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    Clean up your stash!

    I'm cleaning up my stash for the move in two weeks. Yesterday I discovered , in a cabinet, about 25 backs for quilts and about 30 UFO's in another cabinet. I absolutely had no idea there were that many. My DH helped me pack and he said I had really packed my room solid, he couldn't believe what was in that small room. I actually feel overwhelmed now, I wonder what I will do with all these quilts when I finish with them. About 25 of the 30 UFO's are vintage quilts or blocks I have bought at flea markets or a yard sale, all in wonderful condition. I have given so much fabric away and I found even more to get rid of last night. I don't like having all this fabric and projects, it's just too much. I've always been very orderly in my life and this is disorder to me. I'm in full rebellion now and I will make sure when we move that all my fabric and projects will be in the open and not stored away where I can't see it. Ladies and Men, start your engines and clean up your stash !

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    Going through the same thing. Thought I was getting ahead and found 2 bags (large storage vac bags) in a suitcase hubby pulled out of the attic. He was going to donate it (the suitcase) and realized it was heavy. His eyes rolled when he opened it. When he opened it, it also exploded. Evidently the zipper from the suitcase ripped the top bag. Laughed . Poor Brutus barked and ran to his kennel! I laughed more.
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    A little bit here - a little bit there - some over there - it can be sort of "Oh. My. Goodness." when it is all in one spot.

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    I do it within my comfort level. Most of my UFOs are waiting on getting quilted. Most of them are headed for summer camp next year for foster kids.
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

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    a few months ago our guild had a speaker (can not remember her name for the life of me) on organizing your work area and UFO's. One question she asked us was why is it a UFO? Lost interest, need fabric to finish, She said to finish what we can and want to, the rest pass it on. Just because it started out to be a queen size, and you only have a few blocks done, change direction is fine, make a throw, baby quilt, table runner. I looked at my UFO's with different eyes, In one evening I lost 1/3 of my UFO's decided to pass them on to my guild to finish as comfort quilts. Another 1/3 were reworked into smaller quilts, the rest needed quilting which I have set aside 2 hr. per week to finish. only have 3 left to quilt. I also make myself do binding and label before I load the next one on the LA She also told us her stash s very small, mainly neutrals, She said her taste in colors changed with every project.

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    I am working on my stash too, but I have bought to fill in and finish... at least it is not $300 at a time.

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    I am working from my stash and am glad to have it. I do buy for backing and I am working to finish my UFO's.

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    Thanks for putting my attitude into words. I too, am in the State of Full Rebellion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
    Thanks for putting my attitude into words. I too, am in the State of Full Rebellion.

    Marcia
    I just looked at your name:Battleax, Yoo-hoo, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Going through the same thing. Thought I was getting ahead and found 2 bags (large storage vac bags) in a suitcase hubby pulled out of the attic. He was going to donate it (the suitcase) and realized it was heavy. His eyes rolled when he opened it. When he opened it, it also exploded. Evidently the zipper from the suitcase ripped the top bag. Laughed. Poor Brutus barked and ran to his kennel! I laughed more.
    What a great story! Thanks for laugh. I have given some away and it feels great however with that in mind I need to quit buying too!
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 08-29-2016 at 03:05 AM. Reason: to match edit of quoted post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny9 View Post
    a few months ago our guild had a speaker (can not remember her name for the life of me) on organizing your work area and UFO's. One question she asked us was why is it a UFO? Lost interest, need fabric to finish, She said to finish what we can and want to, the rest pass it on. Just because it started out to be a queen size, and you only have a few blocks done, change direction is fine, make a throw, baby quilt, table runner. I looked at my UFO's with different eyes, In one evening I lost 1/3 of my UFO's decided to pass them on to my guild to finish as comfort quilts. Another 1/3 were reworked into smaller quilts, the rest needed quilting which I have set aside 2 hr. per week to finish. only have 3 left to quilt. I also make myself do binding and label before I load the next one on the LA She also told us her stash s very small, mainly neutrals, She said her taste in colors changed with every project.
    Great advise, give yourself permission to change your mind or just move on!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    I think I got a chart from "All People Quilt" wherein we are to list 12 UFOs, quilt kits, knitting, etc onto the 12 lines provided. At the beginning of each month, draw a number 1-12. If you pick #4, this is the project for the month to finish hopefully by the end of the month. Repeat at the beginning of the next month and by the end of the year, you will have reduced your UFOs. -- This is my plan and have started to make my list.

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    It all sounds good...but it takes action to achieve your goals. I did dump a lot of things last summer: to neighbor with eight grown children who are married and have kids and grand children. What they did not use, she gave to charities.

    Then Dh decided to 'move' into half of the Quilt Room, so I am purging the stash again. The group I have quilted with on QB with Laura Aaron Hird's three quilt books/projects will have first dips on the scraps. Then I will survey the leftovers for charitable organizations in the area here. I am moving so slow some days, its hard to see progress, but it is an on going action. I haven taken the end of every week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday to quilt on UFOs and current projects. For every two steps forward, seems like three steps back, but I am still struggling trying to balance everything. I will get ahead and surprise myself by this time next year. There is hope!

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    Word of warning! Sometimes that one piece of fabric you gave away, is the one you need now for a perfect match to whatever.....and the cost/time to replace sometimes can be frustrating.....just sayin'. I've done it! But can't save everything either..it's a catch 22.

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    I've been working on cleaning my sewing room -- then found a book that looked interesting so stopped and pulled the fabric for a scrappy quilt. Ended up cutting for 4 different quilts. Two of the quilts have been made and are ready for the quilter. Will start on the 3rd shortly. When these quilts are done I will have pulled 50 different fabrics from my stash and used them up completely. I was able to consolidate two drawers of fabrics into one. But then filled the empty drawer with my leftover Star Wars fabric. I still need to make 3 more Start Wars quilts (have 5 done for Christmas). All the fabric and kits that were stacked on top of cabinets have now been finished. It is a slow but sure process!

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    I have been trying to work out of my stash and I am getting cabinets for storage next week. I can't wait. Right now, I have my fabric in totes and exploding out of it.

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    I have been trying to work only from stash and to work on UFO's, lol doing better on the stash quilts then the UFO's. I also pared down a huge chunk of fabric that was hanging out in bins taking 8 bins down to four. Putting more on shelves wrapped on comic boards which makes it easy to pick from and match up fabrics. I have four more bins to go thru and plan to get it to one tote the rest either has to fit on my shelves or be donated. My room is getting cleaner which is making me more productive and want to be up there. I now have four tops ready to quilt and am working on my most hated UFO.

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    Good job, all of you! I am still organizing all sorts of stuff and trying to uncover the machine so I can finish a baby quilt that's quickly becoming a toddler quilt.

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    I am trying to organize my scraps and am making a little progress. Cutting fabrics for layer cakes and some smaller sizes. Have a couple of patterns in mind to use them in but just cutting and making piles for now.

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    I just made up 9 kits for baby quilts that will be about 40 by 45". I also put together a quilt kit that will end up being about 69 by 78". It sure took a long time but they are cut and ready to sew. I decided to make up kits because once the school year begins and my subbing schedule starts, I can just grab a kit and start sewing on it. No thinking should be involved. Lol!

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    I just sent a box of scraps and unused been around forever fat quarters to my DGD to make into doll clothes. I am hoping that my fabric addiction is hereditary!
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    I am trying to use my stash. It is very disorganized. It seems that it doesn't get any smaller. I do have to buy backings, and attend sales. Never thought of hiding things in suitcases. My quilt area would look more organized. Funny story!,

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    I finished packing my first floor items and so far, my quilting fabric, books and notions are way more than anything in our home. Today we go to the lower level and I know my quilting items will account for half of what is there. I can't believe I have so much stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny9 View Post
    a few months ago our guild had a speaker (can not remember her name for the life of me) on organizing your work area and UFO's. One question she asked us was why is it a UFO? Lost interest, need fabric to finish, She said to finish what we can and want to, the rest pass it on. Just because it started out to be a queen size, and you only have a few blocks done, change direction is fine, make a throw, baby quilt, table runner. I looked at my UFO's with different eyes, In one evening I lost 1/3 of my UFO's decided to pass them on to my guild to finish as comfort quilts. Another 1/3 were reworked into smaller quilts, the rest needed quilting which I have set aside 2 hr. per week to finish. only have 3 left to quilt. I also make myself do binding and label before I load the next one on the LA She also told us her stash s very small, mainly neutrals, She said her taste in colors changed with every project.
    This is a great way of looking at a sewing room. I just finished cleaning mine (again) and am appalled at all the projects and fabric that I have accumulated. I am going to go back and take another look at it all with "new eyes"!

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    I just came upstairs from my sewing area...shaking my head in total depression.....I looked around at all that fabric..all neatly folded and stacked....but it would take 3 lifetimes to use...a bookcase tight with quilting books..have not really looked at them after purchase and maybe one thing done out of each...patterns, same story, but there are some on to-do list...never happen......gadgets/templates-love those and do use, did thin out last year.....
    went down to work on that orange peel MSQC quilt that has been languishing forever...looked around....have a SBS kit since who knows when, 3 blocks done..not thrilled with it.......and epp cut hexies..that I do while watching tv in evening.....that 1/2 done...and I have accumulated over several years JAF boms (4),but purchased when clearanced and able to get complete kits- pieced one this spring..worked out well, now to L/A it...now I'm on an EB pattern kick...her patches of life...just got that in mail....may cut into some of the fabric.
    Im thinking when the guild stats up again in sept..wow, that's right around the corner, I'm going to be like Santa Claus each meeting...with a bag of free goodies....to anyone who wants. Thanks for letting me vent a bit...have no one else here who understands this....dds just shake their heads....neither are interested so the puck stops here!

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