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    when my oldest 2 kids were small, i was alone with them & worked 2 jobs, about 65-70 hrs a week. we were so broke i used to wash all our clothes, (including the cloth diapers) in the bathtub. the laundry mat was a rare treat!

    my quilting (badly done hand piecing) & cross stitching was mostly done during breaks on the part time job, when i worked for a caterer...

    with no washer & dryer, living in MI, i had to be super organized, especially in the winter, just to make sure everyone had clean (and DRY) underwear & socks every day!

    i used to haunt goodwill & salvation army thrift stores, not only for our clothes, but for what i could cut up into pcs to make smaller clothes & quilts.

    quilt & craft wise, it was the most productive time in my life....

    now i have a wonderful husband, 3 more kids, a lovely antique house we are working on restoring, beautiful gardens a WASHER & DRYER, the resources to get pretty much what ever fabric and or notions i want, but i don't seem to get nearly as much done.... makes no sense to me!!

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    I have always worked at least 32 hours a week, with husband and 2 daughters. I got up an hour earlier each morning and spent the time in my sewing room. Usually I worked on a piece of applique, sometimes I would just watch the news and read. Both daughters were active in sports and applique is a great 'take long' project to work on. I also take my projects when traveling, it a good way to pass time in airports or riding as a passenger in a vehicle.

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    So glad to hear you got your happy ending! I cut up clothes and jeans for sewing and quilting also. but, my tale is the reverse; I got dumped for a younger model and now it's just my teenager and me. We don't ever make ends meet but some months we come close. (and I do have a washer and dryer) knock on wood. lol

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    I too,work full time and can't wait till the day I can do what I want.But for now when I get the sewing bug,I'll try to get a hour or more in.But sometimes My grandkids don't leave till late or the phone keeps ringing.

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    I work 40 hours per week and now I am lucky because I have a 10 minute commute. I have 5 yr old and DH and of course a a lot of "Have to do" things around the house. My DH cooks almost every day but that doesn't mean I am free to do what I want (Quilt), I am in charge of the side dishes, setting the table and do the dishes. Now that we live in a house I have a sawing room and this allowed me to go there and spend at least 20 happy minutes and accomplish something. When we lived in a condo I couldn't get anything done because just opening the sawing machine, mat, ironing table etc took me a good 20 minutes, then finding the project from under the bed or under the sawing machine another 10 minutes, so it was really bad. Back then my son was little so I didn't get anything done for at least 4 years. Back then I managed to sign up for a class here an there on Saturdays and maintain my sanity.
    Now that my kid is almost 6 yrs old I manage to spend maybe 1 hour, 2 if I am lucky in my sawing room but my problem is DH that compains that he doesn't "see" me until is time to bed or dinner time. I feel very frustrated if I cannot get to the sawing room but I try to put myself in perspective and appreciate how things are much better now.
    I am planning better now, I try to have several projects going on so depending how much time I have what I work on. I always try to have something to take to the family room when my DH demands me there and watch tv.
    I cannot wait to have more time in my hands to quilt but I am 20 yrs away of retirment so I HAVE TO MANAGE the best I can.
    Thanks for posting this one, I feel I am not alone and learing from others experiences.
    andrea

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    I wish I could set aside a small amount of time each day or week for quilting but I don't. I seem to need a quilt meeting to do my work on my quilts. I can make baby quilts because they need to be done by a certain time but for just my pleasure of quilting I find it hard to set this as a priority. I seem to be organized in other areas but my love for quilting seems to take a back seat to others and other things that need to be done. I am working on it though.

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    When I was able to work,, I did my crafts on the week end, after the house work was done, and my three boys were tended to. I am home all the time now, but pain does not allow much time for sewing. God bless. Penny

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    Have almost always taken time to sew some years life got in the way, ill parents, long work weeks, but felt better if something was in progress then were able to get space and time rearranged, so could work and sew with a touch of travel and social life. Then poof 60 to zero no work, didn't take to well to that for quite a while, Now back to parttime at 2 little jobs, and finding a new way to make a living, also looking for ways to fill time, glad I found you all! Things will get Better.

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    I believe I am one of the fortunate ones. My hubby of 37+ years has always helped around the house, gotten involved with the extra activities our girls were doing and been supportive of my crafting business - be it setting up the booth, selling items or just running errands for me.
    Though I work only 4 days a week now instead of 5 we have always found time to do our other interests - hiking, camping, traveling along with my addiction to sewing. I've only done true quilting for the past 5-6 years, rest of the years I've done alot of hand sewing (stuffed animals), baby items, sculpting and painting. Together we have participated in numerious craft/art shows using the funds we made to do most of our traveling with.
    Being busy as we are we find little slots of time to sew and craft. I hand sew while he drives, prepare crafts while watching TV and I always carry a tote bag of things to work on during my lunch breaks, appointments, etc. If you have it in your heart you can always find time. Now that both of our daughters are on their own we each took over the extra rooms and have our "craft" rooms ready for us whenever we find 15 minutes or more to play. We both find it very healthy and rewarding, so we encourage others to find a hobby/art/craft and seek ways to make it work.

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    I work from home and work from 8:30am to 7:pm 3 days a week and from 8:30am to 6:oopm the other 2 days. I get my work from the corporate office which sends work by email. So I usually sit at my desk (made 1 bedroom upstairs office, while the other bedroom uphere is guest bedroom with sewing machine). I hand quilt so I quilt inbetween loans. Some days the work is slow and I can get more quilting done some days too busy to even pick up the needle. I also quilt while watching TV with hubby 'cuz usally is it baseball on. A few months ago I pieced 3 quilts while working, I just had the computer volume all the way up so I can hear if I got emails or not - sometimes after about 20 minutes I would come in here and check just in case I didn't hear it. House wise,ummmmmmm, just give me some warning before you show up so I can do the really deep cleaning and vaccuming :)(which hubby keeps saying he will do, yeah right!!). House is straight but not as clean as I want it to be, but at least hubby does the outside work and the keeps the dishes clean and does cook out on the grill most nights. The weekends I do a lot of sewing on machine (piecing, binding, etc..), especially in the winter - during the summer we are out on the lake the whole weekend long, even when it is 103 outside like this last weekend. :)

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    OK, my turn; After my husband passed away I had to go to work, no choice. He was too young for SS and so was I. I put away my quilting, painting and arts & craft stuff for 16 years.
    In all those years I never got to sew or quilt, just too busy living my life without my DH. I retired in May of 2009 and now I live a blessed life. If I choose to do so I can set at my sewing machine all day long. Sun-up to sun-down! And some days that is all I do! I find time for other things. like traveling for Pfizer Pharm. and family and friends! But I am making up for lost time and there are many, many quilts floating around inside my head and my heart. So hang in there, your day will come...and it will be worth the hard work and the waiting!

    God Bless

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    I have always set aside 1-3 hours per night for ME. In that time I could sew, do my nails, read, anything I wanted to do, but mostly needlework. I had 4 sons , now 52, 50, 42, 38. Plus, I was a CPA full time and drove 1 hour or more each way to work. I always got my time in. Now at 71, I run my own business out of my home, my 42 yr old son and my grand daughter live with us. He is a great cook so he cooks 3 nights and I cook 3 and sunday we all cook. While he is cooking I am sewing plus 9-11 pm is my time now. I learned from my grandmother who raised me, you can't be a good mother or wife if you don't fulfill your own needs. She always did and I am teaching my grand-daughters, all 7 to always have time for yourself.

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    When I worked 40 hrs.,DH out of town and raising DS, I cut out Friday nite. Sat. sewed for a few hrs. and then late nite, maybe all nite. sewed. Sun. sewed a bit but got ready for the next week.

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    I am an early morning person so that's a great time for me to sew. It's quiet, you don't wake anyone else up doing it, and you don't need to be doing "just a few things" for someone else that end up taking half your day. My daughter recently had a baby and told me the other day that she now "gets it" about why I always got up so early in the morning as my own children were growing up! Now she's doing the same thing!!

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    Hat's off to you who can get that much done. I still work, not for long I hope, but DH is retired. He's great, cooks, does laundry, light housekeeping and a lot of errands including shopping. Maybe I just got too spoiled, or age and work, but when I get home after dinner, I just about have enough energy to get done the necessary things, but don't seem to get to sewing very often, usualy try for some time on weekends. My stamina from younger years is gone. I do get to a LQS for a group gathering one night a month and one Saturday AM a month. Just don't understand how anyone can work 40 hrs a week, cook and other chores and still sew 2-4 hours a nite, maybe I just need more sleep than some.
    The other problem I think is I don't have a designated sewing room YET - working on it - so I have to get everything out every time.
    Hope to retire next year, then I plan on 2-3 hours a day for craft stuff. Can't wait!!
    Sorry didn't mean to go on so long, guess that shows my frustration too.

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    I know what you mean, I work 40hrs a week, and i have a 9 month old. For me its hard to find the time, I try to do it while my daughter is taking naps on my 3 days off, or while i watch TV when i get home from work, but i have to be in the mood, sometimes i sew everyday, sometimes i don't touch my machine for weeks.

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    [quote=mimistutz]Hat's off to you who can get that much done. I still work, not for long I hope, but DH is retired. He's great, cooks, does laundry, light housekeeping and a lot of errands including shopping. ... Just don't understand how anyone can work 40 hrs a week, cook and other chores and still sew 2-4 hours a nite, maybe I just need more sleep than some.
    The other problem I think is I don't have a designated sewing room YET - working on it - so I have to get everything out every time.

    Dear mimistutz- I work 40 hrs, have a 5 yrd old and DH that helps some... The sewing room makes the whole difference!!! if you don't have to waist 20 minutes to get everything out, you would be able to spend those 20 sewing. If you are working on your own space, do it fast and you will see. You can go there cut, sew or just plan your next quilt. - At least my experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    I know what you mean, I work 40hrs a week, and i have a 9 month old. For me its hard to find the time, I try to do it while my daughter is taking naps on my 3 days off, or while i watch TV when i get home from work, but i have to be in the mood, sometimes i sew everyday, sometimes i don't touch my machine for weeks.
    Dolphyngyrl, I really couldn't quilt until he learned to play with himself- 4 yrs old more or less- even then I could only spare a few minutes before he was in trouble. As I said before, I didn't have a sewing room back then. When DS turned 5 and I've got my space- then- I was able to quilt again!! I guess that the sewing room makes the difference!

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    I'm a single homeschooling stay at home Mom of 7 - only 4 still at home! And, now I'm taking care of my grand daughter full time. I find that I HAVE to do something creative every day or I go NUTS. It might just be hand applique while I'm teaching the kids, or a couple of rows of knitting when the baby is sleeping. I don't get much done very fast, but I need that time. I've had to putt off my big project plans for now - again. I have a basket of current projects in my sewing/bedroom (Yeah, I'm single!) and I grab whatever is on top if I have the energy and time. Sometimes it's enough to just to organize my scraps!

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    Guess I better get moving on the quilt room. We have a small room in our partially finished basement that we use as a "family/rec room", but since the kids have grown we seldom go down there. That's where I was thinking of making my space. Just have to figure out how to move stuff around. Your comments gave me a bit of a push/incentive, so maybe I can have it together by late fall. Thanks

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    Definitely having a sewing room helps. If you have too big of a mess in there you can just shut the door. When I'm ready to sew, it's ready for me. I work 40 hrs. a week, go home most days and cook dinner for DH and me. I also do the laundry and go to the grocery store. We also have an RV and boat so we usually spent about every other weekend at the lake from April thru September. We have a cleaning lady come in every other week. That will stop when I retire. DH does everything outside. I sew in the evenings if I'm not too tired and I can walk on past the computer (this site is addicting). I cherish my Saturdays when we are at home and have nothing special to do because I can stay in my sewing room all day until it's time to go out to dinner (I quit cooking on weekends). When I was young and had my two girls at home I was so organized, anal about it if the truth be known, so that I could have a little "me" time to sew, crochet, read, embroider, whatever most evenings.

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