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    i must say that i am a messy quilter. during a project i have fabric and notions all over the place and not good about putting things away until finished with project. cut threads end up on the floor along with a lot of dropped pins - i try to pick those pins up before running vacuum. thing is i have a waste basket right there for threads cut off but the floor seems to catch more.

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    Yep, that's me. My sewing machine gets trashed by the time I finish a project. I do have a rule though, which I follow faithfully. Before starting a new project I completely clean it, down to seperating flower head pins from ball ended.

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    Messy, that's me. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by MZStitch
    Yep, that's me. My sewing machine gets trashed by the time I finish a project. I do have a rule though, which I follow faithfully. Before starting a new project I completely clean it, down to seperating flower head pins from ball ended.
    I sort pins, too.

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    a messy work area is a sign of creative genius...

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    Mine looks like a tornado went through it right now. I keep my shelves and drawers organized, but haven't been very good lately at putting stuff back where it belongs, not to mention adding a lot of my Mom's stuff that she won't be needing any more. Any cleaning elfs out there that you could send my way??

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    I'm a slob :)

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    I admit I do get messy when working on a project, but I am a neat freak and have to put everything back in order before I start my next project. My DH is a slob and I even clean the garage so he will find things easier. Better than hearing him yell where is this and where is that. I just like things put where they belong.

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    I clean up after I'm done each day. I have too, my sewing room isn't that big and the kittens might get stuck in there and we all know that wouldn't be pretty. :lol:

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    as I some times work on several projects at the same time I have to have every thing in it's place, I can not work in a messy area, (have to do any dishs DH left in the kitchen, befor I can make myself a pot of tea.)And no I am by no means a neat freek, just have to have order and know where every thing is, when I want to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    a messy work area is a sign of creative genius...
    Well put. :thumbup:

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    I am an absolute slob while working on a project, and then have to clean up before starting a new one.

    Frequently I have to clean up while in the middle of a project because some essential scrap of fabric has suddenly gone missing in the middle of the mess.

    At night, when done, I have to cover everything with a towel so the cats don't 'rearrange' my blocks.

    I do have to hide the pin cushion--Bad Kitty likes to pull the pins out with her teeth and all I need is for her to swallow one. :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    a messy work area is a sign of creative genius...
    Well put. :thumbup:
    I agree. I must be a creating Einstein :lol: :lol:

    My sewing room is a disaster at the present time, but since my machine is in for servicing, I have an entire week to get it cleaned up. As a matter of fact, I started today and found a half bolt of muslin that I'd been missing for about a month. That's bad - when you lose a bolt of fabric.

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    My house is very sparse in belongings, everything has a place. I believe in less and more less. But when it comes to my quilting room I'm a total different person - stuff is piled on top of stuff when I'm making a quilt.

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    Right now I would say it is a disaster area. I have been doing extreme cleaning on the rest of the house and things are getting tossed in my little sewing area.

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    glad to know i am not the only messy one - i do clean up before starting new project usually, unless trying to do several at once at crunch time, like xmas

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    Enough said.
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    I am a neat freak in my house sort of! When it comes to the sewing room, not so much. Maybe halfnhalf! I am messy in a organized sort of way!!! :)

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    My sewing area is my kitchen which I love and I keep that area kinda organized. Rather be sewing than "hunting". But the rest of the house? I live alone so who cares!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMY in QCA-IL
    Mine looks like a tornado went through it right now. I keep my shelves and drawers organized, but haven't been very good lately at putting stuff back where it belongs, not to mention adding a lot of my Mom's stuff that she won't be needing any more. Any cleaning elfs out there that you could send my way??
    If you get those cleaning elves, send them to my house next!! :oops:

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    I am so with you! I would like to be neater seems that thought vanishes when I'm in the middle of a project! Oh, I should say part of the mess is from the OTHER projects that are waiting their turn! And, when I do machine applique with tear away backing, watch out floor! The waste basket just never seems to catch it all!
    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Nancy
    i must say that i am a messy quilter. during a project i have fabric and notions all over the place and not good about putting things away until finished with project. cut threads end up on the floor along with a lot of dropped pins - i try to pick those pins up before running vacuum. thing is i have a waste basket right there for threads cut off but the floor seems to catch more.

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    The floor in my sewing room is most often littered with lots of thread and little snippets of fabric. I don't know why the stuff doesn't make it to the waste basket.

    I usually at least vacuum between projects.

    My biggest problem is when I pull fabric out to "audition" it, I have a hard time forcing myself to refile it all back to it's proper place. That's why there's a big 3 foot pile of unsorted, unfolded fabric on the closet floor.

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    I am fairly neat but I like to have things organised my way. Minimalist, never, there are always piles of books, decorative boxes (filled with current projects, quilting supplies and bits and pieces), vases and jugs filled with flowers, various sleeping fur-people...found objects...stones and birds nests, interesting sticks - all this is found around the main house. As for my half of the workroom, well... a tottering heap of bags and boxes. Boxes of fabric and clothes/jeans to be cut up..which I am whittling away..but I just bought more today...so I guess I'm in a spot of bother.

    All I lack is a cute small person like Mary Quite Contrary!

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    I generally have two or three projects in progress at a time and I have piles of stuff for each project here and there. It's never really neat but I do rearrange the piles occasionally. Right now I have a couple of table runners and two large candle mats going and since I use 2 1/2 inch squares sewed together for leaders and enders I have several piles of those handy, so it's not going to make the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. I do try to keep the scraps picked up but have a drift of UFO's against one wall. The leaders and enders will eventually become a "free" quilt as they are cut from my scraps.

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    I always have several projects going at once and get quite messy, but, If you ask me for something I can reach under a pile of fabric and find it for you!!!

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