Thursday, July 20, 2017

Help!!!! Or Maybe Not?!

I think I want some help...but...at the same time I don't want to be helped.  I have so many projects in various stages of progress and I "should" just keep working on them...but, have you ever come across a new project that just screams for attention???  Do you act like a grown up quilter and say, NO...I have to finish something before I can start something new???? or do you lay down screaming..."you can't make me!!!"  I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it?????  And then, I put my big girl panties on and say...no, you should get something done before you start a new project.

Can you see the circle I have created...I feel like the tiger that keeps running around the tree so many times that you end up with butter :)

Soooo, let me show you the two projects that are calling to me...very loudly...and let me know what you think and how you approach the voice in your quilting heart.




34 comments:

  1. I wrestle with the same voices. But remember sewing is not a job. :-) Focus on the what makes you happy. The other projects will wait patiently for you and not judge you for letting them rest for a while.

    kathy

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  2. Ah yes, the project dilemma! I agree with Kathy. Do what makes you happy in the moment. I recently needed a project to take to a friend's house to sew. It was last month and I had just finished decorating for the 4th and wished I had a quilt to hang in place of the spring one I had up. Oh yes, I remember that Uncle Sam I started a long time ago. Found him. He only needed a few borders (my nemesis) to finish him up. He didn't get quilted but he did get hung up before the 4th! He was a project from Quiltmaker July/Aug 2000. He just needed a little aging before he was ready to be a quilt top! ;)

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  3. Sometimes projects just need to go into time out - because the work has outshone the joy....at that time you need to start a project that brings the joy back because it will eventually revitalize you for the UFO. And besides, ya gotta get that one done before Christmas......LOL

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  4. I have the white Christmas one that I need to make too

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  5. Of those two I'd do White Christmas, more of a chance to at least get the top done before the snows start to fly.

    Jars are cute start them in the new year.

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  6. White Christmss has been on my radar for awhile, but I haven't purchased the pattern...yet.
    The voices make me go online and visit it occasionally though...

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  7. I have those same voices so I'm no help. Though that White Christmas might be more motivating since Christmas is coming sooner than we are ready for.

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  8. I forgot about that tiger thing!
    Gosh, I think I would do the Christmas one first, then it might be done for Christmas (?)

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  9. Do you already have the pattern and supplies??? If not, go shopping right NOW!! If you do have everything you need you probably better start cutting before you waste too much time "making butter"!!!!!

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  10. I pretty much go into the "you can't make me" mode (and then feel guilty later)! Great comments above - I absolutely agree with doing what makes you happy. As you said, the voices are calling loudly - and you DO get to "do what I wanna do when I wanna do it" sometimes. Go for it!

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  11. Put the jars away for later; but start the White Christmas so you can have it done this year. Be a good girl and only work on it after you have worked on another project waiting to be finished each day. A little discipline never hurt anyone lol.

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  12. Ok, I would tell myself to get one project completed and then start both new ones.

    Then I would immediately see something else that I wanted to do and get really mad at myself.

    Now, if you are like me you have already started both of them, right??!! LOL

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  13. What I do is, I'll get all the supplies together in a big clear envelope or a big clear tub, and then maybe work on something else. I'm currently trying to finish up a few of those long-ago projects while I get my Big Project prepped--it has an endless amount of cutting and trimming and gluing down to be done before it sees the sewing machine again.

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  14. I shall be the sole person to keep you on the straight and narrow path of no UFOs. Now that you have picked yourself off the floor from your dead faint, I'll say that applies only to piecing quilt tops. I do focus on one project at a time, and have to admit to no UFOs. The only time I have two going at the same time is if I am totally and completely stumped on how to quilt a pieced top, and confess I do have one - only one - hanging on my design wall at that stage. Yes, I stay focused, and stress free, and yes my "Want to Make list" is long, and yes, I actually get around to making everything on that list. Are you scared that people like me exist in the world? LOL Don't worry. It's not catching. All my friends have multiple projects going on at the same time, so we can be friends too. Hugs...

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  15. hunny!!!

    and now i want to make it, too!!! it would go great with tigah buttah ... i'm just sayin'

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  16. I know the feeling, but I feel so guilty about not finishing things that I won't start anything, so I do nothing, lol. I really have to focus and decide what I want to do, I do know that I want to create and enjoy it, so if a project no longer interests me, maybe it is time to pass it along.

    Debbie

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  17. I just go where my creativity takes me. While in Sisters with the Twisted Sisters I finished a quilt and instead of going to my next project, I took all the scraps from my completed top and went off in a whole new direction. Finished a baby girl quilt with the scraps and was pleased with the results. The other project is still waiting and in the mean time I've gone off in all directions making different things. It is the journey and I'm loving it. Anna I'm pretty impressed with all that you get done. Enjoy the journey whatever path you may stray off on. You do amazing work

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  18. I think you take on way too many projects. Quilting should be a calming experience, not a constant stressful journey to complete one project after another. Slow down, my dear.

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    1. I agree!! I grew up quilting in the 80s before the rotary cutter hahahaha no Im not ancient I was 20 then..However , back then a quilt was done when you had time, in between things in the day and when there was no time , you put it away!! It was a different culture, now it has become an obseesion to buy collections of fabrics and make yet anothet project so you can buy more stuff to make more stuff..Surely people see that it is no longer about quilting, it is about making money..

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  19. I think the feeling you get from finishing a quilt is awesome no matter if it was a brand new project or a previous UFO!! Any finish is good!! Enjoy what you do! Life is too short to nat do what makes you happy!!!

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  20. I'm all about the process. If a project really calls me I do cave. I think it is because I fear I am going to run out of time before I get to make all the quilts that I want to make. So if some actually make it to the finished line, then those are a bonus. I say listen to your heart and give yourself permission to start another while it really grabs you.

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  21. I think I have quilting ASDS because I have so many UFO's that I don't even want to count them. Although some are from taking a class to learn a technique. But, I do have finished ones also. Right now I am working on a baby quilt for my grandson who's arrival is slated for mid-August. I even went into my stash and pulled out a quilt pattern and kit I had bought 6 or 7 years ago because I swore I wasn't buying any new fabric for this quilt. I am working on finishing the final border on the last two sides and then this weekend will start quilting it. But, I am also working on a wool project, a big embroidery project and I have 6 projects I really want to start plus prep for a class I am teaching in September. So my goal at this point is to finish the baby quilt because I have a deadline and then get the other ones cut up and ready to put together as I get time. So you see, Anna there are so many of us in your tiger circle right now. I would get the Christmas ready and then work it into your schedule and put it on your monthly list of things to do. As you get so much done, I bet it will be done by Christmas for you to enjoy. Hopefully you will have a retreat or two that you finish some of your other projects.

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  22. Sometimes you just have to follow the little voice and take a detour.

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  23. You go girl! Enjoy yourself, no pressure! Think of all the happy people who will inherit you UFO's!

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  24. I am like Paula D. It is all about the process. It is so individual...if you like having lots of different projects on the go, then go for it.

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  25. I hear the same voices, but have turned a deaf ear---- life is too short! I'm always starting something new and sometimes I finish 3 projects n one week and feel so accomplished--- never mind they may have been started 2 or more years ago😉! Some people don't understand that work on one project until it's done-- me I'm happy with a lot of things going on!!!

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  26. okay, I get you! I have that same one - spent 4 days rounding up fabric...last January - still sitting in a pile on the sewing table. But I know if I move it, I won't make it... You know, though, if you don't at least get the pattern....

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  27. Hi Anna
    Here's a thought from one of my quilting friends...I put it in my guilds July newsletter
    I do not run from my problems
    I get out my rotary cutter
    And start cutting a new quilt
    (No matter how many unfinished quilts I already have)
    Just like any responsible adult.
    Got for it ! Best regards

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  28. We ALL do the same thing. If I don't have half a dozen projects going simultaneously I wouldn't know what to do with myself. That way I don't lose my mojo, my inspiration. I may get bored on one, then attack another. They all get finished, eventually. ;)

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  29. I think the honey jars deserve to be done ASAP. After all, what if you change the name of your quilt room and the jars haven't had time to shine in your space? Get a move on!! They are calling your name!!

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  30. Temptations are all around us, all the time! I am at the stage of life where I wonder what will happen to all of the quilts and wallhangings I make. Two grown sons here, neither of them very interested in my craft/obsession. Just do what feels right... XO

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  31. We just moved into a new home and I have a much bigger sewing room (thank God!). While I was unpacking and putting projects all in spot, I was shocked at how many tops I have finished that need either borders (or not) and just quilted and finished. I counted 27!!! I've been trying to make it a goal this year to finish something before I move on to something else, but it's hard because there are so many projects to do! Different days, with me, bring different moods and I'm not always in the mood today to work on what I was working on yesterday. I'm retired so I don't want it to feel like "work". I just want to have fun :)

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