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Thread: just curious: how do YOU decide your next project?

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    Well, I saw a table runner I want to make in the last issue of Fons & Porter mag. called twisted triangles. It takes a 60 degree pyramid ruler (their brand of course). The template was in the mag. so I copied it onto cutting board plastic and dove in. I go in spurts in whatever appeals to me at the time. Heaven knows I have enuf stash to tackle about anything but I do try to stay with one thing at a time and finish that before I move on.

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    that question is easy -the project picks us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I too work on one project at a time, Also my sewing area must be in order. I know I am obsessed with neat and clean To ad to my twisted mind...ever since childhood I eat one thing at a time on my plate.All closet doors in my bedroom must be shut when I go to bed etc.Crazy but, somehow I have learned to live with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismstress
    While I am working on one quilt, there will be a batch of fabric on the shelf or a book that jumps into my lap and screams, "make me, make me." So I find myself thinking about the next project while I am still doing one. Sometimes the screaming is so loud, I have to hurry up and finish the current one so I can start the next one and silence the screams.
    Cheryl
    This is what I do too. However, every once in awhile I have to start the new project before the old one is done because it just can't wait! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    that question is easy -the project picks us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So true. Some else said the projects scream Pick me, pick me. I know they do in my sewing studio.

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    BIFTB (Before I found the Board) I would look through old quilting magazines to find a new project. I still always have several going at a time not to mention the UFOs. Now thanks to the richness, variety and inspiration from this board I have notes, printouts and bookmarks all over the place. Really like the idea of having a list or a journal so I have less of a mess and can use it as an inspiration. I want to thank all of you that post pictures and tuts. I don't aways comment but the beauty of your work inspires me. Thank you all.

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    I always have several quilts to work on. My method is to work on them in phases. One time I will just gather my fabrics for a new project, the next day cut, then just machine sew and another time set aside for hand sewing and pinning while I am watching TV. It works for me and offers a diversion from doing the same thing all time. Sometimes I just organize my quilt studio and go through magazines to get new ideas.

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    Since I've returned to quilting, I only physically work on one project at a time; I know I would never finish anything if I skipped around. I do however spend a little time planning out/buying fabric for the next project; and there is always another project!

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    I used to work on one project at a time. Then I worked on two. Now I work on about 6-8 at a time. When I get something close to being finished, I generally devote all my time to that project until it's finished. Otherwise, I just work on whatever is next in line on my table, inserting BOM's as I receive them, and move to the next when I get tired of the current one.

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    I do one at a time. Honestly those bits and pieces in neat named piles are WTD and not WIP or UFOs.



    WTd- work to do. WIP - Work in Progress. UFO - Unidentifiable Fabric Objects.

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    I, too, keep a list on my computer - and note whether it is started, supplies bought, or just an idea for the future.

    In general, I have at least two crochet projects for the hands, one quilt ready to quilt/bind, one quilt half-done, and one more being cut. That way, no matter which technique I feel up to tackling, there is something waiting for me.

    Lynne

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    First I started with basics, and now have migrated to paper peacing. I love it. I had to teach my self how to do the work, but once I past the trial and error part, I still love it. I will still make the other type, but maybe 1 or 2 at a time is enough for me. I love the paper peice on tissue paper so much better than patern paper. I was looking for something that caught my attention, and I use EQ6 so I printed some patterns then traced them to tissue paper, and went to town. Hopefully this one will be done in a couple of weeks, and off to my sisters for quilting. How long does everyone spend making the quilt top? 30-60-90 day or a year?
    mine seem to move thru faster and faster....

    Barbara

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    Well this one isn't hard for me, I generally only do one major project at a time. I have been known to start smaller projects once I send what I have been working on off to be sandwiched/quilted such as table toppers or place mats etc. One it returns and I am binding it then I start to think about the next project. I just don't have the room to have too much out at one time.

    Maybe1day :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    Stick to it? There are people who stick to a plan? I'm confused by your question. Do you mean that you only work on one thing at a time? Is that possible?

    But seriously, to answer your question, I probably have 20 quilts in various states of completion at the moment, from waiting to be quilted, to needing basting, to partially pieced or waiting to be pieced tops. I do whatever catches my eye or interest at any given moment. When I start to feel like there's too much going on, I take those projects that are closest to completion and do those first, to knock things off my list. I make a lot of gifts, but avoid taking commissions or committing myself to gifts for particular holidays. That way, even though I'm making a birthday present, I'm not committed to which birthday a person gets the gift.
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    I am with you!!! PLAN a project??? OMG you have a list???
    :shock:

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    I just finished a really difficult quilt. Dropped it off at the long-arm-quilt-lady's-house yesterday. Now what to do next! Well, it can't be too difficult, because my brain has not recovered from the last project yet! Maybe a small wall hanging, or table topper for Halloween. The LQS block of the month doesn't start until October. Maybe I'll take a vacation for a few weeks to catch my breath. I finished five quilts this summer--all Christmas presents. I might do a few smaller items for Christmas as well.

    I try not to make quilting a "half-to" project but rather a "want-to" thing. So I will pick my next project carefully, so that it is still fun and no too much like work.

    In Fons and Porter, I saw a Halloween Checker Board game that looked like fun. I might give that a try.

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    is this a trick question?

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    I'm so glad that I'm not the only one to have more than one project going at any given time. I have 3 quilts that need quilting (waiting for my quilting frame from Bernina). About 5 wall hangings that need quilting. Making hot pads for Christmas, doing two BOM's and last but not least making a purse. Gee, then I wonder why my husband says my sewing room is a mess!! He makes wood model airplanes and every thing is always nice and neat in his room. I tell him it's because he has so many small parts that he has to keep track of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I signed up for the Round Robin and the deadline is looming, so that project gets bumped to the top. I also promised to fix an old quilt for a friend and she is coming home Labor Day - so there's another top priority. The rest depends on the mood and the occasion.
    What a good friend you are! Could you describe the steps you are going to take to repair your friend's old quilt?

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    I generally have several projects going at once. So whatever my mood I usually go for, unless I have a dead line. I recently finished a 16 block(12" sq.each) Cinco de Mayo from "Karen K Stone Quilts Book" that took me I believe almost 4 years to complete. This was a very tense project and I could not work on it for long periods of time. It was my first all complete paper pieced 48 X48 wall hanging. Once it was finished it was so energizing that I was able to finish up two small quilts in a couple days. There is this other project now hanging over my head that I started several years ago--it is a sampler quilt that I did all by hand piecing. It has one of those odd shaped blocks (it looks latticed)and as I was laying it out to work on, I knocked over the TV tray with the pieces laid out. It so overwhelmed me (the mess) that I put it all back in the tub--and I haven't touched it since. Since I have finished several projects in a very short time I am now ready to tackle this one. I do plan to have it hand quilted by Amish ladies in Iowa. I try to keep a list going of my projects and it is such a sense of accomplishment when I can actually cross them off the list. But on the other hand I just bought some fabric for another project that I had not really planned. It is the paper doll fabric which I will make for my granddaughters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    lol! There is no way I can answer this question.
    I sure can ans. this. My plan was that as soon as I'm
    finish doing FMQ on this tablerunner ( I ran out of thread) I have fabrics all laid out for a new tablerunner for a friend. Ok, so I had to go to Wal Mart today so I just HAD to surf through the fabric dept. Now I'm in the mood to make a pr. of pillow cases. That's because I saw a cpl. of fabrics I just had to do something with. The new runner will have to wait for now.

    I think we're all a little pathetic. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I am that weirdo that LIKES to work on one at a time. If I get too many going, it freaks me out.

    I pick my priorities by deadlines or by alternating techniques. For example, right now I am in the midst of a HUGE curved piecing pp'd project which mean my next one will probably be machine applique, OBW, then a log cabin, then a Thangles by the time I get through those I will be ready to do pp'ing again.
    I am like you seamstome, I prefer to do one at a time. There are a few needed doing like the finish of the teddy bears picnic in final stages of binding being sewn and the threads hidden. I have a baby girl to do a quilt for and also a quilt from our Quilter's Trail where each shop we visit gives us the fabric and pattern for one block. We put all 9 together into a quilt to prove we were on the trip. I also want to do one for DH with music notes in the background and a black silhouette of a singer and microphone. ( He is a karaoke nut) He has been complaining about watching TV and being cold, silly thing won't get a blanket. If I get these done then I will do something for ME.

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    Can I ask please how much do you pay to get your quilts done by LAQ . I just would like a rough idea so I know how much I would need to get one of mine done here in Australia. Prices for the best quilter and best quilt please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    Stick to it? There are people who stick to a plan? I'm confused by your question. Do you mean that you only work on one thing at a time? Is that possible?

    But seriously, to answer your question, I probably have 20 quilts in various states of completion at the moment, from waiting to be quilted, to needing basting, to partially pieced or waiting to be pieced tops. I do whatever catches my eye or interest at any given moment. When I start to feel like there's too much going on, I take those projects that are closest to completion and do those first, to knock things off my list. I make a lot of gifts, but avoid taking commissions or committing myself to gifts for particular holidays. That way, even though I'm making a birthday present, I'm not committed to which birthday a person gets the gift.
    Ladies, Please define "stick to a plan". I am a translator/interpreter by profession(Engl-Finnish-Engl), now retired. This idiom has been deleted from any dictionaries I've ever used in sewing and any crafts whatever! So, I figure it must mean something like "Try out all the blocks in Quilter'sCache and see what they decide to turn into". This, and one major project saying finish me or I'll run away from home. Have a nice day!

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    It means that if you decide to do some thing you stat with what you decided to do until it is finished (I think that is what it stick to a plan means.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismstress
    While I am working on one quilt, there will be a batch of fabric on the shelf or a book that jumps into my lap and screams, "make me, make me." So I find myself thinking about the next project while I am still doing one. Sometimes the screaming is so loud, I have to hurry up and finish the current one so I can start the next one and silence the screams.
    Cheryl
    Whew, it's not all in my head! Fabric and patterns sometimes scream at me too!!! Wow what a relief, it's not all in my head! Thank you so much!!!! :D :D

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