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Thread: Sporadic quilter!

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    Sporadic quilter!

    I have quilted for 30-35 years. On & off. I go in streaks & I am now in one of those on periods. The problem is, I want to make everything I see! I buy fabric that I will probably never get around to using. I must have at least 20 unfinished projects & I want to start another! I have been working on some of those this time but have also started a couple new ones. I am a very undisciplined person & know I must work on that but at 65, is it even feasible to make such a huge change in character? Would my family & friends still love me? Oh well, I think I'll go do some quilting & worry about it later.

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    sounds so familiar!!
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    Hello, my name is Jan and I'm a sporadic quilter.
    Join the club! And, yeah, at our age, it's way too much bother, and trouble, to try to change.
    Accept who you are, that's another club,.

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    I would love to start another project, but I am too disciplined therefore frustrated. Today, instead of working on what I have to work on, I am organizing scraps. It has become a monumental task. I am looking forward to it being done, but think I will take a nap first...

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    Did I write this thread under a different name? You have described me perfectly, even down to the 65. I spend a lot of time looking for new ideas rather than doing the things I have already bought. I get so mad at myself, but I can't stop. I have started finishing some projects though. I am making myself finish UFOs before starting anything else. I have a list and I'm sticking to it! Right.

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    I'm a "Mood Quilter"--when I'm in the mood to quilt, I could quilt all day for several days at a time. When I'm not in the mood, it could be a couple of weeks before I do anything quilty. I'm in one of my non-quilty moods right now and wish I could get out of it, I have at least two quilts to finish by April.
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    I too am a mood quilter! I love being a mood quilter, sometimes I am in the mood sometimes not! Today, I started using scraps for a baby quilt, instead I finished 4 bibs! Gee, it is just the way it is in the quilting world!

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    If left to my own devices I would never complete anything, as the impluse to start the next quilt "vision" is so powerful. Sometimes I think its ADD coming to the surface, other times I think I am just without any self discipline. I have improved and will not allow my self to start with out finishing. Think of it as a "diet of the mind" its all about willpower. Sometimes I just have to "trick" myself and promise myself if I sew one more day on a current project then , I can start another, then do the same the next day till its done.

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    Me too. I haven't quilted in a while. I look at it every day but just can't get motivated. Hubby has been having health issues so I use that as my current excuse. I also think I have self-diagnosed adult ADD. I don't have too many UFOs except in my head. But, oh well...

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    I also go in streaks. I'm that way with my house, my quilts, my cooking, my computer etc. LOL why not. If I go the other way, it becomes a job. I just left upstairs looking for binding material. I just turned off the light and came down and am on this machine. Gonna watch football and maybe nap along. I'm 83, why can't I?

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    I am very disciplined I totally finish a quilt before starting another.
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    There are times I am very productive and then times when I allow the heaviness of life to interfere with my quilting. I generally do a good job of finishing projects. Although, the one I am working on right now should have been done last November. It is for a coworker who went out on disability for ALS. It makes me sad, and I refuse to work on it sad. Hope and Love only...no sadness!

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    I get distracted when I see a quilt I want to make. Then I drop everything else and start a new one. Lots of unfinished quilts in my sewing room.

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    I think I am ADD late in life. I love quilting and the many paths it has taken me. I have even set a goal this year to learn to appliqué - then I get side tracked and now want to make cathedral window pincushions for Valentine gifts. I also have some potholders that are perfect for Valentine's Day that need to be finished and mailed this week, oh wait I have this cute lattice quilt and all its strips sorted on the table - will it never end.
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    Yep - that's me - a sporadic, mood quilter!!! My attention is easily caught by this and that. I could look at website after website of design ideas and such, get inspired by Bonnie Hunter and scrappy quilting (I did get a lot of my fabric sorted into bins), etc. - rather than spending time quilting. I get pulled in so many directions as to what I want to do - that I then do nothing! As I don't want to have multiple projects around that need to be finished, I normally do not have more than 2 projects going at once. Right now I have a tumbler lap quilt that is about 2/3rds of the way quilted, and I have the squares ready to put together for another lap quilt (x's and o's pattern from Missouri Star Quilt). That one is scrappy - my first.

    I am semi in the mood to get back in my sewing room again, and actually got my sewing machine set up for FMQing on my tumbler quilt. Hopefully soon!
    Dawn

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    Even knowing we are moving from Michigan to Nevada this next year has not stopped me from starting new projects. I keep replacing what I sold with more. I have refrained from buying books and patterns...so far anyway!!!

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    My problem is I want to make about everything I see. So I get that started and before I know it I have put it in a plastic bag for later. New project has come along.

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    I think that's just the nature of many of us. There's nothing wrong with quilting when you feel like it and doing other stuff when you don't. Unless you have a deadline for something that absolutely has to be done! As for all your projects you have you want to do, who knows, you may surprise yourself and finish all of them
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    yeah, I hear you!! I have the same problem!!
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    It seems that I am just like most of you. If I have something going on that disrupts my quilting, I can't get to sewing. I am a one tract person. I have my current quilt ready for the borders, and haven't done anything with it for a week. My DH has been sick and seems to "need" a lot of attention. On second thought, he doesn't need to be sick to need a lot of attention. lol I am going to the LQS to get the fabric for the borders today, so tonight I may finish it and be able to send it to the long arm quilter. Do you think joining a guild would help?
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    This is so me, I could have written this thread.

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    Yes, Susie, belonging to a guild helps me. A lot. We meet every month, so I try to make myself have something to "Show and Tell" each month. We are a very small club, but have a quilt show each year. That is a great motivator.
    I have 21 grandchildren and 11 children, and I thought I would never be able to make them all a quilt, so I didn't even try. Then one year I completed 7 quilts, some of them charity quilts, and I thought, "I can do this." This last Christmas, four family members picked out a quilt for themselves. Quilt a few have received quilts over the years, so I'm on a roll. I need some kind of motivation to get things done.
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    Where were all of you when I was a kid?! My mother, God rest her soul, use to get so frustrated with me, a common exhortation was "can't you finish just one project before you start another"? Well things have not changed LO and I don't even pretend that I will even try. Project on
    Oh did I tell you I just attended the Gourd Festival in Casa Grande, AZ what talent I have been trying to figure out a way to incorporate fabric into this medium - I think i can, I think i can

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryQuilter View Post
    I'm a "Mood Quilter"--when I'm in the mood to quilt, I could quilt all day for several days at a time. When I'm not in the mood, it could be a couple of weeks before I do anything quilty. I'm in one of my non-quilty moods right now and wish I could get out of it, I have at least two quilts to finish by April.
    You've described me! That's why I'm spending way too much time on the board instead of in the sewing room. I'm blocked, pun intended. I can't decide on the design of a quilt for a friend, and since I want it to be a surprise 'thank you' quilt, I can't ask him what he wants. Dh is trying to be helpful, but he just says 'I like that' every time I show him an idea. Sign.

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