Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Project Jam

Here I am already with evidence of my craziness!  Yes, I had thought to show you some of my finished projects first, but this jumble of projects in process weighs heavily upon me, so here we are for today...

Before you can understand the gravity of the situation, you must know that I am generally a project monogamous.  Well, I actually usually have two projects going - one large and one small or one at the machine and one by hand - but that's monogam-ish, as Chawne would say.  Focus is key.  Reaching completion is key.  I am not designed to handle...

project jam #5

#1  Liam's flying geese curtains

project jam #4

#2 Drunkards path mini for Curves Class

project jam #3

#3 Star Blossoms paper-pieced runner

project jam #2

#4  Oliver & S Pajamas for kid's Christmas Eve gifts

project jam #1

#5  Christmas Tree mini for Curves Class (I was just working on this.  Hmm... seems to need more stars.)

And, to be honest, that's really not all.  I also have other Curves Class projects in progress, the Meet The Gang quilt awaiting a backing, another Makeup Roll gift to make and some do. Good Stitches blocks that I'd better start tonight.

Now, I like sewing.  Sewing is not the problem.

When there is this much going on, there's less sewing and more running around in circles.  Many projects going at once is a necessity of the Curves Class in some ways.  I have to test my ideas to make sure they'll work and then I start thinking about that other idea and go on to test that, etc, etc.  Don't worry, I'll survive ;)

Oh, speaking of the Curves Class, I've made a lot of progress on firming up my ideas for how it will run.  Thanks to some great discussions with experienced online teachers, I've decided to have three versions of the class so that I can offer more learning resources, like video and chat, at the highest levels without selling myself short.  There will still be an entry level that's super affordable and still includes access to all of the projects.  And the classes will run simultaneously too, so no one will have to wait.  I think it's going to be a win-win kind of situation!  I'm expecting the 5-week class to begin February 2012.  If you'd like to get some new quilting tools that would be useful in the class, see my notes here.  We'll talk more about such things after the holidays!

So, are you project monogam-ish? Or, perhaps you thrive on lots of options?  Do you think you ask too much of yourself at this time of year, project-wise?

34 comments:

  1. I like to stick to a few projects... too many drive me nuts. Typically, I have a quilt in the sandwich/quilting stage and a quilt top in the assembly stage. Of course, there is the BOW but that's one hr per week so not bad... plus the blocks sit nicely in the back corner of the sewing table.

    I, too, like the "finish" thing happening... closure is important to me!

    It is hard to stick to this with all the great QALs popping up but I'm fairly strict with myself. I'm not involved in any swaps... so that helps. I have gotten side-tracked this fall helping with a couple of projects... star blocks, 4-patch blocks, and doll quilts.... but those are one-shot projects. Sit down, do it, over and done.

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  2. Normally I am project monogam-ish too. But like you, everything is happening at once and I have way too many half started and need to start soon projects going on.

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  3. My husband would prefer I only work on one project at a time, but I get so wrapped up in helping other people work on their projects, that I usually can't see my craft room floor. :)

    I am SO excited about your curves class. I talked to my husband about it and he agreed to pay for me to take the class! Woot!

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  4. Hi, Rachel. Aw, just five? I don't even count! Those flying geese curtains are going to be smashing! Hope you'll show them hung.
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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  5. I go through stages with my level of monogamy, but I do try to stick to the monogam-ish mindset, as Chawne defines it. As you said, it's easy to get overwhelmed with too many pots on the fire. Although around the holidays, it's hard not to feel that way. And yes, I've probably overdone it from time to time. ;)

    I love the sneak peeks you're sharing! Those pj's are going to be darling, and I'm loving your star/tree curves project so far.

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  6. Oooh, the class sneak peeks are looking tantalising, as are the rest of your projects!

    As for me, well, I can have many things on the go, and then not so many. I think I'm calmer when there's not so many, but sometimes necessity, and custom orders, cause 'extra things' to be added!

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  7. I HATE unfinished/half-finished/just started and now I don't feel like doing it anymore projects. I tend to have one or two going at a time, but lately...oh my. I literally have about 7 or 8 things going at once right now, all in various stages of completion. It makes me feel fidgety and icky and a little psychotic to be honest.

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  8. I thrive on having several projects going at once - it really motivates me. And yes, I demand much of myself this time of year, especially considering it's a very busy time at my work as well.

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  9. I always have a super long list of "in progress" projects, and a long list of projects waiting in the wings (meaning I have all the materials for it) and a CRAZY long "to-do/wish list".

    Then, a deadline will loom and I'll focus completely on one project and get it done ASAP. But instead of moving onto my next WIP, I will add a new one in! If my WIP list gets too small, I start getting bored. Though I tend to only have one quilt going at a time. The rest of the projects are different in nature.

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  10. I love all your projects. I'm a big have to have lots of projects going at all times person. It takes me forever to finish a project. Lately I've needed to have a crochet project, two sewing projects, and I'm thinking about adding a knitting project. =)

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  11. Oh there are lots of projects on the go here, but I'm less monogamish and more in love with starting. I do like the finish, but not as much as the start. I do have lots of finishes happening, just more starts! Finished three projects yesterday and will be working on two different ones today. And yeah, I do put lots of pressure on myself to finish things, but I know I am happier and do more sewing when I have more finishes happening. My sewing room is my happy place and I want to spend as much time in there as possible!

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  12. I think it's safe to say I have crafting ADD. I'll start something then get distracted by the next shiny project. And the next, and the next until it's 10 years later and I'm finally finishing the first quilt I ever started...

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  13. I like having alot of projects. Maybe im ADD but when im trying to focus on one project, i lose interest and dont sew as much... when i can walk in the room and say "i want to work on that" i sew more.

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  14. Well with Christmas coming I am definitely working on more than one project at a time. I have too many quilts to get done. Over the long weekend I got one quilt quilted and everything done by the hand binding. I got one quilt pin basted. I did a pieced back for yet another quilt and I put two sets of borders on two other quilts. I am tired just thinking about it. Hopefully when Christmas is over I can go back to my Farmer's Wife QAL and do some projects just for me.

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  15. I personally like to have several projects at once, but I always cross the line for sure. I think I'm juggling well and so I add on another and then I have a busy day in my etsy, then a kid gets sick, or something else gets thrown in there that sucks away all my sewing time. I play catch up with a few late nights and then I let the cycle begin again. It's completely ridiculous, but fun, too!!

    Loving all your projects -- especially those geese!!

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  16. I've got way too many projects going right now and it's my own doing. I keep promising people quilts. Well, I've now got 3 going (two are twin=size and one is a crib quilt) and that's too much for me. My sewing room is filled to the brim. I don't create well in chaos, so I'm going to finish everything up before I start anything new!

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  17. I have way too many projects going at the moment. The biggest is moving into a new home and figuring out my new community. Then there are the cloaks to finish before Christmas. The postage stamp quilt. The bag made from Joel Dewberry's Citrine line. And the list goes on......

    One I'd like to add is the Star Blossoms Paper Pieced Table Runner. Can you share what pattern you are using?

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  18. I like to work on one thing at a time, but like you have found myslef with a growing number of unfinished projects. I'm going to work hard to finish off a few so I'm not going in circles>

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  19. Oh, such fun projects. Love them all. I try to be monogamous too, but it seems that there are times when my WIPs multiply like crazy.

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  20. Those pjs look ambitious! When I first learned to sew, I made my daughter a pair of pj pants and they are still worn by her younger sister...but they are the only pjs I've ever made. Wish I had time to make more!

    I have a few projects going at all times. I wish I could be more monogam"ish" because I'd probably get more things done!

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  21. I'm not project monogamous by any means. Generally polygamous, but for several months it was more like project monastery-ish. As in, not doing ANYTHING. I'm finally getting back in the sewing groove, so it's time to pick up my Test Your Skills Sampler and my Dear Jane and my flannel quilt for the cousin and my fairies baby quilt and my Storm at Sea and my Birds in the Air for my uncle the hunter and...

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  22. Love the sneak peek of the Christmas tree mini! Hmmm, I usually have a couple of projects going at once, but try to finish at least the piecing of a quilt before moving on to another. Of course, that's probably why I have 3 tops awaiting to be turned into quilts...not to mention several more from years ago (ack!) that I don't even count any more because I'm sort of over them, if you know what I mean...

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  23. Unfortunately, I am not project monogamous. I usually have a threesome going, and right now, it's just an orgy of fabrics all over the place. I have 7 quilt tops that are in the process of cutting/piecing. It's a nightmare, but at least a fun, colorful one. And by the time it's done, I'll probably want to take a vow of abstinence...at least for a short time. Good luck on getting your projects done!!

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  24. I get depressed if I only have one or two projects. Once I cleared everything out and either finished or got rid of all WIPs and I was unhappy for weeks. I like to have all ranges of projects, though for me the range is more about interest than stages. So I have one quilt that's new to being designed and I'm all excited about it, one I'll get around to if I'm bored, and one in disassembled back to the bedrock because it was not working. I have similar ranges for smaller projects like gifts and home sewing, and I also usually have at least one project going that only exists in my mind and hasn't even made it to a sketch yet.

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  25. I have to have several projects going at once, all in different stages. My mind percolates over one while I'm working on another: I have one I'm chain piecing, a border in the works, a quilt I'm hand quilting on, an applique project, a pile of fabric I'm contemplating the perfect pattern for etc. etc. It seems to work for me, but every now and then I do start to feel like I'm going in circles and make a valiant attempt to wrap a couple projects up. Love your projects in the works!

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  26. oh, what lovely projects you have going on! i really want to dive into those flying geese; the colors are so sumptuous. and i am supremely envious of your star blossoms. oy!

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  27. The comments above are really interesting -

    I think it's tough to be gentle with ourselves and allow for a little forgiveness instead of push push push push. (Present company included.)

    I'm not a huge "plan in advance" quilter, so there are many times when I get "stuck" on a project. Too many times, actually.

    Starting a new project breaks that brain log-jam and allows me to put something away and maybe pull it out to look again at it with fresh eyes - a little or a lot later.

    It sounds good when I write it, but I too get mired in the quicksand of too many projects and not enough time. I think we need to be a little easier on ourselves - and remember all the good things quilting can be!

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  28. While I wouldn't say I am project monogamous, I don't like to have too many going at once.

    Recently I mentioned in a blog post that I had SO many WIPs. When I cleared the clutter and counted it was a whopping four :) I guess I was also counting all the quilts running around in my brain distracting me from the actual WIPs! Hang in there.

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  29. I know what you mean ~ I've got a few (more or less) projects going on and I just don't know where to begin again. Did a big project on Sunday that completely wiped me out and I can't seem to get my sew on again. It's the 'one thing at a time' for me!

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  30. yikes! I feel your pain about your massive to do list. I've got quite a few things I need to get finished too...usually I'm a one or two project at a time gal, but other times I have a million things going at once.

    Good luck finishing your stuff! =)

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  31. I am a mostly monogamous quilter as well. Although my head swims with lots of project ideas. Unfortunately I'm just so tired when I get home these days, they remain stuck in my head.... Excited to watch your progress!!

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  32. Love seeing your projects. Your project jam convinced me to pull out my christmas stockings and actually finish them this year :)

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  33. I always have about 10 quilting projects going on. I have a box that I keep each one in, and that doesn't even count clothing projects, of which right now I have 3, a pile of things to alter, and 3 knitting projects. I wish I could keep to less! But I always require that I finish one before I start one. Or I try to, anyway :)

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  34. I find that when I try to work on more than one thing at a time, nothing seems to get done at all on any of them. I have a finished stack of log cabin blocks that need to get sewn together, then I started some felt ball necklaces, so that is strung out all over my sewing table at the moment along with my corder and various huge rings of thread for making cording. I did finish acorn felted mini pincushions for my quilting group Christmas party, but that stuff is still all over the place too. AAAARRRRGGGGG. Cleaning house today after catching up on blogs, so maybe some of the mess will go away.....

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