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Thread: I couldn't make a mess if I tried!

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    I keep reading about everyone's messy sewing rooms, and I look over at my "corner" and sigh....I just started this in September, and I don't have enough stuff to make a mess! I'm not in a position to build a stash, as my DH hasn't had a job in a year and I'm the only money-maker....so it's just my machine, ironing board, quilt cut 2, and a plastic tote with my few fabrics. Even if I pulled it all out and slung it around the room I don't think I'd have a mess! At least it keeps me from having a million UFO's to finish as I don't have the fabric to make a bunch of stuff! That's one good thing huh? It's forcing me to finish what I started lol. I look forward to the day I can make a mess!

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    I know what you mean. Mine is kinda of skimpy too. Someday:)

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    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Maybe your current habit of finishing each project before you start another will stick, even when you have more fabric!

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    I think we have all been where you are at sometime. Your husband will find a job very soon, things will get better, your stash will grow and you can make a great big mess!

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    I took my first quilt lesson in 1980 and the teacher told us to bring our fabric scraps to exchange with one another. I didn't have any scraps. I always bought enough fabric for the item of clothing I was making and I had never heard of a fabric stash. Now I have enough fabric to have my own fabric store. You have to be careful because when you turn the lights out at night time your scraps breed. I have made so many scrap quilts and I still can't find enough room to store them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62
    I think we have all been where you are at sometime. Your husband will find a job very soon, things will get better, your stash will grow and you can make a great big mess!
    I love this!!! :thumbup:

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    lol...we had better save this for when we get to do that "we told you so". Hang in there and know it will get better..hugs!

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    I am so not a "scrappy" person. I'm like fabric galore used to be. I have one small bag and a good sized basket. Keeping them because I may have to repair a quilt that's out there, but will probably never make anything with them. I'm just not a "scrappy quilt" person. I really like to buy fairly close to what I need. However, I do have a "stash". There's pluses and negatives to having stash. Prettier fabrics come out all the time so I feel like I need to keep room for the best that's yet to come. Don't like to have a messy sewing room either. Makes me crazy. I have to clean up before I start and at breaks. I don't put it all away, but I neatly stack until I can get back to it. Not a lot of stash is not a bad thing.

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    oh no....my post came across wrong! I'm not whining about not having a stash! I had just come across another topic about someone's messy sewing room and I always stare in awe at the whole room dedicated to sewing and all the stuff.....and then I giggle when I look at my tote box and try to imagine wrecking a room with it!

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    I can send some of my mess your way!! If it makes you feel better! Or we could start a message thread for everyone to send you a box of ... mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    I keep reading about everyone's messy sewing rooms, and I look over at my "corner" and sigh....I just started this in September, and I don't have enough stuff to make a mess! I'm not in a position to build a stash, as my DH hasn't had a job in a year and I'm the only money-maker....so it's just my machine, ironing board, quilt cut 2, and a plastic tote with my few fabrics. Even if I pulled it all out and slung it around the room I don't think I'd have a mess! At least it keeps me from having a million UFO's to finish as I don't have the fabric to make a bunch of stuff! That's one good thing huh? It's forcing me to finish what I started lol. I look forward to the day I can make a mess!

    This will brighten up. Just think for now you can find anything you need.

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    Appreciate what you do have. Messes are not fun!

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    I think some people work well with stuff around and switching from project to project. Some people work better doing just 1 at a time. I start to get overloaded and then that kicks me into finish it up mode which gets things back in order.

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    Super messy rooms make me panic. I have to keep it reasonable. Because of that, I do not have much of a stash. In fact, I have two clear plastic shoe boxes of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Super messy rooms make me panic. I have to keep it reasonable. Because of that, I do not have much of a stash. In fact, I have two clear plastic shoe boxes of fabric.
    Me too! Thank goodness my husband is a neat person!

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    I am somewhere in between. I have one cabinet dedicated to fabric-you know the kind with two doors that kind of look like a wardrobe that you buy at the home improvement store? My serger is on the bottom shelf and my fabric is all in clear totes. My sewing machine is on an old desk in the living room and I use the eating bar to cut on. My house is only a one bedroom and every room has to function as a multi-purpose room. Except the bathroom but I'm pretty sure that is where my Jelly Roll Quilts book is.....Anyway, I have a very modest stash and most of the time the sewing area is fairly tidy, except the pesky threads and crumbs that just won't obey the broom. Some day I hope to have a second bedroom that I can really call my sewing room, but for now, this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    I keep reading about everyone's messy sewing rooms, and I look over at my "corner" and sigh....I just started this in September, and I don't have enough stuff to make a mess! I'm not in a position to build a stash, as my DH hasn't had a job in a year and I'm the only money-maker....so it's just my machine, ironing board, quilt cut 2, and a plastic tote with my few fabrics. Even if I pulled it all out and slung it around the room I don't think I'd have a mess! At least it keeps me from having a million UFO's to finish as I don't have the fabric to make a bunch of stuff! That's one good thing huh? It's forcing me to finish what I started lol. I look forward to the day I can make a mess!
    I am with you :D..I just started as well and my stash could probably fill up one medium sized plastic tote..I am getting there though..One good place to find fabric is Goodwill and thrift stores..I look at all the fabric stash that is on here that people post and start drooling :-D

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    Some day you will get up and look around and all the sudden there it will be ! " the mess" It will happen all too soon. enjoy the clean room while you have it!

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