I'd like to issue a challenge to you all...to embrace yourself! Embrace who you are! Here is what I'm talking about. I love to quilt. We have turned our formal living room into my quilting studio. It is a wonderful place for me to retreat and create. I have decided that this year I will embrace making what makes me happy...first thing I had to do was decide what I like! Well, if you took a look at the books and patterns I gravitate to your see that I like scrappy, 30's, civil war, and applique quilts! I am also a type "A" personality. I don't function well in disorder. I like lists and knowing where everything is. Clutter=caos for me so I decided to take all this in mind and took my 3 tubs of scaps and cut them down to either 2 1/2" strips or 5" squares. Everything scrap of scrap that was too thin, I didn't like, or didn't cut to those sizes went to my DQF yesterday (2 trashbags full). I'm almost done cutting the leftovers down to size. I have been buying fabrics for a couple of quilts (red/white or cream/blue and black/white/red) and these collections were just in bags in hiding behind my midarm...now I have 2 drawers to store them in properly. The 2 1/2"strips and 5" squares will be stored in a special 3 drawer unit READY for when I want to pull out 1 of my 2 1/2" strip or nickel quilt books and make a scrappy!!! It was really hard for me to give away all of the scraps but I decided that I could either keep them and feel so overwhelmed I didn't get anything done with them or pass them on to someone that will use them and keep and organize what I would use. I think that by figuring out who I was and what I like I have found what will work for me! Sooo my challenge to you is to figure out who you are? Do you like to have all your "stuff" out so you can see it? Do you like it all tucked away out of sight? Do you like to be messy while working then put it away before starting another project? What style of quilts do you like? Does your fabric and sorting/storing system support this? What can you do to get it to work better for you? EMBRACE who you are! Stop fighting yourself!!!