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Thread: Quilter for years and not a whole lot to show for it

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    Does it matter if youíve been a quilter for years and donít have a lot of finished projects to show for it? There are people on here who probably have dozens of projects completed and are always showing new stuff. I made my first quilt at the end of Ď06. So far Iíve only made three quilts (and one is not completely finished yet), a bunch of test blocks with horrendous fabric, and a few smaller projects. I certainly have enough ideas to get me going for a while, but it seems like I can never find the time to sit down and do them. Planning is easy because I can do that on paper or my laptop and I can take those anywhere. Getting it beyond that seems to be the hard part. And money is tight, too, so I can't always get things for projects. Like when I go into a quilt shop (which is not too often) I spend like $20 and I'm calculating every penny to make sure I don't go overboard. Some quilters have spent hundreds without much thought to it and have enough fabric to get all their projects done and then some.

    I don't know...I'm just not feeling like much of a quilter right now.

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    Don't let it get you down. As long as you feel like a quilter you are. We aren't judged by how many items you can get finished. I think the quality of your work is more important. As far as the money issue, I agree with you. We all are on different incomes and some can spend more on fabric than others. I frequent thrift shops and yard sales a lot and never buy anything unless it is on sale.

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    Quilting is my escape time. Quantity is not the goal for me. I work at my own pace. At this time in my life I have lots of time to work on my projects and just enjoy the process. Relax and let the quilting process be your little time of peace and enjoyment:)

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    you are a quilter- I've seen your quilts and ideas. Don't let finances get you down, your quilts are well thought out and planned, so they pack a lot of punch for the money.

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    You seem like a VERY creative person, and of course you are a quilter! We all have our favorite part of the process and it sounds like yours might be the designing. Maybe you could focus on patterns and ideas for those of us who want to jump right in with the sewing!
    Do you have a picture of your Slipknot quilt? I am new to the board an apologize if you have posted it before.

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    Everyone body has a different sized stash...I never try and compare myself to what others have or what others have completed.

    I'm like you. I've been quilting for over 20 years and years ago I made lots of baby quilts...but in the past years I have only made less than 6 quilts..not all of them completed.

    I, too, am amazed how some people just whip out a king sized quilt top in an afternoon and then have it put together and quilted the next day! I know that I will personally never be able to do it...so I just admire their work and appreciate the beautiful quilts that I get to look at on this board.

    Sometimes it just takes sitting down to start something that will get you going. When I got the Downy Quilt Kit, I immediately sat down determined to see how much I could get done in a days time. After sewing for 5 hours, I had only completed the top (which is a kids size quilt, so it's not very big). I did find once I got started, that I got lost in time and enjoyed all 5 hours of sewing. but I also know that it's very rare for me to have 5 hours to sew without having to do something.

    Good luck with your sewing...maybe try a small project, so you can feel like you've "completed" something and that may inspire you to move on to a bigger project.

    Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to collect a stash for pennies on the dollar. I hardly ever go into the LQS anymore because I can't afford the prices. I usually only buy from Hobby Lobby when they have a 40% off coupon.

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    We're all quilters in one way or another if we are interested in quilts and sew anything related to them. Otherwise, we're seamstresses or art enthusiasts (neither of which is to be scoffed at). You've made quilts, you're a quilter.
    Piece quilting became popular in the days when women were needing to make every little bit go as far as possible. The pendulum seems to be swinging back that direction and there is a definite trend afoot to create beauty from scraps. No need to go into a quilt shop - ever.
    Like you, I love to plan and think about the possibilities for quilts in the future. Isn't it great that plans have no barriers and that there is as much pleasure in thinking about, reading about, looking at, and designing quilts as there is in making them!!! Good thing, because right now my life doesn't have much room in it for sitting together with fabric, needle and thread (but I'm still a quilter).

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    Enjoy your quilting when you find time to do it. It should be fun. I'm like you, not a lot to show for my fabric purchases but I love the process, and the friends I've made with shared interest. My wish for you is to find pleasure in the process when you do find time. Even if you don't get a lot done, you are a quilter. No reason not to enjoy seeing here what others create and add encouragement.

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    You are a quilter or you wouldnít be asking yourself this question. Your plans and ideas for your quilts are beautiful and well thought out. It takes me a long time to finish a quilt too.

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    I only do 1-2 quilts a year for me, the rest of my quilts are for kids or other organizations. I'm slow and have too many other interests. :):)

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    Maybe you are a process person. We appreciate the process of making something and revel in the planning, the prep work, the execution and it really isn't that importan (truth be told) that the project gets finished. It's very rewarding to finish something so I'd say keep on going. And YES, you are a quilter!

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    We are crafty ladies! Being creative is a process, and has many phases. Please don't be hard on yourself--I have spent a fair amount of time doing as you! We are quilters, hear us roar!! Hugs~~

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    I have medical probs that don't allow me to sit, stand or lay down for long periods so there are endless breaks when I work on a project. Most of mine have been lap quilts or baby quilts, but I've made quilted tote bags & even a table topper. Not much next to some others, but I definitely consider myself a quilter. Quilting is like a road trip adventure. It may take a while to get there, but the adventure is always worth the time! Go easy on yourself & enjoy the adventure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Does it matter if youíve been a quilter for years and donít have a lot of finished projects to show for it? There are people on here who probably have dozens of projects completed and are always showing new stuff. I made my first quilt at the end of Ď06. So far Iíve only made three quilts (and one is not completely finished yet), a bunch of test blocks with horrendous fabric, and a few smaller projects. I certainly have enough ideas to get me going for a while, but it seems like I can never find the time to sit down and do them. Planning is easy because I can do that on paper or my laptop and I can take those anywhere. Getting it beyond that seems to be the hard part. And money is tight, too, so I can't always get things for projects. Like when I go into a quilt shop (which is not too often) I spend like $20 and I'm calculating every penny to make sure I don't go overboard. Some quilters have spent hundreds without much thought to it and have enough fabric to get all their projects done and then some.

    I don't know...I'm just not feeling like much of a quilter right now.
    I can really relate. I have been quilting much longer than you, about 25 years) and I have only "completed" probably 10 quilts, and several of those are wall hanging size. I have lots of UFO's. My husband and I retired 3 years ago, right before the economic crash, which had we known what was coming, we never would have. So, while working, I had the money, but not the time for quilting, now I have the time, but no money, very frustrating. I have never been able to spend hundreds of dollars at a time on quilting, so I often will buy fat quarters to get my "fix". The problem with that is usually even with a scrappy looking quilt, you still need at least one fabric of several yards worth, in each quilt, and I don't have those large cuts of fabric in my stash, and those are the ones that cost alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingbysusan
    You seem like a VERY creative person, and of course you are a quilter! We all have our favorite part of the process and it sounds like yours might be the designing. Maybe you could focus on patterns and ideas for those of us who want to jump right in with the sewing!
    Do you have a picture of your Slipknot quilt? I am new to the board an apologize if you have posted it before.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-87208-1.htm
    I only posted a pic of the top. Currently the t-shirt part have been tied, but the quilting on sashing and borders, the binding, and putting on a hanging sleeve is still left to be done.

    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    I only do 1-2 quilts a year for me, the rest of my quilts are for kids or other organizations. I'm slow and have too many other interests. :):)
    Unfortunatly, that's more quilts than I make per year.

    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Maybe you are a process person. We appreciate the process of making something and revel in the planning, the prep work, the execution and it really isn't that importan (truth be told) that the project gets finished. It's very rewarding to finish something so I'd say keep on going. And YES, you are a quilter!
    I've become a process person, but that's not where I'd like to be. I would like to complete something. But I never seem to have the time to sew. Never have much time for anything productive. Heck, the last few days I've been marking my homemade seed tapes during breaks at work just to have a little extra time to work on them---I must look ridiculious with 15' worth of six inch wide strips of newspaper glued together and marking the seed spacings with the help of a piece of graph paper with holes marked in it.

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    I sort of felt the same way. My problem was that it seemed like I never had time to think about what I wanted as far as fabric and color so I would procrastinate forever. I have found a few BOM quilt kits to do and since all decisions are made I work on them every time I have a few extra minutes. It really adds up to a complete project and gives me more confidence to make my own decisions faster. The BOM are also financially friendly since you don't waste money on fabric you never use.

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    LOL, I have been a quilter for years too, and I STILL do just simple quilts, and get intimidated by so many patterns....
    Most of my quilts are gifts or for charity....I KNOW they arent perfect, but hey, if ya make it with LOVE, it turns out pretty nice, right?!
    You are a wonderful quilter, and just do what makes you happy!

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