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    I try to sew every day--at least something. I do help my daughter with child care 2-3 days per week. They are not full or all days. The rest of the time is mine. I live alone and usually put a couple hours in evenings. When and if I watch TV, I'm at my sewing machine. I cannot just sit and watch TV. I always have a couple projects going at once, some big and some small.

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    Ive never really thought about the actual time I do sew, but I try to get in as much as I can -- depending on a lot of things like other commitments, my mood, what's going on in our life at the time. Football season is a good sewing season for me. DH watches a lot of football on TV so I work on projects. This past weekend was a good one. I worked several hours Saturday and Sunday working on a pieced back for a quilt I'm making for our DS. I did have the movie channel on in the sewing room.

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    It depends on a lot of different things, such as current season and current project(s). I spent the last two months (VERY hot weather here) staying indoors with the A/C on, making sampler blocks; I worked on them a lot every day. Even so, I still have less than half of the 111 blocks done and have not yet chosen the colors for the rest of them; however, I need to invest my time & energy in hand quilting and some yardwork for the remainder of this year. I don't spend very many hours per week on hand quilting, unfortunately, so progress there is very slow.

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    Now that I am retired, I am working on my quilting projects most of my waking hours, unless life get in the way!

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    Not as much as I would like I probably get in maybe 6 hours a week mostly on weekend.

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    Well, let me see here...DH has tv football games on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays--so there are full days of quilting if I wish. Then there are Guilds and sewing clubs on Monday mornings; a friend and I charity sew 4-1/2 hours on Wednesdays and my evenings can be spent in sewing room too cause DH has his nose in a periodical or paper then anyway. I am laughing all the way downstairs and loving every minute of it.

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    I have a hard time, work 4 - 10 hour days, and seem to spend the weekend and my day off cleaning the house, etc. Have to really get back to finishing projects. Hopefully we will get to retire late next year, Hurray, camping and quilting!

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    Mostly at the weekend.

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    I quilt probably 3 hours on most days. It really depends what else is going on in my life. When Mollly, my yorkiepoo is sleeping, that's when I sew. When she wakes up she reminds me that it is time to take a break. :-D
    I forgot to say that being retired :-D I can sew justabout anytime I feel like quilting.

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    Melinda,My heart goes out to you taking care of your hubby with health problems...You have to keep your spirits up all the time and still do so much yourself...Im sure sewing helps you relax as it does for me...Keep your chin up and show us some of your work as you get it done...Take care,Dori

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    I sew in spurts.Somedays I can spend almost an entire day sewing ,then I will take a break on other days to do something else.

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    If I averaged it out, it would probably amount to three hours a day. Maybe more. I usually don't notice the passage of the hours. But I DO know that there are some days when I can't quilt at all. And some days I have to sew instead of piece. That's the way it goes. Weekends my DH is home and we do things together, like gardening or go out someplace. So it's rare to get into my quilting room at all on weekends. 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I spend more hours *thinking* about quilting/sewing than actually doing it each day. It's a great feeling to have some tangible project in hand but I really enjoy too the whole thought process of planning, picking, looking, selecting, just using the imagination to come up with potential projects.
    You are definitely my twin. I too love the planning stage, then I can't wait to get it finished. Gail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam B
    Right now...not much. Now that school has started again I am just exhausted after teaching my kindergartners all day long. I have good intentions of quilting in the evenings but the reality is that after I fix dinner and clean up the kitchen I generally just collapse in my recliner chair for the evening. It is a gray, cool day here today and I do believe I will do some sewing today.
    Amen to that. I am to tired at night to quilt.

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    Pretty much 24/7. I can do mostly what I want with my time. I'm so lucky to have my grown son living in my house..he does most of the housework & we rotate cooking chores. My 91-yr-old Dad lives with me too & I do have SOME responsiblity for him, but he's a quilter too, so we always have something to talk about. Those of you who are still working outside the home can look forward to the day you've earned your retirement & hopefully you'll be as lucky as I am.

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    Retirement is probably not going to happen here. I am 8 years older than my husband, I carry the insurance, his job doesn't even offer it. He had a pituitary tumor removed last year and is on every artificial hormone they make. He would have no wages left if he had to buy these hormones without the insurance. I could draw SS next year, but can't stop working because of the insurance. What a let down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodee
    It all depends as both my husband and I have had some health issues for about 3 years now - seems to get worse. It's sort of funny tho' as I have a fabric nut and I'll buy a little here and a little there and today he said "you've been getting a lot sewing stuff, when are you going to start sewing?" Hmmmm That's the truth tho'. I'm anxious to get back to it, but just can seem to get started on the sewing part.

    LOL, my DH says the same thing. *When are you going to sew something?*. Makes me soooo mad. He doesn't realize I DO sew. I have 4 quilt tops done, just waiting for quilting. 2 quilt tops and a tabletopper in the works. Plus several in the planning stage. I've finished several smaller projects, he just doesn't notice. He thinks sewing is making clothes. Always asking me to sew buttons on. GRRRRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorilou58
    Melinda,My heart goes out to you taking care of your hubby with health problems...You have to keep your spirits up all the time and still do so much yourself...Im sure sewing helps you relax as it does for me...Keep your chin up and show us some of your work as you get it done...Take care,Dori

    Thank you Dori, It gets to me mentally more so then physically. Thanks to Lynnejean here on the board, I go to her house once a week for a few hours, yet I'm only 10 minutes away if he needs me. Usually he just sleeps while I'm gone. Sewing has been my salvation and Lynnejean really motivates me. And DH encourages me to get out.

    But at the same time, what else do you do? I love the guy with all my heart and would be totally lost without him. We are celebrating 23 years this month. I'm hoping we make it to 25 to celebrate our silver aniversary!

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    Usually I spend a few hours at it. Some day are better then others. If I start having brian freeze I just walk away for a while.

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    I sew in spirts, I take time to eat eye candy and pull out all the patterns I really want to make one day then pull out my material and lay it all around or pin it on my design wall and look and enjoy until it tells me it wants to be finished. Then I cut and sew and to heck with housework. I just barely cook. I am always in one of those stages. I have finished 5 tops since May but have not done any quilting. I am now starting a hand embrodiary quilt top and hope to have it finished and quilted by December. When I get the fever it will be finished in no time. Gail

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    If you don't find the person you are looking for, I am in need also. Just not able too purchase much material and things at all. I would appreciate all I can get and help in getting it all squared and ready too go.

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    I used to sew at least 2 hrs every day, but then my husband retired and I'm lucky to get in 20 minuntes every day. Some days better than others.

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    Sharon I love your avatar quilt. Is it possible you could put picture on post for a better look?

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    I decided the answer to your question is "not enough"! Not nearly enough!!!

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    I manage to steal 15 or 20 minutes at a time throughout the day or evening. On the weekends I can usually get an uninterrupted hour or so if I'm lucky! I would love to spend the better part of the day quilting!

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