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« on: September 07, 2009 05:56:38 PM »

maybe this is a dumb question.
I would love to learn how to quilt.  My one and only quilt project went all-right but it took for ever to do.
I always have a million projects on the go: sewing, embroidery, art, gardening, bookmaking, crochet, knitting, etc .. kind of a "name itr and I want to do it" kind of thing and have two or three projects already mid-way.
Now I know no one can do all the things they want to do, but really, how do you all find the time to do all your stuff?  DO you set aside a certain amount of time every day to do things, even if it means working on them after midnight and sacrificing a few hours sleep every night?
I never really thought of myself as schedule-impaired, but I never seem to make any headway on anything! My one big thing is that I do as little pre-bought, pre-made, pre-assembled as possible (including digital scrapbooking so it usually takes me hours to make just the absolute right background paper - is that normal?)
I get home from work: make supper, clean house, do laundry, dishes, weeding, home care, yard care as is necessary (lately I have been averting my eyes when the lawn comes into view and the garden is over-run with weeds so thats another "if I can't see it, its not there" solution) and by the time I get done all that  I have maybe a half hour to myself and I either spend it reading, worrying about my weight/fitness and trying to exercise, or surfing the web looking at new and cool things that I *just have to do/make*, or sometimes I even use that half hour productively.
My sister says I never relax; well sorry, there's just no bloody time in the day or the week, or whenever.  (lol, sorry, I didn't mean to turn this into a rant on my poor time-management)
So am I just plain old slow? 
To all the quilters out there: I figure your projects are the biggest and most time consuming: how the heck do you do it all and where do you find the time?

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009 08:05:33 PM »

skip the house work and teach the hubby or the kids to cook and clean.


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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009 08:45:21 PM »

I'm kind of the same way, but quilting helps relax me. Especially because so much of it can be done *while* I'm watching TV or online or doing my week's readings or whatever.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009 08:23:23 PM »

Quilting is not a physical need for most of us so it can be simply enjoyed at whatever pace suits us.  Lap sized quilts are great on the sofa and quick to make.  A simply pattern can easily be finished in a few hours.  I felt inspired and made one for my sister a couple weeks ago to surprise her at her office that is always freezing.  But I also have one that I started a few years ago that I look at every day and consider working on but don't.  It's bigger and has special meaning to me and I just don't really want to finish it.

There are also quilt as you go methods where you can do one section at a time and then whip stitch those sections as you finish them. 

Lots of folks also elect to pay someone else to quilt, back, and bind the patchwork/appliqu.

I guess it just comes down to this:  It's YOUR art, do whatever you want with it. 

For me, it is my therapy.  It is where I can de-stress and there are no real mistakes-only variations and options.  (As long as I am not boozing it up while rotary cutting--ha ha!)

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009 01:38:10 PM »

I steal the time when I can: sometimes I can sneak in an hour after-work-but-before-dinner, or some time while the kids watch a movie at night, or even early morning if I cannot sleep. 

The others are right: it's your project and you need to do it whichever way you wish. If you're willing to let the house get dustier, by all means do so.  I am starting to make peace with the fact that quilting takes me a long time to complete, and it's leading me to handwork, which I believe I'll find more satisfying in the long run anyhow.
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