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Thread: Becoming more selective in my projects Win Win Win

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    Becoming more selective in my projects Win Win Win

    Today, I delivered flannel fabric to my quilting sisters at our weekly luncheon. My decision to no longer use up scraps of flannel for quilts has freed me to go in a different direction.

    Being a scrap quilter and having squares of flannel on hand, I had used up most of the squares in the blocks that my friend is sewing together for quilt tops for children. She will use some of the stash flannel for borders and has enough flannel for backings. I announced boldly that I was out of the business of constructing flannel quilts. The gals could look through the odds and ends and I would deliver anything left over to St. Vincent de Paul that afternoon.

    My flannel projects in the future will be limited to burp cloths, which are in high demand.

    There are just too many other projects that I want to pursue with regular quilter's cotton.

    Having grown up being resourceful (Mama's terminology) the flannel stash was weighing me down. It has been passed forward for charity quilting and I feel as though a ton of weight has been removed from my shoulders!!!
    I'll never miss that Rubbermaid tote of flannel and have freed up creative space for my own enjoyment.

    Now, I wonder what took me so long to reach this decision and take action?!

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    Good for you! I am tempted to say "Go forth and enjoy!!" In fact, I will. Enjoy your new freedom.

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    Congratulations! I wish I could free myself of some scraps and feel that good about it. Mine seem to multiply when I give some away.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Vgood for you! How freeing you must feel!! Let us know your next endeavor!!

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    Congratulations!!!! I have at least 1 rubbermad tub of flannel and have only made 2 flannel rag quilts tempted to donate to the guild. But part of me wants to hand on it thinking I will use it for jammies. But really after 4yrs I need to get real
    ​Christine

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    I know the feeling. I had a whole box of flannel but I was so "not in the mood" to work with flannel anymore. Then, we went to the states for 35 days in May/early June and I asked the lady who was staying in my home (who had free access to my machines and loved to sew) if she would mind sewing them into charity rag quilts. She and her husband made 13 rag quilts out of the flannel and they are ready for me to give away. I was so pleased and I know exactly your feeling of relief!
    Last edited by justflyingin; 07-24-2013 at 11:23 PM.

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    "For everything there is a season" and your season with flannel was over. Rather than angst about it, you acted in a positive way that helps both you and many others. Enjoy your new projects.

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    I just gave my extra fleece to a group that will make them into baby buntings for their bundles. It feels good to have it out of my house and go to a good cause.

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    How wonderful - you gave your flannel to a group who will use it wisely and you've given yourself permission to work on other projects. It is a win-win situation! You go girl!

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    I just got done giving away most of my stashed flannel when a friend of DD got pregnant. She wanted more receiving blankets. Did some fast shopping and now I have flannel scraps again. I wonder if I dare get rid of the rest now?????
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    About 15 yr ago, I got rid of all my flannel. Now I've got some back again. I'm glad I got rid of it at that time. And I wish I'd been more selective in getting some more. If I don't use it this winter, I think I'll free up some space again.

    Congratulations on moving forward and keeping that material useful by giving it to someone who would use it.

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    I'm finishing up some baby blankets with the flannel I have. Then I'm done.

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    it is nice to pass on scraps every now & then to free up your mind (and some of the clutter) scraps do tend to multiply quickly and can start weighing a person down. to de-clutter & pass them on is good for the soul. it seems like I go through *phases* with different colors/ themes --- like pansies...I made 5 or 6 different quilts with a lot of pansy fabric...and still had scraps...finally pulled them out thinking...I Never want to make another pansy quilt- I am so tired of these fabrics! so they went into a scrap box to be donated somewhere...went through it with black & whites, pinks (we have soooooo many girls in the family & now the girls are grown & starting to have babies...& wouldn't you know...more girls! geesh) anyhow--- quite liberating & encouraging to de-clutter & pass them on- makes room for something new & helps out someone else at the same time...good for you! I try to get rid of some scraps every month.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I said on the board a few weeks ago that I wanted to get rid of scraps so 2 people pm me . One changed their mind then the other lady is in Ontario so better for shipping. I spent hours trying to arrange cheap delivery but finally sent thru the post office because the Greyhound Bus didn't go to her city. The 14 pounds of scraps should arrive today so I am anxious to hear her comments and I'm relieved they are gone. Not flannels.

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    I have fabric in my stash that I bought when I first started quilting and my taste in colors seems to have changed over the years. So when the Iowa State Fair asked for donations of at least 2 yards for quilt backs a few years ago, I have sent them fabric every year. They have children & adults sewing quilt tops for charity.
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    Good evening :-)

    I want to thank everyone for the affirmations. Yesterday I played in my quilting cotton making four patch blocks and thinking of Mary Ellen Hopkins' advice to enjoy the process. These blocks will eventually be used in a charity quilt pattern paintmejudy graciously gave us last December.

    Payday is approaching and I will purchase new 3M brand command strips for my design wall. Yes, I made the mistake of putting the sticky part on the batting. Duh! The mistake isn't the end of the world and I did learn something.

    Piecefully yours,
    Kay

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    good for you! I just went through all my fabrics and hate to say there are a more than a few yards in there that I just did not like. I've scaled down some by offering it to my other quilting buddies. I just don't want to use up precious space with stuff I know I will never use. Pass it on, Pay it forward - whatever we must do to stay organized!

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