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Date: 9/20/12 9:23 AM

When starting a new project? What makes you fall in love with a particular project and what makes some projects got from wips to ufo to trash can?

Unfortunately I usually fall in love with projects I can't possibly do. I'm still in love with the Halloween BOM that was so popular last year but no way could I do all that applique cutting with bad thumb. I have several wolf patterns same problem.

I'm happy to say I don't have any trash can projects but do have a few ufos. I never used to I had a golden rule no new project till previous one is finished. It's so hard to find a project that meets the requirements of not to long and not to labor intensitive since my time is limited.

Baltimore Christmas

The Baltimore Christmas one is pretty cool too. Want to do A Baltimore album quilt since I as born and raised in Baltimore.
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Date: 9/20/12 9:33 AM

I'm usually okay until I get stuck on something.
That's when the project gets put aside. Then it sits until eventually I don't even like it anymore.
I have a few like that.

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Date: 9/20/12 9:55 AM

yeah right now I'm stuck on the binding for my animal quilt I did a few years ago. I've got the binding sewed on just have to flip and sew again. This thing turned out to be queen sized and it's a bear (no pun intended) to work with. Although quite literally the best one I've ever made.

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Date: 9/20/12 10:18 AM

For me, the process almost exclusively starts with fabric I love. Then I try to come up with a design/pattern that will best show the fabric.

So far I have not stared with a pattern, and found fabric for it.

I have only once put a project aside unfinished, and I did it because I started with a certain amount of fabric, and once I used it all I realized I REALLY liked it and wanted it to be a much bigger quilt than originally planned. So I had to order more and put the quilt aside until it came in. Then I started the next quilt, which just happened to be the Monster quilt.

I had to put that one aside for a bit because my grandson has outgrown the last set of diapers I made him, and I needed to work on a new pattern that would fit him better without the snaps digging into his hips.

My biggest challenge is finding time to sew. He is such a troubled sleeper, I can't really sew much when he naps. ANY noise he hears will have him up in a second, and my sewing room is right across the hall form his bedroom. By the time his mom gets home, I am too tired to sew.

So I sew on the weekends. Makes projects take a long time, but I need sewing to be stress relief not added stress, so it will have to be this way for a bit longer.

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Date: 9/20/12 10:32 AM

I currently have 2 projects that need the binding on them. I over worked my shoulder muscles 3 weeks ago and I am still not able to do anything at the sewing machine. I can't move my left arm and shoulder enough to even try. I am getting better, but going in my sewing room and just looking at the quilt with the binding pinned on it mades me sad. I will wait a few more days to a week and hopefully I will be back to normal and can sew once again. I miss working with the fabrics.

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Date: 9/20/12 11:37 AM

I use to fall in love with a quilt I saw either in a shop or in a book. That always initiated the whole thing.
Lots of fabric shopping to find just the right fabric.

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Date: 9/20/12 12:26 PM

Like Cathryn, I start with choosing the fabric I want to use. Then I'll decide what to make with it. I love the Moda charm packs/candy bars and I have a small stash waiting to be used. The last lap quilt I did, I chose the fabrics then came up with the quilt in EQ7. That's the first time I've ever used a pattern.

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Date: 9/20/12 12:54 PM

I have a split personality when it comes to starting projects. "Quilts to cover people" start very differently from "quilts to do other things".

When I make lap and kid quilts (never tackled anything bigger than about a twin) I like to use simple patterns and just let the fabric talk. Don't get me wrong, I love complicated quilts with precision piecing, I just don't want to take the time to make them.

Everything else, which might include journal quilts, wall hangings, placemats, table runners, or oooh, I got this really interesting book on making collaged vests, start with some kind of idea, usually a technique I want to try.

I have oodles of UFOs. I am not ashamed of them. I am simply stashing them for retirement. Two un-layered quilt tops, another one mostly quilted, one Christmas quilt with the hand-stitching half done. Oh and a Craftsy Stupendous Stitching project on the back of the sofa with the hand work 20% done. Plus the cut strips for the lap quilt I'm making my mom for Christmas.

Plus countless blocks, samples, practice bits, class projects in various stages of waiting to become something. I have no desire to get rid of any of them, but come to think of it I should make a bin of these all together so I could pull them out and play with them...

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Date: 9/20/12 1:07 PM

Quote: TessKwiltz
I have oodles of UFOs. I am not ashamed of them. I am simply stashing them for retirement.

Now that is an idea I can run with.

Retirement is still a long way away and by that time, I could have several more to go with the ones I already have.

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Date: 9/20/12 10:37 PM

Almost always the fabric tells me what it wants to be. I mostly make old-fashioned block quilts, and different fabrics are shown better in certain blocks.

A quilt for which I am still collecting fabrics is my planned "western" quilt. I found some Jesse James fabric, and I have been collecting western-themed fabrics as well as nineteenth century reproduction fabrics, and I am going to use "Calico Puzzle" when I finally make it.

http://quilterscache.com/C/CalicoPuzzleBlock.html

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