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    I know what you mean. We always say so much fabric so little time. That is true for someone who is 15 or 50. Just have fun.

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    I am so glad everyone is posting about this topic.. I am brand new, in fact justs finished my first project... I have a bit of stress thinking the same thing that I dont have enough time to get things done ... in fact I told my honey the other day.. that I hope I live long enough to get all the things done I want to do :)

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    I hope this helps you ! After having given up all my hobbies while being crtiically ill for about three years ( and trust me, I have NO idea why I am still on this earth), I have recovered enough to be able to sew and quilt and design and make gemstone jewelry and move into a new home AND our oldest grandson graduates from high school in two months and I will be there ! So time lost, yeah, but I'm almost 69 and going for it ! Some may only get a table runner, but if it's all made with love, that's good enough for me. Just keep plugging along and you will accomplish what you need too ! Hugs, Sara

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    I'm 76 and have enough fabric to quilt until I am 96. When you retire, you will have the best time of your life.

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    I'm 77 and just started quilting, so dont fret, you have a lot of time left. -- J.

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    WOW....girl, you are just a baby. I will be 67 in April and will quilt until I die. Have to...cause I have to much fabric to use up!

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    I started learning to sew and quilt at the same time eleven months ago, at the age of 64. Couldn't use a sewing machine, couldn't even wind a bobbin!Started with a table runner and since then I've made 4 single bed quilts(one completely hand pieced and hand quilted), 3 lap quilts, 12 small table runners for friends, a queen sized quilt(just starting to hand quilt this), and am now working on a hand appliqued lap quilt. I became obsessed and it's the most fun I ever had, but I couldn't do it if I wasn't retired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    At 57 you are just a baby. My grandmothers were sewing in their 90's & my aunt is 88 & still doing beautiful hand embroidery. You have lots of time. I started quilting when I was 55 & have more quilts than I know what to do with.
    Thanks Donna! Your grandmothers and aunt put me to shame, that is very encouraging. I guess I just need to relax and enjoy the process as so many have suggested. I just love this board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joygross
    I am so glad everyone is posting about this topic.. I am brand new, in fact justs finished my first project... I have a bit of stress thinking the same thing that I dont have enough time to get things done ... in fact I told my honey the other day.. that I hope I live long enough to get all the things done I want to do :)
    Welcome to the board joygross!! Everyone is suggesting that I relax and have fun with it so I think that is what we need to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saraaev
    I hope this helps you ! After having given up all my hobbies while being crtiically ill for about three years ( and trust me, I have NO idea why I am still on this earth), I have recovered enough to be able to sew and quilt and design and make gemstone jewelry and move into a new home AND our oldest grandson graduates from high school in two months and I will be there ! So time lost, yeah, but I'm almost 69 and going for it ! Some may only get a table runner, but if it's all made with love, that's good enough for me. Just keep plugging along and you will accomplish what you need too ! Hugs, Sara
    Sara I'm so glad you have recovered and still doing what you want to do! It sounds like you are going to be busy and enjoying every minute of it. Hugs to you too! Sue

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    Thanks so much for all the encouragment! You are all right, I just need to relax and have fun with it. And, as a few said, I will have a blast when I retire! That is what I'm living for....retirement! LOL. Love and hugs to all of you!

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    I understand how you feel...I started quilting at age 79 and will have my 80th in 2 months. I sew daily and just cant seem to get enough. Or do enough! I have so many pictures of quilts that I want to do - and there just doesnt seem to be enough time to get them all done. Poor eyesight, arthritis and confusion seem to get in the way....

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    enjoy the process and it will go more smoothly...i think you have plenty of time...i hope you make one for yourself, too;-)

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    Aren't we just the fortunate ones though? Having this wonderful hobby with endless possibilities to explore. Oh YES!

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    I remember a "Dear Abby" quote from years ago. Someone wrote because they thought it might not be worth going back to school at their age (over 50, I think.) and that it would take 4 years to finish. Abby responded by asking her old she would be in 4 years if she DIDN'T start school. Good question. I try to remember that, especially now that I'm over 50. I'm not dead yet, and neither are you! Keep quilting, not only for yourself, but for those who appreciate and treasure what you make for them.

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    I'm 56, I hated sewing when I was young, but, as I got older, and my daughter asked me if I would make a blanket, and curtains for a girl. I look at things I like and go home and make them. I made a blanket, curtains and a hanging diaper bag with no pattern. I got hooked on sewing. About a year later I got into quilts and I have made a few. Right now I am tying a queen sized bargello quilt for my niece. I have a list of family members to make quilts for. No rush times. My own pace, which is slow, but, I am enjoying what I do. Just take one day at a time and enjoy your work and have fun doing your quilts. You will see them coming together a little quicker

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    I too, was a late bloomer, I was 58 and still learning at 68. I may not be the fastest quilter or the best but I am having a great time. Just do what you can do, and enjoy. Jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    With all the projects and ideas I got, I will have to live at least 120 yrs.

    Don't worry, just enjoy what you are doing.
    Same here, but look at all the fun we're going to have on the way! :thumbup:

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    For the grandkids at least, you might want to try making raggy flannel quilts. My husband and I made 24 in 14 months, and I work fulltime. The kids all loved them, and the adults loved theirs too. I posted pictures of some of the quilts on this board on March 19th if you care to check them out.

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    I was 19 when the bug bit. I was mournful that it would take so long to learn when others had been doing it their entire lives. That was 38 years ago and I still want to do more quilts than there will be time for, even if I live to be a 100.

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    I remember that Dear Abby question. At 34 I had the chance to finish college. That was the question I asked myself. Took me 5 years but I graduated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley
    Thanks so much for all the encouragment! You are all right, I just need to relax and have fun with it. And, as a few said, I will have a blast when I retire! That is what I'm living for....retirement! LOL. Love and hugs to all of you!
    Susan

    I'm the same age as you. I started quilting about 7 years ago, but don't have a lot to show for it yet, partly because I'm a chronic non-finisher and partly because until 6 weeks ago I had to work fulltime. I used to get frustrated and upset about the lack of time available to do the things I wanted to do, including quilting, and shared your fear that there'd never be the time, so I do understand. I realised that I was spoiling my own enjoyment by pressurising myself. In the end I hid all my ufos away so that I didn't have to look at them, because it fed that pressure - I'm now doing a ufo challenge and focusing on one at a time. I looked very hard at how I was spending my free time to make sure none was wasted - eg mindless TV watching, too much time on the computer etc. I also resolved to get healthy and stay that way to make sure I get as many quilting years as possible. Am still working on that! Then 3 months ago I quite suddenly and unexpectedly got the opportunity to retire, and am now 6 weeks in, blissfully happy and spending my afternoons quilting. It will happen for you too. In the meantime, focus on enjoying each day, each session at your sewing machine. And don't let other people put pressure on you either - this is your hobby, you choose what you want to do, which should be whatever will give you most pleasure right now. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley
    Thanks so much for all the encouragment! You are all right, I just need to relax and have fun with it. And, as a few said, I will have a blast when I retire! That is what I'm living for....retirement! LOL. Love and hugs to all of you!
    Susan

    I'm the same age as you. I started quilting about 7 years ago, but don't have a lot to show for it yet, partly because I'm a chronic non-finisher and partly because until 6 weeks ago I had to work fulltime. I used to get frustrated and upset about the lack of time available to do the things I wanted to do, including quilting, and shared your fear that there'd never be the time, so I do understand. I realised that I was spoiling my own enjoyment by pressurising myself. In the end I hid all my ufos away so that I didn't have to look at them, because it fed that pressure - I'm now doing a ufo challenge and focusing on one at a time. I looked very hard at how I was spending my free time to make sure none was wasted - eg mindless TV watching, too much time on the computer etc. I also resolved to get healthy and stay that way to make sure I get as many quilting years as possible. Am still working on that! Then 3 months ago I quite suddenly and unexpectedly got the opportunity to retire, and am now 6 weeks in, blissfully happy and spending my afternoons quilting. It will happen for you too. In the meantime, focus on enjoying each day, each session at your sewing machine. And don't let other people put pressure on you either - this is your hobby, you choose what you want to do, which should be whatever will give you most pleasure right now. Good luck!
    Very good advice annesthread! Thank you! And Welcome to the Board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janb
    I understand how you feel...I started quilting at age 79 and will have my 80th in 2 months. I sew daily and just cant seem to get enough. Or do enough! I have so many pictures of quilts that I want to do - and there just doesnt seem to be enough time to get them all done. Poor eyesight, arthritis and confusion seem to get in the way....
    But you are still going at it!! That's what I hope for! Happy birthday janb!!!

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    Great Idea!

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