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    I'm just like that.

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    I keep very focused...
    quilting: I do hand applique, piecing, paper piecing, and machine quilting. I do NOT do fabric folding, machine applique, hand quilting, embroidery, anything with Y seams... AND I do not "collect fabric" but instead buy for each project and keep a small supply of scraps (when it gets big, I make a scrap quilt). I generally use batiks and brights. I avoid homespuns, WOW, and some other fabrics. By limiting quilting to the parts I love, I keep the hobby fun.

    weight lifting: I work out at the gym and use a trainer about 2x/month. I don't buy extra equipment or take classes.

    cooking: I "eat clean" and am experimenting with trying a ton of new recipes and working toward eliminating all packaged/processed foods.

    I have actually listed what I am interested in doing vs. what I admire. It keeps me focused and having fun. I also don't like doing anything "halfway" and I don't have alot of extra money or time so my strategy works for me.

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    I don't see anything wrong with having many hobbies. One day do one and the next day another. Somedays I feel like sewing and others cooking and others painting. As we get older we can cut out some or not.

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    I like to do different things too. I WILL NOT get into scrapbooking because I already have enough different things I like to do!!
    Gloria 

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    One can never have too many Hobbies! For me its quilting, garment sewing, crocheting. cooking, smoking foods in our smoker, and recently I have been looking at embroidery machines just in case I need something else to do! The only problem with too many hobbies, I tend to have a few UFO's around the house because I have stopped in mid project to start another one!

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    I think hobbies make for a happy, well adjusted, interesting person. Only you can know if you are into too many things, but who says how many is too many? I love to do all kinds of things and knit when I feel like it, quilt when that's what I want to do, read when I'm tired, etc. etc. Different hobbies for different moods. If they bring you pleasure - keep it going.

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    I have had too many for too long...it just got to the point where I could not fund them all sufficiently with either time , or money. There is so much to "play with" in quilting.. the methods, styles, colors... I keep going deeper and deeper into quilting. I trimmed out some of my other hobby supplies , when I asked myself .. do I want to do this ... or sew..?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Me, too! Now I want to learn to tat.
    How wonderful! Tatting is going to a lost art. My DGM use to make that shuttle fly producing the most beautiful lace shawls, doilies, etc. She told me when I got older she would teach me, but when I turned 10 she developed Parkinsons and that ended her tatting. If you are lucky enough to find someone who tats and can teach you then you are one lucky girl!
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    I dabble in different things. I used to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbook, garment sewing, quilting, locker hooking- almost all simultaneously! I constantly had a project going in all of these catagories and realized that I wasn't getting many of them done. A few years back, I decided to decrease my hobbies and picked quilting as my main one. I then had a huge garage sale and sold almost everything connected with those other hobbies. It gave me cash in my pocket and room in my house! I will still go back to them every now and then but then I only buy what I need for a particular project and it quenches my desire to do something other than quilting. I still love yarns; beautiful colored, fluffy, nubby, soft and silky. I can spend a long time in the specialty yarn shops, just oohing and awing over them and touching them. But I'm not buying them for a someday project and then never using them. Of course, that right has been transferred to fabric for quilt making!!!
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    I used to do all sorts of crafts also, painting, needle point, crocheting, embroidery and quilting, but making quilts is my passion. As I got older I knew I would never live long enough to make all the quilts I want to make, so my hobby room became my quilting studio. I am retired now, and live alone so all my time is devoted to my sewing. I am in my sewing room everyday and I love it. I also make crazy quilts so still do lots of embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery and bead work.

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    My first love was knitting, then cross stitch, oil painting, pottery, hardangar, (Norwegian embroidery), then quilting. Since I retired it is mostly quilting, however, in moving a couple of years ago I came across my tatting box with all my shuttles and thread and have been doing some of that again. It is so fun to have several things to look forward to. Life is good!!!

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    I say do what you like! Keep learning new things, it keeps your mind active and may help symptoms of old age away.
    I wish I had more time to do the things I love, I love scrapbooking and I am a new quilter. I also would like to sew for my grandaughters. I love to cook and we remodel houses, some we flip and some we rent. I still work full time, 4 - 10 hour days so I can keep my grandbaby one day a week and I keep the other one one night on the weekend. Whew, seeing this in black and white makes me tired and I see why I neve have time for my hobbies.

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    I was crafty for years, then a crochet fanatic but mostly I quilt now-it's amazing though how other crafts can lead to problem solving or inspiraiton for quilting

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    I am totally in love with piecing quilt tops. I love everything about it, especially choosing fabrics that will go together and wind up as something beautiful. I also created stained glass pieces for many years and feel a little guilty that I have abandoned that art/craft for the time being. I don't have time to do both because they each consume so much energy to plan and create. My DH would like me to use up some of the huge amount of glass I've accumulated over many years and work with that again, but each time I see a new fabric line I love, I get deeper into quilting. I had to give up the piano, guitar, crocheting and knitting because of the loss of use of some of the fingers on my left hand caused by a botched surgery 10 years ago. But every day I wake up is a good day and I can still sew, what a bonus!
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    Busy hands are happy hands! Life is too short to just sit and veg in front of the tv. Don't just sit there, do something!
    To me, there's nothing like that sense of accomplishment. I, too, have many varied interests/hobbies, and sometimes wonder about the ADD thing! Lots of things to do, so little time....

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    Never been one to "put all my eggs in one basket" so to speak. I quilt, cross stitch, do thread crochet, knit, sew garments, paint, do stain glass, draw, dabble in tatting, read, work puzzles, etc., etc., etc. Just can't understand the concept of someone being "bored". I'll be 75 years old next month. My only concern is not living long enough to do all the projects I have in mind!

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    Ah yes, there are many just like you. I started out as a garment sewer, then got into sewing crafts (like making bags) and quilting. I also knit, crochet, bead, cross-stitch, and scrapbook. Love to read, and.... almost forgot... I have to work full time also LOL!

    So funny that someone mentioned tatting - that's the one thing I have never been able to conquer - so I just signed up for the Craftsy course on it! Because I NEED another hobby!

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    Yep! I am right there with you!! Quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch, making jewelry, making dolls, doing miniatures, and the list goes on........
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlin68 View Post
    Am I the only one out there with a lot of crafty hobbies? My passion is quilting, but I am thinking of getting back into sewing garments, and I like to crochet and knit and have been known to make my own jewelry..... am I spreading myself too thin and should I just concentrate on a few hobbies become to really, really proficient? I think part of it is "play therapy" for me and I like having lots of different "toys" to play with. Anyone out there like me?
    I say that I do and enjoy anything with a needle and fibers/fabric. I scrapbook a bit. All of these are therapy. Why lay on a guy's couch for an hour to the tune of $60, $70, $100 and have nothing to show for it. All of this is great therapy. I do one craft for a while and throw myself into it. Right now it is knitting but getting very interested in quilting again. Will put away the yarn and knitting needles and bring out the fabric stash...large stash. My poor family but I love what I do. Don't worry if you enjoy it, just enjoy every minute of whatever it is!!

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    Quilting, ceramics, card making, stained glass stepping stones, gardening, reading, exercise, beading......that is just what I can think of right now.....

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    I don't think you can ever have to many hobbies. We go through different phases in our lives and what you like today might not hold you interest tomorrow. You should challenge your self and do whatever feel right to you. One day you may be to old to enjoy some things and will regret that you didn't at least challenge your self. Do whatever ever feel right to you.
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    I used to cross-stitch, plastic canvas, paint clay pots and scrapbook, but quilting has taken the front stage for me. This is a very expensive hobby, which you all know, and so was scrapbooking so the old pocket book had to pick one or the other!
    Kathy

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    Oh my goodness! I am glad to know that I am not the only one! I have many hobbies, and love to try new things. I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, make jewelry, etc. I just love to try new things. Keeps life exciting.
    Judy
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    You are certainly not alone! I spin my own yarn, felt, knit, used to crochet and tat, sewed all my kids clothes when they were young, quilt, stamp, read, read, read, and if I have any time left over I have to clean my house!

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    Go for it Girl. You shouldn't ever have to say you're bored.... I hate that word. I'm into wanting to do a lot of things. I also want to learn to "tat"

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