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Thread: TIME well spent

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    Super Member just_the_scraps_m'am's Avatar
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    seems as late i have been cutting,cutting,cutting, but nothing to show for it!
    when you have chosen a pattern for your project, do you spend more time on--fabric choices, cutting, layout, actual sewing, cleaning up, or procrastination...? OR WHAT?

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    Second guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Second guessing.
    Me too!!!

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    lollollol.,...all of the above!!! esp w/large project. i preview fabs after i have drafted pattern. take pics...then preview how they look from that perspective. i use eq6 + drafting pad...at same time. even for how i want to do the backing...eq6 esp for that. then i make sample block...hmmm...no like? try another color approach...oh yeah! like that...or hmmm....both good... but essentially i try to have everything in order before i start cutting out all pieces...from fab selection/combination, block[s] sample, design layout and then start cutting when i have all organized...i have an online quilt chat freind in europe that say that i tend to over-organize [esp my bookmark files lollollol] but i think that it makes the whole process sooooo much more enjoyable...and since i quilt for fun [and sometimes profit] that is the bottom line for me - FUN :)). and of course procrastination at every step...ya just gotta step back and think about it - sames time and money in long run. and i clean as i work...helps keep organized at each step of the process.

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    I get bored very quickly. I don't usually cut out everything for a quilt and then sew all pieces in a certain set then go to the next step. I cut a while, sew a while and finish a block or two and then repeat. I know it would go faster to finish all of step 1 then step 2, etc. I'm not after speed. I just want to see results and enjoy the process.

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    it makes you crazy but when you finally get to the sewing part it goes so fast. =)

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    roguequilter you sound like such a perfectionist! and i'm sure your work shows it! you GO girl!

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    All of the above :roll: :D:D:D

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    me too!

    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I get bored very quickly. I don't usually cut out everything for a quilt and then sew all pieces in a certain set then go to the next step. I cut a while, sew a while and finish a block or two and then repeat. I know it would go faster to finish all of step 1 then step 2, etc. I'm not after speed. I just want to see results and enjoy the process.

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    "me too!

    erstan947 wrote:
    I get bored very quickly. I don't usually cut out everything for a quilt and then sew all pieces in a certain set then go to the next step. I cut a while, sew a while and finish a block or two and then repeat. I know it would go faster to finish all of step 1 then step 2, etc. I'm not after speed. I just want to see results and enjoy the process."

    Me too!!

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    I've been going crazy all day today trying to coordinate several batiks for a Bento Box wall quilt. I thought it would be so easy- NO!!
    I still haven't cut them and I'm mad!!! I know once they are cut the sewing will go well, uh, maybe I shouldn't say that LOL :D

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    All of it. Procrastination and indecision are my middle names :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I get bored very quickly. I don't usually cut out everything for a quilt and then sew all pieces in a certain set then go to the next step. I cut a while, sew a while and finish a block or two and then repeat. I know it would go faster to finish all of step 1 then step 2, etc. I'm not after speed. I just want to see results and enjoy the process.
    I cut a little, sew a little. Hate cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purple_butterfly
    All of it. Procrastination and indecision are my middle names :?
    You must be my Aussie twin!!!

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    Yes all of the above.

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    When I do a rotary cutting piece, I usually spend about three days cutting. Bleh. It helps make paper piecing more enjoyable. :0)

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    Yes, again all the above

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I get bored very quickly. I don't usually cut out everything for a quilt and then sew all pieces in a certain set then go to the next step. I cut a while, sew a while and finish a block or two and then repeat. I know it would go faster to finish all of step 1 then step 2, etc. I'm not after speed. I just want to see results and enjoy the process.
    This is how I work as well. I have to keep moving, so doing a little of everything accomplishes that nicely. If I try to cut everything, I don't take the necessary breaks I need & overdo with a 3 day setback before I can continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith
    Quote Originally Posted by purple_butterfly
    All of it. Procrastination and indecision are my middle names :?
    You must be my Aussie twin!!!
    Gee, we'd get a lot done if we were quilting together.....not :lol:

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    It depends, sometimes everything goes together like buttering toast other times it's like making a twelve course meal. Sometimes a fabric will tell you what it wants to be and which ones it wants with it. Other times it's just a struggle and the fabrics fight you.

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    I've spent the last few days cutting scraps into usable 5" squares and have yet to start sewing, so right now I'd say CUTTING!

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    Well, I'm one to finish cutting before going to piecing, etc. I took a class with Ami Simms and was told I was anal because I had everything cut and ready to sew. NO ONE else had done this!! Oh, well!! Just for the record, I didn't end up farther on my quilt than others. I am a presser as well and am sure this took up more time than most. By the way, Kay England states not to press until the block is complete. I hang my head in shame as I can't do it!!

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    It takes me days to choose fabrics - I have a huge stash so I "shop" in my stash. If I can't get the right combo of colors together, I move on to a different group of colors until I get something I like. I enjoy this process! It also takes me days to cut because I get bored and have to take a "break"!!! I also have a bad wrist due to surgery in 2003.

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    Fabric choices and layout. I can spend days on these. The layout is the most difficult part of the process for me. I'll layout the blocks, take pictures, layout them out a different way and take more pictures. I refer to the pictures when I sew the blocks together.

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    Okay so I am a pattern designer and a quilting teacher. I teach a color theory class. I love picking out fabrics. I love designing quilts. I love the complete process. I also have a very arty daughter. She will come over and pull fabric from my stash for my projects. I trust her choices. She is a graph design artist. She is making sculpted cakes and they are awesome, see Jennylu's on FB. She has a degree in Art. All that being said I do occasionally second guess my decisions. Feeling comfortable in the correct choices is very important. I feel first impression is usually the correct one. Go with your gut! But most of all Enjoy the process! Remember we are artists and our medium is fabric!

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