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    Unhappy I need motivation

    I finished up another quilt top. Now I have 8 that need to be sandwiched and quilted. I even have 5 bats and 7 backings. So why do I procrastinate? Or is it fear of FMQ on my domestic??? I should bring at least 3 to the LQS for them to do. I like to start projects, but then lose interest. I have already traced out the pattern for a fish wall hanging that I will start cutting tomorrow. Any suggestions on how to get motivation and get them done?

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    Are any gifts?

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    I don't think I would worry about it. If you don't want to finish them, just don't. They can always wait until you are in the mood...or not at all. Or maybe you want to stitch in the ditch or crosspatch, or stitch near the ditch, etc....instead of FMQ?

    If I were you, I'd just sew on what I wanted. Or....if you feel you really want to do them but just can't get started, how about a reward system. I always reward myself for doing something (or even just starting something) that I don't want to do. (I would never clean bathrooms without a reward in mind. )

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    Only one is a gift. and it is for my husband. He has been waiting 3 years for it.

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    There's a lot to be said for the finishing processes after piecing. I HATE the sandwich process. Mostly because I have small rooms with no large area to spread out or spread flat the sandwich. If I get on the floor, I can barely get up after a short time. If I'm bent over a bed or table for long, I'm sore for days.

    Bringing to a long arm quilter is expensive, and though well worth it, probably isn't the answer to every quilt you make. Maybe you just don't enjoy doing the FMQ yourself or don't feel confident? Have you tried or like to do hand quilting? Maybe mixing up between the three alternatives would give you some enjoyment?

    Perhaps there's someone on the QB that loves to quilt, hates to piece and you could work out some sort of mutual agreeable swap/arrangement.

    Maybe after all that quilting you just need a little rest. Piecing eight quilts is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. Would love to see pics of your tops.

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    Make a bargain. You don't get any gifts until his gift is finished.

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    I am a huge believer that the best gift I can give myself is using a Long Arm Pro.... I made the promise to myself several years ago that I would sell some of my finished quilts if I had to, in order to have some one else quilt my tops. The thought of shoving and straining in the quilting process was not the way to have a hobby I love. I still quilt some smaller things, but bed quilts .... out they go to the pro!
    I think I would even give up chocolate to have my quilts done by a pro.... I would even sell some stash ( which I have) to send them out to a pro.

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    I don't consider myself a quilter - I'm a top maker. I love picking out a pattern, picking out the fabrics, cutting it, and piecing it and then I'm done. I am not interested in quilting it. I have found a wonderful lady who does all of my quilting for a reasonable price and that is where they go when I'm done.
    As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

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    I like making big tops and get hung up at the sandwiching stage. If it is under 60" it will get done, but just the thought of trying to sandwich 104" leaves me tired. I enjoy the quilting. I just have to find someone that will make the sandwich for me. LOL
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    I too have trouble laying out my quilts not possible for me to get on floor live in small apt. my dinning table is about the size of a card table just no way to lay out my tops I have tried the birthing method but that doesn't really work either, I just dont know what to do other than just make small projects I am currently working on baby quilt right now for my expected 4 gr gr grands

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    Sorry, no suggestions here. I'm still trying to get motivated just to make one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    I always reward myself for doing something (or even just starting something) that I don't want to do. (I would never clean bathrooms without a reward in mind. )

    Dina
    I love this approach! What rewards do you use? Do you have a sliding scale? (I would need a larger reward for bathrooms...)
    Alison

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    I finally decided that I could only start a new quilt for every two tops I finished quilting. That way I will slowly catch up with the pile of tops I have. I like the planning and piecing so much more than the finishing.

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    I have the same problems, the sandwich is the big stopper for me. No room.
    Suzanne
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    Have them quilted. Look around in small towns around where you live. Quilting services seem to be less expensive in small towns where people are on fixed incomes. I bring mine to a small town about 2 hours away where my brother lives. I pay around $28.00 for a lap quilt and for the same service, here in the city it would run at least $100. Well worth the drive, even with gas prices. I just make sure I bring more than one at a time to her. I appreciate my quilter and she appreciates my business.
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    I found some motivation and brought 2 quilts to the LQS for them to quilt. I also bought the backing for one I want to try at home and I am in the middle of FMQ'ing another with a printed back. I also finished a wall hanging. I wish my camera would let me put picks on the computer and the board. maybe I will borrow my girlfriend's camera or laptop so I can post some pics when they are done.

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    I'm having the same problem now. I think it is I just want to be outside after the winter. I took a long walk this morning, but still didn't sit at the machine.

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    For those who don't have a large space for basting a quilt sandwich together, you can have a longarmer baste the sandwich for you. No crawling around on the floor, etc. Another option is to use a no-baste frame, if you can fit one somewhere and just store it away when not in use. Even if you want to lap quilt by hand or FMQ by machine, you can use the no-baste frame just to get the sandwich together, basted and ready to go, right? Just my thoughts...

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    No room for basting?

    There is NO WAY I can crawl around on my floor to baste because of an old knee injury. I've developed my own technique that I have used for quite awhile now...
    I baste all my quilts on my old dining room table, 1/4th of the quilt at a time. The fabric and batting hang over the edges of the table as I'm working on a particular section. You could tape the backing to the table if you like, I never have. I make sure that all the layers are lying smoothly on the table top. Once I get 1/4 basted, I slide everything over and make sure that the layers are all lying smoothly before I start on the next section. I do it this way for both thread basting and pin basting. I've never had any trouble with puckers, and I've been doing it this way for many years.

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