Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sorting Through Inspirations ...update

Having read the comments to the post below has got me thinking two things....1, that I need an assistant as it just isn't likely I'll get through all my ideas in my quilting lifespan...and 2, why do we quilters always have so many projects on the go? I would love to be a quilter who starts a project, buys just enough fabric to complete it and doesn't start anything new until the quilt is finished. Are there ANY quilters out there who actually do this? if yes, PLEASE ADVISE on the secret! Until then, I'm still sorting and re-sorting my quilting and stash busting priorities.

16 comments:

  1. If you learn that secret please share as i'd also love to know how to do just 1 project at a time. Hugs, Jeanette

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  2. Hmmm I've heard of these people but I must say...I don't understand them.
    I've also heard of people that ONLY buy the fabric they need for that ONE project they are working on. One of my many projects seems to be stash maximisation. If I didn't buy, I'd be letting myself down :)
    You just have to put the hard word on the next generation to finish off your UFO's when you're gone!

    Happy sewing,
    Abbe

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  3. It certinaly is not me I do not fit that criteria, but did meet someone on my guild that only buys enough for each project and works on that one item at a time. I saw her workroom ysterday and she has absolutely no material stash and plans to keep it that way.

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  4. Dear Esther,

    Yes you do need an assistant and have I not offered my services before???? Continue your efforts, stay focused, learn to say goodbye to a few items, remove them from the house..... Or if all else fails, buy a bigger residence!!!!

    Have a good day! (Were you not meant to be going away incidentally?)

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  5. dear esther,
    you amaze me. I watch your prolific artistic expressiveness in awe. Your particular style is very inspirational to me.
    Thank you for taking the time, and caring to share.
    CJain

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  6. People like that are not really creative people ..... if they know exaclty what they need before they start they are probably following a pattern exactly!
    Me, I like to change my mind if I think I can make it better.
    Judy B

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  7. See comments on previous post... I'm definitely not one of those ladies! And it's too late now to know the secret... like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted (and it's in the next state)...

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  8. PS The best advice I never took was from Carol of Carol's of Midland, my local quilt shop. She said to buy only the fabric required for a specific project... should have listened all those years ago...

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  9. I can't imagine only working on one project at a time. I never know what mood I'm going to be in for working. Will I want to machine piece? Will I want to cut fabric? Will I want to trace stitcheries? Will I want to do handwork? I love having many projects on my list. I don't mind have plenty of fabric to choose from to make those projects. I thrive on it.

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  10. My mother was like that, didn't take her long to break out of that habit! I think the way to accomplish it is to lock yourself in a room with your tools, and to not look at other inspiration - blogs, books, nature, etc., and just work on that thing until it is done. It would be plenty boring that waythough.

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  11. As a newbie quilter many years ago I was mentored by an experienced quilter who had an enormous stash of fabrics. Since I didn't know any better---and obviously still don't, I followed her que and built a stash which I add to frequently. If I had to do it over again, I really would only buy what I need for ONE project, and finish it before I started another. This would be my ideal world. A clean slate. I could still do that if I had the nerve to get rid of everything I have stashed and stored in my sewing room. Thing is I don't know if I would be any happier than I am now? Interesting topic of conversation, and really something to think about when we mentor new quilters.

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  12. I think those creatures live on a different planet, you would need to pay Richard Branson lots of dollars to find them!!!!
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  13. You know it's not me...I haven't learned that secret. I do love my stash though. I love looking at it, and remembering what I made with it, and who I gave it too. It makes me smile every time.

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  14. Mmmmmm. I think it's called thinking in the linear or having no room to stash :)

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  15. I have a system. I have as many started projects as I have years to my name. LOL!! However, I don't allow myself to start something new until I have finished something. This makes me want to pick up something that really doesn't need that much work on it.

    I had to finish my Baltimore Album blocks before I started the Civil War Bride.

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  16. Esther I had a mother like that. I suppose that money was tight and we 4 girls were not allowed to start a project until the last one was finished. It worked for just so long and then we on our own we one gave up completely and 2 do it as its needed and me well!!!!! I have 28 granchildren and I have at least 6 quilts in various stages of production for them. I can't resist to start one that I know will suit the child. Angela

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