Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First WIP done!

I was cleaning off my cutting table, when I came upon this little scrap piece:

There was not a pattern with it and I could not remember what I was making, other than I didn't like it. Hence it had been put aside.
Since I'm wanting to finish at least one work-in-progress each month this year, I decided to make something of it, and pulled out similar scraps. I made it up as I went along and ended up making this:

It has become a great little thread catcher, to have by my machine.

There is something so satisfying about using up small scraps.
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The 2016 Final Countdown Challenge continued...

The second task, Shelly gave us to do, was to:

Tackle all the flat surfaces.

You can read all about it HERE.  She has some great ideas to help with this!

After a few days of organizing, I'm happy to say that my cutting tables are finally cleared off! My room now looks like this:

It probably won't be like this for long, but it's nice to have an occasional pic of it cleaned up!

Other things I changed in the process:
- since the storage bags went onto the shelves, I could put 3 roller carts under my cutting table along with some boxes of batting scraps.
- boxes of magazines are now on change table, which I had used for pressing.  I'm hoping this will remind me to go through them and toss what I don't need. Serger is also there, so it's off my cutting table.

I do try to tidy up after any sewing, so it doesn't get too out of control. My main motivation to do this, is my cat! She gets into things all the time! I've seen her go after pins and thread, eat batting and felt and many times has played with pattern pieces so they were torn to bits! So I try to put things away as best I can each day.

Now onto the third and final challenge, that Shelly has given us.

It is to get committed. 

You can read about it HERE.

So upon thinking about this, my commitments will be to:
1. Spend at least one hour every day in my sewing room.
2. Eliminate those storage bags and have all my fabrics on that shelving unit, neatly folded.
3. Work on at least one work-in-progress each month and finish it.
4. Continue to use up old fabrics in scrap quilts like my tumbler quilt, as leaders and enders projects.

Thanks again, Shelly, for getting the year off to a great start!
Happy stitching everyone, in 2017!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Final Countdown Challenge for 2016

Shelly, of Prairie Moon Quilts, once again hosted her Final Countdown Challenge, to help us get our sewing spaces in order for the New Year.  This has been very helpful to me in the past, so I definitely wanted to do it again.

The first task, which you can read about HERE, is to:

Get your fabric stash under control.

So I decided to tackle my shelving unit that holds alot of my fabrics and magazines.  It looked like this:

I pulled everything off and tried to reorganize it, so it looked like this a few days ago.

I liked it, but then I got the idea that I'd like it to hold all my non-quilting fabrics.  My quilting fabrics are mostly stored in small bins with a designated project.  But my bulky non-quilting fabrics, such as fleece, flannel, and old clothes to re-purpose, are mostly stored in Ziploc storage bags. I had them under my drafting table, and were rather hard to see what I had.
So I decided to move the two units and try putting all the bags on the shelves. It now looks like this:

I know it's not really attractive, but this is located behind the door, so one doesn't see it right away.

Shelly asked in the challenge if we had a plan for our stash in 2017?
My plan/goals will be to:
- go through all these bags and sort out what to keep and what to give to charity.
- fold any yardage neatly in piles
- cut up clothes and keep only what is needed.
- make a few scrap quilts.

As I was doing all this, my daughter started decluttering her play area. She had various bins of small scraps and ribbons that we wanted to combine. She didn't want to get rid of a doll unit, so she decided to re-purpose it for all her scraps!

 Thanks, Shelly, for a fun and productive first task!