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Thread: Have you ever started a project that you thought would be easily done?

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    Have you ever started a project that you thought would be easily done?

    I thought that I could organize my sewing room and remove much of the fabric that I had inherited from my mother in just a couple hours. BIG MISTAKE. I started on Saturday and am still digging through fabric. I have now removed more that a dozen large rubber/plastic totes filed with fabric that is mostly poly and very dated. (My mother died more that 10 years ago.) I have moved almost all of my quilting fabric onto the shelves in the closet, but I still have the scraps to sort and reorganize. I have fabric in the kids old play room and in the attic. A friend suggested that I have a "Yards" sale and sell as much as I could. That would give me money to purchase more fabric! HA HA!! I am wondering why I thought I could do it all in a very short period of time. My DH is going to help me sort through the fabric that I have removed from my space, and we will try to sell some and donate some. So dear QB friends, as you sit at your machines sewing, think about me and wish me luck on finishing this project!
    I will post pictures when I get it all finished!

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    I once did a quilt that was described as Fast and Easy. It took 12 weeks sewing 40 hours a week to complete. If I could have gotten my hands on the person who defined it as fast and easy ... well lets just say they would have been "altered".
    Do consider holding a garage sale for your goods or make a really big drop at Goodwill. Hanging on to them just clogs up the working space.

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    Sometimes what we think is going to be easy really isn't! Good luck cleaning out.
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    Keep in mind that if you donate the fabric that Goodwill and Salvation Army charge people, yet shelters,churches, and missions give it to people to use. Not only that, but some of the shelters and such have programs to teach people to sew and help them gain skills to get back on their feet. ....just something to keep in mind.

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    It's a big job but you will feel so much better when it's done. If you are not going to use the fabric, sell or give it to someone who can. Once your sewing room is cleaned out of clutter you will enjoy your space so much more. Yep, just keep telling yourself that everyday as you work through the debris.

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    Most of us have been there, done that and have the tee shirt, hee. hee. Might not be organizing a room but lots of other quilty stuff.
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    You could make braided rag rugs, out of some of that fabric.

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    Just cleaning my quilting room takes forever, so I feel for you for tackling this big problem. This is why we shouldn't hang on to all of our stash. We need to de-stash once in a while so someone else doesn't have to for us.
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    I have several UFO that started out as 'this should be quick" projects. Still have not learned....and still keep starting new projects with every intention of a completed end. When I re-did my sewing room it took almost a week but in my minds eye it was only suppose to be a few hours. Guess I need glasses for the mind's eye.

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    Isn't it amazing how the jobs that should be "quick and easy" never are???

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    I organized some of my stash .... and wouldn't you know it - I can't find a piece of fabric that I had set aside for a specific purpose. It will show up, but ......
    Congratulations to you for getting through all that organization! and to DH for helping!
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    These projects do take forever and then it's a little depressing because you rather be sewing. But you room will look so muchnicer when you are done.

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    I bought some large flat Rubbermaid totes that kinda/sorta stack. Then I keep all the stuff for each project (read UFO here) together. But the people who cut all scraps into strips or squares right away so they are ready for next scrappy project just take my breath away. I'm going to use some garment (not 100% cotton) fabric and make place mats etc. "Note to self buy more totes for UFOs no, I mean projects).
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    Put the radio on. It will keep you moving. Use a large ruler to ruler fold fabric. It will miraculously reduce the "bulk" of the fabric. You can also put a "free offer" post on this site and offer it for pick up only. Lots of schools have quilt clubs for the kids and would love to get the fabric.

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    I feel your pain! I did the same thing earlier in the year. What I thought would take a day took a week to sort and get back to normal. Hang in there you'll love the results!

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    I'm a newbie and have looked at block patterns and thought they would be so easy. Not!

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    Sounds like you are feeling a bit down, maybe like you are losing your mother again. Take a deep breath. Think about how Mom would want all this fabric to be used by someone. Do you have a local senior center or home where folks who can't afford to buy fabric might use it or at least fondle and love it? Relax and enjoy the time you are spending with your mother, who is undoubtedly beside you. Then let it go. I am sorry for your loss.
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    Still cleaning my sewing room. There is a pile of junk in the hallway. Husby has been very patient. I'd rather do my projects!

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    Good luck!!! You do have a task ahead of you.

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    I was just sorting through some old fabric - from prequilting days and I found a cut out maternity top, never sewn. My son will be 27 next month, my first grandchild is due in August and the fabric is 100% cotton. I think I will stick a couple of squares in a baby quilt as a private joke. (in my defense - my son was seven weeks early!) Cleaning/sorting/restashing never takes "just a couple of hours" when there are memories involved, but I'm not sure that's such a bad thing.

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    I started a Flying Geese for my GD, seems like it is taking forever. Didn't have enough matierial of the one color to finish it so had to chang it and use 4 rows of another color. I put 2 rows of the second color at the top and 2 at the bottom. I don't like it but she says she don't care.

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    One of my first attempt at quilting was a double wedding ring. Not until I was nearly finished did I notice that it was a pattern not reccomended for beginners. It was a wedding gift I actually finished shortly after the wedding. The couple did not like it, it did not match their decor. So it is still at my house. Sad but at least it is not in a dog house or worse.

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    Our quilting guild makes charity quilts for the needy. I make quilts for wounded soldiers. I have processed a lot of "dated" fabric. We do not use blends, but I don't mind some of them for my personal charity quilts. If they don't use it, I make some for the women's shelter and the police department. Yes, police departent. They keep one in the trunk of their squad car for those unusual emergencies, where someone needs cover or comfort. There are lots of really easy patterns that do go quickly. We don't waste anything but the ravelings. We learned a long time ago, there isn't such a thing as "ugly" fabric. Cut it small enough and it will work. There are too many needy and too little time.
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    Our local Senior Citizen's Center gladly takes fabric/yardage donations (and it's tax deductible for you since they are a not-for-profit 501c3) They make quilts, all sizes, shapes and colors from these donations and have a big fund raiser each year. They periodically will have a yardage sale that they then turn the income back as another fund raiser. They win-win from the donation and you get that tax deduction!

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    Lawd a mercy! Just give it away. What you won't use is wasted just sitting in your way and someone else might view it as a huge and wonderful gift. My grandmother used to say, "Bless it and let it go!" Here's a thought--give it to someone who is making "Little Dresses for Africa" and "Shorts for Africa." froggyintexas

    Quote Originally Posted by collady View Post
    I thought that I could organize my sewing room and remove much of the fabric that I had inherited from my mother in just a couple hours. BIG MISTAKE. I started on Saturday and am still digging through fabric. I have now removed more that a dozen large rubber/plastic totes filed with fabric that is mostly poly and very dated. (My mother died more that 10 years ago.) I have moved almost all of my quilting fabric onto the shelves in the closet, but I still have the scraps to sort and reorganize. I have fabric in the kids old play room and in the attic. A friend suggested that I have a "Yards" sale and sell as much as I could. That would give me money to purchase more fabric! HA HA!! I am wondering why I thought I could do it all in a very short period of time. My DH is going to help me sort through the fabric that I have removed from my space, and we will try to sell some and donate some. So dear QB friends, as you sit at your machines sewing, think about me and wish me luck on finishing this project!
    I will post pictures when I get it all finished!

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