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    How do you find the time???

    ....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!

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    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...

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    When I worked, I promised myself to sit down for 15 minutes only....which usually let to more sewing and less house work!

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    I sew while my child's at school. Some housework goes undone for a few days, and we're okay with that ;-)
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    Hear ya, feel for ya! Don't have the kiddoes to run, but work and am old, just don't have enough time in the day. I do most of mine on Sat. or Sunday after cleaning and meals. Good luck, it always seems Christmas comes at such a fast pace after Holloween, lol

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    must be something in the air, this was just posted a few hours ago...
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    I don't watch television. When my kids were home, I would use the evenings to sit and cross stitch or sew. Now I have all the time I want to sew!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    When I was in your position I did not have time to sew. I didn't have time to clean! (We hired a cleaning lady.) There were several years when I felt like I was on a treadmill and couldn't get off - constant running with the kids, work, meals, dishes, errands....................once the baby left for college I returned to my love of sewing and started to quilt. I wanted to quilt since the early 1980's but with two kids it never happened until the house was empty. As others have suggested, just get 15 minutes in a day if you can, I think it will make you happy.

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    Gosh, I am retired and can't find the motivation although I can make the time. I want to, but then am easily distracted.

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    I always say that my life is governed by two 4 letter words - time and work. Not enough time and too much work. I feel for you having kids -being the taxi driver etc is a full-time job in itself especially if hubby is away.

    Are you able to take some handwork with you while waiting for sport etc to finish?

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    I don't have kids and I don't care much about house work. Sewing is my therapy and I will always make time.
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    Having a dedicated sewing space is the best way to maximize sewing time. If you can leave your sewing machine set up somewhere whenever you have a few spare minutes you can just sit down and get something done. If I had to get the machine out and set it up every time I wanted to sew I would never get anything done.

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    Friends laughed at me when I said I had more time to sew/quilt and do gardening when my children were under the age of 5 than when they started school up to college graduation. I worked full time and all too often put in unpaid overtime - but my daughters were only going to be young once and I didn't want to miss it. So when we did the dance lessons, volleyball and basketball tournaments, etc. I carried hand work with me. Be it crochet or needlepoint or applique, it traveled easily and my home time I would use to the grand finale.

    Housework could wait - some how it always does. My gardens turned ugly - but the memories with my daughters more than make up for any time pulling weeds. 35 years later I finally have hired a cleaning lady - she does the heavy work and that takes a lot off my shoulders. I still prefer to be with my daughters than mop a floor. My husband refuses to hire a yard man - so I leave that up to him.

    You will find what works for you. Time is no ones friend but I promise the time spent with your family is not wasted.

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    Like you, I had two boys which I followed to all kinds of activities and I worked full time, spent Saturdays cleaning and cooking for the coming week. I found time to quilt and sew (I made all the boys' shirts and my husband's shirts until they got old enough to want to wear T shirts all the time) by getting up earier than the "men" in the house. I got up early enough to exercise, get myself ready for work, and fixed their lunches, then woke them up. While they got ready for the day I would sew, then drop them off at school and work on my way to work. 15 to 20 minutes every day got a lot done.

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    Glad I'm not the only one trying to squeeze time in!! after thanksgiving company is gone my machine will be set up full time in the guest room. Bet I can get a lot done then! Kids want to sew too, so maybe on weekends we can all sew together while DH is at work! Great way to bond & make memories with kids. Sports are now done so I finally have my weekends back!!!

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    I grab time whenever I can; sometimes it's late at night, sometimes early in the morning. It's almost never the middle of the day!

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    I second the idea about having your machine set up in a dedicated sewing space. If you don't have to keep putting all of your bits and pieces away each time (hard to keep all the block parts organized) it saves a ton of time. Other than that, I have found that for me a deadline makes a huge difference - otherwise something else always weasels onto the schedule!

    Goodluck!

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    I am older, kids grown along time ago. I have three cats, a bird and a dog. I sew in the evenings, a couple hours. On weekends while doing laundry and housework. I make most quilts in two weeks. I am making my 16th quilt for the year.
    When the kids were home I stayed home, a clean house was so important, not so much now. I didn't have a lot of time. As time goes by you will have more time to sew.
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    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Gosh, I am retired and can't find the motivation although I can make the time. I want to, but then am easily distracted.

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    I agree that having a dedicated sewing space makes it easier. Since my eldest son moved out 2 years ago and I now have his room as my sewing space, it is so much easier to go in there and sew for a few minutes. When I was working, I also set aside 1 evening per week as my sewing time. My husband did the supper cleanup and I could do whatever I wanted. Now I am home most days and get to sew every day if I want. Lucky me.

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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?
    Yes I do! I attribute it to my self diagnosed adult ADD. I can't seem to concentrate on a task - I used to when I had less time. I mean no disrespect to those with "real" ADD. I don't know of another way to describe how it is for me. start something, get distracted by something else, and on and on.

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    Unfortunately women , in general, always think they have to sacrifice things they love for whatever reasons. When I started quilting I made it a point that it is part of our family life just like a DH fishing, kids sports, MILs bingo, my sewing! If I want to take some time to sew my DH knows he is doing the dishes or a few loads of laundry or grocery shopping. When DH is out bike riding or running I'll cut the grass. Give and take by all who live in the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    Unfortunately women , in general, always think they have to sacrifice things they love for whatever reasons.
    Bingo! This is how I feel. And the truth is actually quite the opposite - the more I allow myself to nurture ME, the more willing and able I am to cheerfully care for my family. Not one member of my family has ever complained because they were fed pizza, or Chinese take-out, or a crock-pot meal. I think it's imperative to MAKE time for yourself.

    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!

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    What is this word you all keep saying, ?Housework? WHAT IS THAT???? I'm retired, no one at home but me, and I don't do that word...I have a GGD in college and she needs extra $$ so she does it for me! Plus that, my quilting is FAR more important! But...God bless all of you who do it....I simply don't wanna! Don't lose faith...one day you too, will be able to do this! (Note to all: I certainly did my share before I retired....worked 45-60 hour weeks, tended to a husband and three kids at home...and quilted full time as well. Cleaned house when absolutely necessary and couldn't talk anyone else into it...so I understand your problems now! Done that, been there...)
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    When I was working and raising 9 kids, I made sure that I left at least a 30 minute block of time for crafts. This was time I deserved for ME! I went one night a week to a friends house where we met to quilt together. My "girls night out" I worked hard and deserved the ME time. I spent plenty of time doing for others...If you don't do for yourself, you will realize that noone else with do for you either!!

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