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Thread: What are we organizing today (2017)?

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    What are we organizing today (2017)?

    Ready to get started? I'd like to go through one of my drawers in the shelves underneath the sewing machine. Who knows what I'll find! And you?

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    Thanks for starting this thread.

    On Friday I was given a grocery bag full of trims and a cardboard box containing a huge black trash bag with a lot of fabric, notions and trims that came out of my grandmother's house. I will go through those today and decide what to keep and what to donate. Then I need to put away all the keepers.

    my goals for this week are to:
    1. take the filled donation boxes to goodwill.
    2. Go through the paperwork catchall sitting on my office desk, assign a storage space for the paperwork that needs to be kept and get rid of everything else.

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    My goal today is to create a nice clean sewing environment for myself! I let my room get completely cluttered with fabrics after completing the last few quilts that I worked on, now I'm so overwhelmed by it all that I just dread going in there! Therefore today I will clear up the mess. I started to make a DP9 and I need to wait for a delivery of some fabric I ran out of so this is the perfect opportunity to get this under control! I can conquer this!
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    I had a really busy December because it was the bi-annual Christmas gathering of family. We had 11 people here and I had made 12 of the Christmas gifts. Now, January is the time to get re-organized for the upcoming year. I also need to finish some paper work to end the year and get ready for tax time. I also plan to purge all the closets and drawers. I do a pretty good job of keeping this done on an ongoing basis but once a year it is done on a large scale. I just don't want to deal with stuff I don't want or need. I look forward to doing this annual task.

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    It's going to take me more than one day to organize and clean my sewing room. Two days ago I listed the ufos that are floating around my house and I can't believe there are so many. I wish there was a "UFO" group I can join that would help to motivate me and then we can show the ufos that are finished. And I'm writing this as I drink my coffee trying to get the 'get up and go' moving. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucsonquilter View Post
    It's going to take me more than one day to organize and clean my sewing room. Two days ago I listed the ufos that are floating around my house and I can't believe there are so many. I wish there was a "UFO" group I can join that would help to motivate me and then we can show the ufos that are finished. And I'm writing this as I drink my coffee trying to get the 'get up and go' moving. LOL
    There is a 2017 UFO group (http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...h-t284858.html). I am hoping it will help motivate me to finish some of my unfinished projects before starting new ones.

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    Today I'll start organizing by making list of what needs to be organized/finished/started/given away/tossed. I do better working from paper when the task is so large.

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    Trying to fold fabric onto the boards so I can than get them put on
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    Somehow this last year I purchased boxes of quilt magazines. Got them at used stores and garage sales. My goal is to go through them and donate back what I will not use. I have taken the pages out of some but now I have loads of notebooks that take up space. Guess it is time to get back to using only what I buy and only buying what I will use.
    Is that possible for a quilter?

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    There are a lot of drawers that I haven't been into in the last 2 years. Going to get in there and start some throwing!

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    Glad to see this thread!
    I got pretty annoyed today which wasn't the best way to start a New Year but the flip side of that was that when I put myself in solitary confinement I went through my clothes and gathered a large and small bag for the local thrift store. I took the bags right out to the car. I have a few odd pieces of fabric -as in what was I thinking? I can take those to the free table at my quilt guild this week. I, too, have magazines to go through and recycle. Felt good to start!

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    I'm shredding papers and cutting scraps that have been on the cutting table way to long. This will take more than a day.
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    I organized the area where my new cutter is -- trying to make room for the dies and mats in a very small area.
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    Wow, you guys are doing great!

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    thank you Neuras for starting this thread...I think it should be a bi-weekly post (some of us need routine motivation). I do the same as Zozee...I write a 2017 list of goals and finishes on a poster board which is hung in my sewing room.
    Once my DH and I take down the tree and box up all the ornaments today, I will start tidying up my sewing area and dig out my UFOs.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Yesterday I finished straightening my sewing room that had been infiltrated by Christmas items, canned food to be stored and more. Now I need to proceed to the room where I store my fabric (no small task!)

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    Not organizing today but later this month I'll be putting in all new shelves for my fabrics. Taking the bookcases I'm using now upstairs for the books that have been in totes since 2007. If I measured correctly I'll gain 6 extra feet plus all my bolts will finally be off the floor. This will be a great time to dust everything off and start fresh again, organize my fabrics by color, collections, etc. May even find some UFOs among the shelves and drawers. Found one project I'd started back in 2002, pulled it out and its now a small wallhanging waiting to be quilted. Its fun to find things you've totally forgotten about.
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    Well, I have my sewing room completely disassembled at the moment! Decided to add my other Gidget table so that I could have both my machines set up at the same time. (I do garment and other sewing as well as quilting so I have a bells-and-whistles machine along with my Juki 2010Q for straight stitchery.) So in order to do that, I needed to get rid of one storage unit which was never optimal anyway and just seemed to be a junk collector. So you know how that goes - dominoes! To move one thing you have to move three other things and find storage for the things that got moved outta the other thing!

    This is about the 27th configuration this sewing room has been in since my mom passed in 2012. It used to be her bedroom so it stood pretty much unused for a year or so, because I felt so sad when I was in there. Eventually I got into my thick head that my mom knew how much I loved to sew, so she wouldn't want that room standing idle... she would want me to use it!

    I've got the furniture in place now, just sorting through fabrics and little things and trying to figure out where to store everything. One funny story - in that room, I have an old rectangular laundry hamper, which I had to move during the reno. I said to myself, this thing weighs a ton - what the heck is in here? Well, it's a cornucopia of KITS that I had completely forgotten about! Some are just table runner or pillow kits, but several are kits for full-sized throws or wall quilts. Somewhere on my computer I do have a list of the kits waiting to be sewn, but I thought I should also take a photo of each kit so I have a visual... now I can look at the photos and pick which one to do next! So I'm in the process of taking those photos as well.

    Sigh.... going back to work tomorrow will NOT be as much fun as I'm having today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    Trying to fold fabric onto the boards so I can than get them put on
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    Still trying to do this & get my sewing area in shape after my move. About 1/2 way there! Hi, Louise...I said we had a lot in common when we did ss together!

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    I have got to finish a particular quilt within the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VickiM View Post
    Still trying to do this & get my sewing area in shape after my move. About 1/2 way there! Hi, Louise...I said we had a lot in common when we did ss together!
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    I don't have a sewing room organization goal right now. I needed a break from reorganizing so I am using my free time to sew, tie fleece blankets, and organize other parts of my house for now. Over Christmas break, I spent a lot of time combining my MIL's fabric and mine into boxes/bins by color. I was forever trying to dig through my various boxes to find certain colors. I'm so glad my stash isn't very big because it was still an overwhelming task.

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    I have several tote bags I need to empty.

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    For those of you who can't get started I thought I would tell you what I did. I got in the mood and organized my spare bedroom with my quilting stuff in it. I sorted the batting pieces into type and then by size. /Then put them into two plastic tubs in the bottom of the closet. I have quite a bit of flannel so sorted it by color and size. I had a chest of drawer with three drawers that I had emptied so I Put the smaller pieces by color into two of them. and the bigger yardage into one drawer. I separated my scrap into colors and put the green yellow blue into one plastic tub and the red orange into another and had a large cabinet where I stored these. I feel so much better having it done

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    Wednesday I got my batting odds in ends in order before DD and family arrived for our Christmas, so glad that's all neat and tidy...
    This morning I put together a kit from stash...created the quilt in EQ and searched for fabrics that corresponded with the pattern. I wrote up cutting instructions for blocks, setting squares and triangles, and 3 borders. Later, I started working on a couple of UFO miniatures...one went back in the bag it was in as the pieces didn't fit. It needs more time to simmer. It won't be long and I will have 2 mini tops done...Will get them sandwiched tonight and then start planning a couple of small quilts for January commitments...of course the fabric all comes from stash.
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