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    In over my head with quilts!

    I think i am in over my head in quilts right now... I have 3 on the go, one purple one cut out to sew and 4 halloween throws to dooo... somehow i don't think that is all of them............ How do I get a routine going ??? any advise?
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    Assembly line sewing ... working on one quilt at a time!

    So take one of the PhDs and and sew a way.

    When you need a break, cut out your other quilt(s) and have them kitted and ready to go when you are done Mr. Purple!
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    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

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    I totally finish one before I start another. I have no partly finished quilts and this is what works for me.
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    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?
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    Jeanne, I can sympathize. I call myself quilter, though I don't *really* believe it! I gave one once, and was apologizing. Crazy! It was beautiful, it was. But the recipient stopped me, and said, "I can't quilt. I could never do it. It is perfect" It was a nice moment, and I try to remind myself of it.

    Your thoughts/standards are out of proportion. Your niece will be thrilled with whatEVER you do!

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    Make a list of the projects that you have underway. For each project, list each stept that still needs to be completed: make blocks (maybe number of blocks left to be made), create rows, add borders, make quilt back, sandwich and baste, quilt. Once you have your list organized like this, you can decide which step of which project you feel like tackling based on the time you have available.

    If you include the number of blocks that need to be completd, you can cross off the old number and write in the new number each time you complete some. You can make the list as detailed as you want. For examle, you could break 'add borders' down into cut borders, attach borders.
    Last edited by lakekids; 09-10-2012 at 06:18 AM.

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    roflol-I have about 30 projects at varying stages.I just piece in spurts,quilt in spurts and bind in spurts without ever finishing the piles of any of them.
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    Oh gee, I'm no help. I always have several projects going at the same time. Unless I am making one that has to be finished by a certain day I just work on what I want.

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    Shirley, I would pick the quilt that is closest to being done and finish that one first. Then move on to the next one which will be easiest to complete and so on. Once you start working on one, and see actual progress, I think you'll be inspired and get them done. I usually work on several projects at once myself. It's just how I like to do it. I have 2 quilt tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted and am putting together a third one now. However, the hold-up isn't actually me this time--I had to reorder batting and am waiting for it to arrive . Good excuse anyway. Good luck, we've all been there!

    Jeanne, your niece will be thrilled with the baby blanket. Glad venting made you feel better; sometimes that's just what we need.
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    I love the Nike slogan: "Just Do It". I find that taking that first step is usually all the motivation I need. It's forcing that first step that's the hardest. Also, remember "baby steps". Thinking about all that's left to do can be overwhelming. As Lakekids suggested, just take one step at a time. You'll get there. I also have 3 large quilts in various stages that I need to get to work on.

    Jeanne ~ So sorry you lost your sister so young! I know that you will make a lovely quilt to continue the wonderful tradition she started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    I think i am in over my head in quilts right now... I have 3 on the go, one purple one cut out to sew and 4 halloween throws to dooo... somehow i don't think that is all of them............ How do I get a routine going ??? any advise?
    what you might be doing is juggling - trying to keep the 3 in the air while working on the 4th. i would get so confused that i would end up sewing the wrong things together. i finish one top before i can go to another. whew! you make me tired just talking about what you are up to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    ...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?
    jeanne...when i hesitate to start a project, i ask myself what is the worst that can happen? i ask that with each step of the process if i have to. perhaps the worse that can happen is that you cut something wrong. well...there is more fabric in the world. what is the worse that can happen when you present the quilt to your neice? well...she could drop it in the mud and stomp on it. this is probably the worst-case scenario. but, if she has any manners at all, she will be very happy and thank you profusely. what is the worst that can happen?

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    My biggest problem is quilting the stinkers. I sew the tops, sandwich the things and then get undecisive on how I want to quilt. I have a fan quilt going where I decided to quilt in circles of the fan overlapping as I go. This has to be drawn in. It's half done. I had another I sewed on my treadle and every thing I tried to quilt with an electric machine, it screwed up. So I tied the thing . . . finally.

    I also have a scrap quilt done with 3 inc blocks and triangles. I'm still trying to figure out how to quilt.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    I think i am in over my head in quilts right now... I have 3 on the go, one purple one cut out to sew and 4 halloween throws to dooo... somehow i don't think that is all of them............ How do I get a routine going ??? any advise?
    When you find a solution, please let me know. I get "behinder" every day!
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    If I don't have calendar deadlines, I usually pick the one my sister is yapping about.

    Right now I have a needle case for the swap, that is nearly finished, a basket quilt that has 3 blocks done (out of 45) about 7 Halloween quilts kitted, 1 underway, and 4 waiting to go to the LA'er.

    Yes, I'm trying to clear out my Halloween stash.

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    I limit myself to two on separate machines at once. Just stay with them until they are done. Watch the calendar to keep an idea of what needs to be done first. If you don't do 4 Halloween ones tihs year, they fabric won't spoil.

    Jeanne, your quilts are very nice. If you haven't chosen your nieces's fabrics yet, find an adorable baby fabric for the feature. Everyone will oh and ah over that. You can do it. I'm doing a log cabin style only the logs are all on two sides with a 5 1/2 feature fabric for the start. It's a cute pattern, though I messed it up adding an extra strip, but only I and my oldest daughter will notice. As Nike says, just do it.

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    I always swap in between quilts, works well for me. I get bored but then I don't have deadlines so I'm not bothered by time. I would do the one your most excited about first and go from there. For example were doing a birthday quilt for our guild I was getting bored with it til I saw a cupcake pantograph now I'm ready to finish it so I can quilt it. I'm intimidated by my bear claw quilt so I only have 2 of the 20 blocks done, it's for our bed so I think I'll get really motivated when the cold hits!! Get excited and you'll find your inspiration!!
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    I can totally relate to this! I have several projects going right now; all in various stages of completion and it is overwhelming to think about :/ I have decided to follow some of the above advice and take it one project at a time starting with the one that only needs borders. Thankfully after piecing my tops go to my LAQ

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    I try to only do one at a time...I will buy new fabric for a project but do not start it until I get the other one done...except one...I took a class and still have one block to do...I don't like the last block that I need to do...I started it twice and ruin them both...one of these days I will finish that one.

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    Go shopping at your favorite fabric store and I am sure you will find some really cute fabric to fall in love with. Since it's only a small a quilt, maybe you can finish it before you fall in love w/something else! If you're near Portland, go to Fabric Depot!
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    A woman after my own heart! I don't think I'm capable of doing just one project at a time! I would need years of therapy for that! Look at it as sort of a assembly line sewing. You'll have several finished at near the same time! After I finished up 8 charity quilts and delivered them, it took me about 2 weeks to have 5-6?? more going and I've finished 2 of the tops. When I'm actually sewing, I'm only working on one at a time, but there's a few? projects neatly? organized in the sewing room so that I keep all the parts for each one together.

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    One quilt at a time and maybe get a helper to help you cut the patterns out ..
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    WOW, I can see I'm starting a bad habit. I have a quilt I need to assemble the blocks. They were embroidered by my 85 year old Aunt, who has alzheimers, and I have to put them together with sashing, borders, etc., then somehow get it quilted.

    Then, I have an embroidered twin-size quilt, but this one I have to draw in the embroidery pattern using pencil drawings for models -- I hope I'll get this finished in my lifetime.LOL

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    I also have a problem, I have a list of about 20 quilts in some stage of completion. One I made the top in 2008 to be used as a picnic quilt - it is sandwiched and pined, but we haven't had a picnic yet. My problem is I love the creativeness of making the top, but I DO NOT enjoy the quilting, so I get that far and there they sit.

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