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Thread: I am starting to feel like a real quilter....

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    I am starting to feel like a real quilter....

    I am one of those people who is goal orientated. Once I start a project, I have to complete it before I start another project. There have been several times lately when I finished a quilt and didn't know what to do. I went blank at starting another project, had nothing in mind, and couldn't decide what to do next.

    It is not a feeling I like, so I have started a new way of thinking. Right now I have one quilt in blocks on my design wall, one quilt "to be built" with fabric already selected, and another quilt where I just have the pattern selected. When I finish this current project, I won't have the "lost feeling" that I have had before, wondering what to start next. I have been known to waste days trying to figure out what to create next.

    This makes me feel more like a real quilter, as I notice many quilters have many Works in Progress going at once. I sort of have that going now, and it feels good.

    I just had to let someone know that I am beginning to feel like a real quilter.

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    You go girl!!! It is so much fun to have what I refer to as quilters brain!! Keep the projects lined up and post some pics!

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    Congratulations! you're a Quilter...with a capital Q!

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    You are a REAL QUILTER!!!! I wish I was a little more like you. I wish ai could finish unprotect before moving on to another. Right now I have about 3 half finished quilts, 6 patterns and material bought just waiting to be started, 1 tote bag, 1 knitted poncho 3/4 done, and lots of little projects like pot holders at all different stages.
    I feel like I never have anything to show for my time that I spend at my machine.
    My New Year's Resolution will be to finish a project before I move onto the next one.......LOL..... though resolutions are made to be broken aren't they!!! LOL

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    I am like you. I prefer to finish one project before actually beginning another. Oh, I have zillions of ideas in my head, so many that when I finish one, I just pull one from my mind and begin working on it. Not much lull between projects!
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    Funny, I have 3 or 4 lined up. All the fabrics set aside together and then I walk into the sewing room and don't know which to do next. But I also have three to be finished...one is sandwiched and pinned - another needs to be sandwiched - and the last has about 1/3 of the blocks done.
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    I tend to have several things going at once. Mainly because I get bored easily. If I am in between big quilting projects and ever get that would should I do next, I will grab my holiday fabric and do some form of decoration for the house until I know for sure what I want to do. Ex: toilet toppers for each holiday or a wall hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmbQuilt View Post
    I tend to have several things going at once. Mainly because I get bored easily. If I am in between big quilting projects and ever get that would should I do next, I will grab my holiday fabric and do some form of decoration for the house until I know for sure what I want to do. Ex: toilet toppers for each holiday or a wall hanging.
    Me too! I have a few things going at once otherwise I get bored and don't want to work on it anymore. I was going strong with my Jacob's Ladder then the next day didn't want to work on it. I'm slowly trying to use Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders to get my four patches and hst done. But I also have my brother's custom quilt to work on, a denim circle quilt that I haven't touched in a while and a GFG that is slowly making progress on my breaks at work. Oh, and a mystery quilt and there are a thousand more patterns saved on my computer and drawn on graph paper.
    It's not a mistake, it's an unconscious decision to change the pattern.

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    See, you all have those ideas of "what is next" right there in your head. I am envious, but I am working on creating this mind set!!

    Dina

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    You go girl! I know exactly what you are saying. I have several WIPs around so when I get tired of working on one project I can switch to another and do something different for a while.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Yeah!!! Now you have to add a few UFO's to really stir the pot.
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    Isn't it great when a plan comes together this nicely? I am so happy you have found a way to get around that block
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    You are not alone.....seriously though, I don't think it's scatterbrained to have more than one thing on the go....I find it keeps your interest and creativity levels up. I like to always do handpiecing/quilting in the evenings, so I can spend time with my hardworking fella. I have three main projects on the boil at the moment, and am cutting and setting aside fabric in bags for two future projects. Oh and then there's the hundreds of patterns/quilts/bags whirling around in my head on the "to do list".

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    If I run out of ideas, I think about who's got a birthday coming up? Who's going to have the next baby? Is there a some kind of gala that I want to offer an auction quilt for? What is the next season and do I need something for the house to decorate with? Any friends that you owe a big THANK YOU too? This kind of thinking means I never have time to make anything for myself, but I am constantly busy with one project or another. My problem is that I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time. If I get bored, I switch back and forth between piecing and quilting. Works for me!
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    wait until you have about 32 UFO's, another 20+ PIGS, and a stash of over 3,000 yards..THEn you might be a quilter..hehehe...I think!

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    Yip, you are getting there! Now you just need the bucket list of quilts you want to make - or absolutely 'have to make'.

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    Now, when you learn the fabric for the binding of a finished quilt has just been cut into squares to start another project--then, and only then, can you call yourself a real quilter. piecefully, the old one

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    I do one at a time. I have ideas for other things but I can't have more than 1 going at any given time. It just drives me nuts. Plus I have so much crammed into my little sewing room I would probably use the wrong material in the wrong quilt. As I type this I remembered I have 1 WIP a string quilt. That is it.

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    I have many projects going because I don't have money to buy batting or backing! Does this happen to anyone else???

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    You are getting there! I have several WIPs and eat, drink and sleep quilting! I mean that! I actually think about quilting in my sleep! Pretty scary, huh?
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I bet you are looking forward to the new ones waiting...I know I do. It makes me work at finishing the one I am on so I can get to the next one.

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