it). Sewed in the dining room, Kept a project out at all times and then I could sew a little while the potatoes boiled, or I waited for the oven to finish a meal. If the phone rang and it was a long conversation, I sewed while I talked. Sewed while I waited for the dryer to get done. Sewed while I waited for the kids to gather up their stuff for school or other activities or get ready for church. Just a few minutes here and there will get your projects done. Now I am retired and I can sew whenever I want. It's heaven!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saragasch View Post
    I understand perfectly! I am a stay at home mom with four kids, my youngest is still at home. While I don't work outside the home finding time to sew is so difficult! There are weeks I manage 15 minutes. I think the big thing is that I know quilting is my stress release, if I don't find time, even ten minutes to take for myself I become very grouchy. So instead of doing dishes for the third time I take ten minutes for me. Not nearly enough time but better than nothing. I also recently have started to 'include' my kids in my time in the sewing room. I set up there keyboard, placed a table for them in there. When I go in they bring coloring books, or play piano. That way I get quilting done, (maybe not by myself), and I don't feel like I am neglecting my kids...
    I agree as well but also if they are old enough for scout, school and other activities they are ready for responsibility. They can clear and load the dishwasher, take out the trash, make their beds and put away their clothes. That should help clear away anywhere from 30 minutes or more a day. By the time they go away to school they will have to be able to do that and so much more. So do the all of you a favor and start now. There are too many young kids who don't know how to do these little things much less the big things.

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    Hi There,
    Nancy Zieman has a book out titled "15 minutes A Day". Hopefully your library has it. She gives some pretty good advice ther. Rhapsody you can get some workable ideas there.

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    You have to prioritize. When you're old no one will remember how clean you kept your house, but they will remember the lovely quilts you made.

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    My dearie, we all have time constraints. I work full time and often my work days extend into the evening. I get home too tired to look at a quilt except to snuggle under it and sleep. I sneak time on the week-end. Saturday afternoon and sometimes into the evening. Sunday afternoons are often productive. Because I am in the education field, I can grab time during the university breaks. I plan all fall for the two days after Thanksgiving for quilting. Then start planning for the 10 days I have around Christmas. I become obsessed, skip meals and house cleaning. I often have even forgotten to feed the cat. She does remind me of her presence by trying to sleep on my quilt while I free motion. A most effective way to get my attention!

    Don't be too hard on yourself if you can't quilt for hours every week. This is a time in your life when your family needs you too. They will go up and grow away from your home and you will then have more time for YOU and your passion. Slow and steady is beautiful. Oh, and do a reality check on what your want and desire to do and what time you actually have available. I had to do this when my family was at home. I would plan 15 projects but only really had time for 5 or 6. Be kind to yourself and don't lose the joy of your creations because you must hurry on to the next gift your want to make for someone.

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    finding the time...

    Quote Originally Posted by NewbieToQuilting View Post
    ....How do you find time to sew? My husband works in the oilfield, we have two kids in school, sports & scouts and I work full time. I find it more and more difficult finding time to sew. I have projects I need to do for Christmas but I'm running out of time!
    This comes from a friend who worked and loved to quilt/sew. She told herself that every eve. after work, the kids in bed, and all, that she would sew/quilt for 30 min. She stuck with that plan and showed some beautiful pieces at guild.
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    I found a cute poem a few years back:
    Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
    To paint a picture or write a letter.

    It goes on to mention many other things you could be doing instead of housework. But the last stanza says it all.

    Dust if you must, but keep in mind
    Old age will come, and it's not kind
    Then, when you go, and go you must
    You yourself will make more dust.

    It didn't have an author's name on it, but I wish it did.
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    I know what you mean, my children are all married, but they and the grandchildren take up a lot of my time, and my husband is retired and he expects me to put three squares on the table every day and Heaven forbid that he clean up after himself. Not complaining, but I got more done when I worked.

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    I feel your pain! I also work full time and at my age, I have found I am slower at doing everything. But also noticed, I would probably get more quilting done if I didn't spend so much time on Quilting Board. But you know, I enjoy this too. Don't beat yourself up, but you may do as others have suggested and dedicate 15 minutes a day to your sewing. You deserve that small amount of 'me' time, so if something else has to go undone, that's OK. It will be there tomorrow. And, also as suggested, the kids can each have their chores. It will take some of the burden off you, and will teach them that they are a valuable part of the family.
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    even in retirement, I find I'm always so busy that I'll finally get around to my quilting studio by late afternoon, early evening most days. Some time in there is way better than none!

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    I am trying to figure out how I ever had time to work. Since I retired, I've become the go-to for everyone else. I love that and am glad folks feel that they can depend on me. I agree that housework is no longer a priority. It's just DH and me and our fur children, so we keep things like we like it--not a showplace like I once felt was so important. I still find time for me. If I'm not happy (and quilting makes me happy), then I'm no good for myself or anyone else. I've decided that what I want to do really is important, and I'm going to do it!

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    I had hoped when I retired from my full-time job four years ago to find time for my own projects, but it hasn't happened. I do adjunct teaching and find that the hours I spend in the classroom have to be enlarged to grade papers, prepare lesson plans, etc. I have a home-based business (LAQ) and find that my customer base increased in the last four years. Also, I spend evenings with my husband, not in my sewing room,so, when I want to do one of my own projects, it has to be done in 15-or 30-minute increments. You're not alone!

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    I didn't start quilting until my kids were out of the house. Hubby works out of town so it is just me here during the week. Sometimes I sew all day; sometimes I go days without sewing. I tend to be gone from home a lot. I hate housework so that is always last on my list of things to do. I'm considering hiring someone to clean, then I would at least pick up every 2 weeks. That's what I did when there were 5 of us living here.

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    One thing to remember is that even sewing on a projects for a few minutes a day can make a big difference - it may not seem like you are accomplishing much, but do things in stages, little bits of time add up, but of course Christmas always seem to come faster and faster each year. My kids are grown but we have a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter that I want to sew for,along with making quilts. I don't have much money because my husband is disabled and I have not worked since he became disabled,so sewing not only gives me my creative release, it keeps me sane and allows me to make "home-made" special gifts for my family. My husband and I are together 24/7, and sometimes I still find it hard to have time to quilt. The only thing I have learned is that if sewing/quilting is your "sanity", make time to do that which makes you happy. As mothers we always tend to put ourselves last, but we need to put ourselves first or we won't be able to do for everyone else, not an easy lesson to learn. I have no magic potion to give you more time, but you need to find it and if the house gets dustry, don't clean your glasses - when the kids are grown they won't remember how clean your house was but how you made time for your kids and yourself. It is amazing what you can accomplish even if you are carving out 10-15 minutes a day - it all adds up. This was a lengthy answer - hopes it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    I found a cute poem a few years back
    Yours reminded me of a poem printed in the newspaper when my oldest was about a year old. He was autistic, never took naps and had a high-demand, high-maintenance personality; he could not sit quietly and play by himself for 5 minutes. I taped the poem to my fridge and read it every day to remind myself to slow down, it would not last forever. He's now 18 and definitely less demanding!

    My hands were busy through the day,
    I didn't have much time to play
    the little games you asked me to.
    I didn't have much time for you.

    I'd wash your clothes, I'd sew and cook,
    but when you'd bring your picture book
    and ask me, please, to share your fun,
    I'd say, "A little later, Son."

    I'd tuck you in all safe at night,
    And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
    Then tiptoe softly to the door.
    I wish I'd stayed a minute more.

    For life is short, and years rush past,
    A little boy grows up so fast.
    No longer is he at your side,
    His precious secrets to confide.

    The picture books are put away,
    there are no children's games to play.
    No good-night kiss, no prayers to hear,
    That all belongs to yesteryear.

    My hands once busy, now lie still
    The days are long and hard to fill.
    I wish I might go back and do
    The little things you asked me to.

    What I have always taken from that is to leave the dust bunnies and the laundry piles and snuggle your kids. People matter more than cleaning, and people means YOU, too.
    Last edited by Peckish; 11-17-2012 at 03:52 PM.

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    Gosh Peckish, that brought a tear to my eye. Hits close to home. When my grown sons were little life had bunches of glitches and I wasn't as patient as I could have been or now wish I were. I tell them now I wish I could go back and give them an extra hug and they look at me like I am a real nutcase!

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    When my kids were small & I was working long hours, it was important to my stress levels to do some sewing each day. I set up my sewing machine & left it set up in an area so that I was part of the family room & included in the conversations, etc. I ran the dishwasher after supper & the washing machine while we slept. Get up in the morning & switch it to the dryer. When I got home, I'd fold the laundry & everyone grabbed thier stack on their way to bed. My sewing was mostly nights & weekends. Much better than sedatives! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Gosh Peckish, that brought a tear to my eye. Hits close to home. When my grown sons were little life had bunches of glitches and I wasn't as patient as I could have been or now wish I were. I tell them now I wish I could go back and give them an extra hug and they look at me like I am a real nutcase!
    I know, me too!!! Maybe in our next life, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    I'm finding the same thing happening to me Stitchnripper. Now that I have potentially all the time in the world, seems like the less sewing I'm doing. Do you notice that everything you do seems to take twice as long also?
    Thank you ladies for saying this. I can't believe how little I get done. I have 2 new jobs -finding things I have misplaced and going to the doctors. After the holidays, I'm going to quilt before anything else!

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    Just retired a few months ago. I haven't done any sewing in more than 10 yrs. Knitting and cross stitch were the only projects that were reasonable for me to tackle. Now, I am in retired heaven. Have been enjoying my new sewing space, getting into fabric stores and LQS. I am so grateful for this hobby and time to stop and smell the coffee.

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