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Thread: sitting here stumped...

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    Super Member Dina's Avatar
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    I just finished the last quilt in my "to do"list," and I am playing with what to make next. I find this the hardest part of my quilting. Once I have made up my mind, then I just relax and sew.

    How do you decide what to quilt next, if all your to-do projects are done? I have been looking at my stash. Should I select a fabric I like and then build around that. Should I look at patterns and select one I like and then look at my fabric?

    I know there is no right and wrong way, but I seem a direction to go, and, other than stacks of fabric all around me, and pieces laid across my design wall, I just seem to be stumped.

    What works best for you?

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    Whenever I see a quilt or pattern that intrugues me, I photo copy it and put it in my idea file. I have far to many things on the go right now and haven't had to look in it for ages.
    -a 4PP to embroider and quilt
    -Star quilt to sash and quilt
    -Sampler to sash and quilt
    -Bug jar to quilt before Christmas
    Oh dear, I better get off the QB and get busy!

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    Never managed to finish my to do list..... It just keeps getting longer.....! LOL!

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    Okay, maybe that will work. I have admired the rail fence and log cabin patterns lately. Maybe I will go for one of them, and then start a file of more specific patterns that I like. Pattern first and then fabric...may work.

    Thanks. I have been quilting 2 years, so I still consider myself a bit of a newbie.

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    Wow, I can't imagine ever finishing my to-do list... I add new ideas practically daily! lol

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    When I get caught up I clean my space. That usually brings to mind something I would like do make. Or just make a quick scrappy baby size to donate.

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    I can't imagine ever running out of ideas. I have a list that will take me 4 or 5 years to complete. Especially since I hand quilt. And that's just quilts. There are other things I want to make too, like pincusions, purses, curtains, and clothes.

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    The holidays are approaching quickly, maybe do a few gifts, table runners, place mats, bags, mug rugs, wall hangings, lap quilts.......oh dear...I better get busy!!!!

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    Oh, my ... if you finished the last quilt on your 'to-do' list ............... your list is way too short ........ :lol:

    Take a look in the gallary pics ... maybe that will inspire something ... :D

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    How nice to be all caught up! I used to not have very many WISP's (works in slow progress). Sadly I have more than I'd like, so I am trying to finish them all, a very slow process. I think I might look at my fabrics and decide which one I'd like to make into a new project. Then look through books and patterns to find the "one" to match the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    Never managed to finish my to do list..... It just keeps getting longer.....! LOL!
    Here here!! I keep stashing projects to do and always have one in the wings!! lol

    Than being said - I am inspired by patterns - but often never really follow them.

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    Not a problem, my to do list is so long I will never get to the end.

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    Congratulations on finishing everything on your to-do list!!

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I have lots of UFO's and "want-to-do's", so I will be very busy until I am at least a hundred! ;)

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    I love your ticker, Kristen in ME!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    How do you decide what to quilt next, if all your to-do projects are done?
    I will be dealing with this question in about 23 years. I'm sure I have that many projects in the pipeline. HEAVY SIGH!

    Maybe just walking away for a bit and coming into your sewing space with fresh eyes may give you a new direction.

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    How nice to be caught up. I usually have a dozen WIPs in my quilt studio but still, when I finish one, I begin thinking of my next.
    That depends on what catches my eye recently in a book, magazine, on forums or among my many filed patterns. Sometimes I want to try something entirely new, and other times I want something quick and safe.
    Sorry I can't help you decide.

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    Look at pictures, and fabrics until something just jumps out and says "pick me!" Often I start with patterns, but once in a while there will be a fabric that I just HAVE to do something with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    Never managed to finish my to do list..... It just keeps getting longer.....! LOL!
    I agree, I have SO many projects on my 'to do list', I'm never stumped. Except, how much can I accomplish before I die.

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    I think part of my mind set comes from when I made most of my clothes, and I didn't have much money. My rule was that if I bought fabric, I had to use it before the next payday. (Teachers are paid once a month...) That meant that if I had a project, I had to finish it before I started the next one. (This was a self-imposed rule.)

    I have gotten past part of the rule and have a pretty good stash. I had five quilts in my to-do list, and I guess I should have let myself think about the next project earlier.

    I'm taking several of your suggestions...looking at patterns mainly. Tidying my room too, re-stacking my stash. Something should kick in soon, I hope. I have already "wasted three hours" thinking, and I have reserved the whole day for quilting. Hope I get started soon. :)

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    I always start with the pattern.

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    As a newbie "want-to-do"s are not anywhere in sight! **sigh** next year all me me me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    ..............

    How do you decide what to quilt next, if all your to-do projects are done? ...................

    What works best for you?
    LOL. My projects are never done! I just keep adding more!

    :mrgreen:

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    With the cost of material these days, you may want to start by going through your scraps and cutting them up into usable pieces and putting them into a simple quilt while you make up your mind on the next skill set you want to work with.

    Then pick a pattern that forces you to work on that skill set and you will be back into the flow again!

    Good luck!

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    I have a quilt to do for myself and a quilt that is a christmas gift, I have to select and finsh a quilt for a show next year and I have to do 3 challege pieces and a bom the Bom needs to be done by next week plus i have 3 charity quilts that have to be quilted by next week as well So Monday I will be seriously working in my studeo

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