I have quilting ADD. I buy patterns and quilt books that inspire me, yet overwhelm me. I buy fabric that I love without knowing which quilt I will make with it. Once I finish a quilt top I'm so eager to make something else I don't get around to actually finishing it. My favorite part of the process is planning which fabric will go with which pattern. I have 20 quilts planned, patterns and fabric put together in storage cases. I have 22 finished quilt tops. I have finished 20+ quilts.
Yesterday I started to quilt my Rainbow Petals quilt top but stopped when my highly anticipated paper piecing pattern "Grandmother's Flower Garden" arrived in the mail. I had to search for weeks to find it. It was initially published in a 2002 issue of a now extinct magazine. Initially I found the first issue on Etsy but once I received it I realized it only had part 1 of 4 and I needed to buy 3 more issues. I finally found a link to buy just the pattern on line. I have mad google skills.
I'm eager to get started but am taking my kids to Lake Tahoe to see Imagine Dragons in concert. It's my kids first rock concert. (They are 17 and 20.). My quilt will have to wait for tomorrow.

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Comment by carla j walton on July 20, 2015 at 9:26am

wow, another  book for super cute blocks.....sigh...........

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 19, 2015 at 9:54pm
here carla ..i resisted as long as i could, but finally decided i just had to have it. it's 20% off, thought about waiting till it lower, but then i kept looking at the view other pages thing &. ...sucucumbed! lollol!!


their sales are always very popular. things sell out fast. a wonderful stripe fabric in clearance i wanted -gone! i just barely got my jinny byer album of blocks few years ago, it went on sale often & every time i'd try to order it was sold out. finally a clerk backordered it at the sale price. i love ct! :))
Comment by Vickie Smith on July 19, 2015 at 9:04pm

Carla, it is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt.  Same author as Quilty Fun.  I made a couple barns from it today.  Too cute.

Comment by carla j walton on July 19, 2015 at 8:27pm

o.k. but what's the adorable book? LOL  see?.......we all got ADD!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 19, 2015 at 6:34pm
vickie mine hasn't come yet. you are making me so jealous. ....and i agree ADD is a good thing !
Comment by Vickie Smith on July 19, 2015 at 6:15pm

I think quilting ADD is a definite advantage.  It keeps me inspired.  I got a new book last week and DH said I was like a kid in a candy store.  It is an adorable book.  Can't wait to use it.

Comment by Ethelda Hillsman on July 19, 2015 at 1:55pm
When I first started quilting I had plans to hand quilt everything! After hand quilting two twin size, one queen and 2 kings, I quit. LOL. I then proceeded to learn free motion and after a few years I am not too bad. At least it is acceptable to the relatives who get them as gifts. (They are not sewers, so what do they know?) now, unless it is a wall hanging up to lap size, they all get sent to my longarmer friend Joyce Gryder in Tennessee. (By the way, she recently joined MQP.) So just enjoy!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 19, 2015 at 12:16pm
lori, didn't they tell you that ADD is sorta a prerequisite for becoming a quilter? hmmmm? :)) so, don't worry. you are a totally normal quilter. ADD is just part of the fun! ...and enjoy the concert!!
Comment by Riana Noyes on July 19, 2015 at 7:28am

Lori, you're in good company,lol! lf l don't have a list when l'm in a fabric store, l'm like a kid in a candy shop, drooling over the possibilities. ln thrift stores, l head right for the "craft book" section ( just got 'Beautiful Foundation-pieced Quilt Blocks' for $3.99!), then on to the fabric area, where l often find new cotton in rare colorways. As a hand quilter, the only reason l learned to machine quilt is because there are so many quilts in my head l want to do, and only so many years in a lifetime,lol. l love making colorful quits for project Linus, special quilts for special people, and soon, no doubt, l'll be dabbling in art/wall quilts. lt's really a fun journey, this quilting bug...l've met wonderful people and have seen interesting places because of it. My UFO pile's not big, as l dedicate to finish projects before allowing myself to begin more than one other. l like having one in planning stages,one in construction stage and one in quilting stage...variety.Little projects sometimes sneak in between, though, sometimes l just HAVE to try that new technique!

Comment by Mary Delisle on July 19, 2015 at 6:47am

Lori's Kitty.  Do you quilt your quilts, or do you send them out to be quilted, or tie them?  I have taken up home machine free motion quilting, and that has slowed my desire to keep making quilt tops, to donate, or give away.  There is just my husband and myself, and we have three quilts for our self, and no more room, for any more.

The free motion quilting is much more fun than piecing, and actually takes a lot of time to learn, and to actually do.

If free motion is not anything you think you can do, (even though, you should drop your feed dogs and try it), make mini quilts, for wall hangings.  They are less expensive to make, people love them,  you can easily just do stitch in the ditch, they don't take up as much room, and you always have a nice little gift to give as a grab bag gift, or a hostess gift.   Not to mention they are just as beautiful as the full size, and you will easily finish your project.

Hope that helps.  I was almost in the same space you were, every beautiful quilt I saw I wanted to make, every piece of fabric I wanted , I would buy at least a yard of, without having a plan for.   Every collection of thread I saw, I figured I would need at some point.   I was also on my way to being QUILT CRAZY,  and I have only been quilting for 1.5 years.  And when the lady who was doing my long arm quilting for me, retired, I was forced to learn how to do free motion for myself, because I had pieced a top to donate to the V.A. Hospital, and no one to do some fancy quilting.  So I dropped my feed dogs and taught myself.  I am in the process of actually free motion quilting my very first full size quilt right now.   Try it, and good luck.

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