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    I can't believe you've only been quilting for a year. You do good work!

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    I have only been quilting a short time but I have been sewing seriously for quiet a bit longer. I started sewing when I was a child and when I started having kids I started sewing all the time. I also do machine embroidery and have to years. The two go very well together. I have fun and I am a quick learner. I also like reading so I have picked up a lot that way. I have yet to take a course. I have been curious about taking one but not sure what level they would clasify me. I don't know that I could handle it from the start. If I can remember to I would like to do the next course that this site offers.

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    I'm wondering how much time you all spend every day working on quilting projects?

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    That is a great question for everyone sunflower! I'd love to hear how much time each person puts into quilting every day. I spend probably 2 hours a day on quilting, often more, sometimes less. I confess I should spend more but I am on this dratted computer playing around waaaaay more often then I probably should be. :lol:
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    I don't actually quilt everyday. I would like to but I do lots of other things as well. I am a stay at home mom so that gives me a little extra time. I focus pretty good when I am doing them, probably because for the most part I am running behind and the deadline is close. I can usually do a top in two days, three tops when I am focused. I actually did all three of my kids origional quilts in 5 days and that was when I was working and worked 3 of those evenings. The only thing I had done before was on set of embroidery done. I will have to take pictures of them. I haven't yet. I am very fast. Probably due to the amount of sewing I do. My mom is fast as well. I don't know if that is something you inherit or not. Probably helps that I do lots of things with my hands like crocheting and woodworking that I have really good fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. I did this dress before Christmas for my daughter mess dinner for cadets. She thinks she needs a new one every year. I don't mind for the most part as it only cost me about $40 compared to the hundreds I know some of them spent. On the tree in the back ground there are ornaments done on my embroidery machine. So I tend to multi task as well. While that machine is going I usually sew stuff. These days usually quilting. My husband suffers from PTSD so this is also my strss reliever. I don't know what I would have done without my sewing room. I do have a very limited attentions span and often get sidetracked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I am very fast. Probably due to the amount of sewing I do. My mom is fast as well. I don't know if that is something you inherit or not.
    My husband suffers from PTSD so this is also my strss reliever. I don't know what I would have done without my sewing room. I do have a very limited attentions span and often get sidetracked.
    I sew at the speed of slow. It used to really bother me but I've finally just learned to accept it, mostly. And it is handy when teaching beginners to quilt, something that is always exciting! At home I don't really notice it, but I have several Bee's I'm in and I go on an annual quilt retreat for four days every Autumn. That is when I really notice how slowly I sew. I have to admit, I envy you for being able to sew fast.

    Your daughter's dress is beautiful! She is very blessed to have a mom who sews. I tell people I don't sew, I quilt. There really is a big difference.

    I am sorry to hear about your husband. My ancestors have been involved in the military going back centuries. My father served 31 years and deals with PTSD, though he would flatly deny this. It's so hard on everyone, the family and the person dealing with this alike. My heart goes out to you and I hope you don't mind if I keep you and your husband in my prayers?

    I must confess, one of my husband's nicknames for me is Sidetrack. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with that tendancy! :lol:
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    Hi Sunflower:
    How many hours a day do I quilt? Well, I'm a BAD sleeper so if I happen to not sleep I'm up sewing. Somedays I sew many hours, other days I don't sew at all. I have so many projects that I love to do that I get "sidetracked," too. On an average I'd say I sew about 4 hours a day. You have to know that I'm retired, have no children left at home and have a husband who is happy to putz around the house, watch sports on TV and do little jobs for our animal rescue. He doesn't require me to do anything but whatever makes me happy. He makes me happy...sewing does too. I'm also very much into cooking, baking, and just a smidgen on the DON'T LIKE side of housekeeping but I can't stand a dirty house, either, so I do what I need to to stay comfy in my own mind about the shape my house is in.
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    I am lucky that I am fast because I am also impatient most of the time as well. I don't knit because it takes too long. I also don't pin when I am sewing or quilting for the most part. Yet again with the amount that I have sewn helps. I am pretty acurate so my points etc go together pretty easily. Pressing the right direction helps a lot as well.

    I am sorry your dad won't admit the PTSD. I will admit that living with the desease is not easy. There are good days and bad days and days you barely get threw. It is hard on everyone. Luckily very close by there is a very good friend of his that is in the military that I can call if I need help with him. He is fairly stable right now but I can see bumpy roads ahead when his release comes threw. The military is the only thing he knows. He started in cadets when he was a kid and then there was reserves and them the regulat force. You may definatly keep us in your prayers. I keep all those that have served, are serving and will serve in mine. Both my grandfathers served during war time. 1 in WW1, 1 in WW2. Before that I am not sure. Neither one would talk much on the subject.

    It is true that if you just quilt, you are a quilter. Luckily for those that sew the transition isn't as hard. When I was supposed to be doing the quilts I was making the candy cane holders (over 200) and a few other projects. I wanted the quilts done by Dec 1. I don't think I even started them until Dec 6 or 7. All 4 were done when hubby took a trip to BC on the 18th. Plus I did Katrina's dress in there. It only took a day to do the dress thankfully. I am trying to take things back a bit though. I have started doing a little hand work in the house. That way I can work and still be in the house with the family. It is going well to tell the truth. Never thaught it would as it takes longer. I want to learn to quilt by hand as well.You are very lucky to get to go on weekends and such. I am curoius about them. I just thiink how much fabric I could by with the money spend on them.

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    Oh cutebuns, you sure do get a lot done. I'm simply amazed.

    You know, I don't think I know of any quilters who actually enjoy housework. I think we all just do as much as we have to before heading back to play with our fabrics and whatnot. :-D

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    I try not to worry about my housework to much. That's why I have kids, to do it for me. Too bad it isn't working out that way. hahahahaha. Actually I grew up with the philosophy that your housework will be there tomorrow. No matter what, somethings like you kids won't always be there. I am thinking even if I do do it today, it will still be there tomorrow. My husband helps a bunch. I trained him well. I can't seem to keep my sewing room clean no matter what I do thoug, and I have actually tried.
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    Whew! Cutebuns, you make me feel much better. Thank you. :D
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    I know, isn't it bad! And it is cleaner than it has been if I'm in the middle of things. Plus I have only been in here since Aug. I am trying to organize but then somepthing like Christmas happens and I have no time between much. I have too much stuff. though if I do it right it will all fit and I will have room for more.

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    Ugh! Moving! That says it all. That one word can cover a multitude of sins. :wink:
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    Cutebuns:
    May I come over and "play" in your garage? Like our grandson said of another grandson a few years ago "I like to play with Justin, he has neat toys!" You have NEAT toys. I see you have several sewing machines and one of those Rowenta irons that have the water basin underneath. How do you like that iron? I've been tempted to get one but haven't talked to anyone who has one. Your quilting frame is pretty cool, too. Does it have a quilting machine like a Gammill or something with it? My sewing room is a converted bedroom so I don't have alot of room but I do have ALOT in the room. It's crowded and only special friends and family are allowed in it as I'd be afraid casual friends would think I was mentally ill with all the STUFF stuffed in that room but I love it as I'm sure you love your garage. We have a garage...maybe I could convert ours into a nice room????....naaaaa, DH would'nt have anyplace to put his stuff if I did that. Thanks for sharing your room....I'll bet the wood stove crackling really makes things comfy and nice for you. It looks like your kids have a good spot in there to be with you but still be able to watch TV....it's a perfect room! Good for you.

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    I don't sleep all that much. Not if I can help it.

    I am fast. Don't know if I would be better if I slowed down. Sometime I wonder how it feels like to be able to take my time.

    Anyone wants to come and play they are more than welcome. I love company. So far most of my company has been a beginner. I would actually like to quilt with someone who knows as much or more than I do.

    I wish I had a Gammil or something of the sort. I am using a grand quilter hobby 1200 phaff right now on the table. I love the table, I would like a longer arm. I love ot for piecing, it has a good foot and it is fast. It only does a straight stitch which is okay because both the brother and the janome both have more stitches that I could ever ask for or use. They aso both do embroidery. I have to pay off the embroidery machine before I think of spending that on another machine.

    My kids are actually laying on my cutting table. It is good and sturdy. I found it out in the back pasture. Towed it in with my husbands quad. It has really nice wheels on it. It moves when I need it too. the kids love it up there. There is lots of chairs that they can sit on as well. I just recently put a second tv in. That way everyone can see and hear when the machines are going.

    My iron just the way It is sitting looks better than it is. I got it from wal mart and it is a ge. So far i am really happy with it. It has a little weight, makes it easier to press and not iron.

    Most people think that I am cracked, probably because this room is stuffed with all sorts of stuff. Origionally it was only going to be for sewing. Then a few crafts moved in. then a few more things. Then the cats, then the dog. The kids leave pieces of themselves all the time. I love it. Mess and all. Not that I don't wish that I could get a handle on it. It would make my life easier. The garage is 17 x 32. And I have filled most of it.

    I love my wood stove. On the really cold days I throw an extra log on and sit by it and keep warm and toasty. It is funnt, I sent the quilts to my mom because i was out of time to clean them up and she said the smell of wood smoke on them sent her back. We spent 10 years in an old farm house in my growing up years and it was warmed by a wood stove.

    We bought my husband a big shed for his stuff. I kicked him out there. I think we all deserve a big dedicated area to do our stuff. It took me years to get a place I like this.

    Everybody is going to get tired of reading all of this. I am realy long winded today.

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    Really nice to confirm that quilters are not "home makers"! :lol: I have my own sewing/craft room also. Have a smallish double wide home so the room isn't so big. I have so much stuff in it a bought a sewing table with wheels so I can bring it into the living room when I want to sew! :oops: I won't let anyone in there cause they would never find their way out. Sometimes I have "walking space" and sometimes not but I have lots and lots of stuff to look through when I need something I know I have. I don't spend a lot of time quilting but when I want one as a gift I spend all the time I can on it. I hand quilt or do counted cross stitch while I watch TV with hubby. One day I would like to organize that room but when I have the time I don't have the motivation. But life is short and when you need a quilt for an occassion that takes top priority doen't it? :lol:

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    I am definatly not a home maker. My family makes my house a home. I do tend to focus better when the deadline is hours away as opposed to weeks or months. i procrastinate way to often. Like right now I am playing with my embroidery machine making sucker holders instead of working on Tia's quilt. I am going to work on it as well today. At least I hope to get stuff done on it. The main blocks and the embroidery are done. I need to cut the embroidery out and figure out what I am missing. I am trying something a little different with this quilt. With it already being late I could take as long with it that I wanted. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    M Like right now I am playing with my embroidery machine making sucker holders instead of working on Tia's quilt.
    sucker holders? I am very, very curious...it is a new term for me...

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    Yes, Cutebuns...what are sucker holders? I am a candy maker and have made some wood sucker holders for the hard candy suckers I make but not sure that is what you are talking about??? We have a lady in our sewing group who makes "quilt" suckers...look like all day suckers on a stick but they are fat 8ths that are rolled and wrapped. Is that what you are doing?

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    Here is a picture of my progress. i love digital camera's. Once all of them are done they will be ripped out of the hoop. You can't see the ribbon on the back, I cut the slots and stick in the sucker. I have a supply of Halloween ones done and at Christmas I have candy cane ones. They are great gifts. My favorite site for embroidery patterns is www.emblibrary.com they have lots of projects and in the hoop things that are completly done in the hoop. Once in a while I throw in some fabric or change the thread. I can go do other things while it is doing most of it. Otherwise I end up watching the needle go up and down. I will post other pictures of stuff if you are interested in seeing them.

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    these little bear are darling and I would LOVE to see some of the other stuff you make. I get inspired by the pictures. Thank you,
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    Cutebuns, Thanks for posting the picture and satisfying my curiosity. That is a cute idea!

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    no problem. I enjoy what I do. I have been playing with embroidery machines for litterally years. 14 come feb. I will hunt down a few more things, put new batteries in the camera and take a few pictures. Too bad the idea wasn't mine. Home made suckers would go great with them. I at one time played with making stuff like that. It has been years though. It is also something that I have thaught to get back into as I enjoyed it. I think I even have some of the molds left from back then.

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    I too am curious about suckers.

    *sigh* I clean my house but only because I have to and because I hate living in a dirty house worse. Dirty and cluttered are waaaay different though and I cannot seem to get my DH to realize that. If only I could convince him of the difference it would clear up at least an hour of my day for better things, like quilting. :wink:
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    I have mine trained to do a bit. He was doing laundry earlier. Kids help out some as well. Somedays they want me in here more than I want to be in my sewing room. Especially if I am working on something for them. Tia is bugging me to get her quilt done.

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