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Thread: How long does it take you to do a quilt?

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    I'm getting a bit discouraged. Granted I've been distracted by my sister's death and all that's gone with it, and I did chose to start with a queen-sized bedspread ( :roll: ) which probably wasn't smart..... but I haven't hardly touched it in weeks. I'm afraid I'll never finish it - and I've been collecting fabrics/patterns for other quilts I want to make, so I have a backlog already. I don't dare let myself start another for fear I'll never finish this first one.

    How do you do it? Does it ever take you forever? I bet you don't let yourself buy for quilts you may never get to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I bet you don't let yourself buy for quilts you may never get to.
    That's how your stash gets started. Don't get discouraged. I had one quilt that it took me over two years to finish, I just kept putting it away and doing smaller projects. Finally, I got it done and it's now on my bed. Just keep plugging away.

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    Yep...just little by little and you'll get there. There's nothing more fantastic than sleeping under your very own creation. So hang in there, and maybe do a smaller project in between times to keep the inspiration going. Condolences on the loss of your sister.

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    I think many of us have projects lined up, as well as a list of ones we would like to do too.
    Sometimes I have to set a quilt aside, work on another one, and then go back and work on it some more. It does not bother me to have WIP's :D:D:D

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    I think I am probably one of the Queens of unfinished projects!!! I have completed small quilts in a weekend, and I have projects I'm still plugging away at after 2 years. I have enough fabric in my stash to make many, many quilts... and that won't stop me from buying fabric tomorrow if I see something I can't live without.
    You should do what makes YOU happy!

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    Well I have to say I have LISTS and packages and kits that I make up all of the time with projects in them that I am going to make SOMEDAY..I do this all of the time..I do put out alot of quilts..but I seem to also add to my pile of somedays just as much...so I am not sure will make you feel any better.....But I think it is part of life...we have to have something to look forward to other wise we will stop..so I keep getting ...INSPIRED!

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    ROFLOL after I picked myself up from the floor , I can now answer you . Most of us have a HUGE someday list and even have the patterns, fabric and supplies . now finding the time to get this all done, that is another matter :oops:

    If you are tired or discouraged and just can't make yourself work on this quilt anymore, the best thing you can do is put it aside , work on something else . Maybe someday you will finish it, maybe you won't and that is ok. It happens to all of us :wink:

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    Dear Natural, I think that what you are going through is a natural part of loosing your sister. After my Mom passed, there were a lot of unresolved issues. It took my sister and I almost a year to even start putting our lives back together. We had to force ourselves to sew for 5 minutes at a time. We then concentrated on forcing outselves to do more. It has now been 2 1/2 years and we are pretty much back to as normal as we are going to get. Give yourself some time. Things will come around. Be kind to yourself, this, too, will pass. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    I have only been quilting for 5 months and I have many WIP's.

    I put them away to do a lap quilt for my granddaughter and a kit for Quilt for Kids.

    I now am starting to a couple of the tops I had finished. I have one that is now up to the binding. Another has to be bordered, batted, and backed. And another that needs three rows then the ususal.

    I also have squares started for a queen, a twin, and a couple of odds and ends blocks that I don't know what they'll end up being. I just wanted to try a new technique. Also a yo-yo which I take along on long trips in the car.

    All this in 5 months! You are just like us, just keep plugging along. They'll get done! :) :) :)

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    Depends on the quilt. I have one I've been working on for 2 years now all hand quilted.

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    sometimes it takes a few years! thats why they call them UFO's or WIP's!
    i get tired of looking at the same fabric or pattern...so i change to another quilt..i think i have ADD..lol!
    Don't give up! although a queen size would drive me nuts..i like twin and under..

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    This past year I determined to get all my UFO's completed. I have finished three of them so far!! I'm happy about that. One top was finished three years ago!! Now it's quilted!! I have a wallhanging coming up soon to finish. It's been pieced for four years! I just took a break from my UFO's to make a few bags - they will be Christmas presents. Today, I go back to UFO's by finishing piecing my daughter's baby blanket (for our first grandchild!!) I started piecing it two years ago - before she was even married!! :)
    No reason you shouldn't take a break from one project from time to time!! It makes it easier to finish up that last lap when you DO get back to it
    Sorry to hear about your mom.

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    I think almost all of us have one project that we "go back to". Maybe that is how it will be for you with this quilt. Don't give up, just go get some more fabric! (That is my advice for everything).

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    The first quilt I started in 1999 (queen size) is still not quilted - top is done, but I wonder if I will ever finish it. Into different colors now, though I still like the pattern.

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    It takes me a long time. Between work and having to take care of DGD I don't always have time to quilt as much as I would like. Don't worry how long it takes, just enjoy making it.

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    I'm very sorry about the loss of your sister. Sometimes quilting or piecing is good therapy tho. When I am frustrated, upset or depressed, I go up to my sewing room and "quilt it out".I seem to think better then. (((HUGS))

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    It's hard "getting on with life" after the death of a member of your family, particularly if you were close to them. Just take it one day at a time, maybe work on your quilt 10 minutes a day and pretty soon it'll be done. I just sent a quilt as a gift that I actually had finished the top 5-6 years ago, I have two waiting that are cut out and need to put together and several more planned. LOL

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    It takes me a long time too, with work, and family, and I agree with the others, sometimes you just get tired of the one youre working on. I would also try another project, maybe something small and quick, so you can let the other one rest for a bit, til youre inspired again! HUGS!

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    I've got a quilt here that has been around for 6+ years!!! I got sooo frustrated with it I put it away. Just was happy with it and couldn't figure out why. Borders weren't coming together nothing was working. Just getting around to finishing it up!!! Everything in due time!! :lol: :lol: No worries!!

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    Sometime YEARS! - Distraction is horrendous!

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    My daughter's wedding quilt was presented to her on their 18th anniversary. Take your time. Step by step. If you don't feel like working on whatever, set it aside. When the time is right, you'll work on it. In the meantime, give yourself some rest and relaxation. No quilt police, remember.

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    I've got one quilt that I started (embroidered blocks) probably 30 years ago. The top is put together, but originally I chose plain white backing and I'm thinking that I'd like a print on the back. I have decided that I will find the fabric and have a long-arm quilter quilt it for me. I've quilted a couple of quilts on my machine, but I want this one to be special.

    I'm also working on a memorial quilt right now and I am forcing myself to work on it a little bit every day. Every time I look at the pictures on the quilt, I cry. I suppose it is theraputic for me, but it is very hard emotionally. I just tell myself that it will bring comfort to the family and keep going. I have, however, vowed to do a "happy quilt" when I'm done with this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I'm getting a bit discouraged. Granted I've been distracted by my sister's death and all that's gone with it, and I did chose to start with a queen-sized bedspread ( :roll: ) which probably wasn't smart..... but I haven't hardly touched it in weeks. I'm afraid I'll never finish it - and I've been collecting fabrics/patterns for other quilts I want to make, so I have a backlog already. I don't dare let myself start another for fear I'll never finish this first one.

    How do you do it? Does it ever take you forever? I bet you don't let yourself buy for quilts you may never get to.
    If it is not a paid job you are not required to do it 8 hours a day.
    Quilting is for serenity, pleasure, a place to let your mind rest for awhile, to make you feel good and relaxed, to put smiles on your face. Is it this quilt that is not doing that for you right now or is it quilting that is not doing that for you right now or is it just sitting down at the machine that is something you don't want to do right now?
    You don't have to if you don't want to! We are going to enjoy your company and friendship just as much if you stitch or don't stitch. It does take the mind awhile to heal enough to let you do some things. My sister has been gone as much as 15 years and it still feels like I should be able to pick up the phone and call her. I am sorry for your loss. For this time in your life do what gives you a calm, relaxed feeling. Other things will come in time./Hugs.

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    My condolances on the loss of your Dear Sister. I lost both of my sisters a year ago, within 3 days of each other, so I have some idea how you are feeling. If I were you, I would put this particular quilt away for a while, and start something else with bright, happy colors. Sense you were working on this quilt when your sister passed, it may be bringing back sad memories. As time goes on, you will heal, and can get back to it. Or maybe it will just remain forever a UFO. I hope you have many fond memories of your time with your sister.
    Phyllis

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    Sorry for your loss. Mourning is something we all do at our own pace and time. Maybe you would like to make something to remember your sister by and get back to the other quilt stuff later. As for quilt projects we all start something and never seem to finish it. UFOs are a part of quilting. I volunteer with a group of ladies at our local Senior Center. We handquilt tops that have been donated by members or their families after they pass. They are then raffled off to benefit the programs at the center. We have a huge closet there full of fabrics and half finished projects that have been donated to the center. I will be sure to make a note to my daughter to donate my stuff when the time comes. I know that I will never live long enough to use up my stash.
    The only way I get some things done is to kind of shut my mind and "just do it". There are many things in life like washing dishes or changing messy diapers that have to be done. That is the only way I can get through certain tasks or times in my life.

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