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    I'm happy (and a little jealous) of those who can enjoy quilting anytime they chose because they're 'home full time'. I'm sure one day I'll be able to sit in their sewing chairs ... but 'I wannnnnnna' be there now! :(

    My question is for those who 'work' 30 or more hours a week (outside or inside the home).

    How do you appease the quilting bug inside you ...
    when 'YOU HAVE TO' be somewhere else most of the time?
    when 'YOU HAVE TO' do all the things necessary to run a home?
    when 'YOU HAVE TO' do something for everyone else in your 'spare time'?
    when 'YOU HAVE TO' get seasonal things done?

    Do you sew something every day?
    Do you set aside one evening/day/afternoon a week?
    Do you feel strrrrrretchhhhhed between wanting to and doing?

    What do you do?

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    Well, for years when my 4 kids were teenagers I went to work full time. Luckily I had a cooperative husband. He and the kids helped with the housework here and there. My husband cooked during the week and I cooked a big Sunday dinner. I found time to sew at night; made my DIL's wedding gown, sewed for other people making window treatments etc. I look back and wonder how I did it; have just decided that if you want to do someting bad enough you will find a way to do it. My husband recognized that sewing was a part of my life he couldn't take away from me. He didn't expect me to prevent him from playing golf or bowling. Now that I am "retired" it seems I am busier than ever. I babysit my grandkids and the neighbor kids at a moments notice, and do all my own yard work. I am a widow so I don't have help with housework any more, have to find time to do it when I feel like it. Just muddle through and try not to feel stressed about that which you cannot control.

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    Well Quilting, heres my story. I was working 40 plus hours a week and quilted/pieced for a half an hour every nite after dinner, if I decided to eat that day.(I lived alone) Then my hours got cut to 32 hours a week, so I took that extra day off I had, and sewed half of that day. Now I am married, and unemployed (not by choice, the unemployed part hehe), and find it difficult to find time to sew/piece/quilt, because Im cleaning, doing twice the laundry(hubby is worse than any woman I know about clothes)and everything in between. When I do get time(like when he has golf league nite)I rush upstairs and hit the sewing room. It makes me apperciate it that much more! :D

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    I office out of my home so ... the distraction of having my sewing room so close ..... it always seems to call me.
    It is somethimes very hard to stay on the task that I have assigned as a priority.... but I do make a list either the night before of that day of the "chores" ... I find this is really helpful in keeping me focused. While looking at the list it starts to be come apparent where I might be able squeeze in some quilting time. But I use it as a reward or an incentive so I complete my other tasks.
    Sometimes its only a few minutes for quilting and I will just do small things that make it more productive when a bigger piece of time comes, like cleaning the cutting area, winding bobbins( I hate having to stop and wind bobbins in the middle of something) , cutting one part of a project, pre-washing fabrics etc.
    I get the most satisfaction out of those big pieces of time because it is enough time to really enjoy the process. but the small stuff I can do allong the way can contribute to a wonderful "real session".

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    I teach so an hour in a quiet room at night is therapy.

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    Unfortunately, 'home full time' does not mean I can piece/quilt any time I like. As someone else stated, there is always something to be doing for someone else. (I AM grateful for the 'someone else'!)

    But I have a slightly different perspective on this. For a while I taught sewing/quilting. It was full time, and more. My projects, no matter the scope, were pushed to the side, left in the dust, whatever, of teaching and being at home for my family.

    So now, allowed to be home and work on my own, I find I cannot spend all day piecing/quilting without revisiting the stress of previous experiences. I set priorities each day for the tasks at hand, factoring in the quilting as part of the day. I should have done this years ago!! :roll:

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    Thank you quilters for your perspectives...makes me feel like I'm not feeling this alone.

    I do those small tasks like LORI does...I do appreciate the 'someone elseS' in my life...

    I'll write those to do lists with a bolder pen now and make the time I need.

    Thank you :)

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    I work outside the home, 40 hrs per week. I sometimes have withdraw symptoms. Before I went to work full time I sewed/quilted everyday; sometimes ALL day while the kids were at school. I no longer get to do that. There are nights when I just go into the sewing room and sit. I'm tired and really don't feel like sewing, but I feel better just spending time in there. I usually see something that needs to be done or organized while I'm sitting. Don't finish projects very fast, but I try to do a little at a time. They get done eventually and it satisfies my NEED at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchhappy
    I work outside the home, 40 hrs per week. I sometimes have withdraw symptoms. Before I went to work full time I sewed/quilted everyday; sometimes ALL day while the kids were at school. I no longer get to do that. There are nights when I just go into the sewing room and sit. I'm tired and really don't feel like sewing, but I feel better just spending time in there. I usually see something that needs to be done or organized while I'm sitting. Don't finish projects very fast, but I try to do a little at a time. They get done eventually and it satisfies my NEED at the time.
    you snuck in after I posted above.

    I found making crazy/crumb blocks helpful when I don't/can't think straight but need a fix. I have 54 'uncut' blocks done... without thinking!

    Going now before I'm late!

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    Well, I've always worked full-time, not much help from the husband around the house, so needless to say my house doesn't get cleaned as much as I'd like. I also work a part-time job. I just started quilting but I am a cross-stitcher/needlpointer and have been doing that for about 20 years, I would take projects with me wherever I went (kid's baseball games, hockey games, auto races, etc.). Can't do that with quilting. I have my basement set up with my machines and cable TV so if I'm not too tired I will work from the time I get home till dinner, then maybe I'll go down after dinner until about 10.

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    I worked a stressful full-time job outside the home for years --- am married and had 4 children at home.

    Every Saturday all 6 of us did household chores for 2 hours....whatever got done, got done - whatever didn't...well, it didn't! With 6 people working for 2 hours was equal to 12 hours of housework - pretty much everything got done including yard work. I made a list for everyone and made sure no time was wasted.

    I always took hand work to my job and worked on it at break and lunchtime --- that managed to get me thru the day! I would then take it with me to all the sport activities my kids were involved in.... believe me - I went to a lot of stuff all year round. I have the worst case of bleacher butt!

    I am a night owl and run on very little sleep and I like my alone time. I always stayed up late to read or work on projects, that was ME time.

    I have always lived far away from my extended family so I didn't have to deal with doing last minute favors for other people. But I always had a 24 hour household rule...if I didn't know about it at least 24 hrs in advance --- it didn't happen. No last minute sleep overs, no last minute baking for school, no last minute ANYTHING! This worked out great for me once the kids got used to it.

    You may check with your local resources....some LQS offer sit n sew time or have monthly groups that pay a flat fee to use the store classrooms. You might be able to get into a scheduled routine away from the house and get a lot done that way.

    I feel your pain --- I really do! Good luck --- where there is a will, there is a way!

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    I support the family at the moment, as DH's business has been VERY slow this past year or so. However, I have a sewing room now, so I can go in there when I have a few minutes that I have to myself and do something.

    Before I had the sewing room, I would need to have a good few hours "free" so I could set up/break down and get something accomplished - so I would sew only on weekends or when I had a deadline for a gift that was more important than "other work".

    sometimes I'm in the sewing room every night, and most of the weekend days. Sometimes I don't go in there for days/weeks at a time. It all depends on what else is going on in the house, and how much of the household chores and running kids around DH is willing to do at the moment.

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    Way back when I used to work full time I made "me" time. By 8pm stepkids were fed, bathed and in bed. I then got two hours of me time. First thing I did after getting up was to put a load of laundry in the washer, after getting breakfast ready and the kids up I put it in the dryer. Then the kids and I got dressed, they went to the sitter, I went to work. When we got home I did another load of laundry, fixed supper, picked up the house a little, helped with homework and soon it was my favorite time of the day---bedtime. After that I would paint, sew, or work on whatever I wanted to do. The kids helped sort laundry, do dishes, clean house so it wasn't all that bad. My DH was an OTR truck driver and only home for a day or so on the weekends so it was all on me and I still managed. You can do it, just organize it so that nothing piles up on you. And if you have children have them help. By age 8 the kids could sort laundry, do dishes, help cook supper, set the table, fold clothes, put their own laundry away, dust, etc. We really do our children a disservice by not having them help with daily household chores. My step kids have thanked me many times for teaching them how to do the things that we did. They said at the time they thought I was mean because none of their friends had to do things like that. However they appreciate it now. They even had to help with grocery shopping and putting the groceries away.

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    I work a 40 hour a week career that is an hour commute each way so 10 hours a day 5 days a week I am out of the house for work. Add to that a 4 year old, 3 dogs, a hubby and a home (as well as an illness that flares up when it wants too) it is very hard BUT I set aside one evening a week to go to my mom's house and sew with her. Some nights we get a lot done and some nights we don't. I have found though that taking that time for me, and doing something for me that I love, helps make ME more productive elsewhere. If life consumes you to the point where you do not get to do the things you love than you are living to work versus working to live :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchhappy
    I work outside the home, 40 hrs per week. I sometimes have withdraw symptoms. Before I went to work full time I sewed/quilted everyday; sometimes ALL day while the kids were at school. I no longer get to do that. There are nights when I just go into the sewing room and sit. I'm tired and really don't feel like sewing, but I feel better just spending time in there. I usually see something that needs to be done or organized while I'm sitting. Don't finish projects very fast, but I try to do a little at a time. They get done eventually and it satisfies my NEED at the time.
    Good idea. I'll have to try that for a quick fix.

    you snuck in after I posted above.

    I found making crazy/crumb blocks helpful when I don't/can't think straight but need a fix. I have 54 'uncut' blocks done... without thinking!

    Going now before I'm late!
    Good Idea. I'll have to try that for a quick fix.

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Raptureready, you are so right. I didn't work when my kids were little, but having 4 within 7 1/2 years makes you be organized. My husband also travelled. He got a job transfer when my oldest was 10 and youngest 3. I had to prepare the house for sale and get ready to move. I was in Mich. & he was in PA and only came home 1 weekend a month for 5 months. I used to buy the boys socks so that each had his own color stripe; and then when the laundry was done they were to take their own socks out and put them away. They all had duties from the time they were 3 or 4. Makes them very independant when they grow up. When they got to high school they often did their own laundry. And all were able to prepare their own meals.

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    Right now I'm unemployed - not really a choice, it's just that we recently moved and I haven't been able to find a job here. I have my DH, but no kids yet, so I find I have a lot of empty time on my hands (unlike most of you). This can be a good and a bad thing. Sometimes I get very lonely being home alone all day almost every day. The benefit is I can sew as much as I want.

    I'm hoping to get a part time job (I applied at JoAnn's but haven't heard back) just to get out of the house and interact with people. But after we have kids I'll be a stay-at-home Mum, Lord Willing.

    With just DH and me, the house is cleaned in about 45 minutes, and laundry doesn't take long at all.

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    I have to admit that when I worked I got a lot more done!! Now that I am laid off there just doesn't seen to be time. Also when my 5 boys were little I did tons of crafts taught 4H sewed all their cloths and mine. How I did it is a mystery to me!!

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    i always have hand projects to work on during breaks, or any time i have to wait...dr apps, car trips...i hand appliqued a beautiful queen size black wool quilt during 10-15 minute breaks at work when i worked in a factory. i don't smoke so when everyone else was heading for the smoking area i would sit in the lunch room and sew. you will be amazed how much you can accomplish in a few minutes. out of 365 days in a year i bet i sew 355 of them (there may be 10 days a year i don't sew...but that could be my imagination...i think i've skipped a day or two though :) when i am home and have access to my machine i sew//quilt but i do spend more time at work than at home, so hand projects satisfy my (addiction) and need to do something with my hands. i never just sit and watch tv, if i'm watching a movie i am also sewing on something, or cutting, or preping...always something.

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    Thanks for all your stories. They're a real eye opener.

    I will not complain or whine anymore! I will do what 'has to be done' quickly and quietly and then have more ME time.

    Making a schedule and (kinda) sticking to it. Will control what I can. You know life gets in our way sometimes.

    Thanks again

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    I work shift work and full time. On my day off I clean the house and my sewing room and then set up my sewing machines for the projects I am interested in working on. I lay out all the pieces or instructions and have everything cut out and ready. On the days I am working I can sit down for 5, 20, or 15 minutes and just sew as everything is all ready for me. i also have a DH, and a DD and a DGD living in the house with me so cleaning is a constant battle.

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    I work from home- on my computer- it's only part time, which is nice. I do find that I have one eye on my laptop on my work but it seems the desk top is always on the QB drawing my attention. I've learned a lot this way.
    As for sewing, I wake up early most a.m.'s so I generally get up, have my coffee and check out the QB, and then go to my room and sew. That is usually for 45 min. or so.
    My husband, after work, likes to putz around in his shop, so I may sew then. But, when he's inside, even if he's just watching TV I like to be there. So, I'm trying to figure out hand piecing. Thought that'd be a good compromise. I don't think he'd like me moving my machine next to the TV in the LR. LOL!
    We also devote 70 hours each a month to some volunteer work- we do that together, so we get lots of time with each other, so he's OK with me in my sewing room and him elsewhere.
    I guess we just have to establish what's important to us and work everything else around that.

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    I admire and sympathize with you all. I worked full time for years and frequently found myself to tired to even want to sew. Unfortunately that didn't keep me from buying fabric, notions and books. Man did I accumulate! Now I am retired and can quilt when ever I want. Love it! Still am accumulating fabric etc. but using it too. Remember, she who dies with the largest stash wins!

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    Here's how it goes. Clean house, no time to quilt - I'm cranky. Messy house, been busy quilting - happy camper. Oh P.S. I work 30 hours a week and teach quilting classes some evenings/Saturdays so just not enough time to do it all. Excepting the "I don't want to be super woman" has really helped me not feel quilty either way.

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    I work 40 hours per week. On my weekend I quilt. I quilt before I go to work every day also, as I do not have to be to work until 4pm. Yes, I get so wrapped up in what I am doing sometimes that I wish I could stay home. I do my household jobs first thing then quilt. I can always do laundry in between. Love it!

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