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Organizing a Sewing Room Series, Part 2 of 2

I was planning on posting Part 2 of this series today or tomorrow. However, I am quite sick, (nothing very serious, just a virus), and am very sorry to say this post will be delayed until Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

Have a great weekend. Stay well and warm.

 

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New Year – Organizing Sewing Room – Part 1 of a 2 Part Series This Week

There is never “nothing” for me to do. Never. Ever. There is always bill filing, prepping for taxes, figuring out how to save money with coupons or point systems, reading the Wall Street Journal, then the New York Times, if I have the time because I woke up early enough to get that into my schedule. And, then catching up on quilting magazines and two cooking magazines. Don’t ask me why I think this; but I seriously think I have unlimited free time, and that is foolish thinking. I am working right now, on how I look at my stuff to do this year, and readjusting how I see it, and think about it and consume it.

My sewing room was first one the list and in serious need of organization and clean-up.  Here’s a few photos to help tell the story, which was not the prettiest of pictures, or for the faint of heart.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingaQuiltRoom1

It came down to one last big box of fabrics, and it took two, really three days to sort and organize, and make this room work.

Lots of issues to resolve – the yellow – orange fabric at the top of the photo, or at the bottom of the photo below? Does it go with yellow          or orange? It really depends on what fabric it’s next to.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingQuiltRoom2

It ended up with the oranges.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizeQuiltingRoom3

And what would you do with the fabric that is second from the left? It looks like aqua to me.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsCleanUp4

This purple and pink fabric was purchased over 20 years ago. It was a part of a group of six fabrics that were the first fabrics I purchased, when I began quilting. Where would you put that? Stay tuned, because at the end of this week, I will share with you how I organized scraps, not quite fat quarters, orphan blocks, and more.

I’m sure that pretty pink fabric snuck in with these reds when we moved, and it brought along a few friends too. Why is it hanging off the shelf? I’m not that sloppy. Thank goodness for my husband, Charlie who helped me fix this mess!! We laughed a lot, through this organization, But though that box was bottomless….

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingFabrics6

Look at this!! Purples and lavendars can stay together. But what about those greens, and the black fabric with the polka dots?? How did that get into that stack?

What a mess. Check out the photo below. See the fabric with the stars. Where would you put that?

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingfabrics6

So I began sorting, putting scraps and odd fat quarters in plastic bins. I really wasn’t sure how to organize this, except for the obvious; blues, reds, yellows, whites, oranges, purples, greens (which took 2 plastic bins), and low volumes/texts fabrics. But there were much more odd colored fabrics to categorize. So I took a 3rd day to figure out how to approach those, and to find more plastic bins.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingFabrics6

That was a good idea because there was a lot of fabric in that one big box.

I came up with a system that works for me, so stay stunned….and I have an answer about what to do with fat quarters. Hint; I divided them into two kinds of fat quarters……

 

 

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Quilty New Year

Yes, 2017 has arrived. I’m not sad or happy. Looking forward to moving forward. This past year I had 4 finishes, maybe three. (One of them was needing small tidying up). Half of them are baby quilts.

I clocked in a lot of hours at the library; oh yeah, that other job Anne does. Another lesson well learned; until I completely retire from the library system, (only a few years away), I have to stop being so hard on myself for not producing as much sewing and quilting projects. There are not 36 hours in a day. Somehow I tricked myself into believing that in college – I had a job to put me through my studies, and I couldn’t miss all the fun social stuff, right? Wrong, when you’re an adult. You cannot pull all fighters as a competent adult who has a responsible job.

I wrote a lot of articles, mostly for Make Modern e-zine. (Love them).

And I had two shoulder surgeries, involving my rotator cuff. They both went well, but to be honest these orthopedic surgeries make me anemic and are tiring. Not complaining, because I always want to bounce back right away; get back in the pool to stay in shape and stay healthy.  I meant to post this on Monday or Tuesday at the latest, but I’ve been sore for the first time since I had this surgery. And, I took no pain medication at all; just Extra Strength Tylenol or Advil. When I see my Orthopedic Surgeon he will be more than a little surprised, because I did the same thing when he operated on my right should in February, 2016, and said everyone complains about the pain, and wants the medication. But I am a no medication “type of girl.”

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Woodland Animal Baby Quilt Finished

This summer my cousin Sharon and her husband, Mike had their first child. Her name is Margaret Jane. We all call her Maggie. Along the way, I’ve shared the progress of this quilt. And now it is finished, and did arrive at their home right in time for Christmas. Continue Reading

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Maggie Jane’s Baby Quilt

I have too many WIP’s…..more than I feel comfortable having at one time. I’m diving in, and moving them along. The one I am so excited to share with you today, is for another new cousin, who was born in July. And, yes as you may have guessed, a Texan.  Her name is Margaret Jane. We lovingly call her, Maggie.

A few years ago I bought these adorable Texas themed labels. Since we moved, I can’t find them. I still have hope they’ll appear in one more unpacked box that has some sewing odds and ends in it. Maggie’s mom said her wedding vows in a gorgeous wedding dress, with of course, cowboy boots. So the label with the cowboy boot on it is the one I am searching for. Continue Reading

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Sunday Stash and New Projects

I hope everyone had a great Thanskgivng. Ours was full of fun and laughing. Of course food. I was so restrained, because I am determined to stick to this diet, and I did. So, I am proud of myself.

This is a great time of year to pick up bargains, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. I will show those fabric finds next week.

This week I will share these two that I purchased during the week. I love and have always loved the seed packet fabric. And I also love fabric that is about the USA, and the states. And I found two great fabrics which I purchased in two colorways. Continue Reading