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    Keep going. You have a really nice area for quiting/sewing. Looks like lots of room. Soon you will have it where you want it & will enjoy it more. Send more pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katmom View Post
    If you are ever in Bay Area look me up! I need a quilter who doesn't know me well (so not as embarrassed!) to help organize my space and fabric! LOL! Bet lots of quilters in your area will be contacting you for help!
    LOL...that's not going to work Katmom. Quilters know each other the minute they start gabbing fabrics!!!
    But the good thing is, a nice fellow quilter will not mind and you'll be folding and cleaning and talking without even realizing it.
    We all have messes. Some of us admit it
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    What if you do a 'longer' day ?? reward yourself if you do like 3 or 4 hours with a hot fudge sundae !!!!
    lol...yes, trade one compulsion for another April!
    (nooo,...don't follow in my pawsteps ...although I am on the right path now )
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    April, I have a new sewing room bc I outgrew my old one and we needed a guest room anyway.
    You appear to be suffering from my old malady: toomuchitis!
    It may not be too much, but it's hard to tell right now.
    Now, no red cheeks, you should have seen mine!
    It looked like a commercial for the Hoarders...almost. I was always organizing, but there was too much to organize.
    My suggestion:
    Somebody was joking, I think, but clear all your fabrics into large garbage bags.
    That could take 15 minutes and be day 1.
    Day 2...dust.
    Day 3: sweep and vacuum.
    Day 4: wipe down all dirty surfaces and counters, table tops. Sweeping and vacuuming isn't going to put the "shine" back.
    You'd be surprised how good shiny surfaces can make you feel.
    Buy yourself a mirror or two. They help to make the room feel bigger and add reflective light.
    Day 5: use a ruler of your size choice and fold some of the fabric in one of the bags.
    If you want to "sort" your fabrics, transfer the freshly folded fabs to a box for the time being, so they won't get knocked over, etc.
    When all fabric is folded, you can then separate them by color or project, etc.
    I have kept my fabrics by project for years.
    It keeps me from buying so much willy-nilly...well, it helps, lol!
    Oh, you just don't know!!!
    I am the conundrum. I sway back and forth between chaos and utterly organized.
    It's an ongoing thing I have to work at to keep the "hoardiness" at bay.
    Messes make my head swim and make me crazy and I can't create,...but they happen.
    You can't cook without making dirty dishes.
    You can't play without cleaning up toys etc.
    You can't sleep without eventually needing fresh linens.
    So why do we feel so guilty that our sewing areas get untidy?
    It's all part of the process.
    You've realized that you have to schedule time to do the maintenance part to have some sanity.
    Your off to a wonderful start!
    using a timer is a wonderful idea that I use constantly.
    It started in the kitchen, so I wouldn't burn things and then it helped me keep going on projects.
    Usually, quilters like us, suffer from distraction and overwhelmedness, lol...don't you love my vocabulary?
    I'll be back...lol...we need all the help we can get staying on track, so I'm here, and you don't have to worry about "bad" girl fabrics for me.
    Your not going to be bad. Your going to get more organized
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    you have your work cut out for you but you are getting there

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    I have a very tidy room but I had never ruler folded my fabric. There are a few threads I just saw recently on ruler folding. I just grabbed my favorite ruler and tried it. It works beautifully. It allows me to use alot less space to store the fabric and allows me to scan what I have.

    I also have separate boxes for each of my WIP.

    I was looking at the functionality of your storage. I think it isn't working because it is open on all sides. It makes it awkward to store your fabric. I would recommend getting or making bookcases with a closed back and sides. I also got a new storage container for my threads. It is closed and stores threads on two sides (I use one side for the machine piecing/quilting threads and the other side for the hand quilting (for stitching bindings).

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    Here is the link for the thread storage: Http://www.ConnectingThreads.com/Too...r__D82068.HTML

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    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Good for you ....getting started!

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    Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, input and encouragement! I am working for at least 15 minutes a day in the rooms and slowwwly making progress. I will take pictures again soon and post where I am at.
    Thank you all again and keep those suggestions coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella View Post
    Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, input and encouragement! I am working for at least 15 minutes a day in the rooms and slowwwly making progress. I will take pictures again soon and post where I am at.
    Thank you all again and keep those suggestions coming!
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    Now that Izabella is mass producing!!! Be sure she does her "time" at the task at hand, so she learns that it's not all play, and no work!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Now that Izabella is mass producing!!! Be sure she does her "time" at the task at hand, so she learns that it's not all play, and no work!!
    LOLOL So very true..she just started a fourth mini quilt. She is on a roll I will have to make her work for her stash now...which is my stash but that's okay if it helps organize mine some to give her some it works for me LOLOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella View Post
    LOLOL So very true..she just started a fourth mini quilt. She is on a roll I will have to make her work for her stash now...which is my stash but that's okay if it helps organize mine some to give her some it works for me LOLOL
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    Be sure to have her post #2, #3 and #4 on "her" thread ......... anything to encourage her!
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    Good work on a big challenge. I agree with the concept of fluctuating between total organization and complete chaos. Say, those thread holders suggested are great, but I have so many old fashioned fat spools, and that looks like it only holds the skinny Gutterman or Sulky or such.

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    Glad to hear you're still working at your 'project'. I think I posted on your first thread. I'll keep an eye on you too
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    Wow, I love your pictures! Your room looks like a quilter lives there. I'm subscribed to this thread and I can't wait to see the end result when you're finished. Keep on keeping on girl! Your 15 mins a day plan is fabulous!!

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    15 min at a time is probably the best so you don't get overwhelmed. I know after my company leaves in a couple of wks I'll have to tackle the mess I have made. I had to empty the drawers with the fabric in the guest BR and just put it in some big plastic buckets but am trying to figure how to rearange so I don't have to keep doing this. Good luck to you, your doing good. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    Wow, I love your pictures! Your room looks like a quilter lives there. I'm subscribed to this thread and I can't wait to see the end result when you're finished. Keep on keeping on girl! Your 15 mins a day plan is fabulous!!

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    Thank you so much! I can't wait to see the end result either. My update pictures this week do not look like i accomplished much I am sure but I feel like I am getting somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Be sure to have her post #2, #3 and #4 on "her" thread ......... anything to encourage her!
    I did! 2 & 3 are posted. She did not get 4 finished but we hope to get to work together tonight. She even helped me fold some fabric last night. She could not get the ruler to cooperate with her so she just hand folded them and stacked them in a pile for me Gotta love that lil ray of sunshine in my sewing room.

    Thank you all again for the encouragement. It sure does help!
    Huge Hugs
    April

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    Your starting out great, organization takes time and thought and your going about it the right way. Keep up the good work. I also have my days too. God Bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella View Post
    I did! 2 & 3 are posted. She did not get 4 finished but we hope to get to work together tonight. She even helped me fold some fabric last night. She could not get the ruler to cooperate with her so she just hand folded them and stacked them in a pile for me Gotta love that lil ray of sunshine in my sewing room.

    Thank you all again for the encouragement. It sure does help!
    Huge Hugs
    April
    That LilRayOfSunshine is going to help you with that mountain! Whether she actually "does" the work, or it just encourages you to sneak in some extra time when she's not there, to see the progress. And what special times for you and Izabella together ... memories for a lifetime and more!
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    Well I must admit I had to put a piece of fabric in the bad pile. Did no work on the sewing room last night sigh
    E-yes the memories will be wonderful ones. She really loves the fabric as I do. Fabric addiction must run in the family LOL
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    It's in the genes!!

    No matter what, be sure to keep her 1st quilt, forever and ever ... she'll love to see it in years to come!


    Bad Pile? .. as in you hate it? or don't know where to stash it?
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    OK April - whatcha doing today???????

    Hurry through something else and make 15-30 minutes for YOU time.
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    You're making progress April! Love your purple wall too! The 15 min. a day is a great idea, and soon enough you will have made big strides!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    It's in the genes!!

    No matter what, be sure to keep her 1st quilt, forever and ever ... she'll love to see it in years to come!


    Bad Pile? .. as in you hate it? or don't know where to stash it?
    Oh I plan on keeping it (if she ever lets it go LOL)
    I had posted this in one of my earlier posts:
    I am hoping to do an update once a week with a picture or two That should make me very accountable! I am also thinking maybe I will start a "Bad" pile for when I am bad and do not work on it. Put a piece of fabric in that and when everything is all done, draw a winner from those who supported me along the way to send my "bad girl" fabric to.....now how much of my stash do I want to loose LOLOL


    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere View Post
    OK April - whatcha doing today???????

    Hurry through something else and make 15-30 minutes for YOU time.
    Sadly I am working. It always seems to get in the way of the fun stuff. However, I do plan to work in the sewing space this evening! Izzy and Daddy are going on a hike so I think I can make some progress..I hope...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa View Post
    You're making progress April! Love your purple wall too! The 15 min. a day is a great idea, and soon enough you will have made big strides!
    The great idea of 15 minutes came from QuiltE! It is amazing what a difference that makes. Thanks Rhonda- I love the purple wall too though if I had my way it would be orange teeheee. The wall was silver and purple as it was originally hubby's man cave..now it is my sewing cave..fish and all lmao

    Hugs
    April

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    Good for you! I love your space but I can see how overwhelming it can be. Keep it up! 15 minutes a day works for Flylady. I love the timers. I use them all the time! It gets my bottom moving. I want to keep up with you and watch the transformation. Can't wait to see.
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