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    What do you do when you have a quilting project that is perfectly lovely yet you have to argue every stitch of the way to actually work on it. The one I have is a Log Cabin blanket that will fit my King Size Bed. I figured up that I only need to make one square a day until I have the required number made yet I have a hard time getting them done. I am so far behind I am planting the cotton plant. Yet I do no want to give up on this project. I keep putting it aside to work on later and nothing helps. I just keep seeing me putting it aside again and again and never getting it done. What do I do 'cause I really do want to do this quilt.

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    Yep. I hear you. I've got 2 projects like that going right now. I've found, with me, I have to force myself to do a little something (sew a block together, sew a row together...something!) BEFORE I allow myself to work on something else I "want" to do......eventually it's got to get done, right???

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    I have the same problem - I am making a quilt for my DD's 1st wedding anniversary and I have to have it done by mid July. I like the fabric but find the piecework very boring. I need to make 16 braid panels and only have 7 complete. ((groan))

    I have decided to change the original design by putting something different in the center and using the braid panels as borders. That gets me off the hook making braids - I only have to do one more.

    Now that I have given myself the freedom to stop doing something that I find boring... I am getting excited to work on this project again. :D

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    I have that happen. I do one of two things. Either set it aside for about a month so I can look at it with fresh eyes and enjoy it again, or force myself to spend a whole day sewing on it just to get it done.

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    When I hit one of "those" projects, I make myself work twice as hard on it so I can get it over with and move on. Then I make sure the next one is something that I REALLY want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKinCO
    Yep. I hear you. I've got 2 projects like that going right now. I've found, with me, I have to force myself to do a little something (sew a block together, sew a row together...something!) BEFORE I allow myself to work on something else I "want" to do......eventually it's got to get done, right???
    That is what I do. Working on something I "want" to work on is my reward for working on the projects I have to force myself to deal with.

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    Repeat after me...Starting now, my log cabin quilt is my sewing priority....keep repeating this mantra until it becomes your reality. :? It could work.....tehe tehe

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    I have the same problem. If time allows, I set it aside for awhile. If not, I make a goal to do just something with it on a schedule. Make little attainable goals that you can meet and see progress on.

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    I know how you feel ReRe. I do the same thing. Sometime the planning is more fun than the actual project. Did I just say that? And I call myself a quilter! Usually when I block out a nice chunk of time to quilt it gets my back in the mood, and I start enjoying the project again. I used to tell my students that there are so many great books to read - never read one that you don't eenjoy if it has not been assigned to you. Maybe we should look at quilting the same way. If it really bugs us then why do it?

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    i am currently working on my third quilts for kids kit. when i am done i will send all three back together. then i plan to do what i want---a coffee cup cozy. Then i will decide what project to do. I wont committ to more quilts for kids until fall. This summer i have planned some small projects. Plus i want to practice fmq. So coffee cozy is my priority after this small quilt. Find it hard to fit all things in too.

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    what is you coffee quilt like?

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    I have one that's in a bag in my room. I can picture it, but I don't like to work on it. Maybe someday it will be done.

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    Sometimes I use the 10-minute timer approach. (This works for housework as well!) Set the timer for 10 minutes and promise yourself you can get up and do something else when the timer goes off. Usually by the time the timer goes off I am in the middle of something and interested enough to finish it. Often I will reset the timer for 10 more minutes. Occasionally I have gone an hour or two because I have gotten motivated. Rarely I will stop at that first 10 minutes.

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......

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    I wonder what the psychological reason for this is? I'm working on a Thimbleberries wall hanging right now. I love the pattern. I'm happy with the fabrics I chose. I can just imagine hanging in my living room - the spot is ready with a wrought iron hanger. And yet, this quilt more than any others I've done, just does not draw me into quilting! I've found that if, when I leave a sewing session, I leave the project in a place that I can just sit down and start up again, it's more likely that I'll come in to work on it. For example, I make sure the bobbin has enough thread for the next short session, sometimes I even put the fabric on the machine and set the needle into the first stitch, and leave it that way so that when I come back it's ready to go.
    I also promise myself that I only need to 'do one block' or quilt one block' or stitch twelve inches, or something short like that. I usually end up doing more, but then I feel that I'm doing more because I 'choose' to, not because I 'have' to. But I can tell you that I will be SO glad when it's done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Sometimes I use the 10-minute timer approach. (This works for housework as well!) Set the timer for 10 minutes and promise yourself you can get up and do something else when the timer goes off. Usually by the time the timer goes off I am in the middle of something and interested enough to finish it. Often I will reset the timer for 10 more minutes. Occasionally I have gone an hour or two because I have gotten motivated. Rarely I will stop at that first 10 minutes.

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......
    This is exactly what I do. I have to say I get more into a project when I have a "time limit" than I do if I am "suposed" to be working on it. lol

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    I had a quilt like that and I put it away for five years, I finally got it out and made my self spend 1 hr a day until it was done. that didn't always happen but I am happy to say I just delivered that#!@%&$# quilt to the longarmer this morning. So all I have left to do it the binding. It has been 10 years in the making. It was part pieced and part machine applique.

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    I'm proud of you mic! Hope you post a pic of it when you're done.

    I get the same way, I just set it aside- not out of sight- just to the side. Then work on something else and come back to it. It eventually gets done. Doing that right now on a quilt. I made a top but it was double bed size, DDIL and DS needed a queen size. Took me a while, but this week it dawned on me how to do a border. Between last night and tonight it will get its border. Then off to the longarmer. It will be so pretty when it's done- I'm glad it didn't turn into a UFO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99

    For me, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once I am into something for 10 minutes, I can often go on without boredom or mental discomfort......
    and I thought i was the only one!

    :lol:

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    We all march to our own beat, but i really like BKinCo's answer.
    Divide the project up into doable parts and do a part then reward yourself with something else.
    Then next time do another part...and so on, until you get done.
    That is why I have two machines...now just have to get one working again :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    .... I only need to 'do one block' or quilt one block' or stitch twelve inches, or something short like that. I usually end up doing more, but then I feel that I'm doing more because I 'choose' to, not because I 'have' to. But I can tell you that I will be SO glad when it's done!
    I should have known that ya'll would understand how I feel about it. I especially like this part above about doing more than "scheduled" so doing more 'cause I choose to, and not because I have to.

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    just make yourself do one our two blocks before you allow yourself the pleasure of doing anythig else.[disaplein] good luck! penny

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    Why dont you put it along side your sewing machine and as you are working on something else, feed your pieces in between instead of cutting threads. Before you know it, it will be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarpanini
    feed your pieces in between instead of cutting threads. Before you know it, it will be done.
    This is the best idea I've heard yet. All I have to do now is figure out how to do a log cabin inbetween.

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    Do you chain piece? Just stack a pile of the next row you are working on.

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    I too find that sometimes I need to tell myself that I am not going to start that new project I want to do until I get this one DONE! It keeps me going. I also organize the project very precisely. I cut ALL the pieces I need so there is no, "I can't make those blocks now because the pieces aren't cut." type of thing.

    Lay all the parts out how they need to be done. Stack all your strips by light, dark, color or however you're doing it, and keep them out right there by the sewing machine. Don't make it so that you have to get it out to work on it.

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