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How many projects do you work on simultaneously?

Old 04-16-2021, 08:28 AM
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I usually have a few in various stages, ; tops read to be quilted, monthly ( or weekly) projects, a travel / hand project and whatever New or in the works project that isn’t part of a program or sew along
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:44 AM
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Wow - you all truly amaze me.

I seem to be at a stage of my life that if I get out of bed, get showered and dressed, and go grocery shopping (at only one store) - that has been a full day for me.

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Old 04-16-2021, 09:16 AM
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I work on one project at a time but have been known to work as many as two when necessary. I don't like UFO's hanging around & not being finished. When I first started to quilt, the gal that got me hooked always had tons of UFO's. I never understood why she didn't go ahead & finish them so they could get the precious use that they were intended for. Told myself that I would never get like that & have stuck to it.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:03 AM
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I have as many as I want. Sometimes I finish my UFO’s and then start something new, sometimes I let them percolate for a while until I feel like working on them.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:07 AM
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I use to do one at a time. For the donation quilts I wait and sandwich 4 or more then I start quilting and finishing them up. I try to make and finish however many I can by end of October.

I also have one for me to quilt and am cutting another QAYG one started for me. Mine will get finished after the donation quilts are out the door.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:27 AM
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Right now, I'm just getting started on my niece's quilt, I have two others that needs to be sandwiched and finished that will get done sometime in the next two or three months. I have three other quilts in the design phase and for a backup project, I have the Rainbow Bridge wall hanging.

I am like Stitchnripper, I don't have a stash. I keep a bolt of natural colored Muslin, some white and black in small yardage piles for backgrounds and that's it. When I am ready to start another quilt, that's when I buy the fabric, then once it's done, I buy the batting and backing. I have such a small space in the room that I am quilting in, it's not logical for me to keep a huge stash of fabric. The way I see it, it keeps me organized, on-track and I'm able to complete the projects I start working on. I just came into the bullet journal craze this year, I have everything listed, including future quilts.

As far as what active projects I have going, just my niece's and the wall hanging. When I'm finished with her quilt, then I'll pick up my sister's. One quilt always going, with the wall hanging to fall back on if I get tired or I feel my sew-jo is about to up and leave me. I don't even have the urge to have that many projects going at once, I'd rather be slow and steady and complete what I'm working on first before I start another.
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Old 04-16-2021, 11:51 AM
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I work on however many quilts I feel like working on at any given time. Right now, I am piecing two projects and quilting two projects- 3 of these will be completed within the next month or so. The 4th will probably take longer as it is an improv. piece and I only work on it when I've got my design wall freed up. Right now, I also have about 20 UFOs. My UFOs always get finished eventually. They become UFOs because I get tired of working on them, or because I've hit a design or technical snag and need to let them sit until a solution presents itself to me- at which point, they get finished. Over the years I've had as many as 40 UFOs and as few as 10. I like variety, so I enjoy being able to work on multiple things at once.

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Old 04-16-2021, 12:32 PM
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What an interesting mix of methods!

I have one at the longarmer's and will need borders when it gets back, six ready for sandwiching/quilting - one will probably go to the longarmer - one that I'm appliqueing in blocks, three that are still in blocks and about 15-20 that I've drawn in EQ and bought the fabric to make. So, 25-30 which are "active" - but most of them are taking a nap, right now.

Some of them have been taking a nap since I bought EQ6. 😄

I work on one obsessively until it's done or I'm sick of looking at it, whichever comes first.

Almost always willing to take off in a new direction at the drop of a hat. Look, squirrel!!!

OCD and ADD are a heckuva combination!
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:40 PM
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I have organized much of my stash and bundles into planned projects, and am working on prepping, or kitting, those; I cut and sew to whatever extent is most easily stored. These prep quilts serve as my leader/ender projects. This year I have joined three BOMs (from the board's Quilting Challenges section) with the aim of using up bundles that I bought with no purpose in mind. I prefer to piece one quilt at a time, and it has proven something of a challenge to juggle these three projects at once. My normal mode is to be leader/endering a prepped quilt while piecing a main project, and basting, quilting or binding a third. I also have separate applique and hand-quilting projects, which are longer-term and worked on in the evenings.

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Old 04-16-2021, 12:56 PM
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I work on 5 or 6 at a time. All in different stages and different types. Applique to piecing. They usually collect at the sandwiching stage. So this year I am making a point to show one completed quilt a month at each Guild Meeting. It will start off easy, I have about 8 tops to be sandwiched and quilted.
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