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    How do all of you stay so focused on quiliting and sewing to get so much done?

    I have a head full of ideas, a room full of fabric and plenty of time LOL but I find that there is always something else to be done.

    For instance, I just finished cleaning the house and dinner is in the crock pot. I am now sitting out on the deck cause it is gorgeous out and I dont' want to be in the house. Not bringing my machine outside, it's too big and I am sure I would be jumping up and down a million times to run back in for all the things I need.

    I really would like to know the secret :)

    robin

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    Been too hot for me to go out so I quilt or find something to do here on the site...maybe screen in your deck make an outdoorsy type of small area to either cut fabrics or if you embroidery maybe do that on the deck?

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    On beautiful days like today, I throw open the windows and let the outside come to me ;). I also try to space out my sewing throughout the day so I don't feel too unproductive :D

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    I'd enjoy the day outside and wait until it's too hot, too rainy, too cold or too windy to start quilting.

    see I'm not one of those mass producing quilters. :(

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    As I get older, and sure am getting there, I find it harder to stay focused. I start 4-5 things each morning, then sit down to sew, I remember I need coffee, start to make coffee, the dog wants to go out, let her out and remember I have a load of laundry ready to come out, Oh, have mail a letter - try finding a env., I guess I should get out of my pjs, etc. Finally sit down to sew and need coffee, start all over again.

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    its my source of income so monday-friday i treat it like a job because it is one.

    i work 4-6 hours a day 5 days a week regardless of the weather or what chores need to be done around the house.

    if i don't sew i can't pay the mortgage or buy food for my family and thats the best motivation of all.

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    Who stays focused? LOL I come and go in spurts. I hardly saw my sewing room all spring long. It's too hot outside now to do much other than in the early morning... so now I have time to sew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    Who stays focused? LOL I come and go in spurts. I hardly saw my sewing room all spring long. It's too hot outside now to do much other than in the early morning... so now I have time to sew!
    Focused?

    I sew when I feel inspired to do it. Or sometimes I sew because I want to shut out the rest of the world. Sometimes I will sew for days and do nothing in between. Fast food and leftovers for meals unless DH cooks. If it is nice outside, every window and door is open so I feel like I am outside. Other times, I don't pick up anything in my sewing room for a week or two. If I ever feel like I "have to do it.....stay focused" I would probably find a new hobby or pastime.

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    Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to start quilting.

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    Focused? .......... that's why we have WIP, UFOs and PhDs!!!!!!! :)

    Sometimes I just declare it's a "me" day .... or weekend ... or days! And nothing beyond the absolute must-do's are done. And like you, my crockpot is a great friend at that time ... or one pot oven meals (in the winter).

    And ..... not every day is for sewing .... today is a beautiful day here and I should be outside. Though now that I am finished my office work (the paying stuff), laundry is caught up, supper planned and have done some playing here with you lovelies .... I am now "gifting" myself the time to go and sew for most of the rest of the day!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    its my source of income so monday-friday i treat it like a job because it is one.

    i work 4-6 hours a day 5 days a week regardless of the weather or what chores need to be done around the house.

    if i don't sew i can't pay the mortgage or buy food for my family and thats the best motivation of all.
    I would love to do this for a living!!!!

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    Me too. I don't stay focused long. Too many things in life going on but my quilting is always there for me. Crossstitching if I am in my bedroom, hadnquitling if I'm in the den, sewing on the machine in my sewing room. Etc. Then between rooms is a little housework and other little chores to be done. Whatever gets done in a day does, what doesn't...well there's always tomorrow. ♥♥

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    Focused? If I were focused I would be in the sewing room instead of at the computer. And the funny thing is, once I get started with the sewing I realize that I would rather do that than sit at the computer, but yet here I sit.

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    It's hard for me to quilt until I have everything else done first so I round up the killer dust bunnies and other drudgery duties as fast as I can. I love quilting no matter what the weather. On nice days I either sit in my flower bed or on the porch and do handwork. It's so peaceful and relaxing :thumbup:

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    I am the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunni
    How do all of you stay so focused on quiliting and sewing to get so much done?

    I have a head full of ideas, a room full of fabric and plenty of time LOL but I find that there is always something else to be done.

    For instance, I just finished cleaning the house and dinner is in the crock pot. I am now sitting out on the deck cause it is gorgeous out and I dont' want to be in the house. Not bringing my machine outside, it's too big and I am sure I would be jumping up and down a million times to run back in for all the things I need.

    I really would like to know the secret :)

    robin
    When you find out be sure to let me know! :)

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    I work 40 hours a week plus 10 hours of driving time. not alot of time left so I must be organized, not rushed and left in peace when I am sewing. I am fortunate the my DH knows this and cooks and cleans and supports my habit fully.

    I have many projects going at one time, sorted and in different stages.

    Right now I have a log cabin quilt top on my design wall for 2 weeks and I am studying it every day to decide what to do for a border. While I doing this I have another that I'm piecing and one on the LAM being quilted in stages.

    It's all oganization! And if you can't do that just concentrate on one quilt start to finish.

    I also dedicate at least 1 hour a day to sewing and don't give it up for anything but emergencies.
    peace :D

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    Wow, I'd love to dedicate an hour a day...what a great treat.
    I haven't been able to focus well, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    As I get older, and sure am getting there, I find it harder to stay focused. I start 4-5 things each morning, then sit down to sew, I remember I need coffee, start to make coffee, the dog wants to go out, let her out and remember I have a load of laundry ready to come out, Oh, have mail a letter - try finding a env., I guess I should get out of my pjs, etc. Finally sit down to sew and need coffee, start all over again.
    Me, too~ Is that what you call adult ADD??? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunni
    How do all of you stay so focused on quiliting and sewing to get so much done?

    I have a head full of ideas, a room full of fabric and plenty of time LOL but I find that there is always something else to be done.

    For instance, I just finished cleaning the house and dinner is in the crock pot. I am now sitting out on the deck cause it is gorgeous out and I dont' want to be in the house. Not bringing my machine outside, it's too big and I am sure I would be jumping up and down a million times to run back in for all the things I need.

    I really would like to know the secret :)

    robin
    There is no secret. Quilting for most of us is a hobby or something we use as a tool to keep our sanity. When you have to worry about something you forgot to do or have to do, it isn't anymore. I sit down and quilt when I (in capitol letters) want to. Most of the house is cleaned, food is either prepared or easy enough to put together and unless the whole world will fall apart if I don't wipe off the refrigerator I will sit down and sew, or design or find my next pattern. So what if it takes you a little longer, so what if we aren't one of thems that can sit behind a machine for hours on end. That is their form of relaxation or a hobby. You have yours. I have mine. If, on the other hand, you are making money quilting, then it isn't a hobby anymore, it is a job and you have to treat it like any other job and work for 8 hours on your quilting and what time you have left you clean and cook. I prefer it as a hobby and a means to keep my sanity. There is enough stuff going on without having to worry about worrying about how much time should be spent on something you love to do. You do it without any regrets. You love what you are doing, what you are making and that is the most important. Us housewives, mothers, grandmothers have enough in our brains and our hearts to frazzle the heck out of us and I, personally, sit down at my machine or notebook (to design) and "go so far away" and am deep in what I am doing. When I "come home", I am refreshed and can tackle whatever comes along.

    See? No big deal! You do what you want to do when you want to do it and let the rest of the world go by for a little while when we make it "Me" time! To be honest with you, I can go outside, mow the lawn, come back in and sew for a while, go back out and get the clippings and branches, take it down to the compost disposal place, come back home, sew for a little while and on and on, but I am taking some time out for ME! I don't have a whole heckuva a lot of time for that, so I make it! And I make it fun, relaxing, enjoyable and no regrets that I didn't do this or that or anything. Enjoy! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    As I get older, and sure am getting there, I find it harder to stay focused. I start 4-5 things each morning, then sit down to sew, I remember I need coffee, start to make coffee, the dog wants to go out, let her out and remember I have a load of laundry ready to come out, Oh, have mail a letter - try finding a env., I guess I should get out of my pjs, etc. Finally sit down to sew and need coffee, start all over again.
    Wow - I do the same thing and at the end of the day wonder why I got "nothing" done.

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    My life is circles. Go make coffee, give the sink a wipedown, let the dog out, pour the coffee, let the dog in, back to sewing. Everything gets done, even if I don't have big chunks of time.

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    For me, I have to have some semblance of order in my house before I can sew.

    Could I be more organized? YES. Some ADD here? Could be!

    I really enjoy sitting with my laptop on my lap reading this forum with a cup of coffee every day, but I could take some of that time and get some projects finished. For me, it's sort of like reading the paper in the morning.

    I guess it's something to strive for.

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    i get all my chores and running done in morins take the afternoon for my sewing

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    i call it marys time

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