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Thread: I need help focusing

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    Senior Member cminor's Avatar
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    So here I am - ready to go, enough fabric that I can't complain. I have rulers, mats, rotery cutters, you name it. I go to Joeanns at least a couple times a week. Sometimes to just look. I am on this board it seems all the time.

    I enjoy making different types of blocks becuase I don't get board, but I stuggle with the measuring and cutting part more than I expected. So, I need to settle down, pick some colors and get something finished, but I just can't decide.

    I think my problem is my fabric colors are all over the place. When I look at them I don't see anything consistant. Then I start to overanalyze and next thing you know I do one pretty block with no destination in mind because I want to do something.

    I see so many pretty quilts, but just never get the uumph to get started.

    Anyone have any suggestions? I think I have finally gotten over my problem of cutting smaller pcs off my yardage so the sky should be the limit for me. . .I just can't decide on any one pattern without getting completly overwhelmed. Not to mention thinking none of my colors go together when I am sure they do. I am just being over critical. . .

    HELP! :oops:

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    Maybe you could start with an easier quilt pattern like the Turning twenty patterns, or fat qtr patterns. Get yourself going with a simple quilt and go from there. I find once I get going then it escalates from there. The Turning Twenty patterns can be used with an assortment of colors nad turn out good every time. Not much thinking to have to do. Hope this helps.

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    How about choosing one block (maybe the one in your avatar) and make it lots of times with different fabrics. That way the fabrics in each block go together, but when you put the quilt top together it won't matter that they're all different. I am doing this with the Ohio Star block.

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    You like to make all kinds of blocks so make a sampler quilt.

    Pick 3 or 4 fabrics that go together and one basic background fabric. Look on quilterscache for block patterns you like and start sewing!

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    I vote for the sampler, too!

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    How about doing a "sampler" kit quilt? Just to get going. The different blocks keep you interested and the fabric is chosen for you. I never regret starting that way.

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    A sampler is the way to go - you won't get bored making the same block, you can make it as big as you want, and you get lots of practice with different techniques.

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    Pick 2 blocks that will go together, then pick fabrics for them that complement each other. Then go to town!!

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    Or how about trying a smaller project--maybe a wall hanging or pot holders????

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    i have the same problem--i think until you see something that really MOTIVATES you, you will be stuck. i've got to get really excited about something to make it--really LOVE it! So what'll it be?

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    All good suggestions. One I did myself was to pick out a block that seemed my speed, enlarged it, and picked out fabrics to match. It uses two colors and I picked six that go together, then made the block in mirror images color wise in the three color ways.

    OK, so I'm only starting on the second color set, finished block size 18". Learning as I go, but it did give me the excuse to get the 20 1/2" square ruler (with coupon, at JoAnn's.) :-)

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    Take a class then you will be forced to do something.
    Also, have you considered that you may be ADD? Sounds like the symptoms of Adult ADD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    Take a class then you will be forced to do something.
    Also, have you considered that you may be ADD? Sounds like the symptoms of Adult ADD.
    I like the rec for taking a class.

    And I have adult ADD and I have the same problem, though I usually just have too many things going at once, so it takes longer to finish.....

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    Thanks for all the advice. The problem with the sampler is I don't think I have enough fabric to choose the colors - again I know I am being too critical, but when I do a sampler quilt - I want it to be really nice. Not something that I just learned on. Crazy I know since that is kind of the point! :)

    I am going to do a turning 20. I realized you can't get the pattern for free so I made my own up. I did 3 blocks already and I do actually feel like I got something acomplished. I am going to use all lighter colors to try and make the different pcs blend a little. This is one case where I don't want any of the pieces to pop. I have a bunch of FQ's and although I know I am not cutting them the best way, I am getting it done. And I do like it.

    Maybe if I complete a project I will get that sewing room my DH keeps promising!

    I have done wall hangings - but I don't really want to do something that I won't use. I want to make something that I can curl up with on the couch.

    If I get home early enough tomorrow - and if there is no snow (Crazy right!) like today I will take some pictures with the sunlight.

    It is amazing how differnt the colors look in sun vs. house lighting.

    Thanks for all the advice and I think it really did get me going in the right direction.

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    I just did a search and you might try this pattern

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...nine_patch.htm

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    lots of free quilting patterns here including the turning 20 and disappearing 9 patch

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Quick-Easy-Quilt-Patterns

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    Thanks!!! :)

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    Are your fabrics all organized by color, type, amount? Sometimes just putting them together, or moving one color/print next to another and playing with them, while looking through patterns helps.
    I have a couple patterns or ideas of things I want to make and have started to collect fabrics so I have enough for that project.
    I search the internet, magazines, books and such until I find something that just HITS me. It takes time sometimes.
    Do you have a color in mind for the one you want to curl up with? A print perhaps?
    Good luck. It will come to you.

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    I love to try new blocks. Our quilt group does lap quilts for nursing homes,Hospice and for a agency for unwed Mothers. So I try a new block and then make each block for a different color etc from my stash. Because a lap quilt isn't large, it gives me lots of practice with putting the blocks together and using different color combinations. I'm willing to bet that they all find a loving home.

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    I would start with a lap size or baby quilt and you can finish it maybe before you get bored with it. A queen or king size if very imtimidating.

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    Go through your stash and pick a piece of fabric you absolutely love---the color, the design---whatever appeals to you. Then pick out 2-3 colors that look "right" with your focus fabric.

    Make a lap size quilt or throw. It will be "doable". It will be an easier size to start and actually finish.

    Turning twenty would be a good design or rail fence. Pick a block that you like and feel confident about doing.

    I am a relative newby (only a couple of years under my belt) and I have yet to make anything larger than a lap size or crib size. I am "terrified" of having a whole closet of UFOs...... :mrgreen:

    Good luck! The main thing to remember is to have fun!

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    I have the same problem. I keep a journal with a running list of ideas and projects. Then I follow Carol Doak's ideas for organizing a project. which means write down the fabrics by copying the list of fabrics on your patter;list them according to directions. select which part to do first then put that pile next to a small dish or meat tray. cut and slice label all on the tray and begin..
    I found that foundation quilting organizes me
    carol(ceegee)

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    Lots of great advise. I'm not real good at putting fabric together either. I guess thats why I like scrappy.
    Thanks for all the advise. :-D

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    I started with a very simple baby quilt. I think it was the whole finished product that excited me rather than a block or blocks. Of course, after that I thought I was a pro and started a very difficult pattern and it has never been finished. Moved on to patterns that were on me skill level and have worked myself up. Maybe it is time to pull out that second project.

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