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

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    Stick to it? You've got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!! The next project picks me. And it doesn't wait until I've finished whatever I happen to be working on right now.

    It sneaks into my dreams and won't let go until I start it. Absolutely hopeless to get a good night's sleep until I start it.
    I start planning it in my head when I'm supposed to be going to sleep.

    That's why I have so many WIPs.

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    You get it too? OK good to know I'm not alone. roflmao

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    Life is short, do what you enjoy. It doesn't matter what gets finished or what you have waiting. The pressure to finish sometimes takes the fun out of the project. For me I am always thinking of something new even when I am working on something and sometimes I just have to go to the new project before I forget the excitement of it. I like to have several things going at once. No time to be bored.

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    I know just what you mean about the piecing. It seems like I get a Queen sized pieced in thirty days or less. The last one was really a challenge but it still took me less than thirty days. It's not the tools or methods they have been the same for some time. Wait......could it be experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Quote Originally Posted by Juliebelle
    I used to only do one project at a time but now I find that there are least 3 or 4 going at one time. I tend to get bored or frustrated and then I know it is time to leave it for a while and do something new. Once I get over my hurdle I do go back and finish the oldest project. I am like everyone on this board I am getting so many ideas that I want to do them all. Will have to learn to prioritize ha ha
    Sounds like me!
    Me too. I did one at a time.I didn't start another or even buy the fabric till I was very close to finishing my current one. Then I would have one I was quilting. one I was piecing and one I was cutting out and one I was planning. Now I'm all over the place. I have one I am quilting, (I'm most often a hand quilter) One waiting to be quilted. One I'm adding some applique to cause it needs something.Two I'm hand piecing, (take along projects that will take several years to complete), and one I'm machine piecing. And one that I have started to enlarge by adding a wider border to. One that has been pieced for a year but I don't really care for it, so it sits. And a zillion in my mind. And it's all your fault!!! There are just too many wonderful patterns that everyone has posted and I've become a quiltaholic.

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    Whew !!!! Boy do I feel better to know there are others like me who have many irons in the fire at once! Guess that makes me NORMAL, eh?

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    I use plastic shoe boxes. When an idea hits, I write out as much as I can draw somewhat of a resemblance stick it to the top of the shoe box lid and as I find fabric in it goes. I have about 6 of these stacked up and 2 have everything ready to go as soon as I finish these 2 Quilts for Kids.org. I keep a journal where I write color schemes I see that turn me on, borders, blocks, ideas for quilts. Designs in tiles, whatever that can be used goes into my journal. Of course, I am now on journal # 3. But when I have a creative block, I pull out the journals and flip thru and always it restarts the creativity.

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    What I pay for my long arming varies. A penny and a half to two cents a square inch for basic overal meandering type stuff up to seven cents is the most I have paid for custom. My custom work has always involved working around satin stitched applique which she has to do alot of starting/stopping, positioning types of thing and a couple different motifs which is why she told me it cost more. I have never had anything down as intricate as some of the feathers etc on this board so I cant say about that. I provide my own batting. Some places charge you extra for thread, my LA doesnt and she squares it with serger trimmed edges when she is done.

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    I make mostly baby quilts, and the delivery dates usually decide my plans for me.

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    I'm pretty new at this and only on my 4th quilt but decided when I started to finish up a project before I started another. As I listen to all your stories I wonder if I will be able to stick to that plan. I do like things to stay kinda organized or it gets to crazy for me. Good luck to all of you sorting out what has to be done first.....and last!

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    I usually form my 'pattern' to fit the person I'm making the quilt for, then doing research in all my magazines and books. BUT
    I have a dilema: I'm in the middle of a quilt for my oldest granddaughter. I promised her a quilt for her wedding. Well, they just celebrated their 3rd anniversary.

    And now, my next oldest is getting married in Nov. and I already am planning an Irish Chain quilt for her. Which should I work on next?

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    I have several projects waiting, but none that I specifically chose. Somehow my projects seem to find me. I guess I'm just a sucker for a pretty quilt.

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    I am not really sure how I decide on my next project. They sort of find me I guess?
    Our local craft group is having an "airing of the quilts" in September and so I have been working on quilts for that as well as some Christmas gifts (to break things up a little). A friend has asked me to make her some matching pillow cases to go with a quilt I made for her last year. Just need to work out the dimensions of a pillowcase and how to fit the pattern of the quilt onto it. Thank goodness I have some material left over from it stashed away.
    Have almost finished my quilts now and so am in limbo as to what I will do next project wise?

    Maybe1day

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    I am a newish quilter. I was sure that I would only do one quilt at a tiem. Right now I have finished two and have three more "working on". I am not sure how that happened? And my wish list is getting very long. I don't know if you count material collections as quilts your wourking on? I just want to make them all right now! :) :)

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    My way is simple for me. I have 5 pizza type boxes that I use for WIP's. No more than 5 at any given time. 2 of them are BOM's so not alot of time consuming things. Get the block done, put it in the box and wait til next BOM comes out. I also have a box of squares that I'm making D4 to 9 patch. I work on them randamly as they are destined for small completed projects, table runners, hot pads, etc. I have 4 quilt tops finished just waiting to be quilted but that won't happen til fall when the weather cools down. So I have 2 empty project boxes waiting for something to put in them!

    I have several more projects in mind but at the moment they are still in my head, not put on the *to do* list.

    I originally swore I would only work on one project start to finish before starting another one, but that went out the window! Yesterday I was babysitting my DGD for about 3 hours and we made her momma a pin cushion. (Well, she sat on my lap while I sewed) but it was from her, she's just 3 1/2 and is too hyper to learn to sew just yet. The night before I experimented with making a pot holder and was really pleased how it turned out, until while putting the binding on, I realized I only put one layer of batting in the middle instead of 2. Oh well, it can be used for a candle mat, or a thingey to put under my warm plate as it sits in my lap. (I ususally eat in front of the TV!) Nobody wants to eat at the table.

    Anyway, that is how I'm doing things at the moment. I don't want so many projects going that I won't get anything completed.

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    whatever moves me at the time-sometimes I have 6-12 things going at one time

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    I use plastic shoe boxes. When an idea hits, I write out as much as I can draw somewhat of a resemblance stick it to the top of the shoe box lid and as I find fabric in it goes. I have about 6 of these stacked up and 2 have everything ready to go as soon as I finish these 2 Quilts for Kids.org. I keep a journal where I write color schemes I see that turn me on, borders, blocks, ideas for quilts. Designs in tiles, whatever that can be used goes into my journal. Of course, I am now on journal # 3. But when I have a creative block, I pull out the journals and flip thru and always it restarts the creativity.
    Sounds like a fantastic idea, specially since I make kid's quilts mostly. I was in Menards yesterday and they have their plastic shoe box sized storage containers on sale for 12 for $10. I had enough for all my small notions so I didn't buy any-----------now I have a reason to buy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramma8
    I usually form my 'pattern' to fit the person I'm making the quilt for, then doing research in all my magazines and books. BUT
    I have a dilema: I'm in the middle of a quilt for my oldest granddaughter. I promised her a quilt for her wedding. Well, they just celebrated their 3rd anniversary.

    And now, my next oldest is getting married in Nov. and I already am planning an Irish Chain quilt for her. Which should I work on next?
    Start the Irish Chain far enough that you can say it's strarted, then finish the first.

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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 don't think that you are weird, I do not like to have more than two on the go at a time and then that usually bugs me especially if one is left for a time with nothing done to it -------BUT------ do whatever suits you best, if you can work with lots things in pieces then do so.

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    Like most of you , I have different projects going on and need to do the one that is most urgent for a deadline - just not enought time in a day... does anyone know where I can find a store that sells "TIME" I could use lots more of it in a day! hee hee

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    Right now it is a birthday jean quilt and a wedding throw, after that it will be Christmas. God bless.

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    I usually let the fabric I like the best dictate which project I work on first. Typically I will go into a quilt store and find a particular fabric I'm in love with at that moment. Next Idecide what I will do with it. Am I going to make a bag, a table runner a comfort quilt, or did someone ask me to make a project for them. I sort of let "The Universe" guide me! The quilting Gods are out there....HaHa Ha! We must worship them by purchasing fabric regularly. The more you are excited about a project, the more likely you are going to finish it.

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    Because I cannot just go out and buy fabric either, I work on projects as I accumulate the fabrics for it. I collect from thrift stores and yard sales, etc. so I keep my list and what colors I need for each project. When I have enough, I start cutting and working on that project. I am also doing the Clotilde row of the month with others here, but that is scrappy, so it is always on the list each month till I get that row done.
    Besides the row of the month, right now I am working on a quilt for my DGD. I am also collecting fabric for a quilt for my DGS, and my DS and DD.
    Our addition is almost finished, so I have just started carrying around a piece of the wallpaper border to collect fabric for a Hocus Focus quilt for my new master bedroom. I am so excited about that one!!! It may take me a year or more, but I will get it done. Because I have a disability and fibromyalgia, I do not set deadlines for myself. I don't need that kind of stress or extra pressure. I just work when I can and enjoy the process of finding the fabrics and sewing when I can. OH, yes and the best part, of visiting here on the board when I can't be sewing or searching!!

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