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Thread: Why do I (we) do this?

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    Why do I (we) do this?

    I got an idea the other night. I like to fit in a little fabric work after I come home from real work. I drew a pattern. I like to do little things, crazy mini person that I am. I have spent the last four nights going through my little scraps, making templates, and cutting up little bits and pieces. I could have had an entire large quilt cut out days ago!!! And yet..... I'm hoping for snow, snow . snow this weekend. Maybe the 400 little bits (and borders) will come together and make me smile. I'll show ya when I'm done!

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    That is all part of the fun and enjoyment of making quilts, the dreaming and planning and creating. It isn't all in the main putting together. We got to get the ideas flowing first. Good luck with your next great idea!

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    You are soooooo not alone. I mess around for hours when given the opportunity...the tiniest pieces can have me absorbed for vast amounts of time. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    It really sounds exciting, can not wait to see pic!!! Have fun!!!!

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    Sounds wonderful, I feel the same way. In the time I spend dreaming, planning and visualizing could have been done with another project.

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    I am in the middle of making a quilt for a graduation, I have to make 30 blocks and I have 16 done. The whole time I have been working on this quilt, Im thinking of the next one Im going to make. I want to go thru my stash and start picking fabrics for it so bad, because of this, have not been in my sewing room for 3 days. So nothing is getting done. Going to make myself work on the blocks today, the sooner they are done, the sooner I can start my Snake River!

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    Sometimes when that idea takes root the only thing you can do is run with it.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Imagination and dreams are a big part of quilting.
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    The tactile experience will get jump start the creative portion of your brain. Then you'll be off and running with a great plan!
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    Sounds like a plan! I too am hoping to get one or two UFO's done this weekend due to staying in because of the snow. It's nice of Mother Nature to give us an excuse to stay in an quilt. We are not going to get as much snow as they once thought, but still, I don't have a need to go out. So in I stay and quilt. If I get my top done I will post a picture. I hope everyone else will post a photo too!
    Luv Quilts and Cats
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    I really have to control my thinking. If I let myself go I start thinking about all the quilts that are waiting to be finished and I then get them out and have them scattered all over my sewing room until the one I am working on is forgotton and I am on to something else. I really am trying to complete past started quilts and/or tops so I can start new ones with an uncluttered sewing room.
    Lorraine

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    I quilt because I like the creative process, not because I need to have something done ASAP. Smaller, scrappy complex fiddly bits make me happier than big pieces so that is what I make! To each their own.

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    I'm a scrappy kind of girl i love to get lost in my fabric. When I'm working on one project I'm dreaming about the next.

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    yep, that's it for me as well. The creative process. Even my so called "failures" make me happy.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

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    That is what makes quilting so wonderful! I'm with you all the way. I find myself looking through my stash and have a ton of ideas. This is why it takes me twice as long to finish a project as it should because of dreaming. Keep on with your ideas!
    BettyGee, quilter on a Rocky Mountain High

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    Can't wait to see pics

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    I am so glad that I am not alone in fondling fabric and dreaming. Someone had the idea of making one extra block from the quilts we make, then stretch that block over a canvas and use as art on the wall. Why couldn't we make a miniature of the block and hang that on the wall?

    I have never made a minature. Any special tips for doing this?


    Linda

    Sew little time and sew many ideas

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    I do this when ever I'm trying to solve or work out major life decisions. I always end up with a memory quilt and the distraction from over thinking makes the problem easier to resolve. My last one is named My Move to Missouri It's become my favorite one and it is on my bed here in Missouri

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    Well, I got the snow I asked for. Maybe a little more than I wanted 'cause now I have to go clean it up. But here are the results, as promised. I think the scrap strips you see here will make good binding. Not sure yet. That comes after the hand quilting. My lunch project for the week!
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