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Thread: What are we organizing today (2017)?

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    I didn't get through many of my quilting magazines but with the snow and ice keeping me home I started working on a batch of dog quilts. I use fabrics that I don't like or am not going to use so I guess I could say I am organizing some of my fabrics !

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    I decided to just sew in my space yesterday without worrying about organizing. I made good headway on a project with a looming deadline and I was able to see an area that needs to be tweaked next. I think my mother must have had the rule that you clean before you have fun (which usually means you don't always get to the fun). Anyway, it felt good to be sewing and there'll be more organizing to follow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    See if an older adult group, church group, or school can use tho patterns.
    I've seen old clothing patterns framed, and I may do that with mine, since I have a box of old, large frames from My parents house that need to be put to good use.

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    I have an old Barbie clothes booklet that my Mom used to make my Barbie clothes. She is in a hand knit bikini on the beach. That just cracks me up. I'm planning to frame it and display it in my sewing space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    Yesterday while it was snowing and the wind was howling I once again upgraded my sewing area by taking apart a jury-rigged "table" that I had made using a piece of wood that was laying over some stacked crates at one end, and one of those old revolving cd carousel racks at the other (needless to say it was not very sturdy and couldn't be used for anything other than being another horizontal space to stack stuff on. I replaced it with a real table that I made using the piece of wood from the jury-rigged table and some adjustable legs that I got off of eBay. It was super easy, and now I have a table that can actually be used for sewing or cutting. It looks a lot better too.

    Earlier this week I organized the fabric that came out of my grandmother's house. There are also a bunch of patterns dating from the early 50's through the mid 80's that need to be sorted. Most of the fabric is home dec, but I can use a lot of it in my art pieces since grandma favored solids over prints. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.

    Not sure what to do with the patterns, there are a lot of them and from what I can tell without actually opening the envelopes a lot of them are uncut. Since they're mostly clothing patterns they are not things I would use, but at the same time, I don't want to just toss them either.

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    Vintage patterns are quite popular now. You might be able to sell them on EBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymunchkin View Post
    Vintage patterns are quite popular now. You might be able to sell them on EBay.
    Thanks, I'll look into doing that..

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    I took someone's idea and set up a fabric laundry hamper. I'm in the process of putting scraps into it, but because I use fabric to the nth degree, there's not much there! yaay

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    I had been missing 3 items. A yarn winder, large fuzz ball shaver and a rollup of crochet hooks. After totally dismantling my sewing/craft room, I can say with pride that I found all of those plus my hot glue gun(which I wouldn't have realized was lost until I needed it). That said, my room is in total chaos now, boxes and totes everywhere. I am now in the process of labeling those boxes and UFOs which should help some.

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    Good job Neuras and Karyn!

    This morning I retrieved my PQ1500s from the "spa" where it's been enjoying a good cleaning since Wed. Since my machine is now all spiffy clean, I decided to straighten up my sewing space. That was a big job.

    Time for a nap!
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    As I cut strips today for some four patches, I am also emptying my largest scrap container. The scraps will be cut as strips and some submit into small/larger bricks for future use. They are being put into existing boxes for leader/enders or the boxes (Quiltville Scrap System). Big project but I need a break over these next three days of sewing!

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    Yesterday I got my sewing room some what in order. Some how I have started five quilts. So I know what I will be doing all winter. Winter looks a lot shorter know. Happy Quilting everybody!

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    Today is inventory day for thread. I will note what colors I am running low on and get ready to place an order. Since I have to pay personal business taxes on supplies on hand on January 1, I wait until after New Year's Day to get any supplies, hoping to use up as much as possible before the end of the year.

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    Am working on rearranging part of my sewing space this week. We hope to have a new ceiling fan put up in that room next week so it needs to be 'presentable'.

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    I don't know what part of Tucson you are in but a couple of the shops have a sew day! Just bring what you are working on.
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    Today I am going to clean up my sewing studio, putting away all the things I used for the baby quilt that I finished yesterday. I have promised myself that I will work on developing the habit of putting things away rather than piling everything on top of each other as I often do since I usually have several projects going at once.

    I am trying to teach myself that I don't need to have things in sight, I will not forget about them if I can't see them LOL!!!

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    I finished my sewing room 'map' of what's in boxes, tubs, shelves, and drawers. I have way too many scrap boxes that need to be sorted by color! Lol! That's what happens when I don't sort donated fabrics right away. I also labeled everything on the containers.

    So my next goal will be taking one of those boxes and start the color sorting process.

    Connie

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    I have been putting a lot of my scraps in different small boxes, and putting them up.
    "Sometimes it's OK if the only thing you did today was breathe."
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    I cleaned up the sewing room and also went through all last yrs papers and purged what I did not need to keep. My dh burns it in a outside fire place. I got out taxes finished today. I need to reorganize my fabric in one of my cabinets. I made a children's quilt and some other items I already had cut from last summer. Getting there slowly.
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    I donated some fabric I knew I was not going to use. It took up space I needed and the recipients needed the fabric. It was given to me so no money lost. I also started shredding papers this week and got rid of 4 banker's boxes. Almost burned up the shredder.

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    Sounds like folks have been making progress since I last checked in. I planned on doing some studio decluttering today, but got a little overheated so had to take a break. Then I decided that it would be a better idea to take the Christmas tree down and put all the ornaments away since that room was much cooler than the studio. Got some ornaments off the tree, then DC (dear cousin) came over with a large bag of her late husband's ties, which she hopes I'll turn into a tuffet, or if not that then something else...3 hours later DC left, DH (who'd spent all morning at the barn blanketing horses since it is supposed to get really cold starting tonight) decided it was time for a nap. I was tired too, so decided to lay down.

    Will start over tomorrow when I plan on getting the rest of the ornaments off the Christmas tree and the tree and all ornaments put away. Then I'll contemplate whether I want to tackle the disarray in my art studio,decide where to put all those ties or instead spend time working on a new collaborative art quilt which sounds like a lot more fun LOL!

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    Sorted out the Christmas and seasonal winter holidays quilt fabric and rolled up into small bundles. Added the smaller WIP on top of the fabrics that fits into a section of a cupboard where I keep my quilt fabric stash, is a small stash. Discarded a lot of free print-outs patterns which I am never going to have time to make, saved only a few favorites.

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    DGD is house sitting for us this winter, I understand she's having fun in the sewing room. Hope she organizes and cleans up. I sure won't mind !!

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    You guys are all so inspiring! Keep up the good work...

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    I started emptying out my RWB 1 1/2" scrap strips...making rail fence blocks from them...meanwhile using those scraps to start on some log cabin blocks...One thing leads to another...
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    I started emptying out my RWB 1 1/2" scrap strips...making rail fence blocks from them...meanwhile using those scraps to start on some log cabin blocks...One thing leads to another...
    That's why I'm a perpetual member of the UFO challenge. Good job on using those scraps.
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