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    Multiple Projects

    How do you manage your sewing when you have multiple projects you are doing or want to do? I'm making "tag" blankets for my grandkids but also have quilting projects I want to work on! I'm retired so I'm home most of the time.

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    I have a little timer that I use to time myself as to how long I'll be on the computer, quilting, reading, cross stitching, etc. Usually, I'll spend at least an hour on a project and then move on to something else. However, if there is a show that DH wants me to watch with him, I'll cross stitch in the living room.

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    i have trouble working on the same project for long periods of time [probably ADD]. when i'm tired of doing one, or come to a point that i have to think about the next step, i just work on something else. isn't retirement great !?!
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    Currently I have 3 tops to FMQ, 1 set of blocks ready to assemble into a top, 1 baby blanket 1/2 crocheted, 1 red work top I'm working on, 1 set of embroidery blocks to put into a top, 1 quilt top to put on the frame to handquilt,1 ongoing Spiderweb scrap top........and a Partridge in a pear tree! and what did I work on this week? A easy square casserole carrier from QB.

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    I don't have as many projects going on as Tartan but do have a few. Sometimes I just feel like sitting in front of the TV and working on my Grandmothers Flower Garden. So far this year I have made a table topper from a Snibbles pattern, finished an Irish Chain and have it ready to bind and finished another top and have it to the quilter to be quilted. So glad to be getting tops finished. I have so many to finish that it stresses be to think of them. Just want to get them done so I can move on to new projects that are on my bucket list.
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    I'm retired and I switch around on my projects all the time.

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    Ideally for me I try to have different projects in different stages, i.e., 1 being cut; 1 being assembled; 1 being quilted, etc. This way, depending on my mood or time or location, I can work on different things. I cut/sew in my sewing room. I (hand) quilt in the LR watching TV in the evenings. Or I can take a quilting project with me if I'm doing hand sewing (not too often).

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    I have several quilt tops all in different stages that Im working on. Im retired also. I spend my daytime hours in my sewing room and after dinner usually sit in the livingroom and do hand work. Three years ago I started a Dresdan Plate Quilt. My New Years Eve resolution was to finish some things. I finished that today, and started another UFO. But its all good and so much fun!!

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    Oh After years of trying I just can't do more than one at a time. I am messy enough with one project.... Two would be a real disaster area. I learned from trying to do mutilples that I am more than likely to never finish one or more of the projects. Recently I revisted the concept ... and yep there has been a OBW on my design board for 9 months now...

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    I just had to put all my unfinished projects but one away in a closet so that I could concentrate on just this one. It's much easier than if I could see the others pulling me toward them every time I looked around the room. I hope I have the strength to take out just one "new" UFO when this project is finished.
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    I'm weird, I make myself work on something until I finish it. My quilting guild does have small projects each month and I will do them, but then back to my major project until complete. Someone called it self control, but I just think it's learning how to use what spare time i had while working. I love this retirement and wish I could of done it 20 years ago!

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    i love retirement. and i have 3 ufo and
    started another one. i keep telling myself
    finish the one you started, but then i find something
    else to start. so much fun.

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    Me too!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    i love retirement. and i have 3 ufo and
    started another one. i keep telling myself
    finish the one you started, but then i find something
    else to start. so much fun.

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    What is a tag blanket?

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    A tag blanket is the newest thing among the younger set. It's a small blanket about 16"x16" or a little bigger. You use any type of soft fabric, maybe add something for texture, and use ribbons or trim to put small loops all around each side. I have four grandchildren and three of them are 14 months and younger, so I'm making one for each.

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    I hadn't heard about these. How are they used ?

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    Right now is the first time I've had multiple projects going at the same time since I started quilting. I'm working on some very labor intensive wolf panels with a LOT of detail, so I've just finished 8 baby burp cloths on which I practiced my FMQ, & then I traced a pattern from one of my magazines onto tracing paper & would be cutting it out if I hadn't lost the fabric! Now I'm waiting for more of it to come in the mail! I just work on each whenever I feel like it & celebrate as I finish each one. :-) I'm about 1/2 done with #3 of 4 wolf panels, so I'm getting them done, albeit slowly.
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    I keep each project in a clear plastic bin - pattern, fabric, sometimes even thread. That way nothing is missing when I go to work on it again. I have the pattern facing the outside of the bin so I can easily tell which is which and I work on the one that I am in the mood to do.
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    I wish I were retired! I'm so jealous!

    I CAN'T do much more than one thing at a time - one small project for open class, one big quilt in the piecing/assembly stage, one in design but already bought the fabric, and one small UFO to mull over.

    Cherylsea's idea of organizing them is a good one, especially including the thread!
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    I have the same problem! This year I am rotating a new project and WIP. Hopefully I will get more done.

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    I have lots of UFO"S but eventually i will get them done I HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!

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    I find that changing what I am working on is a good thing. I had planned on a lap quilt but when I saw it, I didn't like the front. So, overnight I came up with a different idea for it and now I want to work on it again. I am going to turn it into puppy quilts for our local shelter.

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    I'm at the age now where I do have to keep a list of the things I want to finish in 2012 and a deadline (if there is one). I keep the projects together in jumbo plastic bags so that I am not hunting for all the pieces when I get ready to work on a particular project. I am also retired and absolutely LOVE it. I am very busy, but it is with things I want to do, not what I have to do. Life is good!

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    I will designate certain blocks of sewing for each project. If I know I am only going to have a shorter stint (two young kids at home means sewing time is scarce and often interrupted) then I may work on a project that is more easily interrupted. If I have longer stretches of time (and hubby has eyes on the wee ones) I bust out my never-ending FMQ project or any other project that requires work without interruption or will be more labor-intensive. LOL! If you are retired, I am guessing you get to determine your sewing hours without much interference, so perhaps just designating a block of time for each project? Or even a specific day - say Monday you work on rag quilts, Tuesday something else, etc.

    I am sure you will get lots of good suggestions here - good luck!
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    One thing I do is have a see-thru box for each project so that I can keep all the pieces of each together and not get them mixed up. Works great for me.
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