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    Thx ladies for your kind thoughts, love you all!
    Teresa
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    Teresa

    Just know that you are in ALL of our hearts, and we ALL
    LOVE you dearly.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    With the exception of 3 bathroom breaks, 1 food break, and 2 mini rest breaks;
    I have been in my fabric room ALL day (since 9am) cleaning, rearranging,
    re-stacking bins of fabric, and I am still not finished.

    Once that room is done then I have to go to the sewing room, and get
    all the bins of fabric from there and move them into the fabric room (or
    as many as will fit).

    Here is a little peak at my closest with the fabrics I have on the bolts
    (these bolts have 2-1/2+ yards each) anything less than 2-1/2 yards
    gets folded and put into bins.


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    And of course before I got fully into my cleaning I had to get
    cat scanned, I guess it passed inspection because he soon left.


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    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    all I can say is WOW!
    Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.

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    Good for you, Louise! That's what I have to do this week ... but not today! Today we go to the parade! Wheeeee!
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    louise have you thought about trying this method of reorganizing your fabrics? it looks like it would save you some space. i am sure all of those cardboard bolts take up a whole lot of needed space.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...t43871-25.html

    wow if i had that much fabric and add to that the 256 fq's you were ironing, i would be immobilized. now if i had a much larger home with the space i have seen in some of the sewing rooms i have been in lately, i could handle all of that fabric, but in my tiny space it would visually/physically immobilize me. during my sewing days i had much more fabric than that but i had a much larger home, 3 children, a husband, 4 cats and a sewing business.
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    also much further along in the thread the boards they are using is comic book boards which can be purchased in lots of 100. i think on ebay.
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    Mary,

    Yeah I thought about them, but I can't afford the cost of them;
    however the bolts are free for me at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, and
    sometimes WalMart (if the store carries fabric).

    That is NOT all of my fabric by any means. I have about 15-25
    more bolts of of fabric that is in the sewing room. PLUS I also
    have all the bins of fabric which I think is about 43-50 bins, and
    6 of those bins are scraps only, 2 are fat quarters and working on
    a 3rd bin for fat quarters.

    I will be posting more pictures when I am done.

    The condo we live in is only about 750 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath
    the dining room is my sewing room, and the spare bedroom (now
    that it is kid free again) is back to being my fabric room, it is also
    where I have my folding cutting table.

    The shelves on the wall how holds my wi-fi printer & my photo printer.
    Since I gave my daughter the tv I had in there I no longer needed to
    keep the DVR satellite box hooked up so I took it out.

    More pictures to come soon as I can finish.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Mary, I am going to put that idea to use this week! I have a ton of boards from Joann and will have the hubster cut them up for me ASAP.

    As of today I am on a fabric and embroidery fast FOREVER. You know that saying about the one who dies with the biggest stash wins? Well, I want to be the Biggest Loser!!! I decided that when I turn 60 I am going to do my best to sew through all of my fabric and use every single embroidery design I own. I'm going to start blogging about it later on today.

    I sent the following to two of my dear QB friends ... and you'll understand why I am now fasting!!!

    Here's how my weekend started.
    I am embarrassed to let you know what I've been up to. Hahahaha!

    OK. Hubster is on vacation. He took Friday off so we could go to Jones Beach to see the
    air show rehearsal.
    Not my cup of tea, but he goes to quilt shows with me, so fair is fair. The rehearsal is always easier because the parking -- including the illegal parking on miles of the road shoulder -- fills up by 6:00 am. But, sad to say (although not for me) it was rainy and foggy so no rehearsal.

    So ... since he is a Marine and since Joann was having a huge sale with 20% off for Vets and the red dot section was 50% off ... we went to the far-away Joann. I filled the trunk and back seat of my car -- and I mean FULL -- for a little over $100.

    Then I said, OK. I am starting my blog on Tuesday and that means a complete FABRIC FAST. We got home kind of late and the pupsters were upset, especially Daisy who is by my side all day every day ... so we went to the dog park, came home, tried to go to this incredible little Italian place for wood oven pizza, but they were done, so ... foo ... plain old pizza for dinner and then I promptly fell asleep watching TV.

    Saturday morning ... SURPRIZE!!!!! You know all about that one! GIANT box of FQ's as a birthday surprise.

    Meanwhile, the pups were walked and we were too late to go to the air show (YAY!) so my dear enabler hubster saw that I received a Joann gift card from Brenda (thank you, thank you, thank you) and said, let's go to the REALLY far away Joann. So we did. I'd never been to that one before but heard it was nice. And it was ... so ... once again the trunk and back seat got filled up for a little more this time - about $130. And again I said, OK. That's it. NO MORE FABRIC!!!

    Then it was about 4:00 and we were starving. I didn't even have breakfast and while there was a half a small bag of cheese crisps in the car, hubster glommed them up. Nothing too interesting around in the way of restaurants and I wanted to get back to the dogs ... but we saw a Denny's and neither of us had ever been to one AND there was a 20% discount for SENIOR CITIZENS!!! I'm starting to like this being old stuff!

    Food wasn't great, but c'est la vie. Then we stopped at the Walmart there ... and I didn't even LOOK for the fabric department. (clapping wildly for my self-restraint) Picked up some cute sun dresses to go with my new hair do ... lots of length chopped off -- and some fun blingy jewels ... (in the grocery store today one of the trust fund baby condo dwellers stopped me to say how much she looooved my necklace. Ha! $7 WITH earrings ... but I demurely said, "Ohhhh, thank you so much")

    We finally got home and decided to take the pups to the dog park. On the way I informed my hub that part of his vacation would be spent helping me to organize all my fabric. He reluctantly agreed. I think he just wants to eat on the dining room table again some day ... and then I got a text from my wonderful neighbor, Diane. "Are you interested in fabric and an antique sewing machine?"

    ARGHHHHHH! She sent me the address.

    We got home, ate dinner and, again, I fell asleep watching TV. I'm a real party girl!

    Sooooooo. .... today I went to the garage sale where this fabric was. *SIGH* I picked up several gorgeous hand stitched lace and embroidery pieces ... and ... FOUR HUGE ROLLS OF SILK!!!! How much? $7!!!

    Back home and I finished washing some other stuff I picked up a week ago ... had a smell ... including an amazing hand stitched quilt top in 30s fabric. Still a stain and a little whiff of something .... so ... off to the supermarket for borax, oxyclean and vinegar. And now I am done. Really. I am ready to start blogging about the great end of life sew off tomorrow.

    And that brings us to dinner time ... went back to the little Italian place in the hope of getting some of their amazing pizza ... and the tables were on end ... they ran out of dough! Hmph! One of these days ... so hot dogs it was. But to even things out, we went to Marvel -- which I guess is like Dairy Queen but without the parking. There is a little old Italian man who vigorously waves you in and out of the parking lot where you are permitted to spend 10 minutes eating your ice cream. There's no parking on the street since it's part of a beach community with no street parking allowed. If you're having guests, you must tell the police in advance!

    This morning all I really wanted to do was walk up to our main street and watch the parade with my husband. But nooooooo. He had to take the dogs to the park -- and then he couldn't get back home. Grrrrr. Nonetheless, I am having a fabulous weekend. I will pick today's strawberries, then pick some of the delicious Martha Stewart roses that are blooming all over the place, and relax! Maybe play with my fabric. As for that little Italian place ... I give up. Maybe next week.
    Krystyna
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    wow louise i am in 1078 sq ft and i don't have nearly the stash you have. i do have one br i use for all of my ebay stuff which are big things such as feather bed toppers, premium sheet sets and comforter sets and they take up a lot of room. as a matter of fact that bedroom is mostly filled with ebay & wholesale things i bought to sale and then the other half is quilting stuff and my vintage sewing machines. my dining room, which is a nice size, has bins of fabric covering one whole wall and 2 sewing machines sitting on the table. i am feeling a bit closed in now and it doesn't look like i can sew fast enough.

    in that organizing thread one women mentioned she is using the inserts from the yogurt boxes that she is getting from the grocery store. free of course. and another used her 6x24 ruler to fold and no boards. i wonder if you used the folding method and just cut your bolt boards in half to use would that give you double storage. good luck with your organizing. for now all of my fabric will have to stay in bins. i have 2 bookcases but they are filled with books. go figure.

    i keep wondering if i set up a 3rd sewing machine to sew would i get through stuff faster. that way i do not have clear what i am working or change threads from one project to the next. it's just a thought right now.
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    Ladies, for those of you who inquire about my condition, greenini aka JO introduced me to a site you can visit daily for updates about my condition. You can go HERE to stay tuned on what's going on and I won't have to keep repeating the same story over and over. Thanks JO (greenini) for the site and all of you who have shown concern.
    Teresa
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    Thanks, Cupe! Going there now to bookmark it.
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    Way to go Louise, I love your stash!
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    WEll may not be a lady but have bookmarked it as know what it is to go through it. Bruce;s Mom my MIL has just gone through chemo and radiation so we have seen her go through all the ups and dwns of the treatment. Will be following you and know you are in both of our thoughts and prayers.

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    Prayers and hugs Teresa!!!! Thinking of you often!
    You know if your a quilter when you cleanup your sewing room and your family thinks your moving out!! Author U/K Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltymom View Post
    Prayers and hugs Teresa!!!! Thinking of you often!
    TY Sue I appreciate it!
    Teresa
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    I had to take a break from cleaning my sewing and fabric rooms
    over did things on Sunday. Woke up Monday sore and stiff as a
    steel plate (to much lifting bins of fabric, moving stuff).

    So all I ended up doing yesterday was dilly dallying around in the
    fabric room ironing fat quarters (yes STILL), and cutting some into
    1-1/2", 2-1/2" strips, 5-1/2" squares, cutting the selvages off (trying
    to leave at least 1/2" of the print attached).

    While I was doing that I happen to think about some coasters that
    I received as an "extra" goodie from a swap on another website I
    love the coasters (but not the fabrics used, she sent them as a sample).
    So I wanted to see just how easy these were to make (she said they were).


    Dang if she wasn't correct. Heck it took me longer to decide what fabrics
    to use then it did to actually sew them.

    This is the FINISHED coaster I made with the added touch of an embroidery
    monogram.


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    Think I might try to make up some of these in sets of 4 (maybe 6 & 8 also)
    to give as gifts for the holidays.

    If anyone is interested in directions left me know, I will gladly share.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Gorgeous Louise, this is why I wish I had an embroidery machine! But you know what? I can cross stitch!
    Teresa
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    Teresa,

    The one I got had the center opening much smaller, I did not
    follow the pattern exactly (of course I seldom do).

    So yes you could cross stitch, hand embroider, use a prettier
    print, or even use iron "embroidery" patches already made.

    I also used one layer of insulbright in mine which made it
    thicker, but I think next time I may just use a single piece
    of flannel as my "batting" to help cut down on the thickness.

    Here is mine and the one I received. In picture #2 you can see
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    Quote Originally Posted by mscupid804 View Post
    Gorgeous Louise, this is why I wish I had an embroidery machine! But you know what? I can cross stitch!
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Yours is so much prettier L even if it is thicker!
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    i like them both. the pattern looks to be 4 charms squares folded over a 5th one. is that correct louise?

    ok so i keep coming up with quilts i want to design/make even before i am finished with the ones i am working on. does this happen to others besides me?

    i do think after i get things a bit more under control, i will set up a 3rd sewing machine in the living room (it's in a cabinet), go to the $1 store & get a copula more laundry baskets to keep the projects in at each machine. my thinking is that once i get the tops made, i can take a few days to layer, baste & quilt. besides i want to try fmq on both my 15-91 and my 301a.

    i am sure all of this in theory (in my mind) makes sense but...... i see a few ufo's in the making. oh well, my progress will be on my blog.
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    LOL Thanks Teresa.

    What makes mine look prettier is I chose prettier fabrics to use.

    Cathy (the lady who made mine) just grabbed scraps from her bin
    she didn't care what they looked like or anything she sent them to
    use as a"diagram" for making them.

    She also included directions, but I had a hard time following them
    just by reading, so I am working on my OWN tutorial that will be
    WITH pictures. Step by step even.



    Quote Originally Posted by mscupid804 View Post
    Yours is so much prettier L even if it is thicker!
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Louise, would love to know how to make those!
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    Mary your not alone.

    I have started and/or designed so many quilts in the 6-1/2 years
    since I began quilting that I would have to live to be 250 yr old just
    to finish what I have designed much less what I have already as UFQ's.

    But I DO hope someday if/when I ever get more working room to finish
    my "Little Things" quilt. I have the top almost finished need to add my 3
    borders, then it will be ready for sandwiching, quilting & binding.

    Here are pictures of that quilt top.



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    Top without borders



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    Center of star blocks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    i like them both. the pattern looks to be 4 charms squares folded over a 5th one. is that correct louise?

    ok so i keep coming up with quilts i want to design/make even before i am finished with the ones i am working on. does this happen to others besides me?

    i do think after i get things a bit more under control, i will set up a 3rd sewing machine in the living room (it's in a cabinet), go to the $1 store & get a copula more laundry baskets to keep the projects in at each machine. my thinking is that once i get the tops made, i can take a few days to layer, baste & quilt. besides i want to try fmq on both my 15-91 and my 301a.

    i am sure all of this in theory (in my mind) makes sense but...... i see a few ufo's in the making. oh well, my progress will be on my blog.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    And the celebration continues ...
    We went out to the restaurant where my son is a chef for lunch. Here is Jaunty Melissa and my son Blaze
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    Since Blaze cooked, it was wonderful ... as you can tell by the glazed look in my and my husband's eyes ... I'm a little unkempt since the restaurant is right off the beach ...

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    And then I got home to a wonderful surprise from QuiltyMom. Darn it! I would have worn that crown to the restaurant. She sent me a tooting horn, a delightfully frothy scarf, birthday candies ... mmmm .... some for each hip!
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    I am feeling soooo spoiled!
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