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Thread: Rotating projects

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    Junior Member pippa's Avatar
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    I have a very low boredom threshold. I wondered if rotating my WIPs/UFOs would help me get something finished. I thought of doing one block for each of 5 projects then back to the first. Anyone done this? Does it sound feasible?

    Below is one of the ones I am NOT enjoying working on!
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    Edited to add - 11 blocks done, 13 to go. It WILL get done eventually but I am not enjoying matching all those points.
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    i love that block it is great

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    I have the habit of working on one project for days/week and then switching.
    As long as you can keep them straight, and this works for you, go for it :D:D:D

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    I rotate all the time, but not necessarily in any order. I must have the attention span of an 8-year old, because I really like moving around between a few projects. If I'm working on one I don't like I usually force myself to finish it and get it overwith. I find then that I like it a whole lot more. In nine years of quilting I've only had one that I just sent it off to Goodwill because I couldn't stand to look at it.

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    right now I am 'forced' to rotate my projects. DD is getting married in April. She has requested that I do some sewing for her. Flower girl dress, OMG 5/8" seams are soo large compared to 1/4" ;) Plus she is request a few other items to sew. Quilt projects have taken a back burner.:(

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    Sorry you are not enjoying working on this, it is really awesome!

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    buy some project sized bins.
    I toss all of the fabric and pattern, cut pieces, in progress blocks and everything specific to that project in a bin. then all of the scissors, pencils, pins, and tools used for all projects in a small bin.
    that way when I want to work on a certain project I grab that bin and the tool bin. and I am set to go!!!
    a plastic three drawer cart works great for this also!

    have fun :D :D :D

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    I totally agree. I have attention deficit disorder and get bored very easily. Most people think ADD is for children, it is usually diagnosed in children, but my diagnosis did not come until I was 44. I never knew why I get bored so easily, but now I have no problem working on two to five projects in the same week. If it works for you and you can keep all your stuff together for each project, why not?

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    I love that block. My mood swings like it's on a busy playground so I keep lots of projects going at once. Some I just grow tired of the pattern, the color, or whatever so I put them away. I love to be able to pick and choose from several different projects. I had a stack of baby blankets with backing all picked out to work on---all I had to do was sandwich, stitch, tie and bind. Had them in order of which ones to do first. I put three together and stitched them yesterday and none of them were on top of the stack. Do whatever works for you. Every part of making a quilt should be fun. If something starts to bore you then go to something else.

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    I'm with you all....my boredom factor is especially high...I'll work for awhile and then have to move onto something else just to feel my creativity.....probably why I have way more than 10 WIP. I have to say....I do tend to finish them eventually, which is good. I like the satisfaction of sewing the last stitch!

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    I usually have a 'main' project and sneak in a couple of other blocks when I need a break. I love the bright colors in your block and the shading in the fabric will help hide any imperfections.

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    Love your colorful block. I always have several projects going. My attention span is about as wide a piece of thread.

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    Oh, yeah. Especially between quilting on my DSM and piecing then paper piecing.
    Think it keeps each project fresh. I'll do a few days of one and then do a few days with another.

    From what's been posted, it seems most of us have moe than one project going at a time.

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    I usually have several projects going at the same time, unless, like now, I have a project that I want to make sure to complete at a certain time. I have a new grandbaby coming in 2 months, so I am pretty much working on the baby quilt exclusively until I get it done. I don't want the baby to be 4 years old before I get her baby quilt done!

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    I love that block!!! Yes you can have more than one project going at the same time. I always do and eventually, everything gets finished. I get bored working on the same thing start to finish.

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    I too don't have a very large attention span. That's why I like working on sampler (type) quilts, with all different blocks, because then each block is different. I find that I can stick to one project when the blocks are varied enough.

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    Great block. Yes I move from project to project.

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    Smashing colours! I always have more than one on the go just so I don't get bored! ya, right, don't even know the meaning of that word!!!!
    Maureen

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    Oh, your block is striking. I can see my one son falling in love with the vibrant colors. Not going to show him the picture or I will be trying to find those colors. grin.

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    I never used to have that problem till this winter. Now I've got so much that I want to do. I have a very large one waiting to be quilted on the long arm. I'm doing a FLoral alphabet, oodles of applique and Drafting for a Dear Jane and I wanna start a OBW. I hunt for the perfect fabtic. Must be the weather!!!?
    MaryKatherine

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    My goodness, that is one wild block. I love it.

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    I think that will work. Sometimes after a more difficult block, doing an easier block breaks it up and it doesn't seem so daunting.

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    I love that block. It is so vibrant and stunning but I also fo more than one thing at a time. I not only work on more than one quilt at a time but, I also have a cross stitch or hand embroidery project by my chair and a good novel if I get tired of it all.

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    I love that block. I have a similar rainbow fabric and you have given me an idea! I too like to switch around on projects. I several in various stages of completion, so I have something to work on for whatever mood I'm in be piecing, sandwiching, quilting, or binding.

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    I love that block and the colors.butI cannot stay with a project from start to finish. I probably have 15 going now and I work on one a little while and then another.

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