Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Final Countdown Challenge for 2015

Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts, is once again hosting her Final Countdown Challenges, which are three tasks to help us get the New Year off to a great start. You can read more about it HERE. We have until January 4th to complete the tasks, so it's not too late if you want to join in on the fun!

For the first task, Shelly wrote a great post, which I'm sure I'll return to many times. There are lots of questions to ponder! You can find it HERE. The first task is to:

Take a good hard look at your fabric stash.

Do you like the way you have it stored?
No, not really. For the last few months, this is basically how my room looked:

(BTW, what's on my design wall to the right, is the project I worked on this Fall. I couldn't blog about it, as they were Christmas presents. I'll try to do a blog post about them shortly.)
 See all those bins on the floor? They hold my fabric collections and various supplies such as zippers, ribbon, elastic, lace, etc. I'm constantly shuffling them around to find things, so this didn't work.
Also, the shelves to the right looked like this:

My seven year old daughter pointed out that this looked rather messy. So we decided to remove the bags, and put all the small bins on the shelves. Now it looks like this:

I think this will be much better. In the coming weeks, I hope to go through those boxes and organize them better and maybe toss some things. All the Ziploc bags are now under my drafting table, which I plan to also go through. I hope to eliminate them completely by cutting the shirts and pants up for future projects, using the fleece for quilt backings, using the t-shirts for a quilt, and donating the rest.

We also decided to rearrange the desks and as of this morning, this is how it looks:
 Yes, that is my cat in the middle. I'm having an awful time, keeping her off my cutting table and fabric. Anyone else have this trouble? I'm hoping by having a designated basket/bed for her, that she will stay off what I'm working on! She can get quite feisty if I shoo her off too many times!

Other questions Shelly had for us, were:
Do you like the way you have it sorted?
Well, it's okay. I sort mostly by the type of fabric it is. So I  keep fleece all together, poly/cotton in one spot, knits in another, etc. It works out fine for me. I just need to keep at it as I have some bags that still need sorting.

Do you like all the fabric you have?
Mostly. but I'm sure there is some dated fabrics that I should purge. Also, I need to look at some of the old clothes and really think if I'll use them. Perhaps they should just be donated?

Do you like the system you have, but aren't working it like you want to?
I don't really have any system yet. Maybe some day, when I have a larger collection of quilting fabrics. I think having fabrics cut to specific sizes, is a good thing to do.

Have you seen a system you'd like to implement, but haven't taken the time to implement it yet?
No, not really. I do like Bonnie Hunter's scrap user system though, so maybe someday I'll try that when I have more quilter's cottons.

So with all this re-arranging in the past few days, I decided it was time to change a book case and a pantry holding my magazines. And it just so happened that today there was a sale on the units that I wanted. I'll post before and after shots when I get it done.

Happy Stitching and Happy New Year!


  1. Great start! The shelves look so neat with all the bins stacked in them. They'll be lots easier to access, too.

  2. Your sewing space looks wonderfully tidy and organized. I am envious of that and the fact you have electrical outlets...something I don't have yet. Sigh.
    Happy stitching and Happy New Year to you too Karen!

  3. Nice to see the pictures of all your hard work! Everything looks great...your sure have an asset in Sarah, imagine a little partner who loves doing these tasks with you and also offers useful suggestions for improvements :)
    Happy New Year!


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