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Thread: In over my head with quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    You sound like I do sometimes and when I sound like that, I don't get anything done. I usually get frustrated and end up leaving my sewing room. I have to put everything away and work on only ONE project at a time in order to be productive. I'm learning that right now. I haven't sewn in over a month. I was where you are and had to close up my room and walk away and take a break. Yesterday was the first time I actually went in there and ironed and cut for my Craftsy free Sept. BOM. I don't know what I'm going to do after I make my two blocks. I have to make a baby quilt and this is a present and has me all flustered because I don't work well under pressure, but I have to get in there and start on it. I was doing fine until my niece announced she was pregnant and her mom (my sister) made all the baby blankets for her kids until she died and now I need to step in and do it and I'm feeling no confidence, comparing myself to my older and wiser sister who quilted years more than me. But, my niece won't care if it's not perfect. And I think I do a pretty good job, but still, I'm kind of freaking out here knowing I'm stepping into some really big shoes. And it's only a baby blanket. My God. What is wrong with me? A whole month without quilting because of fear. I'm questioning my sanity right now. My niece will love having a baby blanket no matter what, just to have one is all she wants. This is her first baby and she didn't think she'd get a baby blanket since her mom died until I chimed in and said I'd do it, so why am I so lacking in confidence? Boy, am I writing in my diary? Oops! Just had to let this out, I guess. See where I am coming from?
    Do something easy first. For the baby quilt why not just use a large panel and sew borders on it. Just cross hatch it on your sewing machine....OR....knot it...and, one done!

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    Well ! ! !Jeanne, and I thought I wrote long posts! LOL I have so many quilts in different stages of development, I have lost count. People are giving me these things, and I just can't say no. I have 72 Dresden Plates that are almost ready to applique onto backgrounds and the circles are almost all turned with backing on. I have spent years thinking of how I will finish it off. Right now I'm thinking QSYG, with different flower prints on the back which are then seamed and folded over onto the front. Each Plate will be surrounded by a different flower pattern. I have several Pizza boxes of blocks from other people or that I made myself, that someday will make a quilt. My granddaughter's quilt even has her name on it. The thing that gets me going is Quilt Show. I have to get the class quilt finished, and then I have to decide which other ones I can work on. I need the pressure to get something done. The other things will get finished someday, if not by me, then by someone else. That's why I have each one in a "kit", so that anyone will be able to pick up that bag and finish it.

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    I wished I'd had done this earlier. I have so many in process that I have lost count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Take a deep breath, take a sip of wine, and dive into the nearest heap of fabric. If you finish your quilt before your finish your wine you'll be fine. Otherwise be prepared to like wonky style
    ROFL!! This comment made me giggle! As for the UFOs, I usually have several going at one time myself. One super challenging pattern, one that I get bored with, one that is just plain fun to do, and several BOMs. And then one can't foget the super quickie projects and the by special request items. Oh wow! My fabric stash is gettin low and I really need to surf the web for inspiration patterns cuz I don't have ENOUGH UFOs right now! LOL!

    Face it - quilting is like Lay's potato chips. You can't just make one at a time!

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    I have several projects cut out, but I do whatever I feel for that day. All will get done in time. Its a hobby, not a factory. Anyway-this is my thinking.

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    well I cut them all out.......... now to set the machine up again.. I willl be a permanent fixture to the table til I am done... Gonna just sew all the halloween throws together and hopefully the others will come together quickly.......... lol
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    Sounds like me.Sometimes I think ,if I buy the fabric and pattern and then think about it,the quilt fairy will come along and do it.That's the only explination I can think of for all the projects I have started.I even had to pile and stack a few things the other day to almost start a Christmas quilt I have had for a few years.I stopped myself,though.But not until my pile started to shift and something clicked and I said to myself,"So you don't have enough stated,just start something else."[quilt fairy theory]

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    I have projects in pizza boxes stacked up...But I do have a system. I just haven't figured it out yet. BUT I really do finish alot. I wish I could tell you how to do it but i do wish you luck

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    post pictures when you are done.... love to see them and enjoy your quilt making.. smile

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    Set aside at least 15 minutes a day that you devote to your hobby. For me piecing or quilting is relaxing and something I do for me. I do get loads more done during football season.

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    Organize all the pieces of the projects and put them into bags or clear boxes so you can see what's there. Make an inventory as you organize. Then prioritize your inventory. Which is the most important to do? What one is needed next? Which one do you really want to work on next? etc. Put a sticky note on the bag or boxes. Take out number one. Put the others away. Finish that project then move to #2. etc. The reason you use sticky notes is so that you can revise your priorities as needed. They are out of sight so you do not feel the burden every time you go into your space. Work on the one you've chose and enjoy! Life too short. This is supposed to be fun! Good luck

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    I have one in the frames that I am quilting ( I quilt by hand, so it is a slow process) and one that I am in the process of piecing. I will not start another until I have finished and removed the one in the frames and then placed the pieced one in the frames and have it ready to start quilting on. Then I will begin piecing the next one. Doing more than that at one time, and working a full time job, and caring for a house and garden is more than I want to commit to. It would just place a lot of stress on me, and I am determined that quilting will remain an enjoyable past time for me.

    I guess people who machine quilt or send the tops out to be longarmed can move along at a quicker pace. I just feel good about doing the whole thing myself, so I have to live with the time factor. Either way, I think you will accomplish your goals if you prioritize which quilt should be finish first, then do it. Then take the next one and do it. On down the line. Good luck.
    When a dying man asked his pastor "How long does it take to die?" his pastor's heartfelt reply was "A lifetime." Live life to the fullest, but stop now and then to enjoy the sunset.
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    When it comes to quilting, I have QADD (Quilter's Attention Deficit Disorder). I work on one quilt for a while and then I see a new pattern that I just have to do and I start it. At any given time I have 12+ PHDs. I get bored if I work on the same thing for too long, so I just project hop. They eventually get finished, but I don't have a schedule---I work on what I want, when I want. I'm retired. I had too many project deadlines when I was working. This is my time. lol

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    I'm a multi-project person, too. I have one quilt in a frame I am hand quilting. Can't hand quilt 8 hrs a day, so I work on something else as well. I have a scrappy Birds in Air that I just sandwiched and think I will quilt on the machine. I stay with my mother 2 days a week, so I have a crib quilt I am hand quilting on a hoop which I keep at her house and work on there. We just had a Northcott show at my LQS and I found the fabric I wanted to a pattern I had bought - at 20% off. So that project has the fabric bought, but I won't start cutting till I finish one of the other quilts. I also have a stash I have been collecting for the Pick and Choose quilt which was in the Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting June 2009 issue. I think I will be cutting that one next. I bought the backing at that sale. I also purchased a beautiful rose fabric with 6 inch pink roses about 18 months ago. Saw it and knew my grandaughter would love it. I take it out and look at it every now and then, but the inspiration for the quilt is not coming. So three in progress, two patterns & fabric in hand, waiting to be done, and one in the mental planning stage. Not too bad, but I think I will stop there. I think most quilters have more than one project going at a time. I don't believe in the quilt fairy. I do believe in inspirational dreams and looking at lots of quilts. Thanks to everyone who posts pictures of their quilts here.

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    I can empathize. I think there are two kinds of quilters -- the kind who are really organized and pretty much complete one project before they start another -- and the kind (like me) who has far too many ufo's and a list of other quilts I want to start. I, too, get overwhelmed at times. I find it DOES help to get some of the projects out of sight while making progress on one or two others. "Out of sight, out of mind." Like you, I can get overwhelmed to such a degree that I can't do much of anything. But don't worry. It's just your creative juices working overtime. Quilting is a lovely way to spend your days, and those people on your gift list are very lucky.

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    girl, u and i need to get together !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    You sound like I do sometimes and when I sound like that, I don't get anything done. I usually get frustrated and end up leaving my sewing room. I have to put everything away and work on only ONE project at a time in order to be productive. I'm learning that right now. I haven't sewn in over a month. I was where you are and had to close up my room and walk away and take a break. Yesterday was the first time I actually went in there and ironed and cut for my Craftsy free Sept. BOM. I don't know what I'm going to do after I make my two blocks. I have to make a baby quilt and this is a present and has me all flustered because I don't work well under pressure, but I have to get in there and start on it. I was doing fine until my niece announced she was pregnant and her mom (my sister) made all the baby blankets for her kids until she died and now I need to step in and do it and I'm feeling no confidence, comparing myself to my older and wiser sister who quilted years more than me. But, my niece won't care if it's not perfect. And I think I do a pretty good job, but still, I'm kind of freaking out here knowing I'm stepping into some really big shoes. And it's only a baby blanket. My God. What is wrong with me? A whole month without quilting because of fear. I'm questioning my sanity right now. My niece will love having a baby blanket no matter what, just to have one is all she wants. This is her first baby and she didn't think she'd get a baby blanket since her mom died until I chimed in and said I'd do it, so why am I so lacking in confidence? Boy, am I writing in my diary? Oops! Just had to let this out, I guess. See where I am coming from?
    Squirrelly Shirley

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