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Thread: Quilter's ADHD, aka sewing block!

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    Unhappy Quilter's ADHD, aka sewing block!

    I wondered if any others have this problem. I will start a very creative project and go great on it...until...I designate the person who will own my project. I need to get my son's quilt done, but I have become bored with the monotony of the blocks and now avoid it by starting other projects or worse, playing endless hours of solitaire on the computer. How do I make myself get back on the project? What do you do? Guilt does not work for me. That is like showing long-time smokers a black lung. I am sure I only have about 5 more 16-inch blocks to go to complete the main design. At 2 per day, I could be done in 3 days and working on the border. Why do I insist on starting other projects or even avoid everything and stare at a computerized deck of cards where my win percentage is dismal?

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    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    I find doing a repeated block kind of boring as well. Try doing just one block as your first sewing project of the day. Once it's done, have a reward for yourself. Maybe another little sewing project you want to do or that chocolate bar you've been saving. I work much better with a reward system.

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    People save chocolate?
    But really, great idea!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/m...ear-79671.html

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    Welcome from Illinois. Yes bribe yourself.
    Can't stop now, I need to finish just one more quilt
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    It is really boring to do the same block over and over.... I try to have another more fun project going at the same time, like a sampler or pieced borders or something. Then, in the morning, I won't let myself work on that fun project until I've made one more block. Pretty soon you'll have them all done and have a good start on the other project as well.... oh, and I really like the chocolate reward suggestion too!! Good luck with it....
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    I wondered if any others have this problem. I will start a very creative project and go great on it...until...I designate the person who will own my project.

    What I do is never designate a quilt I'm building until I get the putting the label on it and sewing that down then and only then do I take a good look at it and figure who it will go to .Maybe that would help you ..
    May you always have Love to Share , Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

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    Stop doing one block quilts. Do a quilt with a different block for each row. For instance, do a sawtooth star for the first row, then a fence rail, then a bears paw or whatever. That way you don't get bored. You could even include a plain row for the center row and do appliqué all across it. Just a thought.

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    to add to patticriss... if you REALLY don't want to be bored, do a Dear Jane
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T – is it True? H – is it Helpful? I – is it Inspiring? N – is it Necessary? K – is it Kind?

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

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    That's why I usually have multiple projects going at the same time. Keeps the boredom down to a dull roar!

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    I am sure you are describing me. I have 8 or 10 projects going at the same time. I put the pieces on the lids of bankers or underbed storage boxes. they act as trays. i put them in a shelf near the sewing machine. I also have a timer and use it. Set the time for 15 or 20 minutes. Pick a project and do the 20 minutes. It makes me scurry to do a bunch in that alloted time. Next time pick a different project for the 20 minute treatment. Do something you love to do in between. I usually do the 20 minute thing first in the day. Sort of like doing the worst thing first. Soon you will be saying just another 20 minutes because you can see how much you can accomplish in 20 minutes. Good luck. It makes me happy to know I'm not alone in the the ADD or ADHD world. Actually thought of asking the Dr. for chemical help with this problem. I understand that usually they just give you the RX and if it works, they know you have the problem.
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    Try making your next quilt just one big quilt block or even an art quilt. I think all quilts made out of blocks that are the same are very boring to make. If this has happened to you before, why have you made the same sort of quilt again? Make a pattern that will stay interesting to the very end! It may be harder and take longer, but it will be worth it if it is interesting to you.

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    I have the same problem and have about 10 things going on. I like to start with the one that has a deadline. I put on some music and then I find it helps to keep me relaxed. Then I make a circuit of about 6 pieces and I have to accomplish something on them for 20-30 min and then move to the next one and then I start over. :-)

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    I like to work on several projects at a time too. I Like to have the quilts at varying stages of completion so when I get tired of one process, I can move on to the next. Sometimes I just feel like cutting, and sometimes I feel like binding or piecing. I also like to play on the computer while I watch tv. I guess I'm definitely ADD.

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    I keep telling myself that if I ever get this queen sized quilt done that I started for my sister two(yes, 2) years ago that I will only do very small quilts from now on. And...to top it all off, said sister will soon be moving in with her children and will no longer require a queen sized quilt. So I guess that one of my daughters will get the quilt..that is, if I ever get it finished. All I have to do is put on the outside border and quilt it. In the mean time, I, too, play computer games and work on other quilts. That's how I roll!!

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    I have this problem, too. I used to tell myself that I couldn't work on anything else until I finished the project already started but all that did was make it more difficult. I couldn't start a new project because the old one wasn't finished and the old one wasn't finished because I didn't want to work on it ..... and so on and so on. Should have just broke my own rule and worked on what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it because nothing is getting finished this way! I like the 20-minute technique. Think I'll try that and see if that works for me. :-)
    Miss Rita

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    I, too, have several projects going at a time. I listen to audio book mysteries on my iPad while I work on quilting. That is the only time I listen to audio books, so I often find myself doing quilting tasks that are somewhat boring because I want to find out "who done it". I find that the monthly virtual quilting day is a real inspiration. It gets me excited about quilting. Also, this board gives me great ideas that I want to try.

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