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Thread: New rules for a sloppy quilter

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    After six months of quilting, after 7 quilts made, I decided that I have been a "sloppy" quilter.....scissors here, cutters there, everywhere material and scraps, etc. I found myself wasting time by having to look for "where did I put my ruler, my thread, my scissors, my cutter, scraps."
    This was a time-consuming.confusing, unnecessary search.

    So today I decided "No More." I started putting everything back in its place after I used it and it has already paid off! When I put stuff back right away in its rightful place, then there is no stress trying to find it. And there is no time wasted by having to "re-organize" my quilting room. Paulien

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    Hmmmm, sounds like advice I can use. Common sense, you'd think, but maybe I can do this and find my seam ripper from now on!

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    You are sick I say. Sick! :-)

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    Yep...boring as it is staying organised is key if you want maximum use of your quilting time.

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    I agree it is rather time consuming to have to hunt for things. I signed up for a bag class a few months ago, and I knew it was approaching. Having been away from quilting and my machine for a while, I took the time this time to invest in a nice case for most all of my rulers, a case that also holds, my scissors, and rotary cutter together, and a new rolling case for my machine that has pockets for extra goodies, like my pressing mat.

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    Hmm, must be something here for me to learn, also. So confusing staying organized. I have several scissors, pin cushions, rulers, etc. They can be in their home spot in the sewing room and in multi bags for going quilting. Think I will try to improve on my system as I do go on the "hunt" more often than I should. Thank you for your motivatiion and encouragement. You are a good role model in this area.

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    Sometimes I get a bit cluttered as I'm working.
    I have to FORCE myself to remember to put things back.

    However, I did come up with a way to keep things handy/tidy and easy to put "away" near me.
    I attached one of those tiny 3M Command adhesive hooks on the front of my machine to hang my little snips. I keep one of those wooden quilting ruler holders next to my machine to hold the rulers I'm currently using. On the peg board on the wall behind my sewing table I have a hook to hold my rotary cutter near my machine.

    When I am done for the day - I replace everything I've been using to their storage location on the peg board wall - far far away from the reaches of our 3 year old daughter.

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    Organized quilter? That sounds like science fiction to me. :lol:

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    I have 2 seam rippers -- one by the sewing machine and the other by my favorite chair. I have 2 pairs of scissors for sewing -- one at the cutting table and one by the sewing machine. all cutting stuff goes on the cutting table......I've very organized but I just can't find ANYTHING!!! Why? because when I cut fabrics for this scrap quilt, I end up with a table full of fabric.....no matter HOW hard I try to keep it neat....I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscho4jm
    Organized quilter? That sounds like science fiction to me. :lol:
    Hilarious! Just hilarious!

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    I have learned that about *all* my spaces. I used to be pretty sloppy and lazy, but I have learned to do stuff as I go and keep things neat, and its amazing how much more relaxed I am and how calm I feel.

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    Sounds way too organized for me. LOL

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    I would need help to get organized in the first place - oh and then daily help to keep it that way ;)

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    :lol: I do that too, but I have learned to clean up my mess each day and boy does that help! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscho4jm
    Organized quilter? That sounds like science fiction to me. :lol:
    :lol: :lol: :lol: I agree!

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    I kind of clean up my space every day when I'm done doing whatever I was doing. My problem is that once I've finished a project and do a more thorough clean up I can't find anything anymore! Therefore I prefer the "organized mess" system, otherwise I'd better look for my cutter, for instance, in the freezer etc. Decades ago I had a bag with pockets labelled " stuff, junk, things,..." and on the brim there was an appliqued text Get Organized. Must make me a new wall organizer.

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    I need to invest in an organizer for my rulers!. It drives me crazy when they are scattered all over and I am constantly trying to find the right one.

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    What a novel idea!

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    That could work, but it would take all the fun out of finding the fabric I forgot I had that shows up while looking for the scissors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    You are sick I say. Sick! :-)
    LOL!!!:)

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    sloppy? not unless it's old moldy hamburgers, or mushy apples. Disorganized, maybe. It's probably just a sign of a distracted and busy mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    Hmmmm, sounds like advice I can use. Common sense, you'd think, but maybe I can do this and find my seam ripper from now on!
    Let me know if you find any of mine!--LOL.

    It is just a way of life for me. I have to put things in the same spot each & every time I use them or I can't find them. I'm so used to looking for things that I don't even get aggravated any more. Stressing out about it just makes my memory worse.

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    [So today I decided "No More." I started putting everything back in its place after I used it and it has already paid off! When I put stuff back right away in its rightful place, then there is no stress trying to find it. And there is no time wasted by having to "re-organize" my quilting room. Paulien[/quote]

    I've tried this many times, but it just doesn't work for me. I re-organize my stash, and have it neat as can be. I do the same for all of my rulers, rippers, sissors, pin cushions, etc. Everything goes well for a day or so. Then somehow the next time I go into my quilt room to sew, I find my stash has blown up again and my quilting tools have all hidden themselves in various places unknown to me. Once again, I search for one tool and find another, find the one I need and use it, start searching for another, lose the one I found.....and the beat goes on...

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    Oh good grief, something else I need to do in my sewing room!

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    So, how do you train yourself to remember to remember?!!!
    Doesn't seem to be happening in my world!

    Jan in VA

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