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    Never again!!!

    In a weak moment I decided to make quilts for 3 of the grandchildren for Christmas. They came back from the quilter on Dec 1st. I have to have the bindings on all 3 before Dec 14th as they are being shipped out of state. I finished the binding on one today, two more to go. Christmas decorating & baking will have to wait until these are done. Lesson: Three quilts to complete at Christmas was a not so smart idea.

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    I did the same thing last year. 3 quilts before Christmas ... this year one quilt before christmas .. Binding is on and ready to go in the mail. I had been where you are!!! I do feel your pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Nurse View Post
    In a weak moment I decided to make quilts for 3 of the grandchildren for Christmas. They came back from the quilter on Dec 1st. I have to have the bindings on all 3 before Dec 14th as they are being shipped out of state. I finished the binding on one today, two more to go. Christmas decorating & baking will have to wait until these are done. Lesson: Three quilts to complete at Christmas was a not so smart idea.
    2 Christmases ago, I like some dumb person that I was that year...made 7 yep you read that right 7 quilts for Christmas gifts....NEVER AGAIN. I started them on October 28, finished the binding on the 7th one ON THE WAY to the Christmas Party. Learned a lesson there. Glad you got your done.
    There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...

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    I once made a queen sized quilt in one week from start to finish for a graduation gift! That was a close one but I had to tie it because I didn't have time to hand quilt it. I wasn't about to quilt a biggy on my regular machine. NEVER AGAIN!

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    I too am in the 3 quilts before christmas boat! I have one top done, the other top cut out and the other quilt fabric still in the bag! I have a very tough class this month so it doesn't give me time during the week to quilt so I have to sew frantically on Fridays and Saturdays. Fortunately, only one is going out of state, I have until Dec 25 for the other 2! I will get them done but gotta pass this class too!
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    I am working on 14...two Kings...and 12 throws (almost twin sized)...have one king top finished other half finished and 7 of the throw tops finished...will have all but the last king top finished by sunday...and then on to marathon quilting...luckily we have a mid arm, so I can get them on and off asap...but the bindings are the part I like least
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

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    I did the same thing about 3 years ago. We had a 7 hour car trip to get to their place and I was hand-stitching the bindings all the way. It was worth the effort as the three grandchildren loved their quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Nurse View Post
    In a weak moment I decided to make quilts for 3 of the grandchildren for Christmas. They came back from the quilter on Dec 1st. I have to have the bindings on all 3 before Dec 14th as they are being shipped out of state. I finished the binding on one today, two more to go. Christmas decorating & baking will have to wait until these are done. Lesson: Three quilts to complete at Christmas was a not so smart idea.
    every year I swear I'm not going to get so many Christmas projects going--------every year I start even more.
    Sounds like overextending ourselves seems to be a trait common to all.
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    We all have to remember how busy this time of year is and try to allow ourselves more time for things like finishing projects for christmas.
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    If it weren't for the last minute I would never get anything done . Always tomorrow till it has to be done by then then I hurry like a mad woman to get it finished
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    You go girl....you CAN do it!!!

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    I only had two to finish but getting knocked down by a car in September kind of put me behind the eight ball. I have finished one and have pinned the second. I have four days to quilt and bind. It's going to be close. They have to go interstate.
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    I hate to be rushed, you make more mistakes then, but I don't like the idea of making Christmas presents in July either though. Hope you have time to breathe.
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    Good luck with finishing your quilts in time. I'm glad I did birthday quilts for the DGKs; at least, I could spread them out, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weatheread View Post
    If it weren't for the last minute I would never get anything done .
    I'll have to borrow this phrase. I'm 62 years old and ever since I can remember I do everything last minute. My hubby is the complete opposite so it CAN get interesting here. While he is busy doing something worthwhile...I'm goofing off on the computer or talking to friends on the phone. I wonder at what age we start to grow up? LOL

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    Just think of the smiles your grandkids will have on their beautiful little faces and the love they will feel when they wrap up in a quilt made just for them by their grandma - Its a shame you cant be there when they open them - maybe it will be video taped or great pictures made!! It will be worth it all in the end.
    Grandmas are just antique little girls!!

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    I just finished 2 quilts and have 2 more to go that aren't even cut out!! taking a day off so I can spend a day sewing/quilting. I only have to mail one off and that's to my sister so if it's late she won't mind. Making her a quilt using some of our mother's clothing, linen etc. She died in August and when we were cleaning her closet etc out, the idea came to me. She often wore shirts with a pocket for her every ready pen(she was an artist) and I have enough shirt pocket to put in several quilts. Only planning on one before Christmas though.
    Good luck with yours.
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    I started mine in July. Plenty of time. Pace yourself, write a schedule, I did all the tops first and then the sandwiches, and then the bindings. All wrapped and ready by Thanksgiving.

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    I only have one to do but it's been horrible. I took it to the quilter and when i got it back the back wasn't centered. You could see the back had to be centered so there was a border on all 4 sides, identical to the front. I had to take it back and she's wripping it all out and starting over. She assured me I'd have it back before Christmas. I can only hope. It's my son-in-laws big gift.

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    I agree, but I never get motivated to make Christmas gifts in the summer ! Believe me, your efforts will be worth it, and somehow you'll find the time to get the bindings on. Good Luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt View Post
    I only have one to do but it's been horrible. I took it to the quilter and when i got it back the back wasn't centered. You could see the back had to be centered so there was a border on all 4 sides, identical to the front. I had to take it back and she's wripping it all out and starting over. She assured me I'd have it back before Christmas. I can only hope. It's my son-in-laws big gift.
    How big is this quilt? I cannot imagine ripping out the quilting on an entire quilt, no matter how small. I've never hired a LAQ to finish a quilt. Do they come back to you untrimmed? In other words, the entire back piece is still intact, right?
    Fay

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    We live and learn. You CAN do it THIS year. Next year you will plan better, maybe.

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    I did it last year but this year I'm not giving quilts to anyone.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Been there and done that!!!
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    Were you trying to teach yourself a lesson? If not, thanks for the word of warning to the rest of us. lol
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