However, the beginning of the year is the time to re-assess and re-group and clean anyway, right? I've been feeling a little overwhelmed in my sewing space, so time to get my act together down there. As I moved things over to the new room, I took time to organize them and make lists.
Oh, boy. Making lists illuminates so much, sometimes things that you'd prefer to remain obscure.
Like how many UFOs I have: 28
Like how many completed tops I have that need quilting: 25
Like how many quilts I am currently quilting (I'm a hand quilter): 7
|Top shelf = UFOs, middle shelf = flimsies, bottom shelf = being quilted|
(ignore the defunct water softener in the yard outside the window - it is headed to the dump)
On to the fabric stash. Much of it is contained in these drawers, neatly enough for me. Then there's another HUGE drawer of a dresser that is also full of assorted yardage that doesn't fit in these drawers.
|The smaller drawers are sorted by color - the larger drawers are for novelty (2 drawers) and multicolor florals (1 drawer)|
|Ignore the mess ON the futon - that's just stuff I haven't put away yet.|
|To be fair to myself, I did INHERIT some of these orphans, and I also dumped all of the bonus triangles I have sewn into this drawer, too.|
- I will dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes a day cutting scraps. I recognize that there will be days when I don't get to cut scraps, and that is OK, but it means I'll need to make up for it on other days. I have already printed out a calendar to mark on for this, and have been keeping track since January 1. I am giving myself the winter to get my scraps under control. When spring arrives on March 20, any untamed scraps must leave my house!
- I have joined Aunt Marti's UFO Challenge (the challenge is at the bottom of the post). Hopefully this will help me get 12 UFOs to the flimsy stage.
- I will participate in Block Lotto again. I've enjoyed this in the past, and it gets me using my scraps. Plus, all the blocks I make LEAVE THE HOUSE instead of staying here and adding to the lists. (of course, one time I won Block Lotto - those blocks are all together now on the UFO shelf)
- I will post at least 2 pieces of yardage for sale in my ETSY shop each week to help me de-stash. Honestly, there's no reason to keep holding onto fabric without ever using it. I actually started this a month or two ago, and have been headed to the post office at least once a week shipping off fabric.
- I will finish an orphan quilt by the time the Drive-In opens this season (end of March). I made an orphan quilt years ago, and loved taking it to the Drive-In movies and on road trips. In fact, it never left the car until it went missing. I have plenty of orphans to make another. I will tie it like I did the last one, not quilt it. I can do this!
- I will finish quilting at least 4 quilts by July. I owe quilts to two babies. I'm working on one for my mother (shhhh...don't tell!). And I'll need an entry for the local quilt show like I do every year. That's a month and a half for each quilt. The baby quilts and the one for my mother are small-ish. Not sure yet which I'll choose for the quilt show.