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Date: 7/15/14 3:41 AM

Okay, maybe panic is too strong a word, but I've got 3 baby quilts and the Mariner's Compass quilt that I'm trying to get finished up (or at least made into quilt sandwiches ready for quilting) by September and it seems the closer September looms, the more likely I am to make really stupid mistakes.

For instance, this past weekend, I needed to finish up the blocks for the Vintage Quilt Revival quilt that I'm making--4 blocks before I start assembling the quilt top. I also wanted to sew the queen extensions on my Mariner's Compass quilt and I wanted to make quilt sandwiches with the two completed baby quilt tops I have.

I got the 4 blocks completed, but I quit after that because I could already feel myself in a downward "Spiral of Stoopid", culminating with my gluing fabrics to the wrong side of the paper foundation that I was using.

Is it just me, where the more stuff I need doing, the less I am able to just relax, focus on the task and get it done? Or did I just have an off weekend?

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Date: 7/15/14 9:42 AM

I call it Brain Drain. Too much stuff to process and not enough time. I've been there, and I ended up crying and feeling stupid. When the body or brain has had enough, we do stupid things. Or as you say, Stoopid things. Then we get upset over those stoopid things and it makes it even worse.

You have too much on your plate. Can you take something off and relax a bit?

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Date: 7/15/14 9:56 AM

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!


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Date: 7/15/14 9:30 PM

Take a deep breath... I know exactly how you feel.... I have a huge pile of work to do but I am not going to break myself up over getting it done by a deadline... been there and failed miserably. I decided that quilts will come in due time and I will get them done when they are done and not before then.

When I try to impose a deadline.... remember I said that I would finish my Dear Jane top by June... HA! Here it is July and I am not crying that I have not completed it... I am trying to make a bunch of quilts for my family and I decided, that as I embarked on this rather large project of 9 quilts, I would not pressure myself with a deadline. I know folk love to make gifts and quilts for holidays and special occasions. I decided that I can make quilts just because I want to make them, not because I am ordered by imposing limits. It takes the pressure off. Last year I tried to enter a quilt show and never made the deadline. I was so desperate to finish, I began to make really big blunders. That was a valuable lesson and was when I really adopted my "no deadline mantra". Go easy and enjoy the process! It is a hobby not a business. You can make your own rules and break them!

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Date: 7/15/14 11:36 PM

I had a dead line for getting three dresses altered.
Well two are finished and the one that shouldn'tive gotten
Altered because she lost some weight before and gained some of it back. it Is done now
I let two inches out for her. She was tickled pink because
She finally could zip it up.
I was getting anxiety over this stuff is it going to fit. Is it
Going to be fine. I even had to think of other ways if it wasn't
Done right. At that point I just called it a day and relaxed two.
Sept. Is a ways off. My advice one quilt at a time. Then
Work on the other. ONE!
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Date: 7/16/14 9:48 AM

Thanks, you guys! I really do need to stop piling needless stress on myself about these projects; nobody's on my case about them except me I should probably learn from that.

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Date: 7/16/14 11:39 AM

How do you feel when you pile all this stuff on yourself and then set a crazy deadline to get them all done? I'd be in panic mode and many others would also be there. I would be making mistakes like crazy---and probably cutting myself with a rotary cutter or sticking myself with pins. I often get stuck when I am trying to hurry. Hurrying does not help, as now I am bleeding and have to take care of my finger!!

Do only what you know you can EASILY handle and maybe a tad more. Then relax for a while. When you are ready, go back and do more. If you really enjoy sewing for hours and hours, you can do that too. Just rest and refresh your mind.

The body gets tired, but often we do not realize our mind is tired---until too late!!!

Go have some cold iced tea or coffee and relax a bit. Put your feet up, too. You have clearly earned it.

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Date: 7/16/14 1:16 PM

This is one of the reasons in my quilting I never give myself a deadline. I don't work well under time pressure. I learned that lesson well when I used to manage a horseback riding school day to day. I had to quit as much as I loved being around the horses. It was too much always hurry. Sewing I do for fun. If there is any pressure then it's not fun. One of the reasons I've never really sewn for money. Take a breathe and prioritize what you need to do first. That's helps me if I'm feeling overwhelmed. You can only do what you can do.

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